The Board

As elected at our Annual General Meeting, 20th November, 2017

Chris Wootton

President

B Sc (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, MBA Chris joined Philanthropy Australia in January 2014 as the Victorian & Tasmanian Membership Manager. He has worked in philanthropy for over 13 years managing the granting programs for some of the largest trusts including the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust; William Buckland Foundation; and the RACV Community Foundation.

In his previous role at ANZ Trustees (now Equity Trustees), Chris was responsible for the granting programs for around 250 trusts and foundations across Australia which distribute over $85 million per year.

He was the inaugural CEO of WaterAid Australia (2004 – 2007) an international aid and development agency delivering water and sanitation community development programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and established new programs in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. Chris has also held senior executive roles at Melbourne Water, the University of Melbourne as General Manager, Vice-Chancellor’s Office and was the inaugural General Manager of Melbourne University Private.

Ian Parker

Vice-President

Ian is involved as a member and Chairman of other not-for-profit boards, including a tenure as President of Banyule Support & Information Centre. He holds a PhD in Physics, a Dip Ed and BSc (hons) degree.

Following retirement he continues to lecture to Masters Degree students on the engineering and scientific aspects of papermaking and paper properties. He is Chair of the Standards Australia Committee for paper industry standards and represents Australia on the equivalent International Standards Organisation committee.

Ian held various technical and management positions with Amcor for almost 20 years and then established Surface Technology as its Managing Director before joining the Pulp and Paper Institute at Monash University.

James Dent

Treasurer

James is a Chartered Accountant with a Graduate Diploma of Corporate Governance. He is a partner with KPMG having started his professional career with them in 1994.

James is currently a member of the Energy and Natural Resources audit group. He has experience providing audit services to clients ranging from large multinational groups to small private enterprises.

Additionally, he has also assisted clients with specific technical matters, systems and process reviews, and general accounting advice. James has worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He joined CISVic COM early 2010

Jinny McGrath

Honorary Secretary

Jinny holds a Bachelor and Masters in Social Work. She has nearly 30 years of experience in a variety of setting including housing, as a community development worker in schools, team leader in disability services, manager of a family counselling support service, member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and Migrant Review Tribunal, and Programs Manager at Springvale Community Aid & Advice Bureau.

Jinny is currently the General Manager of Organisational Development at South East Community Links.

Jinny has also been extensively involved in a voluntarily capacity in her local community, serving as an elected Councillor and on numerous Boards of community organisations.

Jinny is also a Williamson Community Leadership Fellow.

 

Anne Catanese

Ordinary member

Anne has worked in the community sector for over 5 years, and prior to that, in the adult multicultural education sector where she held a variety of roles including senior management.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Post Graduate Diploma of TESOL, and Advanced Diploma in Business Management. During her time in the community sector, Anne managed the community services programs at Springvale Community Aid & Advice Bureau. These included emergency relief, information & referral, volunteering, and settlement services. Now as Manager of Chelsea Community Support Services, Anne leads her team in the delivery of generalist support services to vulnerable & disadvantaged people. She has extensive experience,  knowledge & passion in working with CALD communities, and has participated in a range of external committees & advisory groups including Board member of South East Migrant Resource Centre, and  Chair of Adult Community & Further Education Council.

Bill Morton

Ordinary member

Bill is a qualified accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) who has worked in a range of senior finance and corporate roles with the Victorian Government. Most of these roles have been in the mental health, community services, adult and youth corrections and the State Treasury.

He has also worked in the public hospitals sector on some of the major hospital redevelopments that took place in Victoria after 2000. These included the Austin Health Redevelopment, as well as new hospitals in rural Victoria including work Warracknabeal and Hopetoun Hospitals.

Bill currently does consulting work for agencies in the NFP sector as well as doing volunteer work in the CISVic office.

Out of hours Bill plays veterans hockey with the Footscray Hockey Club and is rhythm guitarist and keyboardist in a rock/blues band, the “New Crisis”.

Denise Budge

Ordinary member

Denise has worked in the community sector for more than 30 years in a variety of management roles and prior to that, as Office Manager of a news and public affairs information service.  She holds a Diploma of Business Management and has completed Adaptive Leadership training, bringing extensive experience in the not for profit sector to the Board of CISVic.

Denise currently manages Knox Infolink being the largest welfare support agency in Knox. Prior to that, she spent 10 years managing the outer east office of the Eastern Community Legal Centre.   Denise also has experience working in a peak organisation, similar to CISVic, as Policy Officer for the Financial and Consumer Rights Council. Prior to that she managed the Consumer and Tenant Resource Centre – Outer East, for 17 years. This wide breadth of experience combined with her current Board involvements in the neighbourhood house sector and the community transport sector confirms her long standing commitment to the community.

Denise has also been an active participant in law reform over the years, lobbying government for changes in tenancy, building and credit to name a few and is a keen advocate for those who do not have a voice.

 

Leanne Petrides

Ordinary member