Board of Directors2024-01-11T02:15:53+00:00

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors uses their wide range of business knowledge and skills to ensure McCall Gardens is focused on understanding and meeting the needs of people with disabilities. With their guidance, we’re building a community where family members, carers and staff collaborate to enrich the lives of each person using our services.


Chair – Foundation & Services Board

Chair – Quality & Safeguarding Committee, Member – Development & Asset Committee & Finance Audit & Risk Committee

Dan was appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2011. Dan was then appointed as Chair of the Foundation and Services company in November 2019. He is a Civil Engineer by profession with 35 years experience and is currently the Market Director for Transport & Logistics with SMEC Australia. Dan has served on the Finance and Property Committee (Uniting Church – Parramatta & Nepean) and supported people with disability through his active involvement with Sydenham Bankstown Challenge Foundation. His brother Paul is a resident at McCall Gardens.


Treasurer & Vice-Chair – Foundation Board

Vice-Chair – Services Board

Chair – Finance Audit & Risk Committee, Member – Development & Asset Committee

Steve Chatman was appointed to the Board in April 2008, shortly after elected to the office of Treasurer and in November 2019 took on the role as Vice Chair. For nearly 20 years he worked as an Accountant in various Companies. For the past 27 years he has been a Director of his own Company involved in providing infrastructure for communications services in both the Government and Private sector. He is a past President of a Scout Group and for some 25 years was involved in Soccer in the Gladesville/Hornsby region including a past President of his local Club and served as Secretary of the Association for 5 years. His brother David is a resident at McCall Gardens.


Director – Foundation Board

Member – Quality & Safeguarding Committee

Russell was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2023. Russell has served on the Board of Capricorn Society, a member-based automotive business with 20 000+ members and a turnover exceeding $2 billion. Russell served as a Director for 16 years, 4 years as Chairman of the Board and 4 years as Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination committee. He has also served as a Director of Capricorn Mutual, a member-based insurance alternative. For over two decades, Russell has been the Managing Director of Galston Service Centre and, prior to this, worked at Prospect Electricity as a Motor Mechanic, Plant Mechanic, and Fabricator. Russell actively participates in the community and sporting groups. He promotes an annual Special Olympics Regional Swim event which attracts over 100 athletes with intellectual disabilities each year. He is also the President of Combined Districts Kart Club, CDKC owns and operates a kart racing circuit at Lithgow.


Director – Foundation Board

Member – Development & Asset Committee

Russell (Russ) was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2023. Russell has an extensive business portfolio with over 24-years of direct agency and valuation experience and 10-years of experience in non-valuation property roles, this latter period comprising working as a Development Director for Landcom, a period in charge of property at the former State Rail, and a short stint with KPMG.  Russ currently works for Urbis as a Director and former partner in its valuation and advisory team. Russ had a minor role assisting McCall with the recent sale of its surplus Terry Road land and is keen to assist the Foundation going forward. Russ will be contributing a unique understanding of residential and industrial infrastructure and has a clear appreciation for the property industry.


Director – Foundation Board

Makis was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2023. In his early career, Makis became a chartered accountant and operated his own practice in Sydney. Since selling his practice in 1997, he completed an MBA and became a management consultant working locally and internationally with large organisations in technology; banking; and mining, on team, leadership and organisational development. He has also consulted to many high-growth small-medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations in Australia on their business transformation strategies. Makis also brings to the Board over 15 years of experience in non-executive and financial management roles for not-for-profit organisations in social welfare, education, and community sports. His previous role was as a board member and treasurer for Estia Foundation of Australia in the disability services field.


Director – Foundation Board

Amity was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2023. With a passion for improving the impact and quality of service delivery, she brings to the board a unique insight into different health and human services sectors. Additionally, Amity will draw upon her several years of board and executive level experience as a founding member of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Impact Board (current), a member of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Management Board, Chair of the DHHS Quality and Safeguarding Committee, member of the DHHS Audit and Risk Committee (2016-2020), and a member of the NSW Government’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund Board (2015-16). Amity is a fruitful addition to our Foundation’s Board with her broad knowledge of government, the health and human services sectors and social impact investment.


Director – Foundation Board

Dhanesh was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2023. In her previous board roles, Dhanesh has aided different boards in their understanding of cyclical trends and issues, including emerging risks. With a growth and development mindset, she brings corporate evolution to the forefront and the management of risk as proven through her wealth of professional experience in the risk and policy sectors. Dhanesh, with her hefty portfolio of board and professional experience, will become an expansive resource and advertiser of successful and positive development.


Director – Services Board

Chris was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2023. Throughout his life, Chris has been no stranger to the world of disability, both living with disability first-hand and as a carer. He has spent 23 years working and volunteering in for-purpose organisations in the disability, health, and education sectors. Chris’ eminent governance experience, at Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and multiple roles at Greenacres Disability Services, will bring a specialised insight into our Board’s network. Furthermore, his executive experience at CEnet, ranging from Operations and Service Delivery to People and Culture to Strategic Project Delivery, will make the most of his interdisciplinary talents and transferable skills. Chris is a life-long learner who has advanced his Governance knowledge and skills through ongoing training with the AICD and the Governance Institute. The most notable being the Company Directors course, completed in 2022 as part of the inaugural Directing Change program, promoting those living with disability for Board roles.


Director – Services Board

Catherina was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2023. To the board, Catherina brings specialist experience in organisational development, innovation, and transformation. Catherina has over a decade of board experience which is largely focused within the disability sector. Notably, as Co-Chair in 2013-2014, her guidance and project leadership at ACT Disability Peer Led Working Group provides an insight into her abilities to both enact positive change and facilitate healthy discussion between community representatives and the government. Catherina’s valuable presence on the board will be crucial for future growth and development.


Director – Services Board

Greg was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2023. Greg comes to the Board as a trusted and respected business partner and advisor delivering strong client engagement, solid commercial outcomes, and positive social impacts for the community. Adept at building long and enduring relationships, energising people around change and galvanising multi-disciplinary teams to design and deliver innovative customer solutions that uplift individual and organisation performance. Having a daughter with Down syndrome has led to Greg’s to involvement on non-profit boards and co-founding the Kuringgai Chase Fun Run, in its 10th year, as the major fundraiser for his local Special Olympics Club.

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