Board Members

Ms Lesley Coleman – November 2010 – Chair and Company Secretary

Lesley is a highly experienced management consultant, specialising in public and community sector organisation and management review, program evaluation, strategic and business planning and mergers/amalgamations. She returned to her own consulting firm, Lewis & Coleman in 2010 after holding the position of Director of the Public Sector at a Management Consulting Practice for four years at HLB Mann Judd Consulting. She has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Administration Degrees.  She is an accredited mediator. Lesley has lived in Beaumaris since she was four and shares her life with husband Rod Winning, and three spoilt dogs.

Lesley’s professional memberships are with AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) and LEADR (Association of Dispute Resolvers)

Mr Len Gill – June 2008 – Vice Chair

Len is a professional non-executive director with a 35 plus year career in the electricity, gas and infrastructure industries.  He also provides energy and management consultancy services.  He is currently Non Executive Director of  Ecogen Energy Pty Ltd and Ampetus Energy Pty Ltd.  His previous roles include Chairman of Alinta Energy, Chairman of Metgasco, Non Executive Director of WDS Limited, Non Executive Director Verve Energy, Managing Director and CEO of TXU Australia and Chairman of South East Australian Gas Pty Ltd.   Len has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Len lives in Bayside with his partner and her son and has three adult children and two grandchildren.

Ms Georgina Cohen – November 2014 – Vice Chair

Georgina is an executive manager at Australia Post, where she has worked for approximately 15 years in a range of positions including operational management and systems management and development.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Classical Studies (Melbourne University), a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Communications (Monash University) and a Masters of Management (Technology) (Melbourne Business School).  Georgina lives in the Bayside area with her husband who is an aged care worker.

Mr Jeff Phillips – February 2013 – Treasurer

Jeff is the Chief Financial Officer of Bennelong Funds Management and has 18 years of experience in financial services. He joined Bennelong in June 2012. Jeff is responsible for the accounting, operations, company secretarial, compliance and product management functions.

Jeff previously spent eight years with Aviva Investors/Portfolio Partners in senior finance and operational roles. Other previous employers include Brand Finance, Morgan Stanley (London office) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) from Monash University and is a Chartered Accountant. Jeff lives in Bayside with his wife who is a school teacher and his two daughters.

Mr Steve Walsh – November 2016 – Company Secretary

Steve Walsh is Chairman of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and a Victorian Personal Injuries Accredited Specialist. He has worked in many different areas of law in his career over the past 30+ years. He has a reputation as a distinguished lawyer with an extensive history of helping everyday people. Steve joined Maurice Blackburn in 1981 as an articled clerk and worked his way up through the firm. As Chairman of the Board, Steve has guided substantial growth at Maurice Blackburn.

He is passionate about cultural diversity initiatives at Maurice Blackburn, which in recent years have included Iftar and White Ribbon events, and the development of a Religious and Spiritual Diversity guide in conjunction with the Australian Multicultural Foundation.

Mr John Dickinson – April 2015

John has nearly 30 years senior executive experience in industrial sectors. John possesses deep strategic and operational experience leading large complex businesses across multiple sites, geographies, market segments and technologies. He has a finance background with a Bachelor’s degree in Management majoring in accounting and is a CA with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors having completed the Company Directors course. John and his wife Megan live in Bayside with their family of five children.

Mr Mark Vassella – March 2012

Mark is Chief Executive, BlueScope Australia and New Zealand. Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in the steel industry and began his career as a trainee at BHP Steel’s Newcastle Steelworks. From August 2008, Mark was President BlueScope Steel North America, responsible for BlueScope Steel’s North American assets and the integration of the IMSA group of companies acquired in February 2008. He was appointed to his current role in July 2011 and he leads all major operations in Australia and New Zealand including the company’s key operations at Port Kembla (NSW) and Western Port (VIC), and in New Zealand. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland. He is a former Chairman and Board member of the Australian Steel Institute. He has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Mr Grant Douglas – October 2008

Grant was appointed to the Board in 2008 and has 30 years management experience in a variety of industries including Management Consulting, Mining, Quarrying, Mines Rescue, Banking and Transport. His previous roles include General Manager of Cope Sensitive Freight, Director Vic/Tas for Star Track Express, Acting Managing Director of Regional & Rural Banking for ANZ Banking Group and Head of Agribusiness for ANZ Banking Group.  Grant holds an MBA from London Business School, majoring in Finance, Strategy and HR, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Ballarat School of Mines. Grant and his wife Deb live in Bayside with their two children, Montanna and Alex.

Ms Michelle Thompson – November 2016

Michelle Thompson is Chief Executive of MSI – Australian Healthcare.  Michelle has 25 years of healthcare leadership experience in several major health systems in Australia, UK and USA in profit and not for profit sector in primary care, community health, acute health, disability, aged care and medical research as well as Senior Executive for the Commonwealth Medicare Australia. Throughout her career she has built a reputation for innovative models of service delivery, fostering partnerships and collaboration between government, private and not for profit sector and accelerating financial and operational performance combined with improvements in cost and quality of care.
She is a Graduate of AICD and holds a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business and Dip MRA.

Mr David Stewart – November 2016

David is the Founder & Principal of RYP International, which was established in 1981.  Since then David and his team have been developing teams, communities and leaders in a wide cross section of Industries, Organisations and Communities on a global basis addressing organisational dynamics, team cultures and social issues.  His approach is to build the capability, confidence and team chemistry of an organisation to drive an observable point of difference by linking Culture – Brand and Strategy. He has designed and facilitated “FROM and TO” major change processes with Major Corporates, Family Owned Organisations, Professional Sports Teams, NGO’s, Industry Associations and Government Agencies.