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Governance and leadership

Our Leadership Team

Kaya Latage

Kaya Latage, Chief Executive Officer

Kaya has more than 20 years professional and academic experience working across a broad range of health, welfare, mental health, education and disability services. Throughout her professional career, her passion and commitment has been to lead, develop and implement innovative evidence based best practice programs across a number of organisations and is a recipient of the 2019 Australian & New Zealand Women’s National Leadership Scholarship.

She holds a number of academic qualifications including Graduate Diploma Psychology (University Southern Queensland), Graduate Diploma Psychology (Honours) (Victoria University), Diploma Business Governance (Institute of Company Directors).

Kaya has also achieved a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work (Melbourne University), Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy (Swinburne University), Master of Psychoanalysis (audited) and is currently completing a Masters in Project Management (RMIT).

Our Board

Russel Barnes

Russel Barnes, Chair

Russel has extensive business experience in manufacturing, software development including over 20 years producing software packages for a variety of community organisations.

He has also achieved academic qualifications in Engineering, Sociology and Social Work.

After selling his software company in 2008 Russel has actively supported a number of community organisations and as a member of Rotary has delivered aid projects in Timor Leste and Tonga.

In 2012 he also co-founded Better Life Mobile – a social enterprise dedicated to providing affordable phone plans to those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.

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Melinda Jackson

Melinda Jackson, Secretary

Melinda has extensive experience assisting small to large large companies assisting to develop and maintain their policy and procedure documentation, process mapping and management. As well as extensive experience as a technical writer for software documentation in many varied industries.

She has worked with a diverse range of industries, including retail, IT, education, hospital and finance and holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from Latrobe University.

Melinda also actively volunteers on various school council and sporting committees and in 2017 was recognised as Calisthenics Victoria Volunteer of the Year.

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Joanne Bryant

Joanne Bryant

BApSc (OT), Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy, AAOT, ASCH

Joanne is an occupational therapist and hypnotherapist. She currently runs her own company as clinical occupational therapist, providing mental health services.

Accompanying her 25 years’ experience in the health sector, Joanne has also been an expert witness for court proceedings, and also managed a family printing company for 13 years.

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Nicky Mackie

Nicky Mackie

Nicky is an Internationally recognised Executive Business Coach, Speaker, People Management Consultant and Business Process Expert.

Nicky partners with the decision makers of an extensive network of small to large businesses across Australia and New Zealand.

Nicky empowers leaders to solve immediate business issues and accelerate business growth through thought leadership that improves business performance and leverages an organisations talent.

Nicky actively supports CEOs, Managing Directors and business leaders to create growth platforms that maximises the talent of their people and opportunities in the market.

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Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw

Chris has extensive background in retail and banking businesses and spent many years in the fashion industry as a wholesaler and importer running his own company. He is now retired.

He has been a Director of Beaumaris Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank since 2012 and is also the current Chair.

Chris holds a B.Com [Melb], Graduate Certificate in Management [Univ. Western Sydney] and is a member of AICD.

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Dennis Tarrant

Dennis Tarrant

Dennis is an experienced business owner with more than 30 years in the hospitality, publishing, banking and finance.

In his role as the Chair and CEO of the Murrumbeena Community Bank® Branch Bendigo Bank Dennis has overseen the distribution of almost $2 million dollars to support a range of community projects.

He is an active Rotarian and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne South.

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