Board Members

davidDavid Willersdorf joined the Wallara Board in October 2012 and became Chairman in 2013. David’s work experience extends over some 40 years utilising his commerce and accounting skills and experience in General Management and Director roles. The last 28 years have been with the Grenda Group of Companies in the Dandenong area as Group General Manager and Director. Over recent years David has been committed to the Dandenong Community as a Past Chair and current Board member of Chisholm Institute, Chair of the Drum Theatre Advisory Committee plus a founding member of the Committee for Dandenong. David believes that everyone has an equal right to develop to their full potential. Being a member of the Wallara Board will provide an opportunity to work towards this Vision.




Michael Butler  joined the Board in 2015.  He is the Founder and Principal of the firm HR Worklaw.  Michael is one of Victoria’s leading employment law practitioners and is regularly asked to Chair National HR Conferences.


Don Elgin joined the Board in 2014. Having been the Vice President of the Victorian Amputee Association and a former Sandringham Athletics Club President, Don is honoured to join the board and bring his enthusiasm and can do attitude to Wallara. The inaugural patron for Disability Professionals Victoria, Don has spent his life in the disability sector, a triple Paralympian, Don is also a motivational speaker and the founder of StarAmp Global, a boutique management company guiding some of the worlds finest amputee talent. Don knows the importance of having a vision and is keen to help Wallara pioneer new ways of empowering people with a disability to achieve a full life. Don is excited with the changing landscape in the disability sector and believes it’s a very exciting time to be at Wallara.



john-simcocksJohn Simcocks joined the Board in 2016. He is a former MD Australia & NZ of Mary Kay Cosmetics, a global giant in the skincare and cosmetics field. John, who holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing & IT,  has had a 25 year career in FMCG and direct selling including assignments in China and New Zealand with extensive exposure to logistics providers. Today Mary Kay is Wallara Logistics largest corporate customer. John is currently At Home Director  for The Body Shop, a global business that prides itself on naturally inspired, ethically produced bath, body and cosmetics.




Jon Shields

Jon Shields joined the Board in 2010 and has some 40 years’ experience in both town planning and project management both in Australia and the UK. Jon has worked primarily in the public and not for profit sectors but for the last ten years has been running his own consulting firm providing project management services to both Government and private clients. It was Jon’s role as Wallara’s consultant for the redevelopment of the Potter Street site and his previous work with Wintringham that led to Jon’s interest in working with the disability and aged care sectors. After the completion of the Potter Street project Jon was honoured to be invited to join the Wallara Board.



don-farrandsDon Farrands joined the Board in 2016. He is a barrister with over 16 years experience specialising in commercial and energy law and holds Economics and Law degrees from ANU. He is also a chartered accountant and is a member of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) .   Prior to his role as a barrister, Don held various senior executive positions with  a number of major corporations. Don is a successful author, a former Chair of Women’s Housing Ltd and is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria. Don has extensive first-hand experience of disability assisting with the care of his disabled brother John who lived for many years in supported accommodation.  Don Chairs Wallara’s Finance Committee.



phil-s-2Philip Scorgie is the Chief Information Officer at Allens Linklaters. Allens is an international law firm with offices throughout Australia and Asia. Philip has over 35 years’ experience, working with information technology of which 25 are within professional services.  Holding a masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an interest in anthropology, he has been described as having the “confidence, courage and enthusiasm to drive business change”.



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