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 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 People and Culture Committee, and Board Ambassador to the Harmony Village Aged Care Residence and the Independent Living Units, and the Woornack Aged Care Residence.

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 the environment in which we operate and the challenges facing our organisation and the aged care industry more generally. Terry is the Chair of the Quality and Service Development Committee and Board Ambassador to the Grantham Green Aged Care Residence and the Independent Living Units.

Peter joined the Board of Doutta Galla in February 2017. He has extensive public sector and commercial experience successfully managing key Government, commercial, marketing and construction initiatives, as a Board chairman and member, and as a CEO of statutory authorities. Most recently, Peter has been consulting across a range of areas including policy development, construction and project management, and community initiatives. Peter has been aware of Doutta Galla’s outstanding work for a number of years and welcomed the opportunity to join the Board. Peter is a member of the Risk, Audit, Finance and Assets, and the People and Culture Committees. 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 a member of the Quality and Service Development Committee and the People and Culture Committee.

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. 

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. 

Jen’s current focus is on quality management systems and leadership development. She is passionate about developing systems that are both responsive and safe for older people, and people with disabilities.  Jen holds a Masters in Health Administration and has expansive knowledge of quality systems in the health sector.  Professionally she is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.   Jen 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.

Justine is an experienced COO, CFO and non-executive director, with diverse experience in listed, private and NFP entities in the healthcare, technology, retail and resources sectors. Justine’s strengths lie in grasping strategic and commercial imperatives, developing and implementing strategic plans and connecting people to the organisation’s purpose.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Justine has a particular focus on robust and fit-for-purpose financial, operating and governance systems. Justine has a strong interest in the strategies and commercial challenges of the aged care sector as it seeks to deliver a mission while negotiating a changing commercial and compliance environment. 

Our Executive Team

Appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Doutta Galla in November 2013, Vanda has extensive experience working in executive roles in aged care, disability, local government and housing. Her aspiration for the organisation is that we will be the ‘go to’ place for individuals and their families seeking to access the best possible care and support as they age. Vanda believes that innovation, research and the promotion of the positive aspects of being older are key to the organisation achieving this aspiration. 

A qualified CPA, George is the longest serving member of the executive and oversights the organisation’s financial operations and information technology. With extensive experience and knowledge of the aged care industry, George ensures a personal sensitivity to the needs of our residents underpins all financial decisions.

Robyn has experience in the government and not for profit aged care industry spanning 30 years. She has worked in regional, rural and remote locations across Queensland and the Northern Territory. Robyn relocated to Melbourne from Darwin in November 2015 to join the executive team. She is committed to ensuring the organisation delivers an inspiring service within its diverse communities.

Danielle has extensive experience in aged care having worked in senior HR roles with a number of Aged Care providers. Danielle believes that obtaining a role within any area of the aged care sector is an honour – no matter whether the role provides direct care or corporate support. For this reason she is committed to thorough recruitment and selection processes and the creation of an environment that encourages ongoing learning and development.

Dermot comes to Doutta Galla with a wealth of experience 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. Prior to his employment with public organisations, Dermot held a number of Army appointments in the Royal Australian Engineers, including as Chief Engineer Southern Victoria. In addition to training in engineering, Dermot has a Master of Management, and a Real Estate Representatives Qualification.