Our Board Members

Our Fantastic Board

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Richard Gates

Board Chair

Richard is an experienced senior banker with particular expertise in Australian health and aged care banking business. He has a strong network with stakeholders in the aged care sector including Government, operators and advisers to the industry.

His qualifications include B Econ (Hons), and he is a member Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Has lived in South Melbourne area since 1984.

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Julie Prideaux

Board Vice Chair

Julie has undertaken a range of senior executive roles in the Victorian Department of Human Services, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office and the Victorian State Services Authority. Julie was the Principal and Director of her consulting company, completing over 160 projects for Federal, state and local governments, the not for profit and community sectors. Julie has led large and complex projects in the public sector across the human services, health, housing and infrastructure portfolios. Julie has an extensive understanding of the aged care sector having worked as a consultant to state and local governments on aged care research, planning and strategy projects.

Julie understands the critical importance an independent and robust Board and sound governance practice plays in promoting an organisation’s capacity to serve residents and the community well. She has a forward looking, strategic and solution-focused approach to issues and a collaborative, constructive personal style.

Julie has lived in the City of Port Phillip for most of her life and is committed to developing and improving services in the community.

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Heather Witham

Board Member

Heather, a former RN, has been involved in aged care policy since 2005, at which time she was the Advisor to the Shadow Minister for Ageing, Disabilities and Carers where she developed the policies for the 2007 Federal Election. Following the election, she was Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister for Ageing. Since then Heather has worked for a lobbying firm in Canberra and two state ministers advising on seniors, disabilities and women’s affairs portfolios.

Heather is currently Manager, Government Relations and Policy for the peak body representing not-for-profit aged care providers. This is during a time of great change in the aged care sector with the 2012 announcement of the Government’s Living Longer Living Better reforms. In this role she develops targeted lobbying and advocacy activities to ensure positive outcomes for the aged care sector.

Heather also has a BA in Journalism and Public Relations. She is a resident of the City of Port Phillip and has had a property there since 2001.

Neil Cathels

Neil Cathels


Neil is a semi-retired Chartered Accountant with years of experience in the accounting industry.  His qualifications include Bachelor of Economics (major in Accounting) and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of The Taxation Institute of Australia.

Neil has partnered in various chartered accounting firms and sits on a number of Boards/Board advisor to Atlas Pacific Australia Pty Ltd, Binda Pty Ltd, Federal Investments Pty Ltd, Ferntree Investments Pty Ltd, Kelandon Pty Ltd, Kulandon Pty Ltd, RMD Industries Pty Ltd and SEW Australia Pty Ltd.

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Henry Blatman

Board Member

Henry’s working life commenced as a chartered accountant and he became a partner in a Melbourne practice at age 24. Since selling his practice a number of years ago Henry has built two businesses, worked with Australia’s No. 1 employer and is now principal and founder of a leadership coaching practice in Melbourne. Henry’s areas of expertise are leadership growth and performance.

Henry has sat on several boards over the last ten years and currently also chairs the board of a private investment company.

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Tony Hill

Board Vice Chair

Tony is a solicitor and principal of McCluskys Lawyers of Port Melbourne. His principal practice areas are property and commercial law. Tony has been most active in the local community, being the inaugural President of the Port Melbourne Business Association. This association raised over $1 million to develop Bay Street by widening footpaths, tree plantings and rezoning for retail.

Anita Horvath

Anita Horvath

Board Member

Anita has been a former councillor with the City of Port Phillip, 2012-2016 and has practiced in various fields of law, including at a senior associate level.

She has been an owner director of a successful medium sized enterprise based in Port Melbourne, holds a Masters of Law and is an AICD graduate.

A strong sense of social justice, care for the community, good governance and financial responsibility inform her decision making.

Ellie Schwab

Board Member

Ellie Schwab is Head of Office Portfolio at Dexus responsible for the performance of property, asset management and leasing across Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Ellie has over 20 years’ experience in the property industry and a passion for creating places that people love to work.  She has a depth of background in property development gained in previous management roles with Lend Lease within the retirement living business and on major urban renewal development projects in Melbourne, Sydney and London including Victoria Harbour at Melbourne’s Docklands.

Ellie holds Bachelor Degrees in Arts and Law from Monash University and is on the Board of advisors of the Property Industry Foundation (VIC Division), Women’s Property Initiatives (Board Advisory Panel) and Melbourne University (Faculty of Architecture Property Advisory Board)