Joined the Board in 2017. Immediate past Chair
Robert grew up in Newcastle. NSW. He was employed with ICI for 14 years, including 5 years in PNG and came to Melbourne in 1972.
Robert holds a BA, MA, MLitt and PhD and is a Senior Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australia; Fellow, Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Robert was employed as a CEO for 20 years across the Bankers and Chemical institutes and the Municipal Association of Victoria.
Robert was Bail Justice 1990-2010, a partner at ProNed Australia P/L (locating Directors for Boards) 2003-2014 and a Justice of the Peace since 1980
Robert’s hobbies include flying single and twin-engine aircrafts, including a P51 Mustang. He has held a Pilot’s licence for 30 years.
Joined the Board in 2017 and is the current Secretary
Jack was born in Glasgow, Scotland where he qualified as an Electrical Engineer (B.Sc.). Jack had a wide and varied career which spanned service in the British army in all types of Government Projects until he emigrated to Melbourne in March 1980.
Across the next ten years, Jack served in various resource industries, including his first role as Project Manager for the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop, Electrical & Mechanical Services. In 1990 Jack formed his own company, which specialised in electrical, fire protection, air conditioning & building services.
Jack has many, many hobbies including golf, diy, wood working, renovations, horse riding, shooting (target rifle, clay target), photography and is a member of the Men’s Shed.
Joined the Board in 2017
Verity previously lived in the Dandenong Ranges before moving to Rosebud in 2001 and holds a Diploma of Kindergarten Teaching, Post Graduate In Special Education, Post Graduate in Recreation, Honours in Applied Science, Recreation and Advanced Certificate in Genealogical Studies
She has held many positions both in providing hands on care to kindergarten children and students and committee member support and program development.
Verity completed a thesis entitled “How local councils provide access for children with physical disabilities in the local playgrounds”.
Verity has been in Probus for 15 years and was successful in developing a highly successful new club in the area.
Verity is passionate about the Seawinds Community Hub and brings many skills to support informed governance. She believes happy staff are the basis for future expansion in the services for the local community.
Verity has interests in gardening, reading, family history, photography, pilates and walking.
Joined the Board in March 2021
John joined the workforce as a trainee auditor and accountant and quickly progressed to sales and marketing at management level with a strong emphasis on packaging materials to industry.
John was involved in Industry Committees and educational programmes relevant to the printing and packaging industries and ran a family business on the Mornington Peninsula, selling and marketing wine made from fruit grown in the vineyard.
A member of Rotary for over twenty years, John was involved at Board level, including roles in Vocational and Community services. He looks forward to learning more of the functions of the Seawinds Hub, and in particular, the Early Learning Centre.
John’s community involvement started with the local tennis club until his early twenties. Later this progressed to an involvement in local scouts and cricket clubs through his children.
Joined the Board in August 2021
Carol started her career as a nurse in South Africa but after arriving in Australia in 1980 undertook a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, followed by a Bachelor of Education at Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Research and Evaluation.
For 23 years, Carol worked in kindergarten teaching and senior management roles for both local government and more expansive organisations.
In 2003, Carol moved her focus to Aged Care where she continued in Executive and Director roles. Her enthusiasm and commitment saw the expansion of business to where she was part owner and Director for 33 Aged Care Services across Victoria.
Carol was instrumental in developing a home in Beijing under an Australian model of care. She is best known for her introduction of the STARFISH program, which underpins development of a positive staff culture.
Carol is the current President of the Rotary Club of Mount Martha and sits on the Board of The Bays Healthcare Group. Carol’s aim has always been to make a positive difference to the people with whom she engages and she brings this passion and insight into Kindergarten and Childcare management to Seawinds Community Hub.