Meet our Board

Our Board members are passionately committed to improving the lives of carers, and bring a wide range of skills and experience to help us achieve our aims. Many of them also have personal experience of caring.

Meet our Board

Our Board members are passionately committed to improving the lives of carers, and bring a wide range of skills and experience to help us achieve our aims. Many of them also have personal experience of caring.

Sue Peden – President

Board member and President Sue Peden
Sue Peden – Board member since 2013

Sue is keen to make a contribution to Carers Victoria, having cared for her two children who were both born with a rare, life-shortening, genetic condition, and personally experienced difficulty understanding what services were available.

Having worked in advertising and communications for over 25 years, Sue’s professional interest is focused on business and brand strategy, insights and stakeholder management. She also has finance skills, with a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, majoring in accounting.

Sue is also a member of the Carers Victoria, Business Development and Marketing Committee.

“I didn’t think of myself as a carer when I was looking after my older two children with profound disability – I was just their mum. I wish I’d known about Carers Victoria as navigating the maze was a continual, time consuming frustration. My goal is to ensure carers know about the supports and services available to them, to lighten their load.”

Helen Johnson – Vice President

Board member Helen Johnson
Helen Johnson – Board member since 2005

Helen and her husband Peter and their sons, Jayden and Ben, live in regional Traralgon, enabling Helen to provide a regional/rural 'carer' perspective to the Board.

Their youngest son, 23-year-old Ben, was born with an extremely rare syndrome causing multiple severe and profound disabilities, and also became a paraplegic in 2009 due to an unexplained post-operative medical complication causing a spinal cord injury.

Helen also cared for her chronically ill father who lived in their family home for over seven years until he passed away in 2010.

Helen has decades of experience as a family carer and working in the disability sector. She currently works part-time for the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) as a State-wide Parent Support Worker and as a Facilitator presenting ACD Connect – Peer Support ‘NDIS Ready’ workshops throughout Victoria. She also works part-time for Westpac as a Personal Banker. 

Helen has significant experience in systemic, community and individual advocacy at regional, state and national levels. She previously held a six-year term on the Board of Carers Australia and is currently one of their Ambassadors. With Helen's lived carer experience, professional background and as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she contributes various skills to the board particularly in the areas of Strategy, Finance, and Audit and Risk. 

"I am passionate to create holistic community and political awareness of the many and varied needs and issues of all carers, ensuring the voice of carers is heard within all levels of government and the general community. I believe all carers, the people they care for and their families should have opportunities to make informed choices and receive consistent innovative Supports and Services."

Mary Anne Noone

Board member and vice president Mary Anne Noone
Mary Anne Noone – Board member since 2005

Mary Anne is a Professor in the School of Law at La Trobe University. She has focussed on improving access to justice and social justice throughout her working life. Mary Anne has many years’ experience at both a practical and policy level in legal aid and is currently interested in provision of legal services in health and welfare settings. Mary Anne was a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal for 12 years and 12 years as a member of the Board of Directors, Victoria Legal Aid .

Mary Anne is also on the management committee of the South Port Community Housing Group.

Mary Anne is currently sitting on the Governance Committee

“I cared for my own mother for many years and I believe that the combination of my professional and personal skills means I can continue to make a positive contribution.”

Mark Van Zuylekom

Board member Mark Van Zuylekom
Mark Van Zuylekom – Board member since 2012

Mark's personal interest in Carers Victoria arose after being confronted with needing to provide joint primary care for his mother following the sudden death of his father.  This set of circumstances has provided him with a first hand understanding of the difficulties that carers face in negotiating their way through the system.  

At a professional level Mark has held senior roles in a range of for profit and not for profit organisations.  Presently Mark is the Director Corporate Services at the Victorian Cytology Service, reporting to the CEO.  Previous roles include senior executive at Rural Ambulance Victoria, State Manager with Brambles and State Operations Manager with Rentokil Initial.  The specific skills that Mark brings to the Board include: building relationships with stakeholders including government, finance, marketing, business development, human resources, commercial, strategy and operations.

Mark is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a MBA from the Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.  

Mark is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

"I am passionate about carers and the difficulties they face every day. Without carers we would reduce a significant part of our population to second class citizen status.  Caring is difficult enough; carers need a voice and support - and that is what Carers Victoria is all about."

Guy Carvalho

Guy Carvalho
Guy Carvalho – Board member since 2015

Guy has over 30 years experience as a senior financial and commercial executive in growing business portfolios across a range of customer segments, industries and companies in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Guy has the strong belief that people are the single biggest asset for any organisation and none more so than for not-for-profit organisations such as Carers Victoria representing the legion of carers spread across the State making a profound difference, every day. He believes that the rapid evolution of inclusive technologies can provide a paradigm shift in the way we provide greater support and recognition of carers of all ages. Guy is currently part of the senior management team at Australia Post.

“I firmly believe that the great leap forward in social technologies in recent years provides us a platform to better leverage the power of the wider community and corporate Australia to support carers in their lives and careers.”

Callum Ingram

Callum Ingram
Callum Ingram BSc(Hons) LLB LLM EMPA GAICD – Board member since 2016

Over the course of his career, Callum has held executive and leadership positions within public sector, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and has extensive experience in corporate services, governance, strategy and policy development.  

Callum is currently the acting Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Workforce Excellence, Family Safety Victoria.  Callum’s public sector career spans over 20 years, and includes a variety of leadership roles including as the Transition Director for the establishment of Family Safety Victoria, the Director of Corporate Services, Museums Victoria, and Director of the Courts and Tribunal Unit, Department of Justice. Prior to 2002, Callum lived in Scotland and worked across a range of industries including the UK and Scottish administrations, seafood and the arts. 

Callum is a member of the Governance Committee. 

"Helping to raise awareness about carers and to support those who help others to navigate life, its challenges and its opportunities is a huge privilege."

Charles Hardman

Charles Hardman
Charles Hardman – Board member since 2018

Charles Hardman is a specialist in organisational transformation. With over 20 years experience working within some of Australia’s largest companies both here and overseas, Charles specialises in defining, designing, and delivering solutions that will not only solve problems, but which will also set organisations up for even greater sustained success.

Charles is a member of the Governance Committee.

Gerard Mullins

Gerard Mullins
Gerard Mullins - Board member since 2018

Gerard joined the Carers Victoria Board in Dec 2018 and has many years’ boardroom experience. As a company director, Gerard has a keen interest in corporate governance and risk management, and has an extensive professional background in ICT and digital strategies, transforming his client’s business operations into astute industry leaders. He also has over 25 years corporate business management experience within the manufacturing, and building and construction industries.

Gerard has mentored many project managers in the execution of ICT-based projects and continues to do so in conjunction with managing his successful ICT services company.

His collaborative approach unifies the people around Gerard, and his consultative methods result in positive outcomes and articulate courses of action.

Matthew Monaghan

Matthew Monaghan
Matthew Monaghan - Board member since 2019

Matthew has a wealth of experience in the not for profit sector in the areas of professional development/education, event and project management. Matthew has worked across the health, aged care, sustainability industries in both private and public sectors. He has acquired the knowledge and approach to 'think outside the square' and deliver innovative, creative and sustainable business outcomes, and has a broad range of experience having delivered local, national and international projects.

Matthew is passionate about all aspects of project management, business and stakeholder management. His areas of speciality include financial management, leadership and business operations. Matthews holds a master’s in business administration supported by tertiary qualifications in business, marketing and education.

Matthew is passionate about the important work of Carers and the role of Carers Victoria in facilitating key programs and services to support individuals within our community.

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