Our Board

Carrington Health is a not-for-profit community health organisation with an independent Board of Directors.

Our Directors are a team of volunteers committed to strengthening the health and well-being of individuals, families and the wider community.

The boards’ role is to govern Carrington Health so that our organisation works towards achieving its strategic goals in a robust and sustainable means whilst having the greatest impact possible in understanding and responding to community needs.

For more information about governance, click on this link Quality of Care report.

Chair Person - Michelle Kotis

B.App.Sc. (Sp Path), MPhil (Linguistics), MPH (Health Svcs Mgt), GAICD, AFCHSM

Michelle Kotis has lived in the eastern metropolitan region since returning from Dublin in 1996. Michelle worked as a speech pathology clinician and manager in Dublin and Melbourne for 15 years, before stepping into a range of senior leadership roles in private and public health care organisations. Michelle has been on the board at Carrington Health since June 2013, is chair of the board Quality and Safety Committee, and was elected as the Carrington Health board vice chair in August 2015. Michelle has a strong commitment to continuous service improvement and a particular interest in clinical and corporate governance to optimise care delivery in the community. Michelle currently works in the workforce branch of the Department of Health and Human Services where there is a strong focus on building sector capability and competencies in workforce planning and the development of a sustainable health and human services sector workforce for the future to support community health and well-being.

Vice Chair - Geoff Lavender

BA, Grad Dip Ed, Grad Dip Lib, M Pol & Law

With over 30 years’ public sector experience in health, education and working with government, he brings knowledge and experience in government relations and public policy. He currently provides management advisory services through his own consulting work, particularly focused on policy and strategy in the public and not-for-profit sectors. In addition, Geoff works with Hardy Group International in leadership, executive professional development and learning. He has held senior executive positions in the Victorian government in health and community services. He has a long-standing interest in corporate governance and has established governance development programs for NGOs and health services. Geoff and his family have lived in Whitehorse for over 30 years.

Dr Kathleen Brasher

Director - Dr Kathleen Brasher

B.App.Sc. (Nsg), Grad Dip Arts (Social Th & Philos), PhD

Kathleen has a long involvement in the health sector as a clinician, academic and in policy and program development in government and non-government roles. Kathleen is currently a principal with This day & age, a company working with organisations and families on issues related to ageing. She is also a foundation member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Age Friendly Cities and Communities Network.

As a member of the local community, Kathleen brings to the Board a rich understanding of the issues surrounding health promotion and the importance of community-based primary care. Kathleen is a resident of Whitehorse.

Director - Genevieve Webb

BA (Hons) Psychology, B.App.Sc. (Computing), FAICD

Genevieve Webb is a senior executive with extensive experience in health and human services. Her present position is Director Quality at BreastScreen Victoria and her previous roles include Project Director Service Model Renewal at BreastScreen Victoria, CEO of Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, GM Corporate Services at Mind, Executive Director of Relationships Australia (Vic) and Associate Director at KPMG.

Genevieve is the Chair of the Internal Audit Committee at the State Revenue Office (Vic). She has also served on the boards of Box Hill Institute of TAFE (Deputy President and Chair of Audit Committee), BreastScreen Victoria and Women’s Housing Limited. Genevieve has qualifications in Psychology and ICT. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

Director - Ross Mitchell

Ross joined the WCHS Board in June 2013. He is an energetic senior consultant with highly developed skills in the soft services sector, having spent 15 years in the contract cleaning and support services sector developing new business, cleaning and security operations control. Since 2003 Ross has owned and operated a successful executive coaching and leadership development practice, working with small to medium business owners and CEOs of multi-national companies. Ross is a resident of Whitehorse.

Peter Dyer

Director - Peter Dyer

(BSc Hons Psyc, Grad Dip Org. Dev., B. Bus. CPA)

Peter has over 30 years experience in the Victorian Health Care sector mostly in community health, corporate and financial services. He has a particular interest in health sector management, client and financial information systems. Peter has also worked in the private sector in productivity consulting and insolvency. Peter and his family have lived in Surrey Hills since 1983. He is the founding Director of Backyard Honey, a family business providing apiary services to enhance wellness and food productivity in and beyond the City Of Whitehorse.

Director – Adele Katzew

BA Hons Law, BA Psychology

Adele is an accredited specialist in Family Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) from the University of Melbourne. Adele practises in all areas of Family Law. She has extensive experience in both parenting and financial matters. She joined Robinson Gill Lawyers in 2000 and became a principal in 2015. In 2007 Adele was accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist in Family Law. She is currently a member of the Family Law Specialisation Advisory Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria. In addition Adele holds memberships with the Family Law section of the Law Council of Australia, Victorian Women Lawyers, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Adele is a trained Collaborative Practitioner.

Director - Dr Buzz Palmer

PhD, Orthopaedic Regenerative Medicine

Buzz is the CEO of STC Australia and The Actuator (Australia’s National MedTech Accelerator), founding partner in Dialectica Group and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Monash University. Buzz is a passionate technologist who enjoys mentoring start-ups execute on their strategy and commercialisation journey.

Buzz also holds the positions of strategic advisor to the European Commission, sits on the NHMRC Health Innovation Advisory Council, Council Member of the Australian Federal Governments Global Innovation Linkage program, and advisor on the Victorian Government’s Innovation Expert Panel. He also sits on number of start-up boards, industry/academic committees and government working groups within Australia and globally.

Director - Jennifer Beveridge

B.App.Sc. (Sp Path), MBA, MMgt (Strategic Foresight)

Jennifer is an experienced senior executive in health and community services. For the past 15 years Jennifer has held senior management roles in NGOs overseeing a range of service portfolios including early years, community development, settlement services, mental health and drug & alcohol services. She has been Chief Executive Officer at Eating Disorders Victoria since February 2012.

Jennifer is Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee at Carrington Health, an ex-officio board member at Eating Disorders Victoria, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and sits on a number of public advisory groups and research steering committees. In 2016 Jennifer was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore how innovation and collaboration can improve outcomes for people with eating disorders and travelled to USA, Canada, Scotland and England.