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 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 11 years as a director of Banksia Village and in 2019 was unanimously elected by the board as Deputy Chair.

Dominic McClelland - Director Banksia Villages

Dominic McClelland, Director
Dominic has over 35 years’ experience in electrical retailing as owner of Betta Home Living stores in Batemans Bay and former owner of Betta in Ulladulla. Dominic is 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.

Rosemary Butt - Director Banksia VillagesRosemary Butt, Director and Chair of the Board Evaluation and Professional Development 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.

Craig Hamer - Director Banksia VillagesCraig Hamer, Director
Craig is a health service executive with significant leadership and management experience in hospitals and aged care. Craig has a Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA) from UNSW and is currently the General Manager, Shoalhaven Hospital Group. Having Board experience with SE NSW Primary Health Care Network, Coordinare, and Meaningful Ageing Australia, Craig joined the Banksia Board in May 2019. Craig has enjoyed living in the Eurobodalla region for over 30 years.

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, Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and Chair of the Planning and Development Committee
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. Now retired, Jeff and his wife moved to the local area some 10 years ago.

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.

Neil Dolphin - Director Banksia VillagesNeil Dolphin, Director
Neil is currently a director of BSC Accountants, an accountancy practice located in Broulee. He established the business in 2011 and the business has been growing ever since. In total Neil has 15 years public accountancy experience. 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.

Stephen Palywoda Chairman Banksia Villages

Executive team

Graham Wise CEO Banksia VillagesChief Executive Officer and Company Secretary – 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.

Lodge Manager Sue Colman

Lodge Manager – Sue Colman
Sue Colman RN joined Banksia as Lodge Manager in April 2019, and brings extensive experience in nursing, aged care and clinical management to this critical role. Sue completed her Registered Nurse qualifications in 1980 at the Repatriation General Hospital in Adelaide, following which she travelled to Britain where she worked in midwifery for some years. On her return to Australia, Sue has continued her nursing career in a wide range of health care settings, gaining experience in general and surgical nursing, aged care, and clinical leadership and management. Sue also holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Management from the University of New England, and has worked in senior clinical management roles in general health and aged care, in both country and metropolitan environments. In addition to her clinical leadership role, Sue is proactive in providing strong mentorship to our care staff and empowering them to develop their individual skills and abilities.

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 our home-based practical and clinical care to elderly 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.

nicole-de-la-rue-banksia-villages-human-resources-managerHuman 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, and is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Elizabeth-Paterson-Finlay-Banksia-Villages-Project-ManagerProject Manager – Elizabeth Paterson-Finlay
Elizabeth (Liz) joined Banksia in November 2019, in the newly established role of Project Manager, working directly with Banksia’s CEO on a range of strategic development and operational efficiency initiatives. 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 and is a Bachelor of Science Environmental Geology and Master of Science Environmental Technology at the University of London. She is currently completing 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.