Corporate Structure

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The Gordon Board

David Bowen (Board Chair)

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.

Darryl Mohr (Deputy Chair)

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 160 staff located in 15 locations across the two states. Darryl has over 28 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 has also been a Committee member of Regional Development Australia (Barwon South West region) a joint Federal and 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) and recently completed the Global Advanced Risk Management program at The Wharton Business School at Pennsylvania University in Philadelphia USA in June 2019.

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.

Corrina Eccles

Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Corrina Eccles has 22 years of employment experience in Aboriginal organisations in the region. She brings knowledge and experience of community engagement, awareness of Education providers and sector’s, advocacy for cultural values, support and connection. 

She is a board director on various boards in the region, both Government and community level. And a member of many advisory and committee groups.

Corrina has undertaken board governance training and brings Aboriginal cultural knowledge of the community, a perspective of reconciliation and culturally safe practice. Corrina holds strong cultural values relating to positive outcomes for community, youth, education and reconciliation.

Virginia Fenelon

Virginia is a VET consultant and auditor and has senior and executive experience in TAFE and University and also had 10 years as a secondary school teacher. Virginia has extensive experience as a Director on education Boards at State, Regional and local levels across all sectors and was a Director on the Ballarat Health Services Board for six years. She is currently a Director on the Pharmacy and Medical Group, UFS Dispensaries.

Patti Manolis 

Commencing on the Board September 2021, Patti brings over 30 years of senior management and leadership experience in the Local Government sector and a deep commitment to lifelong learning, the exchange of ideas & information and empowerment of communities. Patti’s board experience includes her most recent role of 14 years as CEO and executive board member of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, two terms as Independent Director on the Board of the G21 Region Alliance (2017-2020), Founding Director and President of Libraries for Timor-Leste Inc (2004-2014), President of Public Libraries Victoria (2016-2017), Member of the State Library Board of Victoria’s Advisory Council on Public Libraries (2016 – 2021) and member of the Bill and Melinda Gates inaugural International Network of Emerging Library Innovators(INELI) selected in 2011. 
In March 2016, following nomination by the Women in Local Democracy (WILD) group based in Geelong, Patti was one of 20 inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her achievements in public libraries statewide, nationally and internationally. In 2019 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the Library and Information Services Sector.
Professional qualifications include Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Business and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gillian Miles

Gillian Miles is CEO and Commissioner at the National Transport Commission.

With over 30 years’ experience, Gillian has a strong record of achievement in public sector excellence, particularly in transport and community-focussed services. As Head of Transport for Victoria, Gillian designed and led the most significant reform of the Victorian transport system in decades, integrating all transport services and minimising disruption through the transport infrastructure build. Gillian has also held Deputy Secretary roles in Transport and Community Development; she was CEO of the City of Greater Geelong, and Head of Strategy and Performance for the Transport Accident Commission.

Gillian has a Bachelor of Education, Master of Letters in Cultural Theory and Doctor of Business Administration.

Joe Ormeno

Joe was appointed as Chief Executive Officer as of 3 October 2019, a role he had been acting in since 6 May 2019. Joe joined The Gordon 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.

Daniel Smedley

Daniel joined the Board in 2016. 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 member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Taxation and Revenue Law Committee.

Matthew Wright

Matthew is the Sector Advisor to GM Communications and Engagement Jamie Lowe, at the National Disability Insurance Agency.  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 people 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 Commissions Disability Advisory Committee, the National Disability Workforce Strategy Committee, the Victorian Governments 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 the McKinsey ELP. He has a severe hearing loss from birth and identifies as part of the Deaf community.

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