Our Council

Our Council

Our Council is the governing body for the Association. Each Councillor is committed to providing good governance, effective financial management and creativity as they advocate for older Victorians in need.

Kevin W. Neville, President

Kevin W. Neville, President

- Elected to Council 1993

Kevin is Chairman of Disability Service provider Interact Australia (Victoria) Ltd, Funds Manager CorVal Partners Ltd, and is a Director of IntoWork Australia, a National Specialist Recruitment and Training Services company, and MAS National Ltd, an Apprenticeship Support Service Provider. Kevin’s professional career was 30 years as a Chartered Accountant and Partner at Moore Stephens, with 7 years as Managing Partner. Kevin is a member of the Development and Innovation, Audit and Risk, and Governance Committees and has previously held the position of OCAV Treasurer.

Leslie Wood, Vice President

Leslie Wood, Vice President

- Elected to Council 2009

Leslie teaches in the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University. Formerly Manager of Project Partnerships & Investment at Places Victoria and a Councillor in the Shire of Yarra Ranges, with extensive experience in governance including Chair of Open Channel at Docklands and President of the Victorian Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres. Leslie is a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chair of OCAV Governance Committee.

Carl Maissan, Treasurer

Carl Maissan, Treasurer

- Elected to Council 2015

Carl is an experienced CFO, and is currently CFO of an education-technology group of companies. Prior to taking on an executive role, Carl was a Director at PwC, where he spent 11 years in a variety of consulting and transaction support roles in Australia, Canada and the USA. Carl is a Chartered Accountant and Chairs the OCAV Audit and Risk Committee.

Jenny Roche

Jenny Roche

- Elected to Council 2018

Jenny Roche FAICD is an advisory partner at EY where she leads the Customer Advisory Practice for Oceania. Prior to joining EY she held a number of senior executive roles across a range of industries. Jenny specialises in customer centred transformation and in the connection between people and technology. Jenny is also a director educator with the AICD.

Dr Mary Britten

Dr Mary Britten

- Elected to Council 2021

Mary is a consultant Physician and Geriatrician. Having trained and worked in the UK she moved to Austin Health, Melbourne in 2009 where she became Deputy and Acting Medical Director of Continuing Care. Her managerial and governance experience has been enhanced by her roles as Senior Medical Staff Chair at Austin and as Staff Governor whilst working at Homerton NHS Foundation Trust in London. She has extensive experience in providing services for older people in acute and community settings and has a special interest in cognitive impairment and delirium. She is a founder member of the Australasian Delirium Association and has been Chair of Austin Delirium and Cognitive Care Committee.

Judy Sharp

Judy Sharp

- Elected to Council 2011

Judy has many years of experience as a social worker and manager of community programs in the aged and disability field and especially in supporting family carers. For many years she managed the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre and Carer Links North programs at Merri Community Health Services. More recently Judy has been a trainer and facilitator of workshops for women in business or management. She is an active Rotarian and is currently president of the Rotary Club of Eltham. Currently she is a member of both the Care Committee and Development and Innovation Committee.

Lyndsay Neilson

Lyndsay Neilson

- Elected to Council 2018

Lyndsay Neilson is a very experienced senior government leader, and a specialist in strategic thinking, planning and management. He has led government departments in Australia, headed a high-level multi-lateral committee in Europe and has been an active consultant within Australia and overseas. He has also had extensive academic engagement and experience in the urban planning and management field.

Dominique Horne

Dominique Horne

- Elected to Council 2020

Dominique is a social worker and is currently working with Better Place Australia implementing Elder Abuse Prevention Services with The Orange Door (Family Violence Hub) in Gippsland, North East and Geelong. She has extensive experience working across a range health and community sectors including disability and aged care. She has experience working with older people with dementia and their family and carers and her recent role working as an Aged Care Assessor provides a great understanding of My Aged Care and the support and service which are available to older people and their families.

Dr Philomena Horsley

Dr Philomena Horsley

Philomena has been a member of NFP Boards and government advisory committees since the 1980s and is a member of the AICD. She works as a research consultant and workforce trainer. She is a medical anthropologist with particular interests in research ethics; ageing and aged care and disability care systems; gender and health; and family violence. She also holds positions at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the University of Melbourne’s School of Population Health.

Peter Slifirski

Peter Slifirski

Peter is a registered architect (14780) with 30 years in the architecture, property and construction industry and 25 years in senior leadership roles including 20 years in director roles at Architectus leading strategy and business development and providing professional services on major transport, commercial, urban design and education projects.

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