Our People

As a not-for-profit, community based, and independent organisation Doutta Galla is managed by an independent Board of Directors who contribute a wealth of professional skills and knowledge to the oversight of our organisation.

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Our Board

Scott is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia, and brings a wealth of experience in governance, strategy, business growth, marketing and community building to our organisation. Appointed as Chair of the Board in 2015 he is passionate in his active support of our organisation and the values and mission we aspire to. Scott is also Chair of the Governance, People and Culture Committee, a Board Ambassador to the Harmony Village Aged Care Home and the Independent Living Units.

Having served on boards of both public and private not for profit organisations as well as an executive career in local and state government, Terry has extensive knowledge and understanding of aged care and the environment in which we operate and the challenges facing our organisation and the aged care industry more generally. Terry is a member of the Quality and Clinical Governance and the Risk, Audit, Finance and Assets Committees. Terry is the Board Ambassador to the Avondale Heights Aged Care Home.

Peter joined the Board of Doutta Galla in February 2017. He has worked as a senior executive in the Victorian Government as a Deputy Secretary, Board Chairman and CEOs of Statutory Authorities. He has extensive experience in community development, strategic planning, financial analysis & major construction projects. Most recently, Peter has been consulting across a range of areas supporting Government, sports and community organisations on strategic planning, governance, community initiatives and project management. Peter is also a member of a number of other Boards in the community and sports sectors. Peter is the Chair of the Risk, Audit, Finance and Assets Committee. He is also the Board Ambassador to the Yarraville Village Aged Care Residence.

Kirstin is a registered nurse and is an experienced manager of Aged Care Services including community and residential services. Kirstin has 9 years’ experience as a senior manager, establishing and delivering clinical outcomes for people living in the community and in residential care settings. Kirstin is the Chair of the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee
and a member of the Governance, People and Culture Committee. Kirstin is the Board Ambassador to the Footscray Aged Care Home.

Sue Hendy is passionate about how we age. With more than four decades working with and advocating for older people, she has had a particular focus on quality of life, rights, ageing and ageism. Sue has held diverse roles in the aged care sector including working in residential aged care, advocacy NGO for older people, local and state government. 

Sue is very interested in supporting the ‘journey of life’ into and through residential aged care. Her aim is to bring passion to the quality of life and care conversation. Sue is a member of the Governance, People and Culture Committee, and is the Board Ambassador to the Lynch’s Bridge Aged Care Home.

Jen has more than 20 years’ experience in the health, disability and aged care sectors, with roles stretching across Australia’s private and public sectors as well as internationally in Saudi Arabia and Antarctica. She is registered nurse and a behaviour support practitioner. 

Jen’s current focus is on quality management systems and leadership development and has the experience and skills to support Doutta Galla in the navigation and complexity of quality systems whilst providing best practice and positive outcomes for residents. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.  Jen is a member of the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee, and the Board Ambassador to the Woornack Aged Care Home.

Justine is an experienced COO, CFO and non-executive director, with diverse experience in listed, private and NFP entities in the aged care, disability, allied healthcare and technology sectors. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Governance Institute of Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Justine is a member of the Risk, Audit, Finance and Assets Committee and is the Board Ambassador to the Queens Park Aged Care Home and Independent Living Units. 

Peter is among Australia’s most experienced corporate communications advisers, with a career of more than 35 years combining journalism, policy development and consulting. This includes more than 20 years leading the Australian arm of the global Porter Novelli public relations group before stepping aside from his day-to-day executive role in 2021. Peter has been a director of Clemenger Group, Carers Victoria, Variety Victoria, the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal and Community Foundations Australia. He now splits his time between project consulting and a family vineyard in central Victoria. He joined the Doutta Galla Board in late 2021, serves on the Governance, People & Culture Committee, and is board ambassador for Grantham Green.

Our Executive Team

DGAS is managed by a very experienced team of professionals who have many decades of involvement in delivering quality outcomes in an aged care setting. Their experience collectively covers all aspects of the aged care industry from the initial design, feasibility and development of new aged care facilities, the maintenance and refurbishment of existing facilities, the delivery of daily care and services, expertise in the numerous compliance and regulatory requirements of the industry and the myriad of governance, administrative, HR, finance etc functions that are required to effectively run a substantial aged care business.  

Vanda has been the CEO of DGAS since 2013 and has extensive experience working in executive roles in aged care, disability, local government and housing. Vanda has a Master of Social Work and an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). 

George is the General Manager of Commercial & Corporate Services. A qualified CPA, George is the longest serving member of the executive having been with Doutta Galla for 17 years and he oversights Doutta Galla’s financial operations and information technology systems. George has an MBA and is a graduate of the Harvard School of Business.  

Dermot is the General Manager Strategic Assets & Property Development and is very experienced in managing capital projects in public institutions, in particular the TAFE and University sector. He has extensive experience in infrastructure strategy, project delivery, and environmental, health & safety management, educational support, and commercial services. In addition to training in engineering, Dermot has a Master of Management, and a Real Estate Representatives qualification. 

Danielle is General Manager of People Culture & Diversity and is an experienced Human Resources (HR) practitioner. Danielle has extensive experience in the aged care sector having worked in senior HR roles with several Aged Care providers and has a background in local government. 

Fiona provides strategic leadership and management to Doutta Galla’s Residential Aged Care Homes and the Care and Services in Your Home programs, including Doutta Galla West and Home Care Packages.  Over the past 15 years Fiona has held several senior operational leadership and management roles within the community, disability, aged care and broader health care sectors. Fiona is committed to developing and implementing a model of care and services which will continue to provide access to aged care service options that are affordable and inclusive of people with diverse experiences and backgrounds.  She is passionate about providing consumer directed care where each individual is supported to choose care and services options which will enable them to live the best life that they can. 

Maria is the General Manager of Alliances & Partnerships. Maria has over 10 years’ experience in senior management positions across multiple healthcare industries including community, aged care, medical and government sectors. She holds Bachelors of both Science and Health Science, as well as a Diploma in Marketing. Maria has expertise in launching successful marketing and customer engagement campaigns, establishing sales and marketing teams and supporting businesses to grow profitably.

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