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Board of Management

Brendan Smith

Chairman (B. Bus (Acc.), FIPA. FFA. CFP. FAICD)

Brendan is a partner of local accounting practice Smith Dosser. He has more than 39 years’ experience in finance, tax and management. As a certified financial planner, he has also specialised in strategic consulting since 1999 with OzPlan Financial Services, a Victorian firm of which he is a founding director. He also brings his skills in corporate governance to the Benalla Health Board. Brendan and his family have lived in Benalla since 1987. Apart from a range of community activities over the years, Brendan's interests include travel, sport and reading.


Kim Scanlon

Vice Chairman (Dip Teaching (Primary), Grad Dip Outdoor Education, GAICD)

Kim is currently the Executive Officer of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program, developing emerging community leaders from across the North East of Victoria. Prior to this Kim worked for the Victorian Education Department as a primary teacher, with the majority of this time spent as the manager of 15 Mile Creek Camp. Kim has had experience on many community Boards, including the Rotary Club of Benalla, and the Benalla Young Sportsperson Trust and the Winton Wetlands Committee of Management. Kim’s personal interests include gardening, community activities and skiing.


Louise Armstrong

Vice Chairman (BinfoTech (InfoSys), GCertMgt(ProfPrac), MAICD)

Louise has a background in information technology and training and was responsible for the overall management of a successful, award-winning small business for many years.  She is currently doing some work for a local accounting firm, consulting in veterinary practice management in the region and overseeing the management of the family farm. Louise has lived most of her life in Benalla and has been involved in many community groups, particularly Benalla Support Group for Children with Special Needs and Goomalibee Landcare. She is currently Chair of Benalla Business Network.


David Elford

Treasurer (AAPI, B.App.Sci (Val), Dip.Acc)

David has spent the past 14 years as a property valuer conducting a broad range of property valuations with the Opteon property group, previously known as HMC Valuations. David covers an area extending throughout Northern and North East Victoria, the Goulburn Valley as well as southern and western NSW. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Prior to this, he was a farmer and professional wool classer in the Benalla district. David has played an active role in a number of community groups over the years and enjoys spending time with his family on his small farm, horse riding and various sports.


Lisa McCoy

Dip Social Service Work

Lisa has a background in Human Services, Community Development and Project Management spanning 20 years in both Canada and Australia. Lisa, her husband Gary and two sons moved to Benalla in 2009 and raise beef cattle on their property at Chesney Vale. Lisa operates a consulting business that supports strategic planning, research, evaluation and facilitation. Her more recent work has been with a range of local governments to develop youth and early years strategies.  


Nathan McGrath

BCommerce, CPA, MIPA

Nathan is a partner of local accounting practice Smith Dosser and specialises in taxation. He grew up on a farm near Tumbarumba where he went to school and completed his university study in Canberra. He and his family have lived in Benalla since 2008. Apart from participation and volunteering in a range of community activities over the years, Nathan enjoys sport, music and spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Marta

B.Pharm , MPS, AACPA

Lisa is a pharmacist with more than 30 years’ experience in community and hospital pharmacy. She is a partner in a local community pharmacy, with her husband Gareth. They moved to Benalla in 1995 and have three children. During this time Lisa has been involved in several community groups. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, craft and travel.

Dennis O'Brien

BScAg, Uni of Sydney; MSc, Uni of Manitoba, Canada; PhD, Oregon State Uni, USA

After graduating with his PhD in 1981, Dennis worked for five years in the Philippines and Indonesia. He has also worked in Canada, USA, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and China. He and wife Gail returned to Australia with their three children in 1985 to take up an academic position at the University of Wollongong. He moved to Southern Cross University in 1993, where was Head of the School of Business. In 2002 he was appointed Associate Professor and Head of the Dookie Campus of the University of Melbourne.  He was the foundation director of the Postgraduate Program at Marcus Oldham College from 2009 to 2010. In addition to his role on the Board of Benalla Health, he is also Chair of the Winton Wetlands Committee of Management and a member of the Regional Development Australia Board for Hume.  He and Gail operate a small Wagyu and Wagyu cross farm at Stewarton.

Catherine Ross

BAppSci (Agribusiness)

Catherine has worked in the major hazard industry for 12 years for a multinational company at both a corporate and facility level. Prior to this Catherine worked in the food industry in North Western Victoria after graduating from Melbourne University – Dookie Campus. In her current role as Health, Safety and Environment Manager at a local major hazard facility she leads a team of dedicated professionals who are responsible for facilitating aspects such as compliance, prevention programs, health promotion, sustainability programs, emergency management, work/non-work related injury management and is responsible for the ongoing environmental and safety management system certifications. Catherine has one son, has been a member on a local School Council Committee and also operates a beef production business in the Stewarton area.


Robert Wright

Dip Ed; Grad Dip Ed Leadership; Grad Dip in Computers in Education

After 40 years work in education, as a primary school teacher, principal and project coordinator, Robert has recently retired. He now plans to spend his time assisting various community groups and sailing his boat off the Queensland Coast. Robert is married to Louise. They live on a small farm at Warrenbayne.


Vikas Wadhwa

Vikas is a consultant physician in Internal Medicine, Respiratory and Sleep Disorders and is Director of General Medicine at Maroondah Hospital, Eastern Health with responsibility for work force leadership, training and mentoring, and with both executive and clinical roles.  A graduate of the University of Queensland with fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and also recently graduated from the University of Melbourne with a senior executive Master in Business Administration.  Previous roles have included the clinical lead in acute care medicine at Eastern Health and Director of Medical Services at Calvary Private Hospital in regional New South Wales and Deputy Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee.  He is an active member of several expert advisory committees at Eastern Health.  Vikas is currently involved in a PHD research at the University of Melbourne with the School of Population and Global Health in the area of allergy, respiratory infection and asthma.  Vikas has academic appointments with Deakin and Monash Universities and has been the recipient of scholarships as well as awards for excellence in consumer participation. He is a regional examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as well as an examiner for the undergraduate university exams.  He is passionate about teaching and also runs a robust and expanding clinical research program within Eastern Health.  He regularly delivers the leadership in healthcare lecture at the acute care medicine course annually.