Board Members

Noel Toal

Noel Toal - Chairman

Owner and General Manager of a Cardboard Box manufacturing business turning over $1.2m annually. Previous to this he worked for nine years as member of the Operations Executive and Regional Head of IT for a global financial software development company. Noel has owned other businesses in the past and has been in IT for 20 years. Complementing this business and IT experience is a Bachelor of Business (Computing) and a Master of Business Administration (Executive).

Jillian Christie

Jillian Christie - Vice Chairman

Jillian Christie holds current registration in Division 1 nursing, Post Graduate qualifications in Acute Adult Psychiatry, Disability and Clinical Instruction. She has a 23 year career in the health sector, spanning across various clinical areas. She has extensive experience in driving organisational change and was responsible for re-launching A Plus Personnel into the Victorian market, increasing profits in preparation for sale of the company. Jill commenced as the Chief Executive Officer at Monkami Inc in 2012. Monkami provides disability services similar to those provided by IDV across the Eastern Region of Melbourne. Jill's appointment follows on from her success in the private sector as the Managing Director of Simply Settled Simply Safe, an organisation with exceptional credentials in delivering tailored training to both the corporate and government sectors. Jillian is also mum to three children and views this as her greatest achievement.

Sally Bennett

Sally Bennett - Treasurer

Sally Bennett is a Risk Management professional who specializes in cultural change, embedding a risk and governance cultures in organizations. Sally has worked with a wide range of organisations including several disability service providers, utilities, Local Government, Health, Construction and Manufacturing, and ranging from medium sector to large multinationals. Sally has also run her own business, and enjoys bringing her business acumen to the NFP sector.

Monica Jackson

Monica Jackson - Secretary

Monica Jackson was a journalist for more than 25 years before embarking on an academic career. She now lectures in journalism at Monash University and writes freelance stories for various publications. Monica's long-term interest in the welfare of people with disabilities stems in part from caring for her brother, who attends Ivanhoe Diamond Valley Inc, and is a lively and active member of the wider community. She is a firm believer in the importance of not-for-profit organisations in the delivery of services in this sector.

Paul Buchan

Paul Buchan

Paul Buchan had a 25 year career in airline administration and management with Trans—Australia Airlines before moving to Ambulance communications and D24 Police communications for seven years. He has been a committee member since 1986, including five years as Secretary, ten years as President and 13 years as Public Officer. As a parent of a daughter who has a disability, Paul is dedicated and committed member of the community service sector.

Fonda Gazis

Fonda Gazis

Fonda Gazis is a lawyer with many years experience in both public and private sector areas. He has worked as a human rights lawyer previously but is currently engaged in the private sector as inhouse legal counsel. He has worked in mental health rights as well as advocacy for people with special needs.He has strong abilities and experience in the administrative and governance of organisations.He has a strong interest and passion for the community sector and brings those skills as noted above to IDV.

Peter Van Hemelryck

Peter Van Hemelryck

Peter Van Hemelryck has been a Chief Executive Officer of industrial companies for over 38 years and has significant organisational, administrative and financial management skills. Peter is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a parent of children who have a disability, Peter is a long standing and respected member of Community Sector Organisations.

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