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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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.

Ellie Schwab

Board Vice Chair

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)

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.

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.

Dr Shainal Nathoo

Board Member

Shainal is passionate about improving the lives of our communities, particularly our vulnerable community members.

Shainal is a doctor, with over a decade of clinical experience.   Shainal works in healthcare strategy and advisory services.   He has a background as a mental health clinician, lecturer and researcher.

Shainal has a broad range of experience as a management consultant, focusing on healthcare strategy and operations.

Shainal is currently the Principal Clinical Advisor for Australia and New Zealand for a global technology company.  Shainal is passionate about improving the lives of our communities, particularly our vulnerable community members.

Marina Johnson

Board Member

Marina’s areas of expertise are marketing and communications.  She currently works at an independent girls’ school, focusing on community relations and developing a culture of philanthropy.  Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts; Communications Management, and Graduate Diplomas in both Management and Education. Marina and her family initially moved to South Melbourne in the mid 2000s, and now lives in Port Melbourne

Vicki Davidson

Board Member

Vicki is a management consultant specialising in service improvement and stakeholder engagement. She holds an honours degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Economics. She has been a member of several private, public and not-for-profit Boards in the health and community service sectors. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vicki has lived in St Kilda for the last 10 years and her mother was a resident at Emerald Hill until 2018.