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Dr Matt Brett (PhD. GAICD) is the child of Deaf parents. He's been associated with disability throughout his life. Matt has extensive experience in disability and equity in higher education. Matt has published widely on disability and equity issues and been involved with over $1.5 million in externally funded research grants. He's currently employed as Director of Academic Governance and Standards at Deakin University. He is a Graduate of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Vice President

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Andy is a veterinary surgeon who has spent the last 25 years working in executive management in medical research and education fields. He has more than ten years of experience as a Chief Executive Officer and has been a director of numerous boards for the last 15 years. Amongst these, he was Chairman of Australian Centre for Health Innovation and also Chairman of Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. Andy has recently been working with the Living with Disability Research Centre to develop training programs for workplaces. He is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Professor Keith Houghton is the Chief Academic Strategist of the Higher Education and Research Group (HERG), and a director of other companies in the research, consulting, and healthcare industries. For 10 years from late 2002, Keith held an appointment as Professor of Business Administration at the Australian National University and Dean of the ANU College of Business and Economics. Keith is the Patron of the Melbourne based charity – SPELD. Much of his consulting and advisory work has related to corporate governance, financial management and organisational innovation. Keith joined the Melba Board in November 2021.




Natasha is a policy evaluator and research consultant and runs her own freelance practice, Ludowyk Evaluation. She holds degrees in Arts and Science and a Masters in Criminology. Natasha routinely works across sectors including health, mental health, disability and community development. Natasha lives in Ballarat with her partner and two children. She joined the Melba board in 2019.

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Roger is an accomplished CEO, Non-Executive Director and Chair with experience in the health, human services, law enforcement, education, transport, and environmental industries – across private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. He brings strong governance experience, along with commercial acumen, risk management and strategy skills combined with a passion for innovation and business development. He's also been Chair of numerous Finance, Audit, Risk, Investment and Community Advisory Committees. Roger's a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Roger joined our Board in November 2021.




Samantha joined the Karden Disability Services board in 2014. After the merger with Melba in July 2018, she joined the Melba Board. Samantha lives in Ballarat and has a Bachelor of Commerce. She runs her own businesses and has a background in both corporate and small business across a number of industries including retail, food, community and retirement living.




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Shyam is a Certified Practicing Accountant with over 15 years of experience in both industry and public practice across various sectors including Education, Tourism, FMCG and Banking. Shyam currently leads the Corporate Finance division for La Trobe University including managing its Treasury Function and Asset portfolio. Shyam has been associated with Melba since 2018, when he first joined as a member of Audit and Risk Committee and has also served as a Director for the University’s recruitment franchise in Australia. In his spare time, Shyam loves spending time with his two boys and playing music.



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Ms Tricia Malowney OAM is a senior member of the Disability Leadership Institute, bringing a gender lens to the disability sector and disability lens to mainstream services. Committed to human rights, she established a consultancy providing disability and gender advocacy advice to government and non-government agencies. Tricia also held the position of inaugural President of the Victorian Disability Services Board and Deputy Chair of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council. In 2013, she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for services to women with disabilities, and in 2017, was awarded a Medal in the order of Australia for her advocacy work for people with disability.



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Arvind (BSc MBuss GAICD) is currently a Senior Technology Specialist at a major telecommunications company where his passion is to simplify complex technology to help address strategic customer transformation objectives focusing on Education, Health and FSI. Previous experience includes Philips Lighting where he worked on their research-driven higher education and smart city/campus solutions as well as independent advisory roles focusing on digital transformation and smart city feasibility studies. This has culminated in a unique understanding of the digital landscape from disruptive strategies through to the technology tools to enable change and how to navigate this journey.



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Diana is an experienced commercial lawyer and has advised many clients in the health sector. She is also a former Australian diplomat, having gained extensive experience in foreign policy through various roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Diana is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently working towards a Master of Business Administration (part-time) at Melbourne Business School. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Family Planning Victoria. 


CEO (ex-officio)

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With over 30 years’ experience in the disability, aged care and community health sectors, Hayley’s career has focussed on the creation and provision of innovative and responsive person-driven services within a high quality human rights framework. Hayley joined Melba in early 2017 as the organisation’s first Chief Outcomes Officer, supporting the organisation through the transition to the NDIS and the successful transfer of government services. Hayley was appointed CEO in September 2020. 

leadership team 

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Samantha Easton-Cavanagh,

Chief People and

Culture Officer

Sanjeev Choudhary​,

Chief Quality and 

Participant Experience Officer

Kirsten Filmer,

Executive Office Manager


Milton Fitzsimmons,

Acting Chief Information Officer 

Aaron Fry,

General Manager,

Outcomes East

David Glazebrook,

General Manager, 

Innovation and Development

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Penny Harris,

General Counsel

Russell Harrison 

Chief Outcomes Officer

Dr Anneke Jurgens,

General Manager,


Quality and Safeguards

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Jacqui McCowan

General Manager Outcomes,

Central Highlands and Wimmera

Carol Redrup,

Chief Transformation Officer 

Angela Quero,

General Manager, 

Outcomes South

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Yianni Rigogiannis,

General Manager

Business Operations 

Marc Sinclair,

Project Management

Office Manager 

Kerrie White,

General Manager, 

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Karen Wijsman,

General Manager, 


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