Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors operates within Banksia’s Constitution and Board Charter, which lay the foundation of a culture of excellence. The Board articulates Banksia’s values and the responsibilities of the leadership group in setting the company’s strategic direction and monitoring its performance. Elected from within the company’s membership, the Directors are highly qualified and dedicated, bringing extensive professional and business experience and community leadership to the company.
Rosemary Butt, Chair of the Board and Chair of the Board Development and HR Strategy Committee
Now retired from the University of Canberra where she was an Assistant Professor in the faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics, Rosemary joined the board in July 2016. Prior to moving into the tertiary sector, Rosemary had more than 25 years’ experience as a primary school teacher and education administrator in both public and private schools in NSW and the ACT. After completing a PhD examining the roles, qualifications, skills and training requirements of Teacher Assistants in mainstream schools, international journals have published articles based on her research. Rosemary was appointed as Board Chair in December 2020.
Elizabeth Fleming, Director and Deputy Chair
Elizabeth moved to the South Coast in 1975. She was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Victoria in 1975, in the ACT in 1990 and in NSW in 1991. She has practiced locally since 1991 and in practice in her own name since 1997 with offices in Batemans Bay and Moruya. She mentors young lawyers and has established a very successful “Gap” year program for young students. Elizabeth holds directorships in other successful local businesses with her children, and has been active in numerous local organisations including as a member of the inaugural Board of St Peter’s Anglican School Broulee and, wider afield, as a selector for the Australian Open Garden Scheme. Elizabeth has particularly enjoyed her last 15 years as a director of Banksia Village and assisting in the guidance of its development.
Dominic McClelland, Director
Dominic has over 40 years’ experience in electrical retailing as owner of Betta Home Living stores in Batemans Bay and former owner in Ulladulla since 1989, and is Deputy Chairman of national franchise company, BSR Group.
He has a long history of participation in local boards and committees and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Craig Hamer, Director
Craig is a health service executive with significant leadership and management experience in the health and aged care sectors. Craig has a Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA) from UNSW and is the General Manager, Shoalhaven Hospital Group. Joining Banksia’s Board in May 2019, Craig is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has board experience with SE NSW Primary Health Care Network, Coordinare, and Meaningful Ageing Australia. Craig has enjoyed living in the Eurobodalla region for over 35 years.
Damien Louttit, Director
Damien is a Graduate of Sydney University, graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy, and was registered as a Pharmacist in 1995. As a resident in Eurobodalla since 1998, Damien was employed as Clinical Pharmacist in Eurobodalla Community Pharmacies and Moruya and Batemans Bay District Hospitals during this time.
Damien is currently the proprietor of Broulee Beach Pharmacy and a Member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Shirley Batho, Director and Chair of the Care Governance Committee
Shirley has many years’ experience in nursing, including 20 years in community nursing and senior health management roles, and was the recipient of the Public Service Medal for outstanding contribution to Community Nursing. Shirley holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters in Nursing from University of Canberra. She has lived permanently in the Eurobodalla for 15 years and although retired, participated in hospital and community health accreditation until 2021.
Neil Dolphin, Director and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Neil is a highly experienced public accountant, with over 20 years’ experience in investment banking and the financial services sector. Neil is currently the principal and a director of BSC Accountants, an accountancy practice located in Broulee, which he established in 2011 and has been expanding ever since. Prior to this Neil worked for 10 years in investment banking in London and Melbourne. Neil holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Professional Accounting.
Sally Druhan, Director
Sally is a senior public servant, currently heading up the Budget and Financial Services Division of the CFO Group in the Department of Defence based in Canberra. Her portfolio is accountable for the monitoring of the effectiveness of Defence’s financial controls and financial compliance, budget management, executive level reporting on financial performance and service delivery across a number of core areas including accounts payable, treasury, financial systems and training. Prior to joining Defence, Sally worked in a number of senior roles in the Australian Taxation Office focusing on service delivery, risk and finance and in the private sector in commercial and financial management roles.
Sally holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management. A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand since 1993, Sally’s contribution to the accounting profession and the community more generally was recognised in 2021 with advancement to the status of a Fellow.
Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary – Graham Wise
Graham has been CEO at Banksia Village for seven years and was appointed Company Secretary in January 2017. With over 20 years’ experience as a CEO in the not-for-profit sector, Graham has brought significant knowledge and leadership experience to Banksia. Graham holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Canberra and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. He is also a certified Chartered Secretary, professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA).
Project Manager – Elizabeth Paterson-Finlay RN
Elizabeth (Liz) joined Banksia in November 2019, in the newly established role of Project Manager. A highly effective leader with over 20 years’ experience in management and customer service roles, Liz is a fully qualified Registered Nurse, holds a Diploma in Business Management, is a Bachelor of Science Environmental Geology and Master of Science Environmental Technology at the University of London, and is continuing further studies in dementia care. Liz is passionate about improving the quality of life for older people in aged care settings by ensuring best practice and genuine person centred care, and to achieving sustainability for not for profit organisations through the design and implementation of efficient systems and procedures.
Village Manager – Heidi Pendlebury
Heidi has 30 years’ administrative and management experience in the client services sector and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) at John Curtin University. During her career, Heidi has worked in a number of major capital cities around Australia where she developed keen insights into the principles for delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction, which she now brings with great passion to her role as Village Manager. Having been born and raised in Moruya, Heidi has an intimate knowledge of the Eurobodalla region and enjoys living locally again with her family.
Lodge Manager – Lee Clout
Lee’s career has been dedicated to emergency services and health, with previous roles including Enrolled Nurse, Senior Police Communications Officer and Senior Manager at Murrumbidgee Local Health District. She was also the very first female Paramedic employed by NSW Ambulance. Lee is a qualified Enrolled Nurse and Paramedic with a Diploma in Business Management, and is currently engaged in studies in Dementia Care.
Lee has a strong desire to improve the quality of life for older Australians and those with a disability and also to support the staff who provide that care. In her role as Lodge Manager, Lee plans to advocate for improved community knowledge of the aged care sector and its importance in our community.
Maintenance Manager – Roland Lefevre
Roland has over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, having trained originally as a technician in the paper production sector. His career has incorporated project management, customer service management and leadership roles, anchored by a Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification. Roland brings to Banksia a passion for delivering projects on time and ensuring customer satisfaction. Roland moved to the Eurobodalla area in 2019 and loves exploring the great outdoors.
Manager Financial Services – Michelle Yang
Michelle has developed extensive financial accounting and management experience over her career, having worked in senior finance roles in a variety of oganisations and sectors. A Master of Professional Accounting, a Bachelor of Management and Certified Practising Accountant, Michelle is passionate about strategic financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting. She is equally passionate about sharing her extensive knowledge with her colleagues to enrich workplace knowledge and efficiency.
Community Care Manager – Charlene Dallimore RN
Charlene is a qualified Registered Nurse, having completed her qualifications at St George Hospital in Sydney and specialising in dementia and aged care nursing. Charlene’s 20+ year career has comprised extensive direct clinical care as a community nurse, working with aged care and other clients through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She has also worked in health administration with aged care and community nursing providers. Charlene joined Banksia’s clinical leadership team in 2017 as Banksia Community Care Manager, and oversees our home-based practical and clinical care services for older people throughout the Eurobodalla. This includes developing highly tailored care plans for our clients, working with a range of medical and clinical practitioners, and helping to coordinate additional services from other providers in the community.
Human Resources Manager – Nicole de la Rue
Nicole de la Rue is a human resources professional with over 25 years’ experience in HR administration, team leadership and management roles. Her career has spanned both for profit and not for profit sectors in a number of metropolitan and regional centres around Australia. Nicole joined the Banksia team in 2016, and is responsible for organisation wide HR planning and functions. She holds a Diploma of Human Resources from Deakin University, is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, and is currently completing post graduate qualifications in human resources.