We draw on the talents and skills of a dedicated board, team of staff, key supporters and volunteers to support our work with and on behalf of caring families.
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 – Chair
Board Director since 2013
After caring for two of her four children who were born with a rare, life-shortening, genetic disorder and personally experienced the issues faced by carers, Sue joined the board in 2013.
Working in advertising for more than 30 years, including establishing her own agency which was sold five years later, Sue’s professional focus is business and brand strategy, consumer insight and stakeholder management. Her current business, Sue Peden Communication Consulting, works with large multi-nations through to start-ups.
Sue was elected President in February 2017. She has been on the Business Development and Governance committees, chairs the Remuneration and Nominations Committee, has been part of various working groups and sits on the board of Carers Australia.
Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was recently awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for Significant Service to Community.
Helen Johnson – Deputy Chair
Board Director since 2005
Helen, husband Peter and their two sons, Jayden and Ben, live in regional Traralgon, enabling Helen to provide a regional/rural 'carer' perspective to the Board.
Their youngest son Ben, now 26 years old, was born with an extremely rare syndrome causing multiple severe and profound disabilities. He 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 works part-time for the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) as a State-wide Workshop Facilitator for parents and professionals and a Support Advisor throughout Victoria. She also worked for over 39 years with Westpac and resigned in 2019 to focus on her disability and carer advocacy.
Helen has significant experience in systemic, community and individual advocacy at regional, state and national levels. She 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, Audit and Risk.
Mary Anne Noone
Board Director since 2005
Mary Anne is a Professor in the School of Law at La Trobe University. Throughout her working life, she has focussed on improving access to justice and social justice. Mary Anne has been active in a number of community organisations and boards including West Heidelberg Community Legal Service and Victoria Legal Aid. She was also a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal for 12 years. Mary Anne is currently President, South Port Community Housing Group.
Mary Anne chairs the Governance Committee.
Mark Van Zuylekom - Treasurer
Board Director 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 for profit and not for profit organisations. Presently Mark is General Manager ANZ at Esendex Australia Pty Ltd. Previous roles include Director Corporate Services at VCS Ltd, Director Corporate Services 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.
Board Director since 2015
Guy has over 30 years of 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.
Board Director since 2016
Callum is currently the Head of Strategy & Transformation at the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria). Callum’s public sector career spans over 20 years and includes a variety of leadership roles including as Executive Director, People Performance & Systems, Family Safety Victoria, Director of Corporate Services, Museums Victoria, and Director, Courts and Tribunal Unit, Department of Justice.
Utilising his academic background in public administration, law and medical science, Callum has held executive and leadership positions within the public sector, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and has extensive experience in corporate services, governance, strategy, and policy development across a range of industries including the Victorian, UK and Scottish administrations, seafood and the arts.
Callum also sits on the Boards of Carers Australia and the Aurora Foundation Ltd.
Callum is a member of the Governance Committee.
Board Director 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.
Board Director since 2018
Gerard has many years’ boardroom experience with appointments in the NFP sector and with privately unlisted companies. As a company director, Gerard has a keen interest in corporate governance and risk management, and has an extensive professional background in information and communications technology (ICT) and digital strategies, transforming his client’s business operations into astute industry leaders.
He also has over 25 years of corporate business management experience within the manufacturing, ICT and building and construction industries.
Gerard has mentored many ICT professionals in the execution of ICT-based projects, the management of ICT services 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 clear courses of action.
Board Director since 2018
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 specialty 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.
Our CEO and Senior Leaders
Our CEO and leadership team are guiding the charge for change and action for Victoria's caring families.
Scott Walker - CEO
Prior to taking over as Interim CEO in December 2017, Scott was in the role of General Manager Business Support with Carers Victoria.
Scott is a CPA qualified accountant with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and Information Technology. Scott has worked in community-based organisations for more than 20 years, primarily in the Local Government sector. Scott is a carer and in his spare time volunteers in his local community preparing sporting fields for recreational use.
Jeff Hallyburton - General Manager Business Support
Jeff is an experienced chartered accountant who has been involved in many diverse industries including manufacturing, finance, real estate and more recently not-for-profit.
He has a passion for leading teams to deliver results in an environment of strong communication with integrity and honesty.
Jeff enjoys golf, cricket and spending time with the grandchildren.