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 organisations and the delivery of aged care and disabled 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 organisations.
Dianne Clemens – Board Member
Dianne has over 15 years as a qualified program director providing advice, leadership and assisting teams in developing strategic options for multiple infrastructure and asset programs working in Australia’s largest passenger and freight railways.
Dianne provides governance and has lead the strategic change of HMS to ensure the organisation enjoys growth and maintains a viable and sustainable service for the community. Dianne joined the board in 2013.
Dianne has also joined the board of the NSW Railway Institute as a non-executive director in 2013 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 & marketing plans looking at the future longevity of the Institute. Dianne joined this board in November 2014.
Dianne has established strong professional and government networks in relevant sectors across a number of industries including being a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Will Burkitt – Treasurer
Growing up in a family where my mother created and grew Red Cross Home Care services in Darwin from 1975 to eventually encompass the entire Northern Territory, retiring 35 years later, I have an ingrained understanding and empathy for the needs and services people may require for access and other needs.
What I offer to Home Modification Solutions, on the back of my 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) is a successful history of building and managing teams, creativity of ideas and the implementation of these.
I look forward to further contributing toward supporting ageing and disadvantaged Australians with Home Modification Solutions and enabling people to effectively and efficiently ensure their home (and broader surrounding community environment) is fit for this purpose.
Barbara Bourne – Board Member
Barbara has 28 years serving the community through the Community Rehabilitation Team and the Combined Caring Centres of the Sutherland Shire through Sutherland Hospital & Community Health Services. Barbara has volunteered on School Committees and in Canteens and other Community services including trips away for seniors of the Sutherland Shire. Barbara currently volunteers two days a week for Caring Centres providing socialisation for older residents of the Shire and the Home Modification Solutions (HMS) Board.
Barbara has a broad view of the not for profit sector and brings a wealth of information about the needs of the over 65s, she has a supportive network in the community. Barbara was the HMS Board’s Deputy Chair for a period of 6 months in 2015 and is still a valuable member of the team.
Kate Hage – Board Member
I have worked for 14 years in financial services in communications, research and marketing roles. In that time, I’ve worked in helping to build out brands and businesses with direct clients, prospective clients and the broader public.
In my last role at ANZ I worked closely on a strategic project examining the aged care demographic, and the challenges facing individuals, families and companies. I became very interested in the aged care sector and look forward to the opportunity to give back time to a not-for-profit business that serves ageing Australians directly and which enables me to gain a better understanding of this demographic and their unique needs and challenges.
In my future career, I hope to be able to apply these learnings and perhaps develop a specialization in aged care.