Our Board of Directors are all volunteers who share a passion for contributing to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and the community as a whole.  Board membership is an honorary position with no fees or salaries paid.

Board of Directors act in good faith, honestly and in the best interests of the organisation, continually focused on improving the provision and accessibility of high quality affordable health care.

Role of the Board

The role of the Board is to:

  • Govern the service
  • Determine strategic direction and  organisation policy
  • Approve financial objectives, performance and plans
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements and standards of performance

Membership of the Board

We encourage members of the community and those with an interest in our organisation to consider nominating for a Board position.

Requirements for Board Membership:

  • A commitment to work for the greater good of the Service and the achievement of its purposes
  • Directors will bring knowledge, expertise and influence relevant to the affairs of the Service

Directors may be required to serve on one or more committees or working parties.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact our Chief Executive Officer on telephone 9430 9100 or email ceo@healthability.org.au.

Celia Gerreyn

Chair

Celia is a resident of Eltham and joined healthAbility’s Board in August 2013, currently holding the position of Board Chair as well as Chair of the Quality, Risk Management and Compliance Committee.

Celia is qualified in accounting, finance and law and completed and MBA in 2006. She has worked across a number of industries including finance, major projects, automotive, transport, paper and packaging and resources. Celia was the first woman to be awarded Australian Government Lawyer of the Year in 2004 in recognition of her work in the planning and development of the Melbourne Docklands.

Celia is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program (2005) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Celia recently completed 10 years of service as a Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence where she remains a Charter member.

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Jane Daniels

Deputy Chair

Jane commenced as a Board member in 2001 and held the position of Chair from November 2004 to October 2012. During her time on the Board Jane has been an active Committee member and played key roles in Governance, Board Recruitment and performance; and Strategic Direction.

Jane’s professional background is nursing; she is a Registered Nurse with Post Graduate qualifications in Critical Care, Business and Aged Care Management. Her experience in health has been as a Senior Executive in both nursing and management for over 25 years.

Jane is strong advocate for primary health care as an integral part of the Australian health system and is particularly interested in a social model of health as the framework within which improvement to the health and well-being of individuals and communities are achieved.

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Kerrin Duczmal

Treasurer

Kerrin has over 20 years of corporate and finance experience, including strong general management skills in leadership of corporate operations.

Kerrin’s experience has developed from roles in London, Sydney & Brisbane and he is focused on strategy, process development, financial and corporate governance and quality improvement.

Kerrin’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accountancy with a second major of Business Law and Taxation; he is qualified as a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Rosemary Aitken

In the early 1970s, concern that young families and disadvantaged individuals needed more local support, led to Rosemary to campaign for health and welfare services. The Shire of Eltham responded to a large public meeting by employing a part time welfare officer in addition to the Infant Welfare Nurses (Maternal Child Health), and setting up Family Day Care for children.

A Commonwealth Government grant to establish a Community Health Centre in the mid 1970s led to the employment of health personnel, and the present healthAbility. Rosemary has served on the Advisory and Management Boards of the healthAbility since its inception, and has served in the role of President from 1988-2004.

In addition, Rosemary has worked as a Physiotherapist, and has completed an economics degree at La Trobe University to further her understanding of health planning and management. Rosemary was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through health and welfare organisations in the Eltham district in 2008.

In 2010 Rosemary won the 2010 Minister for Health Awards for outstanding individual achievement from a primary health service.The Minister for Health Volunteer Awards celebrate and honour the remarkable work performed by volunteers across Victoria’s public healthcare sector.

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Sandra Barns

Sandra is an experienced General Manager and financial services professional, with successful achievements in Technology, Risk and Finance program development and implementation, strategic development, technology implementation, business engagement and business transformational change. Achievements also extend to Risk and Finance management across several industries including liaising with government and regulatory bodies, and has worked on several merger and acquisition exercises.

Sandra's experience includes significant exposure to senior business / company representatives, and she has worked with CEO’s, Exco’s , Chairman and Board members, and has also worked on and with Boards and Committees.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Mathematics, (incl. Operational Research, Computer Science). Sandra is also a member of AICD.

Sandra has lived in Eltham for over 20 years.

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David Brant

David joined the Board in March 2013 and held the position of Chair from August 2014 until October 2017. He has 28 years of senior management experience, mostly spent working and living in Asia.  His expertise is developing strategic plans for businesses providing strong operational leadership with a focus on developing people.  Underpinning this experience, is an emphasis on operational excellence, quality and continuous improvement.

David’s industry experience is broad based from high-end medical equipment, through to automotive, packaging and mining.  His business experience as Managing Director has covered all facets of management from sales through to manufacturing.

As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, his Non- Executive Director and Consultant focus is on Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, Risk Assessment and Financial oversight.  David is married with two adult daughters and is a long term resident of Eltham.

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Dr Patrick Tuohey

Patrick has over 30 years of experience in senior management and executive roles in the professional services industry with an ASX-listed company. His expertise includes commercial management and risk management, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions.

Patrick has a 1st Class Honours degree and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London). He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is married with two adult sons.

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