The Geelong Region LLEN is governed by a Board elected by the membership of the network. Our Board is skills based board.
GRLLEN Board 2020 - 2021
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 PSM
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, Michael McShane
Michael grew up in England and after an undergraduate degree in History and Politics from York, took an MA from a Canadian university with the intention of returning to complete a doctorate at Oxford; the accident of marriage intervened and he stayed to complete graduate (PhD intellectual History) and law (JD, LL M) school, being called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 and practicing as a litigator until taking up a job teaching public law and legal theory at, first, Griffith and, subsequently, Deakin, from where he retired in 2018. He is a qualified mediator and completed a M Ed with a focus on leadership and professional education. He likes the gym, his motorbike and travelling.
Board Member, Julie Hope
Julie joined the GRLLEN Board in 2020 and brings a history of working the higher education, teaching, aviation and sales industries. Julie is a strong community and social services professional, having led collaborative teams to enhance community engagement in Geelong and surrounds.
Julie has a Bachelor of Arts (Education) majoring in Biology, Psychology and Indonesian from Deakin University and a Grad Cert TESOL – Deakin University. A former secondary school teacher, Julie has high level fluency in Bahasa Indonesian.
Her experience in stakeholder engagement, corporate social responsibility, connecting research projects and strategic partnership, all provide skills beneficial to Directorship with GRLLEN.
Her most recent role included brokerage, activation and management of Deakin University Geelong partnerships and sponsorships with key stakeholders across the region.
Julie currently continues to provide business development consultation for SME’s in the Geelong region and has just signed on as the Executive Director of Global Business for 'Business in Heels' working in the sphere of female-focussed mentoring, marketing, education and connections.