General Board Member
Ben is a lawyer and charted tax advisor who currently works for Ernst and Young as a Director in the Human Tax Practice. He has worked for large accounting firms in Singapore, London and Australia. Ben was born in England and in 2008 moved to Melbourne where he now resides with his family. Ben’s interests include yachting, marathon running and scuba diving.
Brian was invited to join the Board in 2011 after being a member of the Finance sub-committee since 2009. Brian is a retired wholesale banker and a qualified Accountant, Company Secretary and Company director. Brian has extensive experience in the areas of finance, management and board governance.
Board Member - General
Colin Rose rejoined the Board in December, 2010, having previously been a member for 9 years, finishing in 2007. Colin is a panel member of DHS Eastern Region's review panel for emergency accommodation and he is a long standing member of the Lions Club.
Dr John Annison joined the Board of Management in July 2010 and became President in March 2013. John has a long and distinguished career in the disability field working in both the government and non-government sectors. For many years, John was the Principal Lecturer in Deakin University’s Disability Studies area of Health Sciences in the School of Health and Social Development. John was previously President of the Council of Intellectual Disability Agencies (now merged with National Disability Services, Victoria) and a former President of Inclusion Melbourne.
CEO (Ex Officio member)
Glenn Foard has worked in disability services for 15 years in both policy and service delivery roles. Prior to joining Melba he worked as an executive in the Department of Human Services, a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and in various roles in the non-government sector. He has served as a Board member of VCOSS, Disability Professionals Victoria (where he was inaugural Treasurer) and The Welfare Rights Centre (ACT). He is currently a State Committee member of National Disability Services and a Steering Committee member of the Eastern Disability Services Network. As well as his passion for working with people with disabilities, he has written over 20 books, reports, articles and conference papers on housing and homelessness. Glenn is a social worker and has also completed two post-graduate degrees in social policy and accounting.
General Board Member
Graham Leaver has been a member of the Board since 2006. Graham is the father of David who was supported through Melba’s Community Living Support Service and Individual Support Arrangements. Graham has been involved with Melba since 1988, and has played an integral role within Melba on many committees and working parties during this time.
Jan Calvert has been on the Board since 2000 and currently holds the role of Secretary. Jan is the mother of Miles who attends Melba Avenue Community Connections. Jan is a strong advocate for her son and others who attend the day service and has contributed in a range of consultation groups at Melba for over a decade.
General Board Member
Michelle has a business degree (CPA) and a background in financial management, financial strategy, governance and project management. She has worked in variety of industries in Australia and several other countries. Most recently Michelle has been managing large scale change programs at La Trobe University. As a university student, Michelle worked with people with disabilities providing support.
Peter Vince has practiced exclusively in corporate recovery and insolvency since 1975 with particular emphasis on the financial problems encountered by companies, partnerships and individuals. During this time, Peter has been responsible for the conduct of numerous insolvency assignments encompassing the administration of companies as well as bankruptcy and Part X arrangements.
Sue Driscoll is the Principal of The Clowder Group, a consultancy which specialises in providing communications advice and support to the Australian health care sector. Her clients span all areas of healthcare: metropolitan and rural hospitals, aged care and disability agencies, mental health support, community health, health partnerships, general practice organisations and disease-specific support groups. Sue was elected to the Board at the 2011 Annual General Meeting.