JOHN CHRISTOPHERSEN – CHAIRMAN
Bachelor of Engineering(Civil)
John Christophersen has over 20 years experience as a Director of Cadbury Schweppes entities in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, India and Pakistan. He was a Director of Cadbury Schweppes Australia for 8 years. He held leadership roles of Supply Chain. During his tenure with the business, he lived in Singapore, Indonesia and Canada for a combined 17 years.
HAYDEN RAYSMITH AM – DEPUTY CHAIR
Prof Raysmith has had a distinguished career in the public, community and philanthropic sectors. He was the founding chair of Melbourne Community Foundation, the Executive Director of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University and held the positions of Director of Youth Affairs and Director of Statewide Operations and Public Health in the Victorian Government. Professor Raysmith currently chairs the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, which is developing an arts, cultural and educational precinct on an historic 6.5 hectare site on the Yarra River and is Governance Patron of the Victorian Local Governance Association.
John Bennie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Dandenong City Council in 2006.
He was previously Chief Executive at Manningham City Council and has held numerous executive roles over his 40 year local government career.
John is the current Chair of the Southern Melbourne Economy Working Group; a member of the MAV Insurance Board; an Executive Director to the Board of Chisholm Institute; holds a non-executive Director role at residential care facility, MannaCare and in 2012, concluded seven continuous years of service to LGPro and LGMA where he held the respective positions of State President (2005 and 2006) and National President (2011).
In the Australia Day 2014 Honours List John was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the pursuit of excellence in Local Government management.
He is an active Rotarian and holds tertiary and post graduate qualifications in Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering and Business Administration.
Sandra Hills (OAM)
Benetas is one of the leading not-for-profit providers to older Australians of residential care, in-home care, respite care, housing services and retirement living in Victoria.
Sandra Hills joined Benetas in 2009 with career experience in local and state government and the not for profit sector and has qualifications spanning: nursing, psychology, research and business management. Under Sandra’s leadership, Benetas has diversified its services to meet new and future demand with a specific focus on innovation, research, workforce development and sustainable fiscal growth.
Sandra was acknowledged for her service to aged care in Victoria with a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division, in the 2017 Queens Birthday Honour List. Sandra was also nominated as a finalist for the 2016 AHRI CEO Diversity Champion Award.
Benetas has developed a recognised contribution in the research and advocacy space and the future focus will be on translating research into practice. As a voice and advocate for older people, Sandra’s published works span topics including social isolation, consumer engagement, promotion of a good ageing and end of life experience, quality and best practice, and a future reform agenda.
Benetas has committed to expanding its role in aged and community care and continues to influence debate and discussion on key topics. Sandra continues to work in leadership roles within the community including as a long serving ex-Director and Vice President of Leading Aged Services Victoria (LASA), and its predecessors, Director of Anglicare Australia, a member of the National Aged Care Alliance and Director, Community Chefs.
Bill Jaboor has over 40 years of experience in local government in both Victoria and Queensland. He was appointed CEO of Brimbank City Council in 2012, having previously been the CEO of Hobsons Bay City Council from 2004-2012 and the CEO of the City of Greater Shepparton from 1994 to 2004.
In addition to his role as CEO of Brimbank, Bill also lends his expertise to a number of orgnisations. In 2009 he was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee. He is a Board Member of Community Chef and Regional Kitchen Pty Ltd, and a current board member of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.
Bill has an Associate Diploma of Business Studies (RMIT), a Bachelor of Arts Degree (University of Queensland) and an MBA (Deakin University). He has completed a short course for State and Local Government Executives at Harvard University and became a Williamson Leadership Fellow in 1996.
As an active, committed and involved member of the community, Bill has extensive experience across industry, health and education. He is a Founding Member, Committee of Management – Fairley Leadership (the Goulburn Murray Community Leadership Program); a Past Member, Ladders to Success – Indigenous Employment Program (a COAG initiative); Past Member, LaTrobe University Shepparton Campus Committee; Past Member, Department of Rural Health Management Committee, University of Melbourne; Past President, Institute of Municipal Management, Victorian Division; Past Member, Goulburn-North East Water for Agriculture Ministerial Committee; and a Past Director, Collections Council of Australia
ROBERT ANDREW MEEK
Dip Bus & Modern Languages
Andrew is the CEO of AW Bell Pty Ltd a manufacturer of components for the aerospace and defence industries. AW Bell was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2011. Andrew currently holds board positions with the CSIRO Victorian Direct Manufacturing Consortium and the South-East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance.
Andrew has over 15 years of Senior Executive Management experience gained internationally and locally in the food manufacturing sector including Goodman Fielder and Qantas Flight Catering.
Margot Smith retired in 2011 after nearly 30 years in the retail industry with various subsidiaries of the Myer, Coles and Wesfarmers Groups, where her last position was Executive Director/General Manager Retail Services for Target.
She has strong strategic leadership and financial management skills and qualifications, which include a B. Ec.(hons) from the University of Tasmania and an MBA from IMI (now IMD) Switzerland, and experience that cover a broad range of business disciplines. She was a Director of the Anglesea Golf Club for six years and is now a elected Councillor on the Surf Coast Shire, a Director of RSPCA Victoria, and Deputy Chair of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation. Her passions include golf, walking, travel, reading and opera.
B Econ, Dip Ed, Grad Dip App Info Sys (Hons) GAICD
A qualified teacher and economist, Michael has held a series of senior positions with the Department of Education, the Office of Local Government and Victoria Grants Commission. Michael has held executive positions at the Moonee Valley City Council, Ballarat City Council, Surf Coast Shire and the Darebin City Council. Since 2010, Michael has established his own management consulting business.