Our People

Board of Directors

Banksia Villages Ltd is governed by a highly qualified and experienced Board of Directors from business, professional and community leadership backgrounds, elected from within our membership. Members of the Company are drawn from the local community and do not receive any dividends or other benefits, with all profits retained in the company.

Stephen Palywoda Chairman Banksia VillagesStephen Palywoda, Chairman
Now retired, Stephen has past experience that includes over forty years in the Australian Public Service and private sector, across a range of senior management roles including CEO of a large ACT Government owned corporation, and Head of Management Consultancy and CEO of Duesbury Nexia. Stephen is a recipient of the Public Service Medal for outstanding contribution to the Australian Public Service.

Elizabeth Fleming - Director Banksia VillagesElizabeth Fleming, Director
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 husband and 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 10 years as a director of Banksia Village and assisting in the guidance of its development.

Dominic McClelland - Director Banksia Villages

Dominic McClelland, Director and Chair of the Marketing and Fundraising Committee
Dominic has over 35 years’ experience in electrical retailing as owner of Betta Home Living stores in Batemans Bay, former owner in Ulladulla since 1989, and currently 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.

Peter McLaughlin - Director Banksia Villages

Peter McLaughlin, Director and Chair of the Planning and Development Committee
Peter has more than 40 years in senior management and leadership roles in the human services field. This has included roles with the NSW Department of Health; the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care; the NSW Department of Family and Community Services; CEO of a large residential aged care facility in the ACT; the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare; a visiting fellow in Health Science Management with Charles Sturt University;  and with local government. Peter currently owns and operates a private management consultancy business, and is a committee member of Regional Development Australia Far South Coast.

Rosemary Butt - Director Banksia VillagesRosemary Butt, Director and Chair of the Board Evaluation Committee
Rosemary recently retired from the University of Canberra where she was an Assistant Professor in the faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics. 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.

Damien Louttit - Director Banksia VillagesDamien 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 Zone Leader of the NSW Pharmacy Guild.

J Whittle Banksia VillagesJeffrey Whittle, Director and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Now retired, Jeff has more than 30 years’ experience in the finance industry with various state management roles in sales, management and/or credit. Jeff holds a Master of Applied Finance and for five years owned and operated a retail liquor business with a multi-million dollar annual turnover.

Shirley Batho - Director Banksia VillagesShirley Batho, Director and Chair of the Care Governance Committee
Shirley holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters in Nursing from University of Canberra. Shirley has an extensive background in nursing, including more than 19 years in community nursing. Shirley has served as ACT Director of Community Nursing and was the recipient of the Public Service Medal for outstanding contribution to Community Nursing. Shirley currently performs health surveys for the Australian Council on Healthcare, on a consultancy basis.

Stephen Palywoda Chairman Banksia Villages

Executive team

Graham Wise CEO Banksia VillagesChief Executive Officer and Company Secretary – Graham Wise
Graham Wise Graham has been CEO at Banksia Village for four years and was appointed as Company Secretary in January 2017. With more than 15 years’ experience as a CEO in the not-for-profit sector, Graham has brought significant knowledge and leadership experience to Banksia. Graham is a certified professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI), holds undergraduate qualifications in management and a Master of Business Administration from University of Canberra. Graham is also a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA) and is currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.

Director of Care 
This position is currently vacant – see our Careers page for details.

Village Manager Heidi Pendlebury

Village Manager – Heidi Pendlebury
Heidi has over 25 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 is delighted to be living locally again with her young family.

Daryl Sturgess Banksia Villages maintenance managerMaintenance Manager – Daryl Sturgess
Daryl joined Banksia Village as Maintenance Manager in April 2017.  A licenced builder and qualified building certifier with over 30 years’ experience, Daryl ran his own business for 10 years delivering a diverse range of building projects from home renovations through to large-scale multi-unit construction projects, mainly in the Canberra region.  Daryl then moved into project and asset management, working for national mid-tier construction and management company Project Coordination Australia. While in that role, Daryl provided lead project management for construction of the recent $9m extension to Banksia Lodge.  Daryl also brings extensive people management skills to Banksia, having managed teams of nine through to 80 people on high demand, complex projects.

Michelle Yang - Manager Financial Services - Banksia Villages LtdManager 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.

charlene-dallimore-community-care-manager-banksia-villagesCommunity Care Manager – Charlene Dallimore
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 17-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, and in health administration with aged care and community nursing providers.  Charlene joined Banksia’s clinical leadership team in 2017 as Community Care Manager, and oversees home-based practical and clinical care to elderly people throughout the Eurobodalla region.  As Community Care Manager, Charlene is responsible for developing highly tailored care plans for Community Care clients, working with a range of medical and clinical practitioners, and helping to coordinate additional services from other providers in the community.

Banksia Lodge Manager - Anna BurggraaffLodge Manager – Anna Burggraaff
Anna Burggraaff is a qualified Registered Nurse (RN), with over 40 years’ experience as a practising clinician.  Having completed her RN qualifications in 1978 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (now the Children’s Hospital at Westmead), Anna commenced her professional career working principally in surgical and orthopaedic nursing at RAH before moving on to gain further experience in major city and regional hospitals in NSW.  Anna transitioned to the aged care sector in 1994, working in a range of residential facilities and continuing her focus on orthopaedic nursing.  A South Coast resident for over 20 years, Anna joined Banksia’s clinical leadership team in 2014 and was appointed as Lodge Manager in May 2018.  Anna’s extensive skills and experience have significantly deepened the clinical capacity at Banksia Lodge, enabling us to deliver a wide range of general, acute, and palliative care for residents.  She is also a passionate advocate for older people and, as one of our senior clinical leaders, works with our care staff to provide rich mentoring and practical knowledge as they develop their own skills and experience.