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Board of Governance

Camcare has a Board drawn from skilled and capable people who live in or have an association with the Boroondara community. The Board comprises up to 11 members from various professional backgrounds who volunteer to contribute to the governance of the organisation involving strategic planning, risk management and oversight of Camcare’s organisational development and performance.

Camcare Board Charter

The board has created a number of committees and working groups to help carry out its work.  Four key committees are:

  • Finance Audit & Risk Management
  • Marketing & Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Strategy

The board welcomes participation by co-opted community members in these committees.  There are currently opportunities for qualified and experienced people with relevant skills.  We are especially keen to involve people with capabilities in fundraising and in financial management.  More generally, we also welcome participation from members of Boroondara’s culturally & linguistically diverse communities.

Download form here>> Expression of Interest in Camcare Board of Governance

Gayle Austen  (President)

Gayle is a specialist in communications, marketing and strategic advice as a freelance consultant (after a lengthy corporate career). She has worked with many non-profits – most recently leading communications and marketing for the merger that resulted in Australia’s largest community health organisation, cohealth. Gayle has a strong commitment to social justice, a range of professional skills and advisory experience that the board is keen to attract. As a local resident, Gayle also has a long-standing knowledge of and commitment to the Boroondara area which she would like to translate into action. Gayle has served on the Boards or Committees of Wild at Heart (a community arts and disability organisation), Homeground Services, as well as the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Gayle Austen
Peter Stansfeld (Vice President)

Peter is a Chartered Accountant (now retired) with over 40 years experience in the accountancy profession, investment banking and financial and strategic management, in both the corporate and not for profit sectors. For the last seven years prior to retirement, he was Director Business Operations at Berry Street, the largest independent child and family services organisation in Victoria. Peter has volunteered at Camcare on an ad hoc basis for several years and is now looking forward to contributing to Camcare on a more regular basis, using his financial and not for profit sector experience to help the Organisation achieve its objectives. Peter has been a resident of Boroondara for over 35 years.

Liz Tromans (Secretary)
BEc (Adel), GDip AppFin (SIA), JD(Melb)
Liz is a resident of Boroondara and is very keen to utilise her business and professional skills by making a contribution to her local community and assisting Camcare to achieve its mission. Liz is a practising lawyer and qualified accountant and is well-placed to contribute to Camcare’s work in supporting the Boroondara Community through a combination of directional leadership as a board member and through participation in the board’s working groups and subcommittees.

Raymond Ngo (Treasurer)

Raymond has significant experience leading finance and corporate strategy teams within large corporations. He brings this experience and a deep passion for supporting local communities to the Camcare Board, where he serves as Treasurer, and chairs our Finance, Audit and Risk Management committee. Ray has also served on a funding allocation committee at TEAR Australia for many years.
Ray holds a Bachelor of Commerce and BA from Monash University, and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. He studied in Boorondara during his secondary school years.

Dan Pekin
BBus, MBA, CPA, ACIS, MAICDWorking in Global Companies in General Management for the past twenty years, Dan brings to Camcare expertise in Organisational Effectiveness, Global, Regional & Local Marketing, Driving Growth and Finance. For many years he has been involved in Community activities including helping disadvantaged, schools, church, fundraising and sporting organisations.
 Dan Pekin


Geoff Lavender
BA (Lancaster UK), Grad Dip Ed (Lancaster), Grad Dip Lib (RMIT), M Pol & Law (La Trobe)
Geoff joined the Camcare board in October 2012. With over 30 years public sector experience in education, health and working with government, he brings knowledge and experience in government relations and public policy. His current role is Executive Director, Leadership & Learning with HardyGroup International, a boutique consulting firm. In addition, Geoff provides management advisory services through his own consulting work, particularly focused on policy and strategy in thepublic and not-for-profit sectors. He has held senior executive positions in the Victorian government particularly in health and community services. Geoff is a member of the community advisory group of Whitehorse Community Health Centre. He has a long-standing interest in corporate governance and has established governance development programs for NGOs and health services. For the last ten years, Geoff and his family have lived in Mont Albert.
 Geoff Lavender
Cheryl Thomas

Cheryl has post graduate psychology and conflict management qualifications and works as a mediator/conciliator. Having received mediation training from Camcare some time ago, Cheryl is looking forward to being involved with Camcare in a different role.


Stephane Shepherd
BA, MA, PhD (Monash) Stephane has lived in the Boroondara community for over 30 years. He is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Forensic Behaviorual Science & Forensicare (Swinburne University of Technology) & a research fellow with the National Centre for Cultural Competence,( University of Sydney). He lectures and conducts research in the areas of forensic mental health, cross-cultural psychology and criminology. Stephane hopes to utilise his knowledge and experience gained from working in academia to help facilitate community initiatives addressing disadvantage.
Ken Patterson
Dip.Com; Cert Marketing; BSW; Grad Dip Human Services ResearchKen brings to the Board, qualifications and experience in both commerce and the welfare sector. After an early career in the commercial world, Ken completed social work studies and worked initially for the Department of Human Services in the inner city area. He then transferred to work the next 28 years in the not-for-profit sector. He worked for community service organisations (CSOs) in the child youth and family welfare sector for 12 years prior to joining the industry peak body (now called the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare) as Deputy CEO for 9 years.More recently, he worked the last 7 years before his retirement in executive management roles with a multiservice organisation (Melbourne City Mission), gaining experience in disability and homelessness services as well as community development, and aged care & palliative care services management. With this range of experience, Ken hopes to make a positive contribution to the ways in which Camcare strengthens the Boroondara community to support people living with disadvantage.