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 – President
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 a member of the Carers Victoria, Business Development and Marketing Committee.
Helen Johnson – Vice President
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board member 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 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.
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.
Annie Hayward - General Manager – Policy, Strategy & Public Affairs
Annie is an experienced Public Affairs specialist with over 25 years’ history working in corporate and not-for profit sectors. Annie brings skills in business development, stakeholder management and integrated marketing and communications to the role. She leads our work with the State Government on implementing the Victorian Carer Strategy. Annie has a Master of Business Administration (International Management) and a Bachelor of Education.
Stephanie Worsteling - General Manager Carer and Community Services
Prior to commencing the role of General Manager Carer and Community Services in January 2019, Stephanie was the National NDIS Advisor at National Disability Services.
Stephanie has a Master of Social Policy, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies Major) and over 20 years’ experience in leadership and strategic roles in local and state government and the not-for profit sector.
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.