Our Board

Board Chairperson – Bruce Hammond is a civil engineer, has a masters of business administration with over 35 years’ experience in the Victorian public sector, most recently working in senior executive roles.  He brings broad ranging experience in governance, commercial, asset, risk and customer service management to the Board.  Bruce is presently Managing Director of a successful regional consulting practice and is the Chairperson of Lakes Entrance Fishermen Limited, a director on the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service Board and a member of the Australian Water Association. Bruce was Independent Chair of Noweyung’s Audit Committee before being elected to the Noweyung Board in 2018.

Deputy Board Chairperson –Ros Kleinitz an independent Director, joined the Board in March 2011, having 6 years’ experience with Noweyung. Ros is a retired Bank Officer who brings strong financial skills to the Board. She has over 34 years of experience in banking and finance. Ros also has many years’ experience working with other committees in the community.


Sue Roberts is an independent Director who joined the Board in November 2007. She has 10 years of experience with Noweyung. Sue is a registered Division 1 Nurse (BHA UNSW) and has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Healthcare. Retired, she has over 40 years experience working in primary, disability and aged care services, local government and management. Sue is also a fromer Director of the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service. Responsibilities: Deputy Chairperson; and a member of the Policy Committee.




Geoff Cassidy joined the Board in April 2010 and he has 7 years of experience with Noweyung. He is an independent Board Director. Retired, Geoff was formerly employed by the East Gippsland Shire Council, and he has over 26 years’ experience in local government as well as 20 years of experience in banking. Geoff also has many years’ experience on other community service committees. Responsibilities: Member of the Audit Committee.



Denise Jonkers  a mother of a Noweyung participant, is a non-independent Director. Denise joined the Board in April 2011 and has 5 years of experience as a Director with Noweyung. She operates a local family business giving her some practical small business skills and knowledge. Responsibilities: Member of the Policy Committee

Christopher Dean  is an independent Director who joined the Board in July 2001. He has 18 years of board experience and is the longest serving chairperson in Noweyung’s history. He has many years of experience in a variety of community service organisations, including office bearer roles. 


Chris Barry Joined Noweyung in November 2014. Chris  currently works for the State Government in Emergency Management for natural disasters. He has a long history with Bairnsdale School Councils and he is currently a board member at Bairnsdale Regional Heath Service. Chris is also a director and treasurer of two other not for profit organisations.