Board members

The role of our Board of Directors is to provide Kurrajong with strategic management and governance.

The Board is made up of nine voluntary members and an Executive Officer. The Executive Officer reports to the Board and leads a team of managers and staff who are committed to delivering our vision – for people with disability to lead a life of their choice.

Dr Max Graffen, Chairman

Dr Max GraffenReappointed to the Board in 2016

Qualifications: M.B.B.S. (Hons 1) Dip A (UK), DObstRCOG, FRACGP, Grad Dip (Geriatrics) GAICD

Max is a general practitioner with a strong interest in the health and wellbeing of people with disability. He is involved in regional health services, through directorship of the Murrumbidgee Medical Training Hub of the University of NSW and as former chair for the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Max is committed to using his board experience, qualifications and strategic approach to assist Kurrajong’s governance. He looks forward to helping the organisation, and local people with disability, successfully navigate the transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Hamish Cullenward, Treasurer

Hamish CullenwardAppointed to the Board in 2015

Qualifications: GAICD, CA, BComm, BActStud (ANU)

Hamish grew up on a sheep and cattle property north of Bourke. He has worked as an actuarial analyst in Sydney for consulting firm Rice Warner Actuaries. After moving to Wagga Wagga he joined Boyce Chartered Accountants.

Hamish’s mother has worked for many years as an occupational therapist in regional NSW and has instilled in him a passion for the services and education needed in these areas. He is excited about using his passion to serve a great organisation such as Kurrajong and supporting our transition to NDIS.

Dr Michelle Fernon, Director

Dr Michelle FernonAppointed to the Board in 2007

Qualifications: MB Bch (Medical Practitioner), Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Michelle has worked as a medical practitioner in Wagga Wagga since 1992. Before finishing her medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist.

Married to Vince, together they operated Wagga Endoscopy Centre for more than 20 years.

Michelle is Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at Wagga Endoscopy Centre, has volunteered in various roles on other committees and has successfully completed the Australia Institute of Directors course.

She is also a keen supported of Caritas international aid organisation and is a founder of Woman for the World.

Pam Green, Director

Pam GreenAppointed to the Board in 2008

Qualifications: B.Sc (Hons), Dip Education, Graduate Certificate Management Development

Pam was head of Wagga Wagga Campus of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute before retiring after a successful teaching and management career.

Throughout her career, Pam worked to make sure the transforming power of education was accessible to everyone and supported strong links between TAFE and Kurrajong.

Pam is passionate about supporting people with disability and their families through the implementation of the NDIS. As well as continuing to provide them with the highest standard of service possible and making sure they have opportunities and choices for the future.

Geoff Breust, Director

Geoff BreustAppointed to the Board in 2014

Qualifications: BA (Administration Economics) Canberra, GAICD, FCILTA

Geoff grew up on a family farm near Temora, went to university in Canberra and worked in various departments in the Commonwealth government for 20 years before joining Kendell Airlines as General Manager in Wagga Wagga in 1998. In 2003 he was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Regional Express (REX).

Now semi-retired he serves a number of company boards, is Chairman of Southern Agventure Limited and is heavily involved in community activities including Rotary and Wagga City Aero Club.

Geoff sees his role at Kurrajong as making sure decisions are made in an effective and strategic way, guiding the organisation for the future and maintaining robust corporate governance.

Louise Lotz, Director

Louise LotzAppointed to the Board in 2015

Qualifications: Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) CSU; Diploma in Marketing Communications CSU

Louise currently works at Charles Sturt University in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Science while running her own advertising and marketing company.

Louise is also a keen advocate of supporting the Riverina through her community involvement in Woman in Business; Riverina Regional Tourism Board; as a mentor for Young Achievers Australia and organising charity fundraising events.

Louise is keen to make sure Kurrajong continues to deliver a high standard of services through a seamless transition into the NDIS and ensuring each individual and their family continue to feel part of the organisation and the community.

Casey O’Mahony, Director

Casey O'MahoneyAppointed to the Board in 2017

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)

Casey is a solicitor at Walsh & Blair Lawyers and provides legal advice and support to Kurrajong.

A significant number of Casey’s clients are vulnerable members of the community, including the elderly, people with disability, and people with English as their second language.

Casey also offers legal assistance and advice to people with disability and their family members in estate planning, which can be complex and daunting for many families who wish to provide for their children when they pass away.

Colin Duff, Director

Colin DuffAppointed to the Board in 2017

Colin is well known within the local business community as a highly respected and successful business owner, entrepreneur, and developer. He is an owner and director of major electrical services company, RIC Electrics Pty Ltd, who have been involved in electrical work not only in the region but also nationally and internationally.

Colin has been an active investor in other businesses including retail and wholesale finance, construction, and land and building development, where he has been a director of various companies.

Colin is a long-term member of Wollundry Rotary and is secretary and treasurer of Wagga City Aero Club. He has served on Wagga Wagga City Council’s Business Advisory Committee and Committee 4 Wagga.

Philip Roy, Director

Philip RoyAppointed to the Board in 2017

Phil has been an active supporter of Kurrajong for more than 15 years. During this time he has provided strategic technology and information management advice and support to the organisation.

He feels strongly that as Kurrajong faces great change during the implementation of the NDIS, it will be critical that Kurrajong’s technology and data capability can meet these challenges.

From his private consultancy experience and his current role as Director in the Division of Information Technology at Charles Sturt University, Phil brings to Kurrajong significant executive expertise, experience, information technology knowledge, and skills in strategic planning.

Steve Jaques, Executive Officer

Steve Jaques Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Dist.) NSW Justice of the Peace

Steve has been at the helm of Kurrajong as Chief Executive Officer since 1984 and is the Executive Director on the Kurrajong Board.

The delivery of Kurrajong’s services according to Steve is quite straightforward: “It’s all about putting people with disability and their families and carers at the centre of our thinking and everything we do at Kurrajong.

“If you put yourself in the shoes of a person with disability, or on their mountain to view their world, then it’s obvious what needs to be done to ensure they have the same opportunities as other citizens to be able to lead a life of their choice.”

For Steve, it is the NDIS that will deliver long overdue reforms and changes to the way disability services and supports are funded and will finally enable this to start to happen.