ACOSS Board

TONY REIDY, President

Tony Reidy was first elected President of the Australian Council of Social Service for a two-year term commencing in January 2016, and was re elected for a third term in October 2018. He was chief executive of the Tasmanian Council of Social Service for five years to June 2015.

From April 2016 until August 2017 Tony carried out a transitional role as chief executive of Alzheimer’s Australia Tasmania as the new Dementia Australia organisation was being formed.

He is an appointed University Associate, and was an honorary Advisory Board Member of the University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change until September 2017.

Tony Reidy was chief executive of medical research institute the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation for ten years, has held a number of senior roles in the public and private sectors. He is a former chief-of-staff to State Government ministers and a Federal senator, and a ministerial policy adviser at state and federal level.

Tony has more than thirty years’ experience in public and private sector corporate governance, including twenty-five years as a part-time director and then board chair of MyState Bank and its antecedents.

He also has a lifelong involvement in voluntary community sector governance in diverse areas such as unemployment support, skills training, early childhood education and international charities.


HANG VO, Vice President

Hang is a senior manager with over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. Hang has led and managed complex national and international programs.

Hang is currently the Director for Strategy, Planning and Development at EACH, a national organisation that provides a diverse range of health and community services.
She has responsibility for a diverse portfolio including business development and innovation; marketing and communications; quality, research and evaluation; inclusion and diversity; and service access and intake.

Hang has a keen interest in NFP governance. She is serving her second term as ACOSS Deputy President and will continue to play a key role in strengthening the organisation’s governance leadership. She is also a board director of South Eastern Community Links – a grassroots organisation providing health and welfare support to newly arrived migrants in Melbourne.

Hang has degrees in Social Work and Arts; an Executive MBA; and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as a recipient of the Victorian Government’s Governance Diversity Scholarship.

Hang came to Australia with her family as a refugee from Viet Nam in the late 1970s and is a member of the LGBTIQ community. This has shaped her deep commitment to a more inclusive and equitable society.


PETER McNAMARA, Treasurer

Peter joined Good Shepherd Microfinance in 2012, and has over 20 years of Executive experience in the civil and corporate sectors, including as General Manager of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer, responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation in collaboration with the Board. Peter has qualifications from Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Melbourne Business School, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter is a Board Director and Treasurer of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the peak body for poverty and inequality. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Shared Value Project.


AMANDA BRESNAN

Amanda Bresnan has over 14 years experience working in and with the non-government sector. Amanda has worked as a consultant in mental health, social policy and disability; was Policy Manager at Palliative Care Australia; and Manager of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement with the College of Mental Health Nurses. Amanda is currently the Executive Director for Community Mental Health Australia.

From October 2008 to 2012 Amanda was an elected Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the ACT Greens. Amanda was the ACT Greens spokesperson for health, disability, housing, ageing, multicultural affairs, transport and corrections, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs.

Prior to being elected as an MLA, Amanda was the Acting Director of Policy and Projects for the Mental Health Council of Australia (now Mental Health Australia), and also worked as a Project Manager with the Consumer Health Forum of Australia. Amanda was President of the Asthma Foundation ACT and a Board Member of Asthma Foundation Australia between 2012-2017. Amanda is currently an independent Board member of AIVL – the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League. She was Patron of ACT Mental Health Week in 2013 and 2014, and is a current member of the ACT Ministerial Mental Health Advisory Committee.


CONNIE DIGOLIS

Connie Digolis is the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT). Prior to that, Connie was Executive Officer for the National Stroke Foundation in Tasmania. Connie brings to her role a wealth of experience in community sector management, advocacy, health promotion and policy.

 The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) is a member based peak body, representing and promoting the interests of community managed mental health services. MHCT has a strong commitment to enabling better access and outcomes for individuals, families and carers and our communities.

Connie would like to see a Tasmania that is forward thinking and innovative in the mental health sector. Connie looks forward to a time when we can refer to our mental health system as an excellent example of person-centred, integrated care that provides the best mental health outcomes for all Tasmanians.


VANESSA FANNING

Vanessa is currently a non-executive director of two national not-for-profit organisations and serves on the Canberra and Southern NSW Advisory Board of a further national not-for-profit organisation. She has previously served as a non-executive director on a number of Federal Government Boards including the International Air Services Commission, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Council of the Australian National Library as well as having served as an external advisor to a number of public sector audit committees.

In addition to her interest in governance, Vanessa mentors senior management executives in the public sector and non-executive board members in the not-for-profit sector and is an internationally and nationally accredited executive coach.

In the course of her earlier career, Vanessa was the Managing Director and CEO of a national Government Business Enterprise in the health sector with a multi-site presence in all states and over 750 multidisciplinary professional staff, a position that she held for 7 years. Vanessa’s career in management has spanned both the private and public sectors, and profit and not-for-profit organisations, including 12 years as a Division Head in the Commonwealth public service in the transport and communications portfolios and two years at top management level in a large private publically listed company in the private sector. In addition to her high level policy, negotiating and commercial experience she has had an overseas diplomatic posting and led numerous international negotiations.


MATT GARDINER

Matt is the Executive Director, Child and Family at The Benevolent Society. He has significant sector experience across the areas of child protection, family therapy, relationship counselling, mediation, sexual assault and violence prevention. Passionate about social justice, improving systems and therapeutic practice, Matt is an experienced practitioner and has held senior executive roles in some of Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisations in a career spanning nearly two decades.

 

 

 


PETRA HILTON

I became a single mother in 1997 and experienced firsthand the degradation of single mothers by family law courts, the child support agency and Centrelink. Not being comfortable playing the victim I became involved with the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children in 2006, first as a NSW delegate, then as a member of the National Advisory Committee, and since August 2016 as a board member. I have witnessed and participated in the organisation’s resurgence largely through its attention and adherence to governance.

In 2012 I was founding vice president of Friends of Sole Parents assisting in achieving DGR status and initial fundraising. FOSP provides sole parents with specialist support in the community.

Realising that single mothers and their children aren’t the only marginalised members of our society I joined ACOSS and have participated in events such as the ACOSS day of advocacy in Canberra, the video rejecting the welfare reform bill, and post budget sessions with the Federal Treasurer of the day.

Since 2013 I have re-established my career in the finance industry, with attention to compliance and legislation. I am delighted to contribute my professional skills to NCSMC as their treasurer, and look forward to sharing these with ACOSS as well.


DAVID PANTER

David originally trained as a psychologist and has been a Chief Executive in health and social care services for almost 30 years. In the UK he initially worked in the NHS in London and more latterly local government, where he was CE of Brighton & Hove City Council for a number of years before moving to Australia. In 2004 he was recruited to the SA public health system where for over 10 years he led reforms including the development of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Currently the CE of profit-for-purpose ECH Inc, SA’s biggest provider of housing and support services for older people, David is passionate about enabling people to live well until death in their own home. David is a past President of the Australian Hospitals & Healthcare Association, holds academic appointments with Adelaide University and the University of South Australia, is currently the Chair of the SA Council of Social Service, a Director of ACOSS and a Director of Leading Age Services Australia.