Peter shares a house with one of Villamanta’s Committee members, which is how he became interested in Villamanta’s work. Peter works at the Newcomb shopping centre tidying up the car parking area. He barracks for the Geelong Cats and enjoys playing golf twice a week at Clifton Springs.

Uli Cartwright is a person with disability, a disability advocate. He has a passion for bringing advocacy into the digital space and using his voice and lived experiences to start a dialogue and create change. He has a keen interest in social justice and works from a human rights approach that holds the opinions, needs…

Neville Porter

Neville is an Ordinary Member of Villamanta’s Committee of Management and has been on the Committee since it started in 1991. Neville works at genU in North Geelong, and his hobbies include acting classes, which he has been enjoying for years, and singing in a choir. He is also a member of the Geelong Football…

Jackie Cruickshank

Jackie is the parent of an adult with cerebral palsy (CP) and other complex needs. Jackie also has a sibling with disability, so she has always been aware of the many challenges families of disabled people face. Jackie’s family used Villamanta’s legal services and found them exceptional. So she is proud to have been accepted…

Brenda McKenzie

For 25 years, Brenda worked with young people and adults who needed support and guidance to achieve their personal, educational and career goals. She was committed to supporting the families of young people by introducing them to options that would improve their relationships, communications and foster positive ways forward for their families. Brenda has worked…

Natalie is a government lawyer, with experience in public and administrative law across the Victorian Public Service. Natalie also has significant experience in developing policy and drafting legislative and regulatory reform. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Laws and Psychology (Hons),  Masters in Public and International Law, and Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Training. Natalie moved…

TREASURER

Brian Rice is a Registered Architect (ARBV) who practices in the Geelong and surrounding region. In addition, Brian’s business, finance and accounting career spans over 25 years in Professional Services, Consulting and Director roles for a variety of businesses, high net worth individuals, families and entrepreneurs in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Brian continues…

Amanda Millear

VICE PRESIDENT

Amanda has been a member of the Committee of Management since 1995, and has been Vice President for most of that time. As Vice President, Amanda sometimes chairs Villamanta’s bi-monthly committee meetings. Amanda is the second-longest serving committee member, and longest-serving Vice President and person with a disability.

PRESIDENT

Both professionally and personally, Zane McKenzie is a determined and passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability. A proud husband and father to 3 boys, Zane lives with his wife and family in Grovedale Victoria. He began a Law degree at Deakin University in 2001, before exploring professional opportunities. From 2013 to…

Peter Dickinson
Peter Dickinson

LAWYER