Supporting people with acquired brain injury and their families

Board Members

Headway Gippsland's Board of Management provides leadership to our organisation. Comprising business people, health professionals, people with Acquired Brain Injury and family members, our Board combines solid business expertise with practical understanding of the issues experienced by our clients.

Applications are being sought from disability or skilled professionals who want to contribute to the future of Headway Gippsland and provide policy direction and leadership to help the organisation to grow the supports and services so vital to those with ABI in our community.

The Board of Management of Headway Gippsland Inc. meets once a month and is seeking to appoint new members. Please consider the benefits your skills could bring to Headway and provide your application and a snapshot of your Resume in writing by post or email to:

For the attention of the Chairperson P.O. Box 117 Moe Vic 3825 or email:

 Membership Renewal.doc

Nomination of Board member_25Feb_16.pdf

Board Members

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Maxine Davies


I was elected to the Headway Gippsland Board in 2014. I have personal understanding of the problems associated with the care and support of people with disabilities as my son has multiple disabilities and is married to a woman with an ABI.

I bring a wealth of community and business experience to Headway Gippsland as I have successfully run my own business for 20 years as well as serving as President and committee member of the Dandenong Valley Special Olympics and Friends of Coal Creek. I aim to improve Headway Gippsland's financial efficiency and accountability, rationalising and consolidating assets while maintaining a high standard of services and governance so that Headway Gippsland can transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Michelle Olsen



 I am a Chartered Accountant with 15 years experience in both public practice and industry firms both here in Australia and also overseas. I grew up in South Gippsland and have returned to the local area practicing accounting with a local business. I was interested in joining the Board of Headway Gippsland as Treasurer to become more involved in the local community and to use my skills in finance to enhance Headway Gippsland's services.

Susan Waller



I am a physiotherapist and I have always been fascinated by the presentation of people with ABI. I have been fortunate to meet several people and their families over time and have been impressed by the way that the effects of a brain injury can be mitigated with determination and support. I was new to Gippsland and Victoria and looking for a way to make positive community connections and give something back to a group that have taught me so much.

 I hope to learn more about ABI, meet people who live with ABI, their families and supporters and contribute to the community.

 I hope to demonstrate care and commitment to my Board role and contribute some use of my therapy and disability sector experience in preparation for the new funding  environment with the NDIS.

My current occupation is as a Senior Lecturer at Monash University School of Rural Health.

 Peter Clement


 Board member

I joined the Board to assist Headway Gippsland to grow so as to benefit the membership.

I have been on and off the Board of Headway Gippsland Inc since 1981.

I myself have an ABI and with past experiences that may benefit other people of similar like minds.

I would like the Board to assist members in any way possible and to help Headway to function effectively as a unit.

I personally would like Headway Gippsland to provide a top quality service.

Robert Clough


Board Member

I joined the Board 4 years ago as a consumer representative because Headway Gippsland is one of the best organisations there is.

I understand the effects of a brain injury and would like to assist others in the organisation.

As a member of the Board I would like to see Headway Gippsland continue to operate within the new Disability Insurance Scheme and to assist in developing new services.

My interests include, reading books, driving, having time away and meeting new people.

Bryan Leaf

Bryan Leaf

Board Member

I have lived and worked in Trafalgar before retiring from the finance industry and I am a keen recreational cyclist,, formerly a marathon runner and now enjoy our garden and the local football club.

I was approached by a Headway member to apply for a position on their Board of Management as I felt my skills could be utilised in assisting the organisation.

I had no knowledge of Headway or indeed ABI prior to becoming involved. I hope to increase my understanding of ABI clients and the hurdles they face and also increase the exposure of Headway Gippsland in the local community.

Felicity Di Toro

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Board Member

Felicity Di Toro is the Director / Principal Consultant of Kinetic Management Services, a boutique Management / Governance, Human Resources, OH&S and WorkCover / Injury Management & Re-habilitation consultancy. Felicity has significant experience in these fields, with 14 years spent in management roles within corporate and operational environments of private and public sector organisations prior to establishing Kinetic Management Services. Felicity was a Board Director of Lifeline Gippsland from April 2004 – November 2014. Felicity has a passion for governance and is looking forward to contributing to the future development of Headway Gippsland and the challenges that the NDIS will bring to the organisation and the Board.

Elizabeth Meggetto

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Board Member


 I have a background in human nutrition, public health and health promotion and have worked in the Gippsland Health and Human Services sector for the past 6 years. I have always been passionate about improving health outcomes for people with an ABI and I look forward to gaining a better insight into the barriers that people with an ABI experience when accessing health and human services.I believe I will be able to add value to the Headway Gippsland Board through my skills in collaboration and cross-sector partnerships.I am very much looking forward to contributing to the future of Headway Gippsland.  My current occupation is as the Executive Officer of Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership.

Sara Lee

 Board member


My background is in Psychology working in the mental health sector. I am currently working as a research assistant at Monash University School of Rural Health and as a fieldworker at the Burnet Institute. I also volunteer on the phones at Lifeline.

I am new to the Gippsland area and Victoria and was looking for wys to make a positive difference and contribute to the community. I wanted to join Headway because I have witnessed both the struggles and resilience of a friend who has an ABI and who developed epilepsy. I am committed to my board role and motivated to make positive changes to ensure everyone affected by an ABI feels supported and able to achieve their goals.

I am originally from England and have been in Australia less than 2 years. I love English football, travelling to new destinations and the Australian summers.


Debbra O'Keefe

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Board Member

I began my working life as a farmer after doing a Diploma in Farming. I moved into hairdressing and spent 6 years working in this field. I felt like a change so I moved into the Disability Field in which I have been in for 7 years and loving it.

i get enjoyment seeing the people that I support achieve their accomplishments / goals and watching them grow.

I currently work for Interchange Sth Gippsland in a casual position doing the Teen Vocational Program and Team Leader for camps. I live in Korumburra with my partner David and our 4 girls. My partner and I have an Automotive Business and a car racing team in Korumburra. Our youngest child has mild Autism which has its own challenges.

I am enjoying my time on the Board and the challenges that are being faced with the NDIS coming in, in October, and as a carer I hope I bring a positive vibe to Headway Gippsland.




Edwin Vandenberg

Board Member