The Board

As elected at our Annual General Meeting, November, 2018

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Chris Wootton


B Sc (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, MBA Chris joined Philanthropy Australia in January 2014 as the Victorian & Tasmanian Membership Manager. He has worked in philanthropy for over 13 years managing the granting programs for some of the largest trusts including the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust; William Buckland Foundation; and the RACV Community Foundation.

In his previous role at ANZ Trustees (now Equity Trustees), Chris was responsible for the granting programs for around 250 trusts and foundations across Australia which distribute over $85 million per year.

He was the inaugural CEO of WaterAid Australia (2004 – 2007) an international aid and development agency delivering water and sanitation community development programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and established new programs in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. Chris has also held senior executive roles at Melbourne Water, the University of Melbourne as General Manager, Vice-Chancellor’s Office and was the inaugural General Manager of Melbourne University Private.

Ian Parker


Ian is involved as a member and Chairman of other not-for-profit boards, including a tenure as President of Banyule Support & Information Centre. He holds a PhD in Physics, a Dip Ed and BSc (hons) degree.

Following retirement he continues to lecture to Masters Degree students on the engineering and scientific aspects of papermaking and paper properties. He is Chair of the Standards Australia Committee for paper industry standards and represents Australia on the equivalent International Standards Organisation committee.

Ian held various technical and management positions with Amcor for almost 20 years and then established Surface Technology as its Managing Director before joining the Pulp and Paper Institute at Monash University.

Anjali Isley



John Lambert

Ordinary Member

John is a mechanical engineer with a master degree in environmental studies.  During his career he has worked in both the public and private sector.  This included as a Director in the S.A. Cabinet Office, managing a regulation branch of the environment agency, coordinating major national projects & standards.  He has also managed a national industry association.

Throughout his career John has worked closely with people from all walks of life and understands that despite our differences everyone deserves a chance.  He understands that on occasions we all need the support of others. John has always devoted time to supporting others from being the President of his children's primary school to being a driver picking up donated furniture . He has served as a member of various Boards & supported many community projects.

In his spare time, when he is not looking after grandchildren, John & his wife enjoy gardening, travel and old motor cars. John is keen to increase his involvement in the work of CISVic to help those who are less fortunate or those who are going through difficult times.  He will draw on his skills gained from membership of a number of Boards to assist CISVic achieve its objective, in particular by working closely with major supporters including government, members and sponsors.


Anne Catanese

Ordinary member

Anne has worked in the community sector for over 5 years, and prior to that, in the adult multicultural education sector where she held a variety of roles including senior management.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Post Graduate Diploma of TESOL, and Advanced Diploma in Business Management. During her time in the community sector, Anne managed the community services programs at Springvale Community Aid & Advice Bureau. These included emergency relief, information & referral, volunteering, and settlement services. Now as Manager of Chelsea Community Support Services, Anne leads her team in the delivery of generalist support services to vulnerable & disadvantaged people. She has extensive experience,  knowledge & passion in working with CALD communities, and has participated in a range of external committees & advisory groups including Board member of South East Migrant Resource Centre, and  Chair of Adult Community & Further Education Council.

Bill Morton

Ordinary member

Bill is a qualified accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) who has worked in a range of senior finance and corporate roles with the Victorian Government. Most of these roles have been in the mental health, community services, adult and youth corrections and the State Treasury.

He has also worked in the public hospitals sector on some of the major hospital redevelopments that took place in Victoria after 2000. These included the Austin Health Redevelopment, as well as new hospitals in rural Victoria including work Warracknabeal and Hopetoun Hospitals.

Bill currently does consulting work for agencies in the NFP sector as well as doing volunteer work in the CISVic office.

Out of hours Bill plays veterans hockey with the Footscray Hockey Club and is rhythm guitarist and keyboardist in a rock/blues band, the “New Crisis”.

Denise Budge

Ordinary member

Denise has worked in the community sector for more than 30 years in a variety of management roles and prior to that, as Office Manager of a news and public affairs information service.  She holds a Diploma of Business Management and has completed Adaptive Leadership training, bringing extensive experience in the not for profit sector to the Board of CISVic.

Denise currently manages Knox Infolink being the largest welfare support agency in Knox. Prior to that, she spent 10 years managing the outer east office of the Eastern Community Legal Centre.   Denise also has experience working in a peak organisation, similar to CISVic, as Policy Officer for the Financial and Consumer Rights Council. Prior to that she managed the Consumer and Tenant Resource Centre – Outer East, for 17 years. This wide breadth of experience combined with her current Board involvements in the neighbourhood house sector and the community transport sector confirms her long standing commitment to the community.

Denise has also been an active participant in law reform over the years, lobbying government for changes in tenancy, building and credit to name a few and is a keen advocate for those who do not have a voice.


Leanne Petrides

Honorary Secretary

Leanne is a non-practising psychologist with over 30 years experience working in a variety of roles in the community sector, including housing and child protection work. She has been the Executive Officer of the Cranbourne Information & Support Service Inc (CISS) since 1999, and has also been employed as a teacher by Chisholm Institute for 25 years. Leanne has experience in training staff, both professional and voluntary, across a range of disciplines. 

Since working at CISS, Leanne has been instrumental in advocating to better meet the needs of a growing, vulnerable population. Under her direction, the agency has grown to become the largest provider of emergency relief and free counselling services in Casey South. Leanne is actively involved with raising the profile and needs of the Cranbourne and Casey South communities, and aims to continually inform government and lobby for social change in order to benefit those in most need.

Leanne has recently completed a "Women in Leadership" course, and works very closely with Casey Council, contributing actively to additional projects and Committees at Council’s request.