Windermere has a voluntary Board of Management that guides our direction, in partnership with management and staff.
Our Board members have diverse experience and expertise in welfare, business, government and the community, and an understanding of social justice principles, research, and governance systems.
Board meetings are held every two months, culminating in an Annual General Meeting (usually in October) at which Board members are nominated and office bearers elected. The Windermere Annual Report is also tabled at this AGM and lodged with Consumer Affairs.
Carl Strachan – Chairman Carl is the Chairman of Windermere and has been involved with Windermere since 1992 when it was a small, struggling community organisation. Carl has been involved in Windermere since it became an Incorporated Association in 1992. Carl has been the key driver in fundraising initiatives for Windermere for over 15 years. Carl is on a number of Boards and has significant involvement with the funding of Stem Cell research in Australia and overseas. Board of Directors at Monash Early Research and Development for many years, owned and managed a number of hospitality business and international business interests.
Ian Forsyth – Vice Chairman Ian is the Managing Partner for The Shannon Company. He has a background in journalism, management and is now completing the Leadership Victoria course on Not for Profit Board membership.
Ricki Ryan – Treasurer Ricki is a chartered accountant and is the Director of RJRyan and Associates. Ricki is a local business person who supports businesses throughout the SE of Melbourne.
Dr Kevin McKenzie Kevin has a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Business Administration. Kevin has recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and is the Manager Smart Networks Strategy at SPAusnet.
Dr Tricia Szirom Tricia Szirom Consulting. Tricia has over 35 years experience in the not for profit sector and in government across the range of service types including education, child and family services, and health. Through her consultancy work is involved in the development of state-wide strategic plans, training in Appreciative Inquiry, lifetime membership of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
Elizabeth Mildwater Elizabeth is an experienced Executive and currently undertaking consulting work with infrastructure companies. Before broadening into general management, Elizabeth was a lawyer with 20 years’ experience. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has also completed the Leadership Victoria Not for Profit Board membership course.
Innes Willox Mr Willox is the director of international and government relations for the Australian Industry Group, with policy and advocacy responsibility across the federal and state government systems including economics, trade, defence, climate change, industrial relations and communications and technology issues. He has served as a member of the organising committee of the American-Australian Leadership Dialogue and is a member of several public and private sector advisory councils.
Nicola Mendleson Nicola has strong business and management expertise, and has established and grown a successful public relations consultancy, and provided high level strategic advice to a range of executives. Nicola has been a communications, marketing and public relations professional for over 22 years, encompassing a broad range of in-house and consultancy roles, as well as voluntary work. For 13 years, she has been a director and principal of communications consultancy, Mendleson Communication. Mendleson Communication has won a number of awards for its work and been successful in being appointed to a number of Victorian and Federal government panels.
Max Warwick In 1985 Max and brother Tom opened Warwick Fabrics New Zealand and Australia and in 1988 Warwick Fabrics UK Ltd. In 1995 Warwick Fabrics UK Ltd won The Queens Award of Export Achievements. The first Australian company to ever win this award, by exporting more than 95% of all turnover to 40 countries around the globe. Today the group of Companies has added offices in South Africa and extensive distribution in Europe and Asia, selling fabrics for Upholstery, Drapery, Age care, Hotels, Transport and Marine. There is now a second generation of great management within the group, with Tom and Max still playing an active role, even if less hectic. This has given Max the opportunity to develop an Angus Stud and potentially to give back to the community some of his time for charity works.
Pam Usher Pam joined the Management Team of the Invicta Bus Group in 1995 as a change agent and was responsible for all the Policies and Procedures so vital to the success and fair play of a large business. In 2001 Pam headed a Management buyout of Invicta and spent 8 very successful, challenging and happy years as Managing Director. During this time Pam sat on several Industry committees, and was the first female member of the Busvic Council. The past 18 months have been extremely rewarding in the work done with refugee groups, aboriginal communities, and the Melbourne Community Foundation. Her most personal work has been with Kindred Spirits, a small foundation set up to advance the wellbeing of the socially disadvantaged, through donations of education, care, training and personal support. Pam Is a Trustee of this Foundation.
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