Management Committee

The Committee of Management has been carefully recruited and appointed by the members to provide skilled and experienced governance.

Kaye WardKaye Ward BA, BSW, Dip Ed

Kaye is a qualified Teacher, Social Worker and Family Therapist and an accredited Allied Health – Mental Health Counsellor. She has over 30 years’ experience in providing counselling to people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds. She also has over 20 years’ experience in the management of community service agencies in both the family violence area and low-cost community counselling services. In recent times she has also completed a Grad Dip in Spiritual Direction.

Hal BissetHal Bisset AM BSc(Hons), DipEd, BD – Chair

Hal is trained in science, education and theology. However, over the last two decades, he has been involved in the community housing sector having established and led a number of community and church-based housing services. Today he provides a private consultancy service specialising in strategic and business planning and project development in the growing area of affordable housing. His clients are private developers, state and local governments and Housing Associations.

Michael BrugmanMichael Brugman

Michael is a local lawyer who has a criminal law practice in Geelong. For over 30 years he has worked primarily in criminal law. He has worked as a Barrister, a Community Lawyer in North Melbourne, the Senior Criminal Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid Geelong and at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Alice Springs. He is the principal lawyer at Criminal Lawyers Geelong. Through his work, he has gained extensive experience and developed valuable working relationships with all those involved in the criminal justice industry.

Colin BellColin Bell (BSc (hons), MSc, PhD, GCHELT)  

Professor Colin Bell leads the Public Health Medicine theme at Deakin University’s School of Medicine and is Deputy Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention. Colin’s research has shown that nutrition-related interventions can prevent unhealthy weight gain and improve food security for adults (Samoan churches, New Zealand) and children (Australia). Colin has been the recipient of multiple grants from the ARC, NHMRC, Universities and government agencies. Prior to his current role, Colin worked for the World Health Organization and led the Food Secure Pacific initiative, culminating in the 2010 Pacific Food Summit and a framework for action on Food Security agreed by 22 Pacific Countries.

A nutritionist by training, he did postgraduate studies in community health at the University of Auckland, and postdoctoral studies on the nutrition transition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was born in New Zealand and has worked in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and the Philippines. Colin is married with four children.

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