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Board of Directors

Deb Allan


B.Bus (RMIT), Professional Membership Australian Human Resources Institute

Debra has held senior leadership roles in Human Resources & Organisational Development in the financial services sector, State Water authority, welfare agency, along with several not-for-profit board positions.  She currently is a lecturer with La Trobe Business School. She has a consultancy business focusing on organisational cultural change, leadership and performance management systems

Christine Walters

Deputy Chair

B.Arts (Disability Studies), GDip.Ed, M Bus.Admin, Graduate Company Director Course AICD

Christine has 30 years experience working in the disability, community health and local government sectors working strategically to ensure that all people, regardless of ability or diversity, are included in community life and have the choice to make decisions about their own lives. She has held Chair and Treasurer roles on several boards, most recently as Chair Loddon Mallee Women’s Health Board.

Partha Nag


B.Bus (Notre Dame), M. Professional Accounting (Curtin), CPA, MAICD

Partha holds both executive and non-executive roles with various private organisations and not for profit entities. Partha comes from a background of having worked in listed entities in senior management roles and currently is Executive Director for Strategic Business Alliance (SBA) which provides customised business process outsourcing solutions to professional services, firms and entities in various industry sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Partha has a deep interest in the Disability sector and the NDIS as a carer.

Helen Yorston


Adv. Dip. Community Sector Management (in progress)

Helen is a founding member and Manager of the Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre since its inception in 2002. She is foundation member and current treasurer of the Victorian Volunteer Support Services Network. Helen is a Justice of the Peace and serves on several boards including Bendigo Heritage Attractions (Secretary), Bendigo Easter Festival Reference Committee, and the Bendigo Branch of the Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justice (Secretary). She is a life member of the Bendigo Easter Fair Society and a Trustee of Bendigo Community Theatre and Arts Public Fund.

Michael Hennessey


RN (lapsed) RM (lapsed), B Health Sc (Management), LL.B, Grad Dip. Legal Practice, Notary Public

Michael has 25 years’ experience in acute hospitals in various clinical and administrative capacities. He commenced legal practice in 1998 and has since worked in private practice and in the community legal sector.  He is presently operating in his own firm as a sole practitioner.

Kaye Osterfield


Dip. Phys. Ed. TSTC P.E III. 

Taught at Secondary level for 16 years. Company Director and Manager 20 years. Retired 2002.

Scott MacRae


Cert IV Frontline, Business Administration and Management (Locher), Certificate Banking and Financial Services (Omega Institute)

Scott is a Senior Funding Analyst at Community Sector Banking – Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

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