Our Board provides executive oversight and sets the organisation’s strategic direction and policies.

Our board members.

Rhonda Whitfield. Board Chair.
Chair from early 2015, Deputy Chair from 2012 and Board member since 2009, Rhonda is a skilled Board director, mentor and mediator. Her directorship contributions have been useful in the emergency services, health, ageing, parks, sports and arts sectors. Rhonda’s past senior business executive experience brings a commercial focus to complement her passion for equity for people with disability.
Richard Dalton.
A barrister at the Victorian Bar since 2004 and previously a law firm partner, Richard brings to the Board over 20 years’ experience in the law. He specialises in industrial and employment law, equal opportunity and occupational health and safety. Richard has been a Board member since 2009 and has contributed significantly to the Board’s approach to governance and legal risk management.
Paul Hede.
Elected to the Board in October 2012, Paul is the parent of a son with a disability. As an experienced architect, Paul has operated his practice for over 35 years and specialises in design for disability. He is passionate about creating positive outcomes for people with a disability. Paul has experience in governance in both the public and community sectors.
John Lawrenson. Deputy Chair & Treasurer.
Elected to the Board in late 2014, John has broad experience in the business sector as well as not-for-profit and government organisations. He has been Deputy Chair since June 2015 and Treasurer since December 2016. John offers a wealth of knowledge in fiscal management and governance. He is the parent of an adult daughter with a disability.
Jude Mulcahy.
Jude has widespread professional experience in governance, risk management and business development. She joined the Board in 2013 and was elected Deputy Chair in June 2015. Jude has a strong background in social innovation and community investment, with global expertise, experience and networks. She is a trusted mentor and strategist to senior leaders in business, governments and not-for-profit organisations.
Lucy Whelan. Deputy Chair.
Lucy joined the Board in October 2013 following her long involvement with Bayley House. Lucy has a brother with a disability. She has over 15 years’ experience in the public health sector and 20 years in the disability services industry. Lucy is passionate about patient/client outcomes, process improvement and healthcare delivery. She is currently Senior Advisor, Allied Health and Support Workforce at Monash Health.
Richard Zylan.
Richard was co-opted to the Board in 2014 and elected as a member in 2015. He has a strong background in the health sector with experience in implementing health programs for aged care and disability homes. The parent of an adult son with a disability, Richard is passionate about the use of technology as a learning and communication tool, and he is a strong advocate for disability rights.

Our Board Directors

John Ashby Chair Bayley House John Ashby Board Chair
A committee member since 2018, John joined the board on 1 April 2020 as Chair.  An experienced director and volunteer, he recently chaired a disability service provider through its transition to NDIS and is an active mentor in the not-for-profit sector.  He brings a commercial focus from a long career with a global management consulting firm and is passionate about strengthening relationships between the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  John is the step-father of a Bayley House client.
Paul Hede Paul Hede
Elected to the Board in October 2012, Paul is the parent of a son with a disability. As an experienced architect, Paul has operated his practice for over 35 years and specialises in design for disability. He is passionate about creating positive outcomes for people with a disability. Paul has experience in governance in both the public and community sectors.
John Lawrenson John Lawrenson  Deputy Chair & Treasurer
Elected to the Board in late 2014, John has broad experience in the business sector as well as not-for-profit and government organisations. He has been Deputy Chair since June 2015 and Treasurer since December 2016. John offers a wealth of knowledge in fiscal management and governance. He is the parent of an adult daughter with a disability.
Jude Mulchahy Jude Mulcahy
Jude has widespread professional experience in governance, risk management and business development. She joined the Board in 2013 and was elected Deputy Chair in June 2015. Jude has a strong background in social innovation and community investment, with global expertise, experience and networks. She is a trusted mentor and strategist to senior leaders in business, governments and not-for-profit organisations.
Lucy Whelan Lucy Whelan  Deputy Chair
Lucy joined the Board in October 2013 following her long involvement with Bayley House. Lucy has a brother with a disability. She has over 15 years’ experience in the public health sector and 20 years in the disability services industry. Lucy is passionate about patient/client outcomes, process improvement and healthcare delivery. She is currently Senior Advisor, Allied Health and Support Workforce at Monash Health.
Leanne Raven Leanne Raven FAICD

Leanne joined the Board in May 2020.  She is an experienced CEO and non-executive director, consumer advocate and data-driven leader inspiring innovation which adds value at Board, operational and consumer-facing levels.  Currently, the CEO of Crohn’s & Colitis Australia her executive career has involved leading change and transformative growth in not-for-profit organisations in health, health professional regulation, disability and community sectors.  She has been a non-executive director of 15 companies and chair of 4.  Her son, Elliot is a client at Bayley House and he attends the day centre.

David Calver
David Calver is a step-father to a Bayley House client and is a Bayley House volunteer. David has operated two companies for some 30 years and brings this experience which encompasses building and construction management and quantity surveying, including administration and compliance.
Gillian Kay Gillian Kay
Gillian was co-opted to the Board in July 2019.  She is a results driven professional with 22 years senior executive experience developing public service and commercial organisation through leadership of culture and change including development and implementation initiatives, business reviews and corporate strategies;  and management of performance, risk and project teams.