OUR BOARD

The primary role of the CHASE board is to ensure that the fundamental principles of CHASE, embodied in its missions, values and strategic initiatives are carried out and implemented. In performing its role, the board aspires to excellence in governance standards.

 

The board meets with the CEO and the senior leadership team every two months.

Steve joined CHASE in February 2016 as one of the inaugural board members. 

 

Steve has extensive business experience in FMCG (food/beverage) and manufacturing industries both in Australia and overseas. Steve recently has taken on a new role in Canberra, as Managing Director of Canberra Milk. Prior to this he was the Managing Director – Australia for a global closures packaging company based in Melbourne. 

Completing a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), and MBA at RMIT, Steve started his FMCG career with Kraft Foods in 1988. Initially in Finance, he then had various sales and marketing roles over the next 10 years roles across Kraft’s Cheese categories in Australia and Asia. 

After 16 years at Kraft, Steve moved into Consulting as the Principal of a boutique consulting business for 7 years. This business worked mainly in the manufacturing sector, coaching Senior Leadership and Shopfloor teams in targeted Lean principles and KPI”s to deliver rapid and sustainable improvements.

Chair

Steve Ness

Keith Cowlishaw has a broad industry background in the Textile industry. Prior to joining RMIT University in March 2005, he held a number of senior marketing and business management positions with DuPont Nylon, JGL Investments and ICI Fibres. He has had extensive industry experience working in overseas markets with a particular focus on Asia Pacific countries. Whilst at RMIT he has held the positions Head of School Fashion and Textiles and Head of School of  Design. In 2013 he was appointed Executive Director Vocational Education for RMIT and retired from full time employment in 2017.  He is especially interested in developing sustainable industry linkages through the connectivity of vocational education.

Vice Chair

Keith Cowlishaw

Jade is a Charted Accountant, whose role at CHASE as the Treasurer involves overseeing all things Finance. Jade works at Deloitte in the Human Capital Consulting team. Jade completed a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting) and Bachelor of Law at Deakin University. Outside of CHASE and work, Jade loves to explore Victoria’s many beaches, and spending time with family and friends.

Treasurer

Jade Jensen

Dianne has been on the CHASE Board since it’s commencement in 2013. She is an experienced Senior Executive who has led and managed health services and projects for many years. Dianne is currently the CEO CHIRP Community Health in Castlemaine. She has worked as an Executive leader in different community health services and held senior leadership roles in the hospital sector in acute, rehabilitation, aged and ambulatory care settings. She has also been the Executive Officer of a primary care partnership. Dianne has a strong commitment to the social model of health and social justice working with and in communities to achieve outcomes. This includes a focus on improving access, health and well-being, service delivery, continuums of care and equity for people. Dianne is also interested in service redesign and leading change that ensures that services and programs are regularly evaluated with clients and the community so that programs are effective, efficient and adequately meet the communities’ needs.  

Secretary

Diane Couch

Kate is a Director with Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice who has significant experience leading organisational transformation. Kate leads with a positive, engaging and caring style, focusing on creating a compelling vision for change and supporting people to make it happen. Kate has led operational, technology and culture change programs that have engaged up to 70,000 employees and 4 million customers. Kate is a skilled coach, an organisational psychologist by training and an advisory board member at CHASE since 2018.

Board Member

Kate Murray

Anne is the Program Manager at not-for-profit organisation Western Chances. Anne has a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma of Education (Secondary). She spent most of her professional life working in the communications industry, mostly as a senior manager working in advertising agencies. After becoming increasingly involved in volunteering, Anne decided to move into the not-for-profit sector and began working for Western Chances in 2012. Anne has been a member of the CHASE board since April 2018.

Board Member

Anne Connors

Wallace is a doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a member of the CHASE Board since 2021. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of CHASE from 2018 to 2020.

 

Wallace is passionate about empowering disadvantaged groups and holds broad leadership experience across not-for-profit, health, finance and consulting spheres. Wallace was recognised as the 2020 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year and as a recipient of the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He also received the 2019 Boston Consulting Group Scholarship and the 2020 McKinsey Academy Young Leaders Forum Scholarship. In his spare time, Wallace loves classical music, orchestral percussion, and long-distance running.

Board Member

Wallace Jin

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