Board of Directors

On 1 July the Governor in Council, on recommendation from the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Jenny Mikakos MP, appointed 3 new members to Timboon and District Healthcare Service’s (TDHS) Board of Directors and we warmly welcome Anthony DeJong, Ashley Nesseler and Frank Carlus to our Board. The Minister also reappointed existing Board members Anne Skordis, Bryce Morden and Josh McKenzie. They all join our present Board members Maryanne Puli Vogels, Claire Murphy, Chris Stewart and Toinette Hutchins.

Maryanne Puli Vogels

Chair Board of Directors and Board Representative Timboon Clinic Management Committee


Maryanne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also studied at Melbourne University, RMIT and Australian Catholic University.  She has served on the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) committee.


Maryanne started life as a teacher and then became involved in training for the Department of Social Security.  She was an early adopter of distance/computer based learning in Australia. Over the last 20 years Maryanne has held leadership roles across Europe, Australia and Asia Pacific and has experience in partner management and business planning.


Now living locally in Scotts Creek on a dairy farm, Maryanne is keen to become more involved and start giving back to her local community here in the South West.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

Chris Stewart

Vice Chair Board of Directors, Board Representative Consumer Participation Committee and  Timboon Clinic Management Committee


Chris has been a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria for 21 years, having worked extensively operationally as well as in clinical education, management and policy development. As the local Ambulance Team Manager he has a first-hand view of both the needs and abilities of TDHS.


Chris also has an extensive background in sports administration and oversight, providing a sound background in oversight, administrative process and setting and then following a strategic direction.He has recently settled in Timboon with his wife and three children.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

TDHS Chris Stewart

Claire Murphy

Vice Chair Board of Directors


Claire has an extensive experience in the public health sector in change and project management, though she started her working life as a physiotherapist. She currently works as a consultant in governance and strategic business improvement and has served on governing boards in the community and education sectors as well as on professional bodies.


Claire holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Physiotherapy, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a project management practitioner in both PRINCE2 and Agile PM. Claire is passionate about public health and education and believes that we should be striving for the best services in these areas and that they must be accessible for all members of our community. Claire is married and has three children.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

TDHS Claire Murphy

Josh McKenzie

Chair of Audit Committee


A tertiary qualified Engineer and Scientist Josh was appointed to the TDHS board in 2004.  He has spent the last 20 years in a combination of engineering and management roles in pharmaceutical, and oil and gas industries.  These roles have assisted Josh to develop his focus on people as individuals and also on hazard identification and risk management.


Josh has also had a close and long-lasting involvement with the Timboon region growing up in the area and still residing with his family in the region.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

TDHS Josh McKenzie

Anthony DeJong


A CPA qualified finance executive Anthony was appointed to the TDHS board in July 2019.


Anthony has spent the last 20 years in senior finance roles in government statutory authorities, across health, energy, sport and transport with a particular focus on regulation and financial sustainability. Anthony is married and has two children.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021

TDHS Anthony DeJong

Frank Carlus


Frank is a former state public servant with over 32 years’ experience in the Department of Human Services/Department of Health and is passionate about ensuring access to quality services to all who need them. He’s worked in direct care, policy and senior management positions across a range of services and programs, including in Barwon Southwest region where he led child protection, adoption and permanent care services (late 80’s-early 90’s).


He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Community Studies from Ballarat University (now Federation University), and a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Behaviour from Swinburne University. Frank is an experienced Board Director and is currently also serving on the boards of Westgate Community Initiatives Group and Hepatitis Victoria. He is a Life Governor of Colac Area Health where he served as a Board Member for 10 years. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Community Directors.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021

TDHS Frank Carlus

Toinette Hutchins


Toinette has been a Registered nurse for 20 years, with 2 years in mental health nursing and over 15 years of Emergency Nursing experience. Toinette is also an ALS paramedic with Ambulance Victoria and has been a paramedic for 9 years.


She is employed in varying education roles within Southwest Healthcare, Deakin School of Medicine and Ambulance Victoria. Toinette has a strong focus on interdisciplinary education and collaboration and is currently undertaking a Masters of Clinical Education to enhance her educational roles.


As a clinician working across these areas she has an insight and strong desire to support the roles, abilities and future needs of TDHS. She lives in Warrnambool Vic.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2018 – June 30 2021

TDHS Toinette Hutchins

Anne Skordis


Anne Skordis has a background in Social Work and over 30 years of experience working in government at Local, State and Commonwealth levels, in areas of social policy and intergovernmental negotiations particularly related to ageing and disability.  Anne’s current role is as an independent consultant and Expert Advisor for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).


Anne’s previous role related to the implementation of the NDIS including development of approaches related to rural and remote service delivery. Anne is also currently a member of the Board of a not for profit aged and community care provider in NSW.  Having grown up in country Victoria Anne also has an appreciation of, and connections with Western District communities.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022

TDHS Anne Skordis

Ashley Nesseler


Ashley is a doctor currently completing her specialist training in General Practice, and was one of the inaugural graduates of the Deakin University Medical School, completing her training at the South West Healthcare Warrnambool Campus and working in the region since.


She has previous experience in research science in the fields of vaccine design and immunology and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from Deakin University.


She is also employed in medical education for Deakin University and resides locally with her young family in Princetown.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022

TDHS Ashley Nesseler

Bryce Morden


An active member of the Timboon community, Bryce was appointed to the TDHS board in 2016. Bryce has worked in natural resource management for over a decade with an emphasis on community engagement and planning for sustainable long-term outcomes.


Bryce is a member of several local community groups and was elected Captain of the Timboon Fire Brigade in 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science along with postgraduate qualifications in river health management.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022