Our board of directors

Paul Larcher, Chair

Paul is a chartered engineer with over 25 years experience in managing the operation and delivery of multi-million dollar infrastructure projects.

Paul wants to use his skills in strategic planning, business improvement and commercial performance to assist Mambourin through the future challenges and risks faced by a new funding environment.

Paul lives in South Melbourne with his wife and two teenagers.

Afrroz Hudli, Deputy Chair

Afrroz is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She brings a unique blend of thought leadership on leading edge technologies, management consulting and risk management serving fortune 500 companies, SME and start-ups. Her key focus is leveraging her experience and knowledge to grow innovation and financial performance across the Mambourin community.

Affroz has scaled Mt. Everest Base Camp (Sandakphu 3,636 meters), traveled around 44 countries so far, taught yoga to thousands in India and holds a karate black belt Dan 1.

Cory Becker

Cory joined Mambourin’s Board in March 2012, and was elected as Chair in 2015 until his resignation from this position in 2018. He previously held the positions of Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee.

Cory is a small business owner, and holds a Master of Business Administration. He has also successfully completed the AICD Company Directors course. He brings to Mambourin a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit, business and Government sectors. In addition to his professional work, Cory previously volunteered for six years as a senior coach of the Mambourin Tigers (now Wyndham All Abilities) Football Club.

Vittoria Chiarella

Vittoria was elected to Mambourin’s Board in November 2015. She is an experienced and driven Business Development Consultant with an absolute client focus and a commercial approach to optimising business development and marketing to drive revenue growth. Vittoria has held senior positions in both the corporate and professional services sectors, and brings to Mambourin a focus on business development and leadership.

Barbara MacKinnon

Barbara joined Mambourin’s Board in September 2013. She has been associated with Mambourin for over 33 years as her daughter Michelle attends Mambourin's Werribee hub. In the early days she spent time on the mothers’ club, and now actively supports and attends the Thursday monthly luncheons. She was a managing director of a cleaning company which she owned and ran for 33 years before retiring in 2010 with over 31 clients and managed a staff of up to 27 people.

David Markus

David is an Engineer with 25 years of IT experience and has been running his own IT services business with his wife since 2002.

David is keen to help Mambourin scale up, manage IT systems well, avoiding risks related to privacy and cyber threats. He lives with his wife and two teenage boys and enjoys skiing and flying planes, mostly the right way up.

Claire Thomas

Claire is an economist with over 40 years experience in public policy and public sector management. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. This background gives her a good line of sight to the policy and governance challenges currently facing disability service providers. Her aim is to draw on these insights to ensure that Mambourin is able to meet the challenges of the future while maintaining high standards of governance, integrity and excellence in service delivery.

Having now only part time work commitments, she is becoming a slave to the daily entertainment requirements of her family dog, Abby.

Emanuel Tumino

Emanuel was admitted to practice law in 1981 and has been doing so ever since. In addition to his legal experience, he is a long-serving member of Melbourne’s West Area Consultative Committee, and has been heavily involved with the Rotary Club of Footscray since 1994, having twice been recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a former Vice-President of the Maribyrnong Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and also the Keilor Park Cricket Club where he was awarded Lifetime Membership for service over 30 years.

Jennifer Webster

Jennifer is currently the Deputy Principal and Campus Leader of Emmanuel College. In 2014 she was the recipient of the prestigious Marianist Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership, dedicated service and professional excellence over her twenty years with the College.

Jennifer brings to the Board expertise in project management, strategic and innovative thinking. Her education background has given her specialist skills in working with students with disabilities and their families, case management, counseling and community engagement. She has formerly held positions on the boards of Emmanuel College, MacKillop Catholic Regional College and the Doxa Transition School.

Fiona Schutt

Fiona is a CPA and MBA qualified with 15 years’ experience across large corporate companies as well as not for profit and government funded organisations. Throughout the course of her career her focus has been how finance can be connected and embedded in an organisation so as to act as an enabler to achieve key organisational outcomes and strategies.

Fiona would like to use her commercial and strategic tool kit to add value and create impact for Mambourin as it moves to a new funding environment.

Fiona lives with her partner, two step sons and a crazy boxer dog. As a means of distracting herself in her spare time she enjoys sewing and taking her pooch out for a nice long jog.

Les Chitts

I have a lived experience of disability being the parent of a son attending Mambourin who is now 37 years old. I have been heavily involved with various community organisations and parents that have children with disabilities. My experience is completely hands on. As a parent of a man with a disability I am able to bring to the Board real life day to day issues that people living with disability and their families face.

Les has the understanding of what the Board at Mambourin requires having had many years as a previous Board Member serving on the Merrimu Board. He committed 13 years in total to Merrimu with 6 years as Vice President. Les also brings experience from being a Member of the Disability Advisory Committee at Melton Council and is currently a member of the Melton Lions.

If you’d like to know more about our board or our director recruitment program, contact us at hello@mambourin.org

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