Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic direction, establishing goals for management and monitoring their performance in the delivery of services to participants.
MIKE POOLE – Chair
Mike became a Board member in May 2007 and was appointed Chair in 2008. Mike is also currently chair of the Nadrasca College and the Nadrasca Foundation. He is a member of the Audit and Finance Risk Sub-committee, Risk and Compliance Sub-committee and Property Sub-committee.
Mike was involved in the Motor Industry from 1971 till 2008 when he sold his interest in the Travis Honda Motor Group, having been a Director and Dealer Principal in their Mornington and Frankston Dealerships.
Mike brings to the table his business experience in a competitive commercial environment, which is essential even in the Not for Profit sector.
KEITH KILNER – Deputy Chair
On 25th July 1967, at the inception of Nadrasca Inc, Keith Kilner nominated himself to serve on the Committee of Management, as there were no volunteers. Keith has been a constant over the years at Nadrasca. He has served as Vice President (1969-1972), President (1973-1979) and Vice-President (1979-2007).
In 2007, when Nadrasca became a company limited by guarantee, Keith became Deputy Chairman, a role he holds to this day. Keith is the only person to serve continuously on the Committee of Management of Nadrasca, now the Board of Directors, since inception.
Keith is also currently Deputy Chair of the Audit and Finance Sub-committee, having served as Chairman of this sub-committee for a number of years. He has also been involved in various sub-committees over the years.
On a professional level, Keith has over 40 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of capital equipment, many at an executive level. Keith project managed the relocation of Nadavoc Industries (now Nadrasca Industry) from three sites to our present location at Rooks Road, which was done on time and on budget.
Keith and his wife Beryl have a son with a disability.
GUS KOEDYK – Company Secretary and Executive Director
Diploma of General Insurance, Australian Insurance Institute
Gus’s involvement with Nadrasca goes back more than 30 years. In 1992 Gus was invited to join the (then) Nadrasca Committee of Management. He was the organisation’s Treasurer until 30 June 2004 and chaired a number of sub-committees over the previous 12 years.
For 22 years prior to 2000, Gus was a senior executive in the general insurance industry working in various roles in Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT. He has extensive experience in Sales, Sales Management, Operational Management, Branch Management, Head Office Technical and Functional roles as well as Project Management.
He also has personal experience as a parent dealing with people with a disability; one with an intellectual disability and another with a physical disability.
Diploma in Sales & Marketing (Holmes Business College)
Chris was a member of the Nunawading Apex Club for 17 years and is a Life Member. This Apex Club formed a sub-committee to provide services for pre-school aged children with intellectual disability and provide support to their families. This sub-committee eventually became Nadrasca. Chris joined the Nadrasca Inc. Committee of Management in 1990 and became a Board member of Nadrasca Ltd in May 2007. He has been on the Board of Nadrasca for over 25 years.
B Economics (Hons) Monash University, Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management
Chris served as an economist for the Victorian Farmers Federation and the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) and has worked in local, State and Federal Government. He moved into an Executive Management role at VECCI, heading up Media, Public Affairs, Government Relations and Member Communications.
He then moved to a national role with the Minerals Council of Australia, looking after workforce development and skills for the mining sector, working very closely with the HR and Training Managers of the major mining houses.
Chris was the CEO of SkillsDMC, which is a not-for-profit skills body made up of employer associations and unions in the Resources and Infrastructure sector.
Currently he is Executive Director of NORTH Link, which focuses on the economic development of Melbourne’s Northern region, a distinct region of 1 million residents that will grow to the size of Adelaide by 2031.
Chris has a strong focus on upskilling, reskilling and cross skilling workforces in the face of rapid change. Overall, he brings to the table an expertise around public affairs and industry and skilling policy, as well as a passion for economic development, human capital development, investment and bringing life and work opportunities to all.
B Commerce, B Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Rod holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Rod is a practicing solicitor and a private investigator who has 25 years experience in investigations including 5 years in the Corporate Sector and 15 years as an investigator with Victoria Police, including 4 years in the Major Fraud Group and secondment to the National Crime Authority working on Organised Crime.
During his service in the Major Fraud Group, Rod worked on investigations into multi-million dollar frauds as well as leading a team of fraud investigators and included the conduct of international and multi-national investigations where Rod maintained responsibility for the successful co-ordination of multiple law enforcement agencies.
Rod’s corporate experience includes working for the large corporations, ExxonMobil and Crown Casino where Rod was required to conduct investigations both in Australia and overseas and where he worked with the senior management teams of those companies.
Rod’s combination of legal and investigation skills allows him to bring a comprehensive approach to government and corporate management.
Doug became a Board Member in December 2011 and is Chair of the Audit and Finance Sub-Committee. Doug is currently Managing Partner of Mitchell Wilson, an accountancy practice specialising in business strategy, tax and superannuation, and financial planning. Doug has overseen the growth of Mitchell Wilson for two decades, where his knowledge and integrity have made him a trusted partner to business owners and entrepreneurs in industries as diverse as financial services, travel, media and transport.
Hailing from the Apple Isle, Doug qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working at his first firm, and became a partner at Moore Robsons in Hobart at just aged thirty. He made the move to Melbourne in 1990, when his chapter of the Mitchell Wilson story began.
Chris became a Board Member in December 2011. Chris is currently CEO of Veritas Recruitment, a professional services recruitment organisation, connecting top talent with the best roles in accounting and finance, technical and operations and business support. Chris founded Link Recruitment, an accounting specialist in 1986 and in 1999, Link became part of Vedior, the fourth largest recruitment company in the world. Chris was Managing Director of Link from May 1986 to February 2009.
Chris is a driver of organisation change to meet strategic objectives and is a believer in strong organisation culture that supports success. He is an experienced CEO who takes company vision to commercial reality.
Tarnya became a Board Member in September 2018. Tarnya recently worked at Yarra Valley Water for 14 years in a number of roles, the most recent as Head of Marketing and Customer experience. Consequently Tarnya’s key skills are in strategy, customer experience, leadership, people and culture along with marketing, communications and engagement.
Tarnya was a Special Olympics Victoria volunteer and is a member of the Eastern Health Community Advisory Committee. Tarnya has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and is a CPA.
Al became a Board Member in September 2018. Al commenced his career in the Public Service as a police officer in Victoria before joining the ACT Corrective services. In addition, Al served as an Australian Army officer for 13 years completing both Reserve and Full time service and undertaking multiple operational deployments.
Al held senior roles in the UK and the Gulf region with Aspen Medical before returning to Melbourne to join GP Graders, as the Vice President of Operations. Al has a Bachelor of Training and Development as well as a Master of Leadership.
Tara became a Board Member in September 2018. Born in Denmark, Tara has lived in Australia for seven years. She is currently Mental Health Coordinator at Star Health where she also led the Diversity portfolio through the organisation’s Rainbow Tick accreditation.
Having worked in multiple capacities within the housing, employment and mental health sectors in Australia and internationally, Tara’s leadership is informed by direct practice as an occupational therapist with a strong belief
in inclusive service models and person centred care maximising the individual’s independence and quality of life.