Our Partnership comprises business and community members from across Gippsland who care passionately about the future of our region.
They are joined on the Partnership by the CEOs of our Local Government Areas, as well as a representative of Regional Development Australia (ensuring Commonwealth involvement with the Partnership) and a representative from the Victorian Government.
Therese Tierney – Chair
Therese has had more than 40 years’ experience in the health sector including CEO and senior management roles in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria and in both the private and public health sectors. Her last full-time career role was Chief Executive Officer of Bairnsdale Regional Health Service. Her current board roles include, Chair of East Gippsland Water Corporation, Chair of the Gippsland Primary Health Network, Chair of Maryvale Private Hospital and she is on the Board of Omeo District Health. In the past she was a member and Chair of the East Gippsland Marketing Board, member of the Health Innovation Reform Council and the Victorian Expert Panel on Aboriginal Health and active in a number of community planning and economic development processes.
While Therese has primarily worked in the health sector, she has also had significant involvement in local government as both a Councillor and General Manager and currently works as a consultant providing strategic and innovative solutions to challenges with good governance and business, change management, health planning and design, people and systems thinking.
Jane was appointed to the role of Latrobe Health Advocate in May 2018. Reporting to the Health Minister, Jane’s appointment delivers on a key recommendation of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. Jane provides independent advice to the Victorian Government on behalf of Latrobe communities about system and policy issues affecting their health and wellbeing. She works closely with businesses, health services, community organisations and all levels of government to ensure a collaborative approach underpins her advice and activities.
Jane’s background includes 12 years as the Gippsland Regional Director of Anglicare Victoria, 7 years as a practising lawyer and over a decade as a Victorian Police Officer. Jane is passionate about social justice, the health and wellbeing of Gippsland communities and the natural environment.
Jane is an educational leader with extensive experience in educational development and corporate services in both the public and private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business, and is the Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network Executive Officer. She has extensive management and executive management experience across TAFE organisations and RMIT University. Jane is also a member of the Committee for Gippsland.
Terry is the Chief Executive Officer of Destination Gippsland, the Regional Tourism Board for Gippsland. He inspires, influences and leads positive tourism outcomes through partnerships across the region. Terry is keen to help Gippsland communities to generate benefits from building a strong visitor-based economy and recover from the impacts of bushfires and Covid-19.
Tiana has spent more than 20 years working together with different communities and different levels of government to improve community wellbeing. Tiana is currently the Executive Officer at East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership. Tiana helps individuals and organisations navigate the world of systems thinking and public health through leadership and learning, embedding it into their everyday practice and demonstrating its effectiveness by measuring local change. Tiana particularly loves the application of systems thinking in the community setting (a focus for her PhD), where the community is at the forefront of leading powerful change on problems that are repeatedly put into the too-hard basket. Tiana is a facilitator, presenter, adult trainer and can translate strategy into implementation.
Tiana's heart sits in rural and remote settings, in Australia and in the Pacific region, and she enjoys the challenges state and national content brings.
Kylie is currently teaching Community Services at TAFE Gippsland and is the former Latrobe Youth Space Manager for the YMCA Victoria. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) and is currently studying a Master of Business Administration.
Kylie has worked extensively in the welfare sector, where her passion to support young people has always been a priority.
A highlight for Kylie was the Berry Street biannual debutante balls. Helping with the first Deb ball in 2009 helped Kylie to find her passion and purpose. Kylie was featured in the 2016 documentary The Invisibles about the experiences of young people completing their Deb. This passion and purpose continues day by day for Kylie, helping young people in the Latrobe Valley having their voices heard and becoming valuable citizens in our community.
Kylie is also a keen volunteer in the community, currently working with young LGBTIQA+ people.
Stephen is an accomplished executive leader, a qualified IECL coach and grew up on a farm in East Gippsland, beginning a lifelong association with farming and farmers. Stephen runs a family business, Snowy Advisory which has a deep commitment to sustaining and expanding regional enterprises.
Stephen's passion is developing confident and effective leaders, while strengthening team and organisational capability. His passion is to encourage and support individuals, enterprises and communities so they can thrive.
Stephen has worked at executive levels in various organisations and has developed a deep understanding of the qualities that help make our people better entrepreneurs, managers and leaders. Stephen is a Board Member for Food & Fibre Gippsland and Mildura Airport and holds a Master of Business Administration.
Daniel is the General Manager On Country at Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC). Daniel brings an understanding of social and cultural issues affecting Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities, including interaction and working with non-indigenous communities.
Daniel is a forward thinker and has a strong focus on balancing community needs with strategic planning and sustainable business growth. He holds a Bachelor of Organisational Leadership and is studying a Master of Business Administration.
Farhat is the Latrobe Community Health Service Multicultural Strategic Engagement Coordinator for Gippsland and works collaboratively with local services to create opportunities and appropriate service responses for improved settlement outcomes in the region. She teaches social science subjects at Federation University and is a member of West Gippsland Healthcare Board and a committee member of Warragul Community House.
Farhat has worked in diverse roles within the non-profit sectors of Pakistan and Australia. She has an in-depth understanding of the human services sector, especially family violence, gender mainstreaming, mental health, and settlement. Farhat is an advocate for social inclusion and social cohesion and enjoys being an active member of the community. She has a Master in Sociology and in Development Studies and is currently studying a Master of Social Work.
Stephanie is an executive at Pro-Pac Packaging where she leads their innovation and sustainability agenda. Stephanie is an entrepreneurship and innovation specialist with a passion for purpose. After receiving an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, she has built a strong and varied career - working as a Design Thinker in a social enterprise, a Project Lead in a not-for-profit skunk works, and as the head of a university pre-accelerator program.
Regional Development Australia representatives
Born in Sale, Michelle has lived at Longford for the past 25 years on a hobby farm.
As a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), Michelle runs her own business, CFO Assist, which provides business management, financial accounting and company secretary services from East Gippsland through to Melbourne. Michelle was CEO of Sale Elderly Citizens Village, a community based, NFP, residential aged care and retirement living service provider between April 2016 and August 2020. The Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate is Board Director of Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gippsland) and TAFE Gippsland.
Recently, Michelle served on the Board of East Gippsland Water (eight years) and as the Audit/Risk Chair for four years. She also sat on the Municipal Association of Victoria Audit/Risk Committee as an independent member for six years, four years as Chair.
In addition, Michelle is an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committees of Gippsland Ports and Gunaikurnai Traditional Land Owners Management Board.
Richard Elkington is Chair of Regional Development Australia Gippsland and Director of Paradise Consulting. Richard has also been an Executive Councillor of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce since 1999 and has vast governance experience and knowledge of the energy sector having previously been a General Manager of Loy Yang Power Ltd. Richard is passionate about Gippsland and the continued use of its vast energy resources.
Born in Yallourn, new committee member Raelene has been dairy farming since 1986 in the Macalister Irrigation District.
An Australian Institute of Company Directors member, she chairs the Heyfield Hospital Board and the Macalister Customer Committee (Southern Rural Water).
On top of those duties, she also finds time to be Director of Rural Financial Counselling Gippsland, a mentor with Farmer’s Friend (Lifeline Gippsland) and Treasurer with Nambrok Football Club, Newry Football Club and Newry Junior Football Club.
Victorian Government representative
Peta McCammon - Deputy Secretary, Service Delivery Reform, Coordination and Workplace Safety, Department of Justice and Community Safety
Local Government CEOs
Ali Wastie – CEO, Bass Coast Shire Council
With degrees in Arts, Education and holding a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade, Ali has held executive positions within the Victorian Public Service and Local Government. She is also an accomplished Board Director across the not-for-for profit, community, tourism and health sectors. She is also an accredited executive coach, mediator and alumnus of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
An authentic leader and outstanding communicator, Ali has achieved great outcomes for the boards, communities and organisations she has served. Ali is passionate about developing high performing teams and creating a workplace culture that is innovative, empowered, strategic, trusting and fun.
Before joining Bass Coast Shire Council, Ali’s prior roles within the Local Government sector include Director City Communities at Melbourne City Council and Director of Social and Economic Development at Yarra Ranges Council.
Anthony Basford – CEO, East Gippsland Shire Council
Anthony joined East Gippsland Shire as CEO in November 2018. With more than 20 years’ experience in rural and regional, interface and metropolitan Council’s in Victoria and NSW, as well as time in the not for profit and education sectors in Australia and overseas, Anthony has a passion for working in local government and with people to achieve the best possible outcomes for communities.
Anthony loves bushwalking, live music and historic cars. He has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services).
Kerryn Ellis – CEO, South Gippsland Shire Council
Kerryn Ellis is a passionate public sector leader with over twenty years’ experience, who is energised by working with communities in a context of rapid change. Kerryn’s main professional love is building high performing, ethical and agile organisations with positive, values based leadership that can work in partnership to deliver great outcomes with the community.
Kerryn’s current role is Chief Executive Officer of South Gippsland Shire Council. Prior to this position, Kerryn held the positions of Director Corporate Services at Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Director Corporate Performance with the City of Greater Bendigo, and Manager Governance and Innovation at Knox City Council. She has also previously worked for the City of Melbourne and Bayside City Council. Kerryn holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Public Policy and Management, and completed the LGPro emerging leaders program in 2005, and the Executive Leadership Program in 2016.
David Morcom – CEO, Wellington Shire Council
David grew up in the Gippsland region, before joining the Westpac Bank as an Economics Graduate in 1988, based in Hobart. He spent 12 years in the Finance and Banking sector before moving to local Government where he has held roles as General Manager and CEO of various councils. David was appointed CEO of Wellington Shire Council in January 2012. As well as holding a degree in Economics, he holds post graduate qualifications in Management and is a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation in South Australia.
Steven Piasente – CEO, Latrobe City Council
Steven has over 26 years of experience working for local communities having held the majority of senior management roles in local government and having worked in the Gippsland Region for all of that time.
Steven has held a diverse range of roles including Infrastructure Director, Community and Economic Development Director and Corporate Services Director.
Prior to moving to the role of Chief Executive Officer Steven held the role of General Manager Infrastructure and Recreation at Latrobe City for four years. During that time Steven led the development of all of Council’s major infrastructure investments in the community including the new Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre and Latrobe Creative Precinct and the redevelopment of the Traralgon Basketball Stadium
Steven’s formal qualifications are in Engineering, he has qualifications in Business Administration and is passionate about developing the leadership capabilities of his teams. Steven has also successfully managed a small retail business for over seven years.
Steven has a passion for local government and making a difference for local communities contributing to making Latrobe City a great place to live, work and visit.
Mark Dupe – CEO, Baw Baw Shire Council
Mr Dupe joined Council in September 2017 as the Director Corporate and Community Services and has held the Interim Chief Executive Officer position since mid-March 2020.
Prior to Baw Baw Shire Council, he held positions of General Manager Corporate Services at the National Heart Foundation, Director Corporate Development at Knox City Council and Group Manager Corporate Services at Bayside City Council.
Mr Dupe is the Chair of Trade Training Alliance, Baw Baw. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, an MBA and post graduate IT qualifications. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a CPA.