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Meet our voluntary board

Our dynamic voluntary Board of Management is passionately dedicated to our residents. Many of our board members have or have had family members in our care. And as local residents themselves, who are familiar faces among the neighbourhood, our Board is personally connected to and invested in serving the local community.

We convene several committees which are responsible for particular aspects of our operation, including:

We also want to hear from the people who matter the most – our residents. That’s why we schedule regular resident meetings throughout the year so that residents and their families have the opportunity to discuss topics of interest, including recreational activities, clinical care and catering.

Residents are encouraged to participate and have a say in the operation of their home. These meetings are also a valuable forum for sharing ideas and information.

Our esteemed Board members are:

Chair – Ian McHutchison, OAM

Ian has a law degree and worked as a corporate lawyer for over 25 years. Subsequently he worked in the not-for-profit sector firstly with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and then the Adult Multicultural Education Services. During this time Ian contributed to a number of not-for-profit and philanthropic organisations through board membership. Ian was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his contributions. Ian is currently deputy chair of Unison Housing Limited, a MECWA director and member of the committee for Indigenous Leadership.

Vice Chair – Margaret Smith, OAM

Margaret has held many positions throughout her career in the corporate and philanthropic sectors resulting in a breadth of knowledge expertise. After 17 years as General Manager of The Queens’s Trust for Young Australians, Margaret took on the challenge of founding Chief Executive Officer of Children First Foundation. During her 17 years at Children First, as both Chairman and later CEO, Margaret and her team improved the lives of hundreds of children from around the world through life saving surgery.

Following her own experience of family members in aged care, Margaret joined Eva Tilley in 2011 and has since applied her pragmatism and dedication to a range of projects to serve as an advocate for those in care.

Ian Adams

Ian joined the board in November 2015 and, as a director, he brings to the role 50 years experience in education as a teacher, consultant, inspector of schools, and senior officer. Prior to retiring, he was Senior Chairperson of the appeals tribunal (Merit Protection Boards ) for employees in state education for 14 years. In these roles, he had extensive experience in PR, curriculum development, finance, and officially represented Victoria in France, Italy and Japan.  Ian is also a member and past president of the Rotary Club of North Balwyn. 

In the not-for-profit field, he was a director and then President of the Asthma Foundation of Victoria for more than 20+ years and was also President of Asthma Australia.

Clarke Ballard

Clarke is a civil engineer and hydrologist by training and also has qualifications in economics. After a career in the rural water industry in south-east Australia, he set up an engineering consultancy in 1995, specialising in water resource management. He is now semi-retired but still has an active interest in the work of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage as Australian representative on two of its working groups. He is a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Balwyn. Hobbies include bushwalking, outback travel, motor cars, especially electric ones, and simply making things.

Dr Judy Currey

Judy is a Professor of Nursing, and the Director of Active Learning at Deakin University. Judy’s research program is focused on nursing and medical decisions that impact patient safety and quality of care such as the recognition and response to patient clinical deterioration; and educational strategies to develop a workforce skilled in clinical risk management. Judy is a highly experienced educator, qualified Team-Based Learning Consultant-Trainer; and has been awarded numerous national and local teaching and innovation awards. Judy serves on numerous academic and professional boards, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Judy is a member of the Clinical Governance Committee at Eva Tilley.

Carol Toop

Carol joined the Eva Tilley Board in 2011 and is a member of the Business and Audit Committee. She has been a lawyer for over 40 years and has worked in a large number of different organisations including government departments, private practice and corporations. Whilst specialising in commercial and property matters, she has practised in many different areas of the law and jurisdictions and hence is able to apply her skills to a broad range of issues. She has previously been a member of several boards, SVB Staff Superannuation Pty Ltd and Sisters of Charity Community Care Ltd.

Michelle McGrath

Michele is a Lecturer in Nursing in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Australian Catholic University, and the Course Coordinator for the Master of Clinical Nursing program. Michele has comprehensive professional expertise and demonstrated nursing leadership in both the clinical and academic fields of nursing; with a skill set that traverses management, education, clinical governance, strategy and clinical practice. Michele has successfully managed large teams of clinical and academic staff to implement best practice solutions and initiate change management processes that have improved staff and student engagement, positive working cultures, and the provision of quality and safe care delivery to patients. Michele has worked across both public and private hospital health care settings and has served on a variety of executive, steering, clinical and clinical risk management committees. Michele is a member of the Clinical Governance Committee at Eva Tilley.

Anastasia Siddiqui

Anastasia joined the Board in March 2018 and is a qualified CPA and has worked in large multinational organisations in Australia including ANZ bank and GE Consumer Finance. She brings over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her focus has been in executing on the strategic direction of the companies. She has worked for by providing technical expertise, managing large scale capital projects and improving returns through optimising resource allocation. Anastasia is hoping to leverage her experience and apply her expertise in finance as a board member of Eva Tilley.