Committee of ManagementBanksia 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 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 joined the Committee of Management in 2014 filling the after a colleague recommended she apply for the recently vacated Treasurer’s role. Debra brings a wealth of experience to this role having managed Finance, Infrastructure/Purchasing, Human Resources and Information Technology for VincentCare Victoria who specialises in aged care, community & disability services.
Having a passion for the aged care sector, Debra started her own consulting business in 2014 specialising in Consumer Directed Care in the Home Care sector. Seeing a technology gap in the market, Debra developed Care Collaborator, a cloud based software solution designed for the home care provider, enabling more efficient processes.
Paul Zanatta joined the Committee of Management in early 2014. Paul’s professional career spans thirty-three years in roles broadly scoping policy advocacy, senior strategic and operational management, business development, research and health practice (nursing). 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.
Paul has been working since the beginning of 2017 as the Consultant and Proprietor of HSC Health, Social and Community across the health, social and community services sectors. His clients include homeless and welfare, aged community care and disability support providers. His work includes the development of service and program frameworks, tender development, outcomes measurement, program reviews, policy submission writing, market analysis and special strategic projects.
Paul has also worked as the Policy Manager for two peak bodies, Aged and Community Care Victoria and the Australian Medical Association – Victoria. He has undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in nursing, community health, counselling, and a Masters of Public Health as well as being Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
His other volunteer role is as an ‘expert’ member of the Victoria University Human Research Ethics Committee with a focus on the ethical issues surrounding the ethical conduct of research in service delivery settings and with vulnerable populations.
Paul joined the Committee of Management in 2006. Paul currently works at Alfred Health in the position of Director Technology Services and Transformation, responsible for Health Information Management, Electronic Medical Records, IT Infrastructure and Service Delivery. Since graduating as a Nurse and specializing in Critical Care, Paul has held a number of clinical and management roles in Public Health, Government and Private Consulting.
Paul’s interests include workforce leadership and change management. He lives in the local community with his wife and three teenage children and was drawn to volunteering at Banksia to support his community and due to the valuable services provided by Banksia. Paul has served Banksia in both Vice President and President positions in the past.
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 OC Connections (formerly 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.
Jade joined the Committee of Management in 2017. Jade is a lawyer, who was admitted in 2013 and since then has practiced as a litigation lawyer at a commercial law firm. She brings her experience with a diverse range of disputes, in a number of jurisdictions, for a variety of clients, to Banksia. Jade has tertiary qualifications in both Commerce and Law.