NDIS central Victoria disability

The Board

Chinka Steel LLB BCom (Melb)

Articles and Admission as a Barrister and Solicitor 1970
Entered Private Practice in 1976 City and Woodend
Trustee Law Aid Victoria

Committee Treasurer President Kyneton Hanging Rock Race Club 1982-1998 Life Member
Councilor (three terms Shire President) Shire Newham and Woodend 1977-1988
Chair Hanging Rock Committee Management 1980-88
Secretary, Hanging Rock Tennis Club 1980-90 Life Member
Director, Vice-Chair Country Racing Victoria 1996-2006 Life Governor
Secretary, President Woodend Hesket Football Club 1990-1995 Life Member
Chair Country Racing Australia 1999-2003
Secretary, Woodend Hanging Rock Petanque Club 1999-2013 Life Member
Secretary, Petanque Federation Australia 2001-2006
Member International Petanque Federation Governance Sub Committee
Director 3UZ Pty Ltd 2000-2004
Director, Chair 2004-6 3UZ Nominees Pty Ltd
Director Racing Victoria 2006-2010 and associated entities

Bette Sartore
Bette joined the Board in August  2014 and has lived in the Macedon Ranges for over 11 years. She is the published author of Diagnosis Autism — Where To Go From Here. She is an internationally published poet, and has contributed articles to the global e-magazine Autism World. Bette is a qualified Applied Behavioural Therapist, working with autistic children over a span of twenty years. For over thirty-five years Bette has been the President/Artistic Director of Cathouse Players, an award-winning community theatre company. Bette’s son Galen attends Windarring Kyneton.

Chris Chaplin
Chris has been living in the Kyneton area for over 40 years. He has extensive knowledge in the engineering and welding sector having worked all over Australia as a boiler maker. He is the owner operator of a business in Kyneton called Vintek. Chris has been the longest serving member of the Disability Advisory Group for the Macedon Ranges Shire. He has lived with a disbility for over twenty years having lost the use of his legs after an accident.

Rod Poxon                                                                                                                                                                            Bachelor of Science (Honours)                                                                                                                                 Graduate Diploma of Business Management

Rod has broad experience and a successful track record in business and project management.
His wide ranging skills have been developed though a combination of career paths, which have included mining and exploration, mortgages and finance, and health and fitness. Rod has coordinated numerous projects, programs and committees within a small rural community. He has worked closely with Local Government, and developed strategies to revitalise the small country town in which he resides.

Gemma Robertson                                                    Gemma resides in Kyenton and is currently an Executive Producer of Projects for the Victorian Association Of Performing Arts Centres. VAPAC is the peak body representing performing arts centres across Victoria, playing a key role in developing and maintaining a vibrant and sustainable performing arts sector.

Gemma’s is accomplished in leading strategy, delivery and day-to-day management of the performing arts marketplace. Identification and implementation of projects across advocacy, marketing, development and capacity building. Gemma recent career highlights include the introduction of new initiatives within the Showcase Victoria program including mentoring, extended networking opportunities and support for first-time participants; leading a Showcase Victoria rebrand; redesign of the VAPAC website and streamlining of the Showcase Victoria selection process in accordance with industry best practice.

Michael Rowland
B Comm (Melb) B Ed (La Trobe) Dip Ed (Monash) FACE FBEA

Mike works primarily in strategic review, training and planning related to organisational improvement typically with, but not limited to, organisations associated with education and education service provision, small businesses and community agencies. He is currently a director of Hickock International PL, Locim Group (Australia) PL, the Rowhobbs Corporation PL and is a Board member of Windarring. He was formerly Executive Director of National Curriculum Services PL.
Community interests include or have included:

  • Past President Hanging Rock Racing Club
  • Past President Kyneton Racing Club
  • Past President Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club
  • Committee member, Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club
  • Chair, Kyneton Recreation Reserve Committee of Management
  • Past Australia Day Ambassador for the Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

Mike is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and a Fellow of Business Educators Australasia (FBE). He has farming interests in the Macedon Ranges Shire where he has resided for 32 years.

Elvira Brown
Currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate through Victoria University. Previously Lecturer, Discipline of Midwifery & Women’s Health (formerly School of Nursing & Midwifery), Victoria University. Previous study Master of Nursing by Research, Victoria University, Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing), Phillip Institute of Technology, Midwifery, Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Jenny Holliday                                                      Jenny is a Director and Senior Facilitator / Consultant for Non Profit Training with over twenty years’ experience working in senior leadership roles and on boards in the not for profit sector.

Her NFP board appointments have been in the sporting, education and environmental sectors and has a wealth of experience in mentoring Boards and CEO’s as well as delivering training and organisational solutions through her roles with charities and non-profits. Her experience also includes roles on advisory committees at international, state and local council levels as well as with appeals tribunals in sport.

Coming from a strong history with teams, Jenny has a focus on creating robust, sustainable team cultures as a precursor to achieving success through strategy and structure. Her passion is to develop strong communication between leaders and their teams, so they can achieve success together.

Most recently, Jenny was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her contribution to sport in Australia and has twice been appointed an Ambassador for the World Masters Games.