Sirovilla is governed by a skills-based voluntary Board, which meets monthly (other than January) and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation.
The Board is responsible for Strategic and Corporate Governance which ensures the longevity, financial and social sustainability and ongoing viability of the villages.
Dennis Barker- Chair - DIP BUS, FCPA
Formerly Director of Sustainable Communities at Surf Coast Shire with responsibility for land use planning, environment and community services. Dennis is also involved in various community groups such as Karingal St Laurence Ltd (GenU) and St Bernard's Parish Council. Dennis joined the Board in 2013.
Kate Kerkin- Deputy Chair - BA (I-IONS) MASTERS OF PUBLIC POLICY; PHD
Social planner consultant with strong experience in social infrastructure needs and strategic planning. Kate has recently worked with Hal Bisset and John Thomson to develop the City of Greater Geelong Social Housing Plan 2018 - 2041. Kate joined the Board in 2015.
Greame Howie- Treasurer - BSC, BSW, ADV DIP BUS MAN, DIP BUS, DIP ACC
Graeme joined the Board in 2018 and has been Treasurer for two years. He has recent and extensive experience in community health, aged care, disability services and non-profit corporate services.
Karen Pritchard- Board Member - BBSC, BA (I-IONS) GRAD DIPB, M, GAICD
Karen has been a Board member of Sirovilla since February 2011. Karen previously held the position of Manager, Aged & Disability Services with the City of Greater Geelong.
Shirley Rooney- Board Member - BA(Hons) LLB and Graduate Diploma Corporate Governance
Shirley, a qualified and practicing lawyer, lives in Geelong and considers that volunteer community involvement is one way she can contribute to bettering the lives and welfare of members of our community. Shirley joined the Board in 2019.
Paul Jamieson- Board Member - Grad Dip SpEd, Dip T Prim, Dip Mgt, Dip Project Mgt
Paul has been a Board member since 2019. Paul has held Senior Management roles in Local Govt, Disability Services and Education. He has led successful teams and projects in Community Development, Social Planning, Customer Services, Infrastructure Planning and Asset Management and Disability Services.
Austin Paterson- Board Member - Grad. Diploma in Urban Research and Policy
Austin has a keen interest in Aged Care, Community Health, Community Development and Philanthropy and has held various CEO positions in these fields in Melbourne, Geelong, and the Bellarine Peninsula.
Austin currently is engaged on a pro bono basis to various Not for Profit organisations including Perpetual Trustees – (The Percy Baxter Charitable Trust) and is actively involved in advocacy and support for refugees and asylum seekers. Austin joined the Board in 2015.
Brydon King- Board Member - BA Town Planning
Brydon joined the Board in 2019. Brydon has worked in the Geelong region over his career including as Manager Planning & Development at Surf Coast Shire and General Manager Development & Community Services at Colac Otway Shire. Brydon successfully completed the Committee for Geelong - Leaders for Geelong Program in 2013-2015 and currently operates a consultancy business assisting Local Government and private clients with land use planning applications and projects. Brydon has a keen interest in affordable housing and social infrastructure development.
Darren Hall- Board Member - B.A (Arch) B.ARCH MAICD
Darren is a registered architect with extensive experience in community infrastructure and strategic planning. He has been the Director of a local Architectural practice since 2009 who specialise in not for profit aged care development. Darren joined the Board in 2019.
Geoff Watson (dec Feb 2018)