David 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 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 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 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.
Philip Scorgie joined the Board in November 2016. With over 35 years’ experience working with information technology, Philip has been a senior technology executive for 25 years 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”.
Sally Hines joined the Board in May 2017. Sally is the Chief Operating Office of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes. The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Homes for Homes is an initiative of The Big Issue that will help raise an ongoing supply of new funding for social and affordable houses. Prior to commencing at The Big Issue, Sally worked in employment services, community development, youth mental health and health for over 10 years. She has held various strategic, service delivery and operational management positions, including experience in establishing new not-for-profit businesses across Australia in diverse communities. Sally has a Masters in Human Resource Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Anne Tierney-Roberts joined the Board in May 2017. Anne is a former primary school teacher with over 20 years experience teaching at Loretto College Mandeville Hall Toorak. After leaving classroom teaching Anne joined the Australian Council for Educational Research where she has been involved, over the last 15 years, with a range of national and international projects and educational studies. Anne is honoured to be invited to join the Board, and brings direct experience of the Wallara range of accommodation and support services through involvement over the last 4 to 5 years with a lifelong friend who has become a resident at Wallara.