Board of Governance

Chairperson Maxine Davies

Maxine Davies was elected to Headway Gippsland Board in 2014. Maxine brings a wealth of community and business experience;  having successfully run her own business for 20 years supporting the Interior Design Industry and served the community as the President & Committee member of the Dandenong Valley Special Olympics.   Maxine has also served as President & Committee member of Friends of Coal Creek, and was appointed to Coal Creek Community Focus Group 2006 for the transition of Coal Creek Heritage Park to Coal Creek Community Park & Museum.

Maxine is the mother of two and has personal understanding of the problems associated with the care and administration of people with disabilities because her son has multiple disabilities. Her son, now an adult is married to a woman with ABI who is a client of Headway.  Maxine Davies has also been appointed by Vcat as joint Guardian Administrator of another adult man with disabilities.  

Secretary Debbra O"Keefe

I began my working life as a Farmer after doing a diploma in Farming, I moved into Hairdressing and spent 6 years work in this field. I felt like a change so I moved into the disability field in which I 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 in a casual position doing the Teen Vocational programme( Roadies South programme) as Team Leader for Camps and I am privately employed in the disability field on a weekly basis .

I live in Korumburra with my partner David.  I have 4 girls who range in age from 22 to 9 years, my partner and I also have an Automotive Business and a Car Racing Team in Korumburra in with I help support him in. Our youngest Child has Mild Autism in which  it has had its own challenges .

I am enjoying my time on the board and the challenges that are being faced with the NDIS coming in October 2017 and as a carer I hope I bring a positive vibe to Headway.


Treasurer Michelle Olsen

Michelle Olsen is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience in both public practice and industry both here in Australia and also overseas. Michelle grew up South Gippsland and has returned to the country practicing accounting with a local business. Michelle was interested in joining the Headway Gippsland board to become more involved in the community and use her finance background  to assist a local not for profit.

Board Member 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.

Board Member Sara Lee

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 ways 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 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 two years. I love English football, travelling to new destinations and the Australian summers!

Board Member Peter Clement

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.

Board Member Robert Clough

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.

We pay our respects to the traditional custodians, their elders and ancestors of the lands, which our organisation sits.
We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and welcome you to our service.

Headway Gippsland is committed to treating all people with dignity and respect.


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Headway Gippsland Office,
30 Monash Road
Newborough, VIC 3825

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 117,
Moe, VIC 3825

Phone: (03) 5127 7166
Toll Free: 1800 452 452

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