The Board of Home Modification Solutions includes directors with a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion for working in the sector.
Geoff Herman – Chairman
Geoff Herman is a Civil Engineer with over 38 years’ experience. He has over 9 years’ recent experience on the board of RedR Australia and as a Director of his own consulting engineering business.
Geoff brings to the Board his knowledge and experience in the management and operation of not for profit organizations and the delivery of aged care and disability services through the HACC and My Aged Care systems. Geoff also provides direct input to HMS through audits of the Quality Management System. Geoff has a strong focus on contributing to community services organizations.
Ian Perry – Director
Ian joined Ruralco after a 35-year career with ANZ Banking Group Limited, during which time he was the Group’s banker for eight years.
He has experience across all levels of banking and finance, with a specialisation in Corporate and Institutional Agribusiness, including pre-farm gate, large scale farming enterprise and global agricultural commodity trading.
Prior to his current appointment, he consulted in areas of Agribusiness Finance and Insurance, specialising in cotton and protein. Ian has a passion to support the growth and development of Australian Agribusiness through facilitating innovative capital structures and insurance products.
Dianne Clemens – Public Officer
Dianne has over 15 years’ experience as a qualified program director providing advice and leadership and assisting teams in developing strategic options for multiple infrastructures and asset programs working in Australia’s largest passenger and freight railways.
Dianne is also a member of the NSW Railway Institute board as a non-executive director where she has been instrumental in advocating and ensuring a strategic business plan and marketing strategy be developed and implemented. She is actively involved with overseeing the implementation of the business and marketing plans looking at the future longevity of the Institute. Dianne is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Will Burkitt – Treasurer
With 28 years’ experience in wealth management and business management (including 19 years in financial services supporting people to save for their retirement and meeting their retirement goals), Will brings to HMS a successful history of building and managing teams, the creativity of ideas and the implementation of these.
Will grew up in a family where his mother created and grew Red Cross Home Care services in Darwin from 1975 to eventually encompass the entire Northern Territory, retiring 35 years later. He has an ingrained understanding and empathy for the needs and services people may require for access and other needs.
Paul English – Board Member
Paul has a wealth of experience as a communication specialist and multimedia producer.
Paul worked as a radio journalist/ presenter for many years in Switzerland before moving to the International Red Cross in Geneva where was a senior manager heading the marketing and multimedia production division.
He later opened his own marketing and communication agency and then decided to move back home to Australia.
Paul currently runs his film production company specialising in business storytelling and documenting life stories. He is also the President of Life Stories Australia, an association of life story professionals.
Kate Hage – Board Member
Kate has 14 years in financial services in communications, research, and marketing roles. In that time, she has worked to build brands and businesses with direct clients, prospective clients and the broader public.
In her last role at ANZ, she worked closely on a strategic project examining the aged care demographic, and the challenges facing individuals, families, and companies. As a result, she became very interested in the aged care sector and looks forward to the opportunity to give back time to a not-for-profit business that serves ageing Australians directly and which enables them to gain a better understanding of that demographic and their unique needs and challenges.
Louise Godwin – Secretary
Louise brings to the HMS Board extensive skills and experience in management and leadership, gained during her career in vocational education, as an educator and as a Director.
As a member of the executives, and as President, Louise has also provided governance, leadership and strategic direction in a number of professional associations, at both State and National level, over many years.
Louise looks forward to contributing to the longevity and success of HMS as Secretary of the Board.
Sarah Thomas – Board Member
Sarah Thomas is an occupational therapist with 20 years of clinical experience in several settings including NSW Health, the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, and private hospitals.
Since 2014 Sarah has worked as a sole trader providing occupational therapy services throughout metropolitan Sydney but with a particular commitment to the Sutherland Shire.
She has a special interest in home modifications and the effectiveness of such in improving clients’ safety and independence.