Board of Directors

BCH Board of Directors


John Ferraro

Bachelor Science, Bachelor Orthoptics, Master Health Administration
John is a trained Orthoptist and has previously worked as a clinician in the private and public sector. Previously he has also been employed in various roles within the acute health and university sectors. John is a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. John is a Director of  the Victorian Deaf Society and a member of their Finance and Audit Committee and Investment Management Committee. John has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008.
Responsibilities: Chair BCH Board of Directors and Member of the Client Services and Staffing Sub Committee.


David McKenzie

David commenced his career as a primary school teacher and has taught at many local schools such as Watsonia, Viewbank, Greenhills, Briar Hill and Eltham. He holds a Degree in Economics. David has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1991.
David was a foundation member of the Diamond Valley Shire Council (1964) and Shire President from 1969 to 1971. David was the Member for Diamond Valley in the House of Representatives from 1972 to 1975. He was the former Chairman of the Publications Committee of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the Joint House and Senate Publications Committee. He is the Past National President of the Association of Former Members of the Australian Parliament.
Responsibilities: Deputy Chair BCH Board of Directors and Member of the Audit and Finance Sub Committee


Craig Trenfield

Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting.
Craig Trenfield is an experienced financial executive with expertise in the Public Health sector having begun his career in health in 1995 when he joined Royal Melbourne Hospital. He later moved to Northern Health as the Finance Manager before taking up his current role in 2006 as Director Financial Services with Eastern Health. Prior to this, Craig spent many years as an Auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, both in Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Health Services Financial Management Association (AHSFMA). Craig joined the BCH Board of Directors on 1 April 2012.
Responsibilities: Convenor of the Audit and Finance Sub-Committee and Treasurer of the BCH Board of Directors


Peter Ogden

Peter retired in 2008 after 30 years as a director of a sign manufacturing business in West Heidelberg, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1990. Peter gives tirelessly to the community and has served previously as committee member on the Olympic Adult Education Committee of Management.  Peter’s lives locally and has raised his family in the local community.  Peter is a generous contributor of time and expertise to many community projects and groups.
Responsibilities: Member of the Audit and Finance Sub-Committee.


Dr Melissa Russell

PhD, Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Melissa's background is as a physiotherapist and she has worked in a variety of fields of physiotherapy in Australia and overseas. Following many years as a physiotherapist Melissa undertook her PhD through the University of Melbourne and the National Ageing Research Institute and completed it in 2008. She has since worked in public health research, focusing on the areas of healthy ageing, the benefits of physical activity and injury prevention.  She is currently employed at the University of Melbourne as a Lecturer in Epidemiology and Coordinator of the Master of Public Health course. Melissa was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2011.
Responsibilities: Member of the Client Services and Staffing Sub-Committee


Anthony O’Donnell

Anthony O'Donnell is currently a Divisional Director of Nursing and Operations at Melbourne Health. His background is as a registered nurse specialising in oncology and haematology and he has spent most of his clinical career at Box Hill Hospital and the Austin Hospital.  Previously Anthony has been employed in a number of clinical and non-clinical roles and most recently was a project manager working on the Box Hill redevelopment.
Anthony has extensive experience working in the acute health sector both as a clinician and a health planner and holds a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) and a Masters of Health Administration. Anthony was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2011.
Responsibilities: Convenor and member of the Client Services and Staffing Sub-Committee.


Anita Brown

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, Master of Intellectual Property Law, legal practitioner, registered trade mark attorney, journalist
Anita has worked as both a journalist and a lawyer.  She also has an interest in privacy and freedom of information law and is a member of the Federal Government's Information Advisory Committee.  Anita also sits on the Committee of Management for Olympic Adult Education. Anita was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2012.
Responsibilities: Member of the Audit and Finance Sub-Committee.


Chris Deakin

Bachelor of Economics, Diploma Financial Service.
Chris has lived in the Banyule area for over 20 years.
She has previously served as Treasurer and President at local primary schools and is currently working in the health and community services sector as Manager of Strategic Partnerships for First State Super.
Chris was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2013.
Responsibilities: Member of the Client and Staff Sub-Committee.


Michael Smith

Michael trained as a youth worker (BA), has post graduate qualifications (Master of Social Work) and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael’s first professional role was a youth housing worker and has worked in homelessness, youth services, local government (Nillumbik), community development and management.
Since 2004, Michael has been the CEO of eastern Community Legal centre that has grown and developed strongly providing quality legal help across three branches, multiple programs and various outreach locations with priorities including family violence, seniors rights, cultural diversity and young people.
Michael joined the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) Management Committee in 2007 and has led its transition to a Board structure. He has served as National Chairperson since 2010. In 2013, NACLC established knowmore, an independent national service giving legal advice to people who are considering telling their story or providing information to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Michael chairs NACLC’s knowmore sub-committee.
Michael has held a number of Management of Committee and Board positions over the last 25 years. He has been a Chairperson of FAN, a youth homelessness agency and is active in many community sector partnerships and initiatives.
Locally Michael served as President of Olympic Village Primary School from 2004-2009 and then as inaugural President of the (amalgamated) Charles La Trobe College School Council from 2010-2013. Michael and his family have lived in Olympic Village since 2000.
Michael is passionate about developing innovative and professional responses to client and community needs, with a focus on those experiencing disadvantage and most vulnerable. He is particularly focussed on encouraging collaboration and partnerships across community, health, legal and other sectors. Michael also has a  strong commitment to improving governance and management systems within organisations.
Responsibilities: Member of the Client Services and Staffing Sub-Committee.