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Our Board of Directors are elected individuals who are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Yallambee. Our Directors have a diverse range of skills and experience with expertise in corporate business, finance, medical and nursing, legal and community care. The Board are unpaid volunteers who meet monthly and also sit on individual sub committees within our organisation. The Board are aware of the increasing expectations and needs of our aged community and are entrusted with the role of governing and leading Yallambee into the future.

Victor de Beer

Board Chair

Victor is a Gippsland local. He has a strong commitment to social justice and has served the community in this field as a public servant for over 28 years.

Victor also serves as a board member of the Victorian Public Tenant’s Association and was previously a board member of Gippsland Heritage Park.

Victor was appointed to the position of Chairman in November 2021. He is also is the Chair of Yallambee’s Nominations Committee and sits as a member on both the Corporate Governance Quality & Risk Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Victor de Beer
  • Grad Cert in Social Science (Policy & Management)
  • Diploma in Community Welfare
  • Diploma in Business Management

John Warren

Deputy Chair

John has been a resident of the Latrobe Valley since establishing his optometry business in Traralgon in 1980. After 38 years in operation, John sold the thriving practice to practice part-time.

Now semi-retired, he continues his appointment to sit on Optometry Board of Australia AHPRA panels and continues support of optometry colleagues.

Outside of his professional pursuits, John is also a key figure locally having been a member of the Traralgon Apex club for 13 years and gaining a life membership from the Latrobe Valley Aero Club.

John was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair in November 2021. He is also the is Chair of the Corporate Governance Quality & Risk Committee and sits as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

John Warren
  • BSc Optometry
  • Grad Dip Ocular Therapeutics

Dr Roger Fitzgerald


Dr Fitzgerald is a retired General Practitioner having lived in Traralgon since 1983. Roger worked with the Breed Street Clinic from 1983 until his retirement in 2020 and in this capacity had provided medical services to Margery Cole Residential Aged Care for the duration of the time he worked in Traralgon.

Roger was a Director of Deakin Medical Group from 1984 to 2017 and he was also a Director of Breed Street Nominees from 1984 to 2021.

Roger is the Chair of Yallambee’s Strategic Planning Committee and sits as a member on both the Clinical Governance Quality & Risk Committee and the Corporate Governance Quality & Risk Committee.

Dr. Roger Fitzgerald
  • MB
  • BS
  • DA(Lon)
  • DipRACOG

Nicholas Hutton


Nick is director of a small number of privately held and not-for-profit organisations.  He has 30 years’ experience delivering Business Systems and Information Technology Solutions, primarily through working in Business Analysis and Project and Programme Management roles.

Nick has worked in a variety of Business and Information Technology Management Consulting and Leadership positions during his career.  This has been with a wide range of Commercial, Government, and not-for-profit organisations in many sectors, primarily in the UK and across Europe.  Nick moved to Australia from the UK in 2019.

Nick is a member of the Corporate Governance Quality & Risk Committee.

Nicholas Hutton
  • BSc (Hons) Operational Research & Computer Science
  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Member of the Institute of Consulting
  • Certified Management Consultant

Angela Jacob


Angela has been a Gippsland resident for over 20 years, having been employed as a physiotherapist at Monash Health and West Gippsland Healthcare Group. Following five years’ experience as a General Manager at Latrobe Regional Hospital she was appointed to the position of Executive Manager Operations at the Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN). Angela is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Angela is a member of the Clinical Governance Quality & Risk Committee.

Angela Jacob
  • B App Sci (Pthy)
  • Post Graduate Certificate (Continence & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation)
  • MHSM
  • CHE

Claire Kent


Claire has lived and worked in Traralgon for over 30 years as a Registered Nurse. She currently holds the position of Director of Nursing at South Gippsland Hospital, Foster.

Prior to this role, Claire held a number of nurse management and leadership positions at Latrobe Regional Hospital and completed additional post graduate qualification in Health Management in 2014. This is Claire’s first Board Director position.

Claire is Chair of the Clinical Quality & Risk Committee and is also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Claire Kent
  • BN
  • Master of International Health Management
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • Member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Gay Michau


Gay has been a Latrobe Valley local since 1987 and a Director with Yallambee since 2000. After moving to the Latrobe Valley from Queensland, Gay commenced practicing as a Barrister and Solicitor and remained in practice until her retirement in 2007. Prior to this move Gay practiced as a clinical psychologist for five years at Wolston Park Psychiatric Hospital, Queensland, and subsequently in primarily criminal law for a further seven years before moving to Victoria.

With a keen interest in supporting our local community, Gay also served on the Quantum Community Care/Quantum Support Services Board for 25 years.

Gay sits as a member of both the Corporate Governance Quality & Risk Committee and the Project Control Group.

Gay Michau
  • BA Dip (Psych)
  • Admitted to the QLD Bar 1982
  • Admitted to the VIC Bar 1988

Tim Pianta


Tim is long-time resident of Gippsland and lives with his family in Traralgon.  He has worked most of his career in the Transport sector and is currently the Regional Manager for passenger rail for Gippsland. Tim has extensive experience in projects and leadership roles both in industry and with local community through his connections with sporting groups.

Tim is a member of the Corporate Governance Quality & Risk Committee.

Tim Pianta
  • Graduate Diploma – Rail Operations Management

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