The Geelong Region LLEN is governed by a Board elected by the membership of the network. Our Board is skills based board.
GRLLEN Board 2019-2020
Chair, Dr David Mackay
David was an Associate Professor in Information Systems at Deakin University, where he specialised in teaching and research in the area of supply chain management and electronic commerce. He initially trained as an agricultural economist at the University of New England, completing a master's degree in Applied Economics. He has also taught at RMIT University and Bristol University (UK). His experience includes a role as a senior business consultant with Touche Ross (now KPMG).
He has held a number of board positions, including Director and President of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Director of Barwon Health, Chair of the Geelong Region LLEN (re-elected in 2019) and Director of Ballarat Grammar School.
He holds the elected position of Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David has owned and managed a fine wool property near Elaine, and currently is a Director and Chief Flight Instructor at Golden Plains Aviation Pty Ltd, training pilots in Recreational Aviation at Lethbridge Airport.
Deputy Chair, Professor Joe Graffam
Professor Joe Graffam retired as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research of Deakin University in early 2019. Joe is also Professor and Chair in Psychology.He has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. Joe held early career positions as a researcher in the Neuropsychiatric Institute, School of Medicine, UCLA. Since commencing with Deakin University, Joe filled several senior academic positions within the Faculty of Health and also served as Chair of the Academic Board of the University. He has received two Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellent Contribution: Research – Research Facilitation (2004); and People, Culture and Change (2009). He has served on numerous University committees and working groups and been a member of the Academic Board since 2005. Joe’s research has focused on development and application of an ecological model for the study of community integration of people with a disability. He has an international reputation and served for several years on the Ministerial Disability Industry Advisory Group. Since 2000, he has also studied reintegration of ex-prisoners and has an international reputation in this area as well.
Qualifications and affiliations:
BBSc (Cal State U); MA (UCLA); PhD (UCLA); FAICD; MAPS; MACEA
Treasurer, Scott Brown
Scott is a self-made Entrepreneur, having invented, designed, created and grown his own businesses, and identified & commercialised opportunities both nationally and globally in a wide range of sectors and scales over the past 35 years.
He has also been employed as a CEO or COO in growing other organisations, on the world stage (Global fortune 500). He holds a range of qualifications, in Science, Architecture, Construction, Geology, Meteorology, Horticulture, Behavioural Psychology, Neuro linguistic Programming (NLP), Integral-Semantics, Leadership, Project management, & Training and Facilitation.
Scott is an internationally- qualified and accredited personal development and business coach, mentor and facilitator. (Meta-NLP Master-Practitioner)
As a qualified company director (GAICD), Scott sits on several boards and advisory boards (both non-profit and commercial) – where he brings ‘real world’ experience in the form of strategy, commercial acumen, governance, oversight, risk assessment and mitigation, and strategic financial management skills, in addition to highly developed communication, stakeholder, and relationship building skills.
Board Member, Anne Brackley OAM
Community Education & Engagement
Anne Brackley is a Neighbourhood House Coordinator with 15 years experience of Community engagement and education. I have had 42 years experience as a Guide Leader and 45 years experience on Governance committees of mainly not for profits. At the moment I hold a position on The Potato Shed, Geelong Cemeteries Trust, Drysdale Bowling and Croquet Club, Bellarine Historical Society, Community Newspapers Association of Victoria and Geelong Region LLEN.
Board Member, Georgina Ryder
Georgina Ryder is currently Manager of Regional Engagement across South West Victoria; Higher Education and Skills, in the Department of Education and Training; with responsibly for increasing the participation and attainment in vocational education and training (VET) and adult community education and training (ACFE), with a strong focus on disadvantaged learners.
She has extensive work experience in roles working with vulnerable young people and their families in positions that include Manager of Youth Service Programs and Child, Family and Youth Service Coordinator. She has also sat on various Boards for youth housing programs and youth support services.
Prior to 1990 she worked in England in various not-for-profit agencies as Training Manager, supporting unemployment young people through the delivery of training and employment programs.
Georgina is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in education and training, with specific interest and passion in social justice issues.Strong skills in building and influencing strategic relationships, stakeholder management and project management.Extensive experience in both State and Local Government in management roles.Her studies in Manchester, England gained her a BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology; plus a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She later gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Monash University.
Board Member, Alan Davis
Alan Davis works as a Senior Education Improvement Leader in the Barwon Area of the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Alan has been in this role since 2014. Prior to this appointment Alan worked as a secondary school principal in Geelong, inner Melbourne and Flemington. Alan worked in Maldives as an Education Consultant for a year during the Tsunami Recovery period, and also spent 2 years working in school improvement in Qatar as an Education Consultant to the Supreme Education Council, and worked as a school reviewer in Istanbul, Cairo, Muscat, Bahrain, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Alan is currently a member of the ACFE Council for South West Victoria, and a member of the management committee of the inaugural P-TECH (pathways to technology) Program at Newcomb SC, and a current member of the Geelong LLEN. Alan has previous experience as a member of the Moonee Valley LLEN, and an extensive knowledge and understanding of VCE, VCAL, School Based Apprenticeships, VET in Schools and secondary reform initiatives in Victoria. Alan is a Member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders, and an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia. Alan was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for his work in Maldives in 2005 and the Public Service Medal in 2006 for his contribution to secondary education in Victoria and educational recovery in Maldives after the Tsunami.
Board Member, Dr Belinda Moloney
Belinda Moloney is currently a senior lecturer within the Graduate Employment division of Deakin University, responsible for uplifting curriculum to improve the graduate outcomes for students. With 15 years of experience working in the education and IT sectors, lecturing into ICT, strategic management and ethics disciplines, Belinda has engaged in leadership and governance centric roles in both public and private education providers. Throughout various engagements, she has led higher education compliance audits, developed and led the implementation of strategic employment plans and developed policy to ensure their ongoing compliance. Belinda’s passion for education has extended beyond the workplace into voluntary roles and her current research focuses on the application of technology and innovative frameworks to enhance the student experience while increasing employability. With a keen interest to give back to the local community she hopes that her experience, research and skill set will contribute positively toward GRLLEN’s mission and core business.
Board Member, Ken Stewart
Ken is currently an Assistant Principal at Geelong High School with key responsibilities in student wellbeing and student transition. He has been in a senior role in school leadership in a number of regional Victorian schools for over 20 years.In that time has been responsible for the development and leadership of many innovative projects including a middle years/transition to improve student connectedness and belonging, implementing a positive education program to build student resilience and is a founding member of the Geelong Project which aims to be an early identifier of students at risk of homelessness, disengagement and mental health issues.
All of the projects that Ken has led or co-led have involved research projects by universities. This research and development work ensures that the innovation and change management is measured against outcomes. He has had significant experience in action research and is confident in leading these projects.
As a founding member of the Australian Association of Careers Counsellors and holding a Graduate Diploma in Careers (Deakin), along with a B.Ed. Science (Charles Sturt), Ken is ideally placed to contribute to projects around youth pathways and youth wellbeing.
His VIA character strengths are Bravery, Humour, Zest, Curiosity and Kindness and these are all evident in the contributions he makes to his community.