Our Board

Our Board of Directors govern the organisation with a strong commitment to serving the community.

Chris Deakin - Deputy Chair

Chris Deakin

Chair

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Chris has lived locally and been an active member of the community for over 25 years, raising her family whilst forging a career in the superannuation industry. Chris is committed to gender equity and social justice, and values the role that Banyule Community Health plays in its community. Chris is a passionate Richmond supporter and spends a lot of her free time scuba diving. Chris has been a Banyule Community Health Board Director since 2013.

Responsibilities:
Chair Board of Directors
Member Finance & Investment Committee

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Economics
Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning)
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Anthony O'Donnell - Board

Anthony O’Donnell

Deputy Chair

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Anthony was born and raised locally, and continues to live locally with his young family. Anthony has a long career in the health sector with a number of key leadership roles in large public hospitals including the Austin, Eastern Health and Royal Melbourne Hospital. Anthony brings experience in both clinical and non-clinical roles, and is currently Director of Medical Services at Royal Melbourne. Anthony has been a Banyule Community Health Board Director since 2011.

Responsibilities:
Deputy Chair Board of Directors
Chair Clinical Governance Committee

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Nursing (Honors)
Masters of Health Administration


Craig Trenfield - Treasurer

Craig Trenfield

Treasurer

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Craig is a highly regarded and experienced leader in finance in the health sector. Craig has held a number of financial executive roles in health in Victoria. Craig is driven to ensure the local community have equitable access to high quality care and the facilities that enable this to occur.

Craig has been a Banyule Community Health Board Director since 2012.

Responsibilities:
Treasurer Board of Directors
Chair Finance & Investment Committee
Member Audit & Risk Committee

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Business
Graduate Diploma in Accounting


Anita Brown

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Anita brings a wealth of legal and commercial experience to the Board as a legal practitioner, as well as being committed to various social justice issues. Anita has lived locally for many years and has been involved at a governance level of local Neighbourhood House and many community activities.
Anita works as an Intellectual Property Lawyer, was a member of the Federal Government’s Information Advisory Committee and has a daughter in primary school. Anita has been a Banyule Community Health Board Director since 2012 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Responsibilities:
Chair Audit & Risk Committee
Member Community Participation Committee

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Law
Master of Intellectual Property Law
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Peter Ogden - Board

Peter Ogden

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Peter has lived locally for over 50 years, raising his family, volunteering in many and varied ways that supports inclusion and engagement, and is a now retired small business owner. Peter provides a strong association to the local West Heidelberg community making positive connections and values strongly the opportunity to represent them at the Board level.
Peter is an Essendon tragic and can often be found talking over the crossword.

Peter has been a Banyule Community Health Board Director since 1990.

Responsibilities:
Chair Community Participation Committee


Sonia Vignjevic

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Sonia is passionate about building inclusive communities. She loves spending time with her three beautiful kids and husband, going to the beach and dining out. Sonia is an Executive Manager with many years experience in multicultural, migration and settlement sectors. She has strong leadership, strategic and stakeholder engagement skills, specifically with International bodies, Government, academia and civil society.

Responsibilies:
Member of the Board of Directors

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in International Law
Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling & Psychotherapy
Former Victorian Multicultural Commissioner


Michael Smith - Board

Michael Smith

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Michael brings a lifelong commitment to working with vulnerable communities, which includes roles in youth homelessness, disability, local council and community legal assistance. Michael currently holds a senior leadership role in the Community Legal Centre Sector. He is particularly focussed on encouraging collaboration and partnerships across community health and legal sectors. Michael has been a Banyule Community Health Board Director since 2015.

Responsibilities:
Member Audit & Risk Committee
Member Community Participation Committee

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts (Youth Affairs),
Master of Social Work
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Stephen Bendle

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Stephen is currently a public health consultant working in the profit-for-purpose sector. He has two adult boys and is proud to be a one-eyed Collingwood supporter. He has had a successful career in the public health and community development sectors. He has always lived in Melbourne and is passionate about health equity and access to those services that help support a community’s health.

Responsibilities:
Member of the Board of Directors
Member Clinical Governance Committee

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Education
Masters of Science
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors