Our Board

Committed to supporting Fernlea

Fernlea is an independent, community-based organisation governed by a voluntary Board. The Board plays

a key role in setting the strategic direction and organisational business structure to reduce risk and enhance the growth of Fernlea's services. The Board meets monthly and welcomes new members who wish to share their skills and to be involved in their local community.

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PAUL WOODS - PRESIDENT

Paul has a Food Science degree and a Masters in Management, and has had a career in food manufacturing companies

of various sizes, during which he has contributed to strategy and growth.

Since 2015 he has consulted to industry

and shared his expertise and networks to develop leadership that builds culture and capability. He is passionate about creating robust operational and business processes that make sense for people and loves

guiding innovation. 

Paul is chairman of an entrepreneurial beverage company and is on the board

of a Surf Lifesaving Club where he is a Life Member. He lives locally and joined the Fernlea Board in November 2019 out of a personal interest in Fernlea’s work and a desire to contribute to the community.

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ROGER LORD - TREASURER

Roger is a chartered accountant, working for many years in a large multi-national company as Financial and Management Accountant. Consequently, he has a wide range of management experience, not only in the financial area but also across operational business issues such as human resources, risk management, investments, taxation and legal compliance.

Roger retired in 2004 and since then has been actively involved as Treasurer for several not-for-profit organisations. He has served on the Fernlea Board since the end of 2016, as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. He also volunteers at the Fernlea ‘Shop of Opportunities’, helping to look after the gardens. Roger believes that his experience will help to ensure that the Fernlea Board has suitable financial information to assist with its governance responsibilities and decision-making.

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KELLIE ALFORD - DIRECTOR

Kellie has a degree in Business Management, and is an accomplished senior human resources manager, which includes having lead teams through change and business transformation projects. She has significant experience across both strategic

and operational areas, including workforce planning and recruitment, OHS, corporate governance, training, project management and change management.  Kellie’s passion

and strengths are in shaping

human resources to drive

business change and growth.

Kellie joined the Fernlea Board in 2015, because she is passionate about community services, especially in her local hills area.

She believes her passion for and experience in human resources

can help support Fernlea to become more operationally and financially robust. Kellie held the position of Secretary from 2016-2017, and also supports Fernlea's Fundraising Committee.

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RHEA CHOUDHARY - DIRECTOR

Rhea is an economics and policy consultant at a Big Four firm where she works to advise public sector organisations and departments on strategic and policy decisions. She has worked on projects in family violence, aged and public health-care strategy and medico-legal governance. Her educational background is in Economics and Finance from the University of Melbourne. 

Rhea’s interest in Fernlea stemmed from a passion for health and human services, which is her professional sector focus. In looking to find new ways to apply her professional experience within her local community, as well as finding opportunities to expand her understanding of the inner workings of the aged and palliative care sector, she found Fernlea.

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STUART SMITH - DIRECTOR

Stuart has Masters degrees in Property Management and International Procurement, while also being a Fellow of CIPS and Graduate of AICD. He is Director of Asset Services, Medical Engineering & Emergency Management for a large public hospital group in the north of Melbourne. While in parallel, makes himself available and over the years embarked on numerous not-for-profit, small enterprise, school councils, and mentorship engagements, aimed at sharing expertise that support growth, sustainable operation and insightful strategy benefits.

Stuart joins the Fernlea Board in 2021, with a passion to contribute value and support of the Fernlea mission. With direct experience of how the sector

is a vital support to guests and their families, he is keen to share expertise that benefits Fernlea Board and Management teams in their responsibilities and the continued advancement of quality services

to the community.

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CHLOE TREVOR - DIRECTOR

Chloe currently holds a Bachelor of Human Services, Master in Social Work and a Master in Business Administration. Chloe initially spent five years working in the non-for-profit sector as an accredited social worker providing case management support to Veterans and their families. It was

in this role that Chloe discovered her passion for program development, strategic decision making and value creation. Chloe eventually worked in a leadership capacity focused on creating a consolidated community services program and understanding the operational components of the non-for-profit sector. Chloe also developed an interest in Occupational Health & Safety during this time. 

Chloe is now working full-time in a Government role as a clinical care coordinator. Her passion for the non-for-profit sector is still stronger than ever. Chloe believes firmly in Fernlea's mission and has joined the board to support their important work within the community.

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NICKY CHUNG - DIRECTOR

Nicky has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, is a Certified Practitioner in Human Resources and a member of the Senior Executive MBA Program at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne.  She has held senior leadership roles during her 20 years as a HR professional, in mainly the engineering and natural resource industries. Nicky is currently the People and Culture Manager at the Victorian Desalination Project where she oversees the people strategy, health, safety, wellbeing, communications, community, operational excellence, capability, and the end-to-end employee experience.

 

Nicky’s values are growth, kindness, and adventure which underpin her community involvement as a foster carer and Secretary for her local Rotary Club. She is delighted to be joining the Fernlea Board in October 2021 where she will have opportunities to share her skills and experience in a way that aligns with her personal and professional values.