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The Board is responsible for the management and strategic development of Chisholm Institute with a number of objectives:

  • Establish goals and long term strategic directions for the Institute
  • Provide quality vocational education and training and adult, community and further education programs and services
  • Identify needs for high quality vocational education and training in industry
  • Involve staff in the continuous development of their skills
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with local and regional communities
  • Manage and control the Institute efficiently and effectively and to optimise the efficient use of resources.

Each Board member brings with them significant expertise in terms of their own professional knowledge and experience, but all share a passion for the future of Chisholm.

Stephen G Marks (Chair)

Stephen has more than 35 years of experience as a chartered accountant, and he has provided specialist independent probity auditing and advisory services to the public sector for the past 12 years. In addition to his Institute stewardship responsibilities, Stephen is a board member of the St Vincent's Institute and the audit committee of Origin Youth Health Research Centre. He is also a member of the Victorian Department of Human Services Financial Management Advisory Committee and DMP Asset Management Investment Advisory Committee. Stephen's extensive finance and public sector experience provides a solid platform for the maintenance of the excellent reputation and ongoing sustainability of Chisholm. 

John Bennie

John has been CEO of Greater Dandenong City Council since October 2006. He is a former Director of the South East Melbourne Manufacturers' Alliance; immediate past Chair of the Southern Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee and National President of LGMA. He was previously CEO of Manningham City Council from 1999 to 2006 and a Board member of South East Development (Melbourne) Area Consultative Committee. In the Australia Day 2014 Honours List John was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the pursuit of excellence in Local Government management.

Geoffrey Cullen

Geoff is a finance professional with over 40 years’ experience in banking, finance and risk management. He has held senior executive positions in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the United States. Geoff has worked in the not for profit sector in risk management, governance, compliance and finance and is a member of the Finance Risk and Governance Committee of Skyline Education Foundation, where he previously served as the Director responsible for Finance and Risk. He currently chairs a Risk Committee in the private sector and serves as an independent member on the Investment Committees of two unlisted property finance funds.

Prue Digby

Prue has had over 30 years experience working in senior executive roles providing community and publicly related services to Melbourne and regional Victoria in the state, local and non-government sectors. Prue is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Building Authority, Deputy Secretary of Planning and Local Government in Victoria and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Yarra. Prue currently serves on a number of statutory and charitable boards.

Dr Mei Ling Doery

Mei is a physician entrepreneur at the intersection of medicine, technology and design.  She has a particular interest in the emotional factors that impact decision making relating to preventative health. She is the founder of health strategy and design practice and co-founder of Genie Health (MixApp), which was established to test how mobile technology might deliver scalable positive behaviour change.

Her perspective on contemporary health challenges is informed by her roles as medical officer for the Australian Defence Force (2007-2009), team doctor for an AFL football team (2005-2008), an Executive Physician at BUPA Wellness (2012-2014) and independent advisor to several corporations including the Commonwealth Scientific Research and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. While on the board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (1996-2011), Mei oversaw the transition to digital grant-making systems.

Mei has over 16 years’ experience with start-up ventures including (, Appete and the Live Council initiative. In 2014, Mei was appointed as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and the doctor-in-residence for digital agency Portable Studios (named in BRW’s Fast 100 for 2013). Mei holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Science and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Anne Jones

Anne currently undertakes VET research and consultancies in VET policy. Her previous career included 16 years in senior executive roles such as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students), Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Victoria University and Executive Director Learning and Academic Affairs at Box Hill Institute. Anne has led a wide range of VET and higher educational activities including teaching, learning and curriculum reform, international education activity and student support.

Peter Malone

Peter is the staff elected director on the Board and before joining the TAFE sector, he served as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy. In the later part of his service, he undertook a number of duties such as Formation Ground Safety Officer at RAAF Williams and Training Development Manager at HMAS Cerberus, which included involvement in educational auditing and risk management. He also performed duties as an Indonesian linguist and interpreter in Australia, overseas and on foreign warships. Peter has a diverse background including research assistant at CSIRO, teaching English as another language (EAL) at Monash University, foreign language teaching (Indonesian) at Swinburne University, all the traditional sciences (pure and applied) and laboratory technology.

In the TAFE sector he has been manager of a multimedia development centre, a curriculum developer and a project manager for a number of major materials development projects. Currently, Peter teaches in Chisholm’s Senior and Technical College. Peter has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma in Education, Masters of Education, Post Graduate Certificate in Computing, Post Graduate Diploma in TESOL and a Graduate Certificate in Indonesian.

David Mann

David has had a long career in radio and is best known in his role as “Mann About Town” and roving reporter for 3AW 693 and Magic 1278.  

David runs his own marketing and public relations company Mann Promotions Pty Ltd which consults to many companies and not-for-profits throughout Australia.

David also works as a civilian in an operational capacity with Victoria Police, the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Ambulance Victoria, is the Chair of the Order of Australia Association, Member of the Australia Day Committee(Victoria), Chair of the Ministerial Small Business Advisory Council, Chair of the Police Blue Ribbon Day Community Council, member of the Board of the Queen Victoria Market, and Chair, Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve Committee of Management.

Lisa Norman

Lisa is the CEO of St John of God Berwick Hospital. St John of God Healthcare is a leading provider of healthcare in Australia and New Zealand. Lisa has worked in the health industry for 29 years initially gaining qualifications as a Registered Nurse she went on to gain post graduate qualifications in Critical Care Nursing specialising in Emergency and Trauma Nursing.

Lisa has worked in senior Executive Management roles since 2002 initially as a Director of Nursing and then as a CEO. Lisa has extensive experience in the private healthcare sector in both for profit and not for profit organisations. Lisa is currently overseeing the construction of a 190 bed, $120 million hospital in Kangan Drive, Berwick that will open in 2017.