Executive Leadership Team
I am committed to delivering excellence with integrity and extremely passionate about helping people achieve what they aspire to.
Experienced in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, I am a visionary and transformational leader with entrepreneurial capability, diverse experience building and leading high performing senior teams, with a consistent focus on organisational improvement.
Over 20 years leadership experience in human resources, strategy, legal, financial, marketing and commercial environments, with a proven capacity to work collaboratively with boards, directors, executive management, government, peak bodies and key stakeholders within the education, employment services, community services and recruitment sectors.
“I am privileged to be leading an organisation aligned with my values and surrounded by talented individuals who are passionate and committed to delivering on what we promise.”
I have over 15 years’ experience working with large and multinational organisations in Australia and overseas. I’ve held senior positions in Finance, Account Management, and Commercial Management, and worked closely with Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Operations, Sales and other functions. My experience spans a diverse array of industries and cultures.
The knowledge and skills acquired in the private sector will be applied to my position as CFO at Cire.
“I enjoy being part of a meaningful organisation with a community focus”.
A long held passion of mine is supporting others to reach their potential and live fulfilling and happy lives, achieved through outstanding leadership and business practices delivered in an environment where values, caring and respecting one another is at the heart of everything we do. Cire is rare in this regard and as such, I am incredibly proud and honoured to be a key leader responsible for driving our continued success and in confirming that this is an organisation that people want to work for.
The invaluable knowledge and experience gained in line and senior management roles in human resources across a wide range of organisations and industry sectors such as insurance, finance, IT, professional services, FMCG, supply chain and logistics and retail in addition to not-for-profit organisations, has prepared me well for my current role. Having worked with a range of organisations, I am privileged to be in a position that capitalises on my know-how, studies and experience and be able to directly impact and consolidate Cire’s outstanding reputation in the community within which we work and to prepare us for an even more successful and exciting future.
“I am honoured to be working in a community organisation where valuing and caring for each other is paramount whilst delivering outstanding results that we can all be proud of.“
The position of Executive Manager Education and Training brings together some of the highlights from previous roles in my career. I bring 35 years’ experience leading the development and delivery of innovative education and training programs for primary, secondary and adult learners. Over the past 16 years, I have been a VET Consultant and Auditor which has seen me facilitate communication between the education industry, government and business.
I am thrilled to be back working in the Yarra Valley, as part of a dedicated team who are implementing applied learning techniques through the Cire Community School and training. It is wonderful to work for a quality organisation who do what they say in providing services that meet community needs.
“This is an exciting time to join Cire Services. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to take on this role. ‘You need teamwork to make a dream work, and I feel I have a great team to make this journey with.”
This position encapsulates more than 30 years’ experience in various careers that have included social work, business and early childhood. I spent more than 10 years in the early part of my career working as a social worker in various roles supporting community health, aged care, and young mums in the Yarra Valley. For the last 16 years, I have worked in early childhood for 12 years in a leadership position. I am passionate about helping support and empower individuals across all ages to become the best they can be. I acknowledge the importance of the early years in children’s development and believe all children should have opportunities for learning.
I was drawn to this position because of Cire’s values and its dedication to helping support the community across all ages.
“I am excited to be working with such a dedicated and skilled team and feel fortunate to be able to work at such an innovative and inspiring organisation where community encompasses all that we do.”
I moved to the Yarra Valley with my family in 2009 after a long career with a large multinational organisation. My background is in finance and I am looking forward to bringing the skills and experience attained during my career to the Committee of Management.
Since moving to the valley I have particularly enjoyed a greater involvement and interaction with the local community. I am actively involved in the local pre-school and primary school which my two young boys attend.
“I have an enthusiasm for education and I am excited by the prospect of working with like minded individuals as part of the Cire Services team.”
I have lived and worked in regional Victoria for most of my life, having grown up in the Dandenong Ranges I began my career in law in the Latrobe Valley. I moved to the Yarra Valley with my family in 2015 and conduct my law practice primarily in Warburton.
I am passionate about the educational opportunities and supports available to children and young adults in our community. I believe that organisations such as Cire Services play a vital role by supporting, enabling and empowering individuals, at any stage in life, to achieve their goals.
I am excited to be part of the Committee of Management and to use my skills and experience for the benefit of the organisation and the community.
I have been a member of the Cire Services / Upper Yarra Community House’s Committee of Management since 1990; and president for the last twelve years. I ran a successful business for many years and have been a director of a national organisation. I was an inaugural member of the Upper Yarra Community Cooperative which was responsible for the establishment of the community buses. I currently enjoy being a committee member of the Yarra Junction Football Netball Club.
“I am passionate about what Cire does for the community. I see people who benefit from their interaction every day”
I am a local farmer who has worked in and around the Yarra Valley for twenty five years. I have represented Biodynamic Agriculture Australia, am part of Yarra Valley ECOSS and have been a member of the Cire Services / Upper Yarra Community House’s Committee of Management since 1997.
“Being part of Cire is rewarding. I like being part of an organisation with the same values as mine”
I am first and foremost an educator and have a love for learning. I enjoy teaching and some of the best moments in my career have centred on students discovering new skills and knowledge then watching their talent arise.
I am currently the Campus Principal of Yarra Hills Secondary College, Mt Evelyn Campus. This has been my working home for the last 25 years and have been Campus Principal for the last 2 ½ years. Having worked in Mt Evelyn for so long, I have seen many changes both within my own school and the community. This has also allowed me to learn more of Mt Evelyn as a community.
I have watched Mt Evelyn grow into a very collegiate and united town. I am also a member of Mt Evelyn Township Group and have been committed to promoting the strengths of this area for some years.
“I consider myself lucky to be in a role I love and surrounded by awesome people whom I learn from every day!”
Dhanush is an experienced finance professional and is currently the CFO, Executive Director and Company Secretary of The Oaktree Foundation. Prior to Oaktree, he worked as a Tax Consultant at Ernst and Young as part of their Private Client Services practice and had worked there for two years whilst studying a Bachelors of Commerce degree at The University of Melbourne.
As Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Synergen Group, Julian couldn’t be any more passionate about leadership! He lives it, breathes it and has designed his company and career to further develop leaders into the best leaders they can be.
Julian has been working in leadership education for over fourteen years and during that time has had the pleasure of working across a range of companies and industries including smaller not for profit organisations right through to ASX top 50.
By working with those organisations he has personally trained hundreds of leaders in accredited and non-accredited programs and because of his passion for teaching, created the Certified Master Trainer program.
He is the author of “Give Back. Lead Forward: Why every leader should be a mentor and have a mentor” which is a reflection of his passion for mentoring and belief that mentoring can accelerate leadership development.
Julian is also the creator and host behind the Synergen Leadership Podcast which every week releases a new episode where he either interviews a leader or author, or he introduces leadership content for the listeners to apply in their leadership practice.
He continues to refine his personal leadership in the role of Chief Executive and is fascinated by the changing definition of leadership.