Our Board Members2018-11-08T20:35:46+00:00

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 Members

Rhonda Whitfield 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.
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.
Richard Zylan 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.