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Committee of Management

Banksia Palliative Care Service Inc.

Committee of Management

Our Committee of Management oversees our organisation.  Some of their main roles are governance and planning.  It is made up of a group of respected community minded citizens who come from a variety of backgrounds. 

 They kindly volunteer their expertise to Banksia.

John Richardson

John Richardson

President

John Richardson has been elected President again following the 2016 AGM.  He has previously served as President between 2005 and 2010.

Prior to that, he was Vice President from 1997.  John joined the Board in 1994.   John has held significant appointments as the Group Manager of Employee Relations for the North East Healthcare Network and Human Resources Manager at Austin Health and Director of Human Resources with the Royal Automobile Club Victoria (RACV), a career spanning over 26 years.  John has worked in all facets of the Human Resources area, in such diverse organisations as Arts Victoria, the Road Traffic Authority, Attorney Generals Department and Austin Health. John has a Bachelor of Business degree with a psychology major and is a Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Debra Ward

Debra Ward

Treasurer

Debra joined Banksia Palliative Care Services Committee of Management in 2014 after a colleague recommended she apply for the recently vacated Treasurer’s role.  Debra recently resigned from her position as Executive Manager Corporate Services at VincentCare Victoria after 11 years of service to pursue other interests. She brings a wealth of experience to Banksia having managed the finance, infrastructure/purchasing and information technology & communication departments for VincentCare Victoria which included aged care, community & disability services.
Paul Adcock

Paul Adcock

Committee Member

Paul joined the Board in August 2006. Paul has 19 years nursing experience spanning acute health, government and health consultancy and currently works as an Associate Director of Nursing at The Alfred Hospital. Paul has specific interests in workforce planning and change management.

Paul’s qualifications include a MBA and a Bachelor of Nursing. He assumed the role of President in February 2010.

Therese Desmond

Therese Desmond

Vice President

Therese joined the Committee of Management in 2012 and has over 25 years experience managing and delivering health and community services to support people living with a disability, older people and children and families.

Therese is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Oakleigh Centre in Melbourne. She is a Registered Nurse with tertiary qualifications in Community Health and Management. Therese is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jane Picton

Jane Picton

Committee Member

Jane Picton joined the Banksia Palliative Care Service Committee of Management, in August 2009.  She qualified as a Social Worker in the United Kingdom and worked in child protection, fostering and adoption. After arriving in Australia in 1974, she continued with similar family social work for a number of years.  She then worked for over 20 years as a counsellor and mediator with separated parents, in the Family Court and with Victorian Legal Aid.

Jane believes she can perhaps contribute to the service because of her extensive experience with families who have experienced grief and loss, there being a similarity with those families who lose a member through death.  She is looking forward to being part of an important community service.

Paul Zanatta

Paul Zanatta

Committee Member

Paul joined the Committee of Management in early 2014 to fill a casual vacancy. Paul’s professional career spans thirty years in roles broadly scoping policy advocacy, senior strategic and operational management, research and health practice (nursing). He is currently the Executive Manager for Social Policy and Research at VincentCare Victoria, where he has been working since 2011 with responsibilities for program evaluation, research, social policy advocacy and strategic business development. Paul has long standing community and population health interests as well as strong interests in organisation strategy and good governance in “purpose-based” (not for profit) organisations.
If you are interested in becoming a Committee of Management Member please contact Julie Paul, Executive Officer, on 94550822 or Email: juliep@banksiapalliative.com.au