Corporate Structure

 

Justin Giddings (Board Chair)

Justin commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Airport in 2008. Prior to this he was the Commercial and Operations Manager at Essendon Airport for several years.

In addition to being the newly elected Chair of the Gordon Board, Justin originally joined the board in 2012 and served as Deputy Chair for 2 years. Justin is also a board member of the Committee for Geelong, and a member of the Visit Victoria Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Justin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics, Accounting), a Gordon Diploma of Management and is a qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. 


David Bowen

David Bowen retired as CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency in 2017 after 5 years in the position. He is one of the key architects of that scheme. David worked in Government for over 35 years and held several senior positions including as CEO of both State and Commonwealth Agencies for over 20 years.

David has professional qualifications in law and extensive senior experience in corporate governance, strategic planning, financial and risk management. He has over 25 years experience as a member of government Boards and Committees, including as Board and Committee Chair.

David has a long interest and involvement in professional education and continuous learning. As the architect of the Professional Standards Scheme, he worked with many professional associations in developing continuing education modules to meet the requirement of the scheme. He has also had long term involvement in several academic Institutes including as a Board member of the Injury Risk Management Research Centre (UNSW) and as a member of the Advisory  Committee to the Sydney University  Rehabilitation Studies Unit.

David has a long involvement in community organisations, with a specific interest in disability. He was very involved in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. He continues to be involved in the Geelong area providing pro bono assistance to several organisations for people with disability and as a long term foster carer as Chair of the BCYF Carers Reference Group and as a Member of the Western Division Carers Advisory Group.


Adam Canny

Adam is a qualified motor mechanic and Trainer in the Automotive Department of The Gordon which services apprentices in and around the Greater Geelong region. 

Since leaving school, Adam has completed six different qualifications with The Gordon, including his apprentice and teaching qualifications. 

Adam holds multiple roles within The Gordon, which allows him to enjoy substantial consultation with staff from all areas.


Virginia Fenelon 

Virginia is an Education and Training Consultant, her work includes VET Auditing. Prior to 2008 Virginia had 10 years in various senior education roles at the University of Ballarat, 10 years at SMB TAFE as a teacher and education manager and 10 years as a secondary school teacher. Virginia has wide experience as a Director on education boards at state, regional and local level across all sectors and was a Director on the Ballarat Health Services Board 2009 - 2016.


Kelly Grigsby

Kelly commenced with Wyndham City Council in December 2012 as Director Community Development, and in September 2015 Kelly was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Council. 

Kelly has worked in local government for over 15 years, within the human services, community development, strategic and statutory planning areas, having held a number of general manager and director level positions at Brimbank City Council, Colac Otway, Glenelg and Moorabool Shire Councils. Kelly also worked in the Solomon Islands as an Organisational Management Advisor with the peak body for non-government organisations based in Honiara.

Kelly has a Master of International and Community Development (Deakin University), Graduate Diploma of Development Studies (Deakin University), Diploma of Community Services (Swinburne University), and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), and a Certified Practicing Planner (CPP).


Janet Matthews 

Janet is the Principal of Grovedale College, and has held a number of roles during her 29 year tenure. She has been a positive advocate for The Gordon over many years, and has been involved in the Institute’s VET in Schools and Tertiary Taster programs. She was also involved in the Community Consultation Forum as part of the Skilling the Bay project and was previously a Board member in 2016.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts, with Honours in History, a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Graduate Diploma of Education.


Darryl Mohr

Darryl joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2013 and as the General Manager is responsible for the Bank’s regional Business and Agribusiness customers across regional Victoria and Tasmania. His team consists of 130 staff located in 15 locations across the two states.  Darryl has over 25 years’ experience within the financial services industry, having undertaken a broad range of roles, including customer relationship roles, people and leadership roles, along with targeted strategy & project assignments.  Darryl is also a Committee member of Regional Development Australia (Barwon South West region) a joint Federal & State Government initiative to support economic development in Regional Australia.
 
Darryl holds a Bachelor of Business degree, is a CPA Australia graduate, an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate, a Lean Six Sigma graduate and a Cranlana alumni. Additionally Darryl has completed the Harvard Business School Global Agribusiness seminar in Boston USA (2012) and in Shanghai (2014).


Joe Ormeno

Joe is the Chief Executive Office of The Gordon, he joined in February 2009 as Chief Finance Officer, a role he continued until December 2014. In July 2014 Joe was appointed to the Chief Operating Officer role and concurrently retained the role of Chief Finance Officer until December of that year. Prior to The Gordon, Joe spent five years as General Manager Finance and Administration with St. Laurence Community Services. He has also held various executive roles in corporate services within the private and not-for-profit sectors.


Matthew Wright

Matthew is the Branch Manager of Strategic Engagement at the NDIA.  Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in the disability sector. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations and Murray Human Services, and a senior manager with Oakleigh Centre and Able Australia.  Matthew was an Adviser Diversity at National Australia Bank, developing the NAB's Disability Action Plan. 
 
Matthew has represented Australians with disability at the U.N Conference of State Parties, has been a member of the AHRC Reference Panel on the National Enquiry into Employment Discrimination, IAC’s Housing Innovations Working Group, the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee, the National Disability Workforce Strategy Committee, the Victorian Government’s NDIS Implementation Task Force, and was one of the three members of the National Disability and Carers Alliance.
 
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts and Post-Graduate Diploma in HRM and IR from the University of Melbourne.  He is a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program with Leadership Victoria and has a severe hearing loss from birth and identifies as part of the Deaf community.


Daniel Smedley

Daniel is a lawyer involved in business and commercial law. He is the Executive Chair of The Lantern Legal Group Pty Ltd which comprises the law firms Harwood Andrews and Sladen Legal. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor with The Tax Institute, accredited as a specialist in Taxation Law with the Law Institute of Victoria, and Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Taxation and Revenue Law Committee.

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