Board of Directors

Chris Bowly
BE Chem (Hons)

Appointed to Board in May 2017 Chris is an engineering consultant with almost 40 years’ experience in the petroleum, chemicals, hydrocarbons and metals industries and 10 years’ experience on the Board of Bellarine Community Health. He has worked in design, operations, maintenance and management and is committed to continuous improvement. Chris is a founding member of Barwon Head Community Arts Garden.

Deputy Chairperson
Jon Mamonski
MCom, BBusMark

Appointed to Board in November 2011 Jon has significant experience in communications, community relations and marketing. As an accredited technology journalist, Jon writes regularly for Provincial Media and appears weekly on local radio.

Deputy Chairperson
Sally Maes
Adv Dip of Bus Mgmt

Appointed to Board in November 2016 Sally is a Human Resources generalist with extensive experience in a large multinational company including learning & development, talent management, recruitment and workers compensation.

Garry Ellis
B.Com; MBA; Grad Cert HR Mgmt; GAICD

Appointed to Board in March 2020 Garry is an experienced finance professional, having worked in public sector organisations for 30 years.  He has worked in both health and community service organisations as both Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services.  Garry has been involved in large scale change during his career with the most recent being the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  He was the Chief Financial Officer of an organisation that was a part of the first group of pilot schemes.  Garry’s main expertise is in financial management of public sector organisations, financial and other reporting and reviewing and implementing effective financial processes.

Ryan Leemon

Appointed to Board in August 2013 Ryan is a Partner and registered company auditor and tax agent with 20+ years’ experience in professional practice and a strong knowledge of the not-for-profit sector. Ryan is involved with local community groups and is a council member with Deakin University.

Lachlan McColl
BCom, M. App Fin, CA, FFin, CA BV Specialist

Appointed to Board in November 2016 Lachie is a finance professional specialising in the valuation of businesses, legal entities and intangible assets. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years’ professional experience. Lachie has been a Board Member of GKA since 2012 and is now the Chair of the Bethany Kindergarten Services Board.

Lynne Kidman
BA; TSTC, Grad Dip Sp Ed; M Ed

Appointed to Board in April 2017 Lynne is a retired post primary school teacher. She held the position of Barwon South Western Region Disability and Special Needs Coordinator and Autism Consultant from 2001 to 2009.  Lynne has extensive experience in developing disability programs and curriculum for schools and delivered disability training to teachers, specialists and parents. She enjoys being involved in community projects such as development of The Eastern Hub Community Centre, East Geelong.  Lynne spent 21 years serving on the Board of Directors for Corio Bay Innovators (dal cafe).

Tara Paatsch

Appointed to Board in May 2017 Tara is a lawyer with over 10 years of experience in professional practice. Tara has extensive experience in family law and litigation. Tara was a Board Member of Geelong Kindergarten Association prior to joining both the Bethany Community Support Board and the Bethany Kindergarten Services Board. Tara currently works as a Senior Associate in Family Law with a local law firm. Tara also has three young children.

Karen Lane
PhD; BA Hons

Appointed to Board in November 2017 Karen is an Honorary Research Fellow at Deakin University.  Her research areas include: Mothering, Migration and Social Inclusion; Sociology and Politics of Maternity Care; Theories of Knowledge and Power; and Public Policy Analysis.

Mr Daryl Starkey
MBA, BBus, Bus Cert Accounting, Fellow IML, Fellow AICD

Appointed to Board in November 2018 Daryl held various CEO roles for over 25 years in not for profit organisations, predominantly in health and disability services.  From 2015 to 2019 he was initially Chair of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Geelong Otway Community Advisory Council and then Deputy Chair of the Regional Integrated Council. Currently Daryl is an advisor to a private equity company in health services and a Board Director of the Rotary Club of Geelong.

Ms Anthea Whan
M. Inter. & Comm Dev, Dip AICD, BCom

Appointed to Board in July 2019 Anthea has 7 years’ experience working and living in remote Aboriginal communities in the NT and WA, and 1 year working in the Pacific in Community Development.  She is skilled in program management and design in early childhood, youth and family support programs and have worked across private and community sectors, and is currently working for Save the Children.

Zane Vail
B.Comp (Info Systems); Dip Proj Mgmt; Grad Cert Bus Admin

Appointed to the board in June 2020.  Zane specialises in IT service delivery and technical service functions.  Zane has over 14 years’ experience in the health and aged-care sectors supporting numerous organisations such as Barwon Health and Epworth Health Care to formulate, develop and execute their digital strategies. Zane enjoys keeping active through sport and spending time with his family.

Chief Executive Officer (Ex-Officio)
Grant Boyd
BA(Ed), Grad Dip Sp Ed, Grad Dip Child Adol Psych, GAICD

Appointed to Board in November 2008 Grant Boyd is the CEO of the Bethany Group comprising Bethany Community Support Inc. and Bethany Kindergarten Services Ltd. Prior to joining Bethany, Grant worked extensively in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors in the fields of education, community services, disability and health where he has held practitioner, leadership and consulting roles.