CARE  |  COMPASSION  |  RESPECT
138 Williams Road
Wangaratta VIC 3677

Phone: 03 5721 4214
Fax: 03 5721 9777

Please contact us
at any time

 

Meet the Board

Desirée Harker

Chair

Desiree HarkerDesirée leads the St John’s Village Board bringing her passion for people and culture to our Board.  Strategically minded with strong leadership, communication and governance skills Desirée’s expertise lies in creating workplaces where people thrive in an environment underpinned by ethical business conduct, creativity and reliable strategic delivery. With over 25 years’ experience in transformational change in complex environments, Desirée is known for engaging with diverse stakeholders at business and community levels in both private and public sectors. Desirée offers tenacity, commercial acumen and a sound understanding of person-centred care in an increasingly complex aged care environment.

Desirée is committed to enhancing the lives of people who call St. John’s Village their home and partnering with community and business leaders to improve the quality of life for our valued clients, their families and carers.

Vision for Aged Care:

Exceptional quality of life and safe, reliable care is fundamental to ageing in place and responding to our growing population of aged and ageing. Desirée’s vision is to enhance the lives of those in our care through innovative models of care, a happy environment and a connected community.

Qualifications:

Desirée holds qualifications in management, economics, and employee relations and has held executive leadership roles in a diverse range of industries including healthcare, emergency services, mining, maritime and manufacturing. All roles were customer and service delivery focused with an emphasis on strategic leadership, cultural transformation and human capital systems.

Specialist Skills:

  • Strategy and Business Planning with an emphasis on people and culture
  • Corporate Governance and Risk Management
  • Communications Strategies and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Employee Relations and Industrial Negotiations
  • Change Management in environments of major reform and business growth
  • Professional Development and Recognition and Rewards Systems
  • Workplace Health and Safety in diverse industries

Bishop John Parkes

Ex-Officio Director

John Parkes was elected Bishop of Wangaratta in 2008. Prior to his election he was Assistant Bishop and Archbishop’s Commissary in the Diocese of Brisbane, and also Dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Bishop John has also served as rector of All Saints’ Church, Ainslie (1998-2004), Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Archdeacon of Canberra South, Rector of Young. A former barrister, he has also served on the General Synod Standing Committee and the Church Law Commission and is a member of the Appellate Tribunal and the Episcopal Standards Board of the Anglican Church of Australia.

Vision for Aged Care:

Delivering high quality care to our residents in line with St. John’s Village values of Care, Compassion and Respect.

Qualifications:

Bishop John holds qualifications in Law and Theology

Specialist Skills:

  • Knowledge, understanding and passion for the issues and complexities of rural, regional and remote aged care
  • Pastoral heart
  • Strategic thinking and leadership
  • An enabler and consensus builder
  • Lawyer and Barrister with a sense of discernment, and balanced decision making in complex environments
  • Continuous Improvement and a commitment to continued learning and awareness of current aged care issues

Annette Nuck

Director

Annette NuckAnnette contributes nursing care expertise to the St John’s Village Board. With a major interest in quality systems and outcomes, she has over 20 years nursing experience. She has held leadership roles in rural and metropolitan hospitals and community health services. Annette believes that the resident experience must be forefront in planning and delivering aged care services and that the primary goal should be that the people who live with us are happy. Annette has worked in both the public and private health sectors and, from this experience, provides a valuable understanding of the challenges faced by both sectors.

Vision for Aged Care:

A greater community involvement in aged care with mixed generations appreciative of the experiences and wisdom that the elders in our community offer.

Qualifications:

Annette has Bachelor of Health Science and holds qualifications in midwifery, coronary care, oncology and palliative care.Annette has held senior nursing and management positions in Victoria and Queensland. Currently CEO of Yackandandah Health and managing the medical centre, primary health services and residential aged care, she is also overseeing an exciting $6m redevelopment.

Specialist Skills:

  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Management
  • Project management
  • Quality and risk management

Jacinta Ducat

Director

Jacinta DucetJacinta joined St John’s Village Board to utilise her strategic focus on systems and processes to enhance quality outcomes in various private and public industries. She has over 20 years experience in senior consulting, ICT and project management related roles. She has a history of improving work practices by delivering process improvements in collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders.

Jacinta is driven by the desire to contribute to her community and has lead or been on the organising committee of local events since moving to North East Victoria from Melbourne in 2010. Events include RSPCA Million Paws Walk and Survivors of Suicide and Friends Winter Solstice.

Vision for Aged Care:

A supportive and homely environment for residents which recognises the needs of the individual and their connection with the community by providing contemporary, evidence based quality care.

Qualifications:

Jacinta holds tertiary qualifications in accounting and information systems as well as being a member of the Australian Computer Society.
Jacinta has held senior leadership roles in industries such as financial services and business services and is currently working in public health.

Specialist Skills:

  • Strategic Planning with an emphasis on structures, systems and processes
  • Project Management
  • Business Process Modelling
  • Risk Management
  • IT Operations Management
  • Communications Strategies and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Change Management

Lesley Lewis

Director

Lesley LewisLesley has significant nursing experience in public healthcare including acute community and residential aged settings.

Vision for Aged Care:

To be the preferred retirement village and residential aged experience of choice.

Qualifications:

Lesley has tertiary qualification in Nursing, commerce (Human Resources) Infection Prevention and Control.

Specialist Skills:

  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Community and Primary Health
  • Governance Systems
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Innnovation
  • Strategic Thinking

Stephen Oxley

Director

Stephen OxleyStephen has extensive experience in governance in the Health and Aged Care sector. He contributes local knowledge, experience in community development and specific expertise in business and property development. As a resident of Wangaratta Stephen is committed to the ongoing development of St John’s Village and to the continuance of quality aged care outcomes for the community, within a challenging and ever evolving Aged Care environment.

Vision for Aged Care:

Continued understanding and implementation of quality safe and compassionate care residents is upheld as the cornerstone of the organisation.

Qualifications:

Stephen holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Surveying and is a Licensed Surveyor in Victoria. Stephen has worked in State Government and Local Government, and primarily running a private practice in the land development industry.

Specialist Skills:

  • Board governance within the health and aged care sector
  • Strategic planning
  • Project Management
  • Corporate Governance and Risk Management
  • Infrastructure planning

Dean Ken Goodger

Ex-Officio Director

Dean Ken GoodgerAs Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Ken Goodger moved to Wangaratta in July 2014 and also joined the Board of St. John’s Village.

Ken has 25 years’ experience in pastoral care in Aged Care facilities in Queensland and Victoria; his passion is in connecting St. John’s Village to the life of the wider Wangaratta community, whilst also assisting the Board to bring excellent quality processes and outcomes to the life of St. John’s Village.

Vision for Aged Care:

To provide high quality care to residents and a supportive, encouraging workplace for staff.

Qualifications and Specialist Skills:

Ken holds tertiary qualifications in History and Theology.

Before ordination Ken worked in finance for the Queensland Government (Justice Department) and the Brisbane City Council.

Specialist Skills:

  • Senior leadership roles in the Anglican Church of Australia
  • Management of Home Care services for the Aged
  • Financial systems
  • Change Management
  • Community engagement