Our Council

Our Council

Our Council is the governing body for the Association. Each Councillor is committed to providing good governance, effective financial management and creativity as they advocate for older Victorians in need.

Carl Maissan, President

Carl Maissan, President

- Elected to Council 2015

Carl is experienced non-executive director, CFO, and board adviser. Carl is currently CFO and investor in two early-stage technology companies. Carl is a Chartered Accountant, a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a former Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he spent 11 years in a variety of consulting and transaction support roles in Australia, Canada and the USA.

Kevin W. Neville

Kevin W. Neville

- Elected to Council 1993

Kevin is Chairman of Disability Service provider Interact Australia (Victoria) Ltd, Funds Manager CorVal Partners Ltd, and is a Director of IntoWork Australia, a National Specialist Recruitment and Training Services company, and MAS National Ltd, an Apprenticeship Support Service Provider. Kevin’s professional career was 30 years as a Chartered Accountant and Partner at Moore Stephens, with 7 years as Managing Partner. Kevin is a member of the Development and Innovation, Audit and Risk, and Governance Committees and has previously held the position of Abound Communities Treasurer.

Leslie Wood

Leslie Wood

- Elected to Council 2009

Leslie teaches in the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University. Formerly Manager of Project Partnerships & Investment at Places Victoria and a Councillor in the Shire of Yarra Ranges, with extensive experience in governance including Chair of Open Channel at Docklands and President of the Victorian Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres. Leslie is a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chair of Abound Communities Governance Committee.

Judy Sharp

Judy Sharp

- Elected to Council 2011

Judy has many years of experience as a social worker and manager of community programs in the aged and disability field and especially in supporting family carers. For many years she managed the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre and Carer Links North programs at Merri Community Health Services. More recently Judy has been a trainer and facilitator of workshops for women in business or management. She is an active Rotarian and is currently president of the Rotary Club of Eltham. Currently she is a member of both the Care Committee and Development and Innovation Committee.

Lyndsay Neilson

Lyndsay Neilson

- Elected to Council 2018

Lyndsay Neilson is a very experienced senior government leader, and a specialist in strategic thinking, planning and management. He has led government departments in Australia, headed a high-level multi-lateral committee in Europe and has been an active consultant within Australia and overseas. He has also had extensive academic engagement and experience in the urban planning and management field.

Dominique Horne

Dominique Horne

- Elected to Council 2020

Dominque Horne is a social worker with over 35 years’ experience in aged care, dementia, family violence and disability. Dominique led the establishment of an Elder Abuse Response Service in 2017 and continues to work supporting older people and building elder abuse capacity within health and community services in Victoria.

Dr Philomena Horsley

Dr Philomena Horsley

- Elected to Council 2021

Philomena has been a member of NFP Boards and government advisory committees since the 1980s and is a member of the AICD. She works as a research consultant and workforce trainer. She is a medical anthropologist with particular interests in research ethics; ageing and aged care and disability care systems; gender and health; and family violence. She also holds positions at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the University of Melbourne’s School of Population Health.

Peter Slifirski

Peter Slifirski

- Elected to Council 2021

Peter is a registered architect (14780) with 30 years in the architecture, property and construction industry and 25 years in senior leadership roles including 20 years in director roles at Architectus leading strategy and business development and providing professional services on major transport, commercial, urban design and education projects.

“Our home has always been a place where family and friends are welcome.  Our cottage at Rushall Park is no different and the community of friends here is important to us and that’s why their work is part of my art box,” Jennifer Barden said.

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