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Committee of management


Philip Clarke - Chair

Philip is an Emeritus Professor of Law at Deakin University, an education consultant and the principal of Corporate Compliance Australia Pty Ltd.

Professor Clarke is an Australian lawyer who is a graduate of the Universities of Western Australia and Auckland. He has also written extensively in the fields of Competition Law, Contract Law and Consumer Protection and has experience of the law reform process through working as the Director of the Western Australian Law Reform Commission and as a consultant on competition law to the Asian Development Bank.

Kathryn McBride - Treasurer

Kathryn McBride is Villamanta's Treasurer, having served as its Chair from 2011 to 2013. Kathryn is the Co-ordinator of Care Services at the City of Greater Geelong. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Master of Professional Accounting.

Kathryn has a rich experience in leadership and management of service provision for people with disabilities and a commitment to innovation and improvement opportunities in this field.

Amanda Millear - Deputy Chair

Amanda Millear has been a member of Villamanta’s Committee of Management for more than 20 years and has held the position of Deputy Chair for a number of those years.

Amanda is the second longest serving Committee member and a person who has a disability. As Deputy Chair, Amanda sometimes chairs the bi-monthly committee meetings which she enjoys.

Amanda says:

Villamanta is a unique service being one of the first organisations to have people who have a disability on their Committee of Management and everyone gets a say.

Amanda reminds us not to use jargon words and to think about other people’s needs at meetings. When she hears a jargon word she always asks for plain English and the meaning of the word.

Amanda has a big interest in the law and human rights and legal issues for people who have a disability. Amanda has been involved in the disability movement since 1980 and was part of the first self-advocacy group in Victoria and has been a very powerful self-advocate over the many years she has been involved in the disability sector. Amanda is familiar with and has used both State and Federal laws in many legal matters.

Andrew Hill - Secretary

Andrew Hill is the Secretary of Villamanta’s Committee of Management. Andrew is a partner in the Geelong law firm, Birdsey, Dedman and Bartlett. He has extensive board and committee of management experience and over 30 years experience in Commercial law, Property law (Rural, Commercial and Residential), Wills and Estates and Powers of Attorney. He is a keen fisherman and oarsman and enjoys golf and gardening.

Andrew is a former Convenor of Barwon Region Youth Affairs Network, Committee member of Geelong & District Day Nursery, member of Geelong Legacy and the Corio Bay Rowing Club. Andrew is a former President of the Geelong District Nursing Service and Geelong Community Health Service and a former Board Member of Barwon Health.

Neville Porter

Neville Porter is an Ordinary Member of Villamanta’s Committee of Management. Neville has been on the Committee since it started 24 years ago. Neville is doing a course at Karingal, including reading and writing study.

Neville works at St Laurence Paper Services in North Geelong. Neville is good at his job and is a member of the Geelong Football Club cheer squad. “Go Cats!”

Hank Wylie

Hank Wyllie is an Ordinary Member of Villamanta’s Committee of Management. Hank has been a disability advocate since about 1986 after acquiring his disability at age 35. Following intensive rehabilitation spanning over two years, after his release from three hospitals, he decided to dedicate his formerly physically active life to assisting other people who have disabilities to access the community, as is their right.

Having communication impairment does not deter him, as he became actively involved in various committees. His first was what is now known as Leisure Networks, then the Barwon Disability Resource Council, where he was chair for over ten years. Hank’s other local activities include the City of Greater Geelong’s Aged and Disability Street Access Committee.

Because of his interest in improving or creating awareness of the difficulty of people who have little or no speech, he sought many ways of communication by telephone or telecommunications via the phone and internet and was on TEDICORE; the Telstra Disability Access Forum; et al.

Hank now works part time for Scope to promote its Communication Access Symbol, and talks to, via his communication device, to assess businesses and organisations to help make their premises Communication Accessible and obtain the Symbol.

Michele Tucker

Michele Tucker completed her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees at Deakin University in Geelong in 2007. Michele is a sole practitioner, practising varied areas of law. Michele is also a casual academic at Deakin University, lecturing in Business Law. Michele is passionate about social justice, wine, her hometown Geelong and the mighty Cats.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Registered Nurse who has worked in a variety of settings over her 25+ year career, with a focus on quality and community care. She has completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services), Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Development and is a Fellow of the Australasian Association of Quality in Healthcare (AAQHC). She completed the Leaders For Geelong program in 2015. Her current role is as Manager of Community Care and Retirement Living with Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), a peak body for aged care organisations.