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Our People

MannaCare is guided by a dedicated Board and experienced executive group, supported by a team of operational staff with a breadth of expertise

As a not-for-profit, MannaCare operates fundamentally with the involvement of people who are passionate about providing the best outcomes for older people and the greater community in general.

Our Board members work pro bono, and, of course, so do the many other volunteers who enable our work to continue.

Our staff members are paid — and certainly deserve their incomes! Yet we find they tend to be compassionate beyond their role, and holistic in their view of the people they help, drawn by MannaCare altruistic philosophies.

Along with our strong values, we have close community connections. This helps our residents and clients — and their families — to keep in touch with their ‘old lives’ as much as possible. Our experience has shown us that people’s connection with their family, friends and community, is vital to their mental and social wellbeing.

What sets MannaCare apart at every level is the involvement of volunteers. These people generously give of their time and skills in host of ways. Without them, we couldn’t function as we do. We are always grateful for their selflessness and the additional connection with the Manningham community that they bring.

MannaCare is a not-for-profit organisation, and all our Board of Governance members donate their services pro bono. Looking at their skills, professionalism and experience, we consider ourselves fortunate they believe strongly in giving back to the Manningham community — and value MannaCare as their way to do so.

CHAIRMAN
David Meiklejohn AM

David has been a Director and Chairman since 2011 and is also Chairman of the People and Governance Committee and a member of all other Board sub-committees.

He has been a resident of Manningham for 48 years.

David is an experienced Company Director with a strong background in finance and has been a Director of a number of major Companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He is currently a Director of Mirrabooka Investments Ltd and most recently was a Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd and of ANZ Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Fellow of each of CPA Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

He has previously been involved with a number of local community organisations and is a past President of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to the Business Sector and to Sport.

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
John Shaw

John has been a Director since 2014 and is Chairman of the Business Strategy Committee and a member of the Finance and Audit and the People and Governance Committees.

He has been a resident of Manningham for 50 years.

John has had extensive executive experience in both the public and private sectors including the South Australian Government’s Economic Development Authority and CSIRO Minerals. He has also been a Non Executive Director of a number of companies, including Kambrook, McEwans and the Warrandyte Branch of the Bendigo Bank. He holds a Masters of Applied Science degree and is a member of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is currently Treasurer of the Doncaster Tennis Club and a member and former director of the Rotary Club of Melbourne.

He was awarded CSIRO Medals for Business Excellence in 2006 and 2008.

Ray Barrington

Ray has been a Director since 2012 and is Chair of the Operational Risk Committee and a member of the People and Governance and Promotional Advisory Committees.

He has lived in the local district for 51 years.

Ray has a background in retail and ran their local family business for over 20 years. He was President of the Jackson Court Traders Association for 10 years and has been involved with a number of various clubs and organisations in the district.

He was instrumental in bringing the community banks to Manningham and has been a Director of the Doncaster East and Templestowe Village branches of the Bendigo Community Bank for the past 17 years.

John Bennie PSM

John has been a Director since 2016 and is a member of the Finance & Audit, Operational Risk and People and Governance Committees.

John has held numerous executive roles during his 45 year career in local government. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Greater Dandenong City Council and is a previous Chief Executive Officer of Manningham City Council.

He has previously been the State and National President of Local Government Sector Associations and is currently the Chair of the Southern Melbourne Economy Working Group and a non executive Director of MAV Insurance and the Chisholm Institute. He is an active Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow and holds tertiary and post graduate qualifications in Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering and Business Administration.

He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service in the pursuit of excellence in Local Government management.

peter-fullerPeter Fuller

Peter has been a director since 2017 and is a member of the Finance & Audit and Business Strategy Committees.

He has been a resident of Manningham for over 20 years.

Peter is an experienced business executive with over 35 years with Tier 1 vendors in the ICT industry. He holds a number of Directorships and is currently Managing Director of Micro Focus Australia, the Australian arm of Micro Focus International, a major listed global Infrastructure Software provider.

He has previously been a Commissioned Army Officer with 1 Parachute Battalion and 44 Parachute Brigade in South Africa.

Ron Kitchingman OAM JP

Ron has been a Director since 1985 and is a member of the Operational Risk Committee and is the MannaCare News Editor.

He has been a resident of Manningham for 56 years.

Ron has a sales and marketing background and has been active in the Manningham local community for over 50 years. He is a former Mayor and Councillor of the Cities of Doncaster and Templestowe and Manningham and has been awarded the Key to the City of Manningham for his outstanding contribution to the local community.

He is a Director of Doncare and has been a Justice of the Peace since 1980.

He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for his outstanding community service contributions.

Nusia Krolikowski

Nusia has been a director since 2014 and is Chair of the Promotion Advisory Committee and a member of the Operational Risk, Business Strategy and the People and Governance Committees.

She has been a resident of Manningham for 37 years

Nusia is a Registered Nurse and an experienced executive with 20 years in senior management positions in the aged care industry. She is currently working as a Project Manager, Business Applications in the Aged Care sector. She holds a Diploma of Business (Health and Community Services).

She is a past Director of the Manningham Youth and Family Services and was a committee member of the Doncaster Netball Club for many years, including 8 years as President.

Tracy Laethaisong

Tracy has been a Director since 2017 and is a member of the Finance and Audit, Operational Risk and Promotion Advisory Committees.

She has been a resident of Manningham for 17 years.

Tracy is an experienced Senior Manager with a strong background in the hospital, health and aged care sectors and worked in these industries for over 20 years and has worked in a senior management role at Regis Aged Care for over 8 years. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Communications and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Her previous roles include Director for the Intensive Care Foundation and Chief Executive Officer for New Zealand Women’s Refuge. She has completed a number of training initiatives including Governing Reputational Risk for the Aged Care Sector in 2019.

Selina Leung

Selina has been a Director since 2019 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

She has been a resident of Manningham for 30 years.

Selina has worked in the banking industry for over 30 years and has had significant experience in project management and solution delivery in large corporate environments.  She holds a BCom from Melbourne University, has Graduate Dipolmas in Computer and in Finance and Investment from Latrobe University and the Securities Institute of Australia respectively and has an Advanced Diploma in Project Management from the University of New England.

She is currently a member of the Management Committee of the Chinese Senior Citizens Club of Manningham Inc. and of the Manningham Positive Ageing Alliance Group.

Selina received a Menzies Community Australia Day Award in 2019 for valued contribution to local community.

Thilaka Satha

Thilaka has been a Director since 2019 and is a member of the Business Strategy Committee.

She is an executive at Sustainability Victoria and has had over 15 years of experience in the Strategy Policy and Corporate Governance area.  She has a legal background and has also worked overseas in the industrial tribunal in areas of employment relations.  She holds a Master of International Business degree with a major in International Business Law.

She has personal family exposure to the aged care sector and has a vested interest in aged care and is keen to enhance the positive social and economical impact of aged care in the wider community.

Association members elect up to 10 Directors to the Board. MannaCare has a rotation policy for Directors to encourage fresh thinking and to spread responsibility.

If you are interested in sharing your skills, please contact us.

Our Directors all have strong connections with Manningham, which reinforces our community ties at a deeper level.

The MannaCare executive team is very skilled and caring.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Ross Dawson

Ross has been the Chief Executive of MannaCare since June 2004.

He has held senior executive roles in Aged Care for over 30 years and in disability services for 7 years.  This includes Chief Executive positions with Catholic Homes for the Elderly, Canterbury Centre (now BASScare) and Noraccom.  He is currently a Director of Baptcare Ltd and a former Director of Baptcare Affordable Housing and Chairman of Supply.com Australia Ltd.  At Baptcare he chairs the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee.

Ross holds tertiary and post graduate qualifications in Earth Science, Education, Psychology and Business Administration and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and former Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

He is an active member of his local Baptist Church where he has been a Council Member, Treasurer and Chair of the Property Development Committee.  He is also a Leader in the largest bushwalking group in Victoria.

VanessaMGENERAL MANAGER – CORPORATE SERVICES
Vanessa May

Vanessa May has been the General Manager Corporate Services since March 2015.

She has been a resident of Manningham for 17 years.

Vanessa brings with her 25 plus years’ experience in senior leadership roles in Finance and Information Technology across a wide range of industries.  She holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Systems and Information Management.  She is a fellow of CPA Australia, a senior professional member of the Australian Computer Society and professional member of the Project Management Institute.

She has a personal interest in neuroscience, particularly with respect to neurological disorders associated with ageing, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Dementia.

GENERAL MANAGER – OPERATIONS
Sherry-Ann Bailey

15+ years’ experience in a senior leadership positions in aged care in a variety of not-for-profits and for-profit organisations. In current position since 2016.