Our Board Members

Peter Harrison
President

Peter has had a long involvement with Alkira, being the Treasurer for more than 30 years. He was appointed President in 2015 following the retirement of June Charlesworth.

Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant after completing a Bachelor of Business at RMIT. His career includes 20 years as Managing Partner of second-tier accounting firm William Buck, two short term roles as CEO of legal firms Phillips Fox and Herbert Geer and Rundle, and 10 years with consulting engineering firm AECOM as their CFO for operations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East.

More recently he has been consulting to several leading legal and accounting firms in Melbourne. Peter is the Chair of the Wesley College Foundation and a former Chair of the Wesley College Council.

Dianne Bassett
Senior Vice President

Dianne is the mother of one of Alkira’s participants, Rhys. She brings to her role a keen sense of the challenges faced by modern families with an adult child with an intellectual disability. Dianne is a member of the Community Supports Committee. Her career included Reception Manager & Patient Fees Manager at the aged care facility, St George’s Health Service, Kew. She joined the board in 2003. Dianne was made an Alkira Life Governor in 2017.

Gordon Jacobs
Vice President

A Consultant Lawyer with Aughtersons, Gordon is the brother of Pam, a resident of one of Alkira’s residential houses. Gordon is also one of Alkira’s immediate families and is the son of one of Alkira’s longest-serving former board members. Gordon joined the board in 2004 and benefits Alkira through his legal skills and loyal business networks. He has been involved in disability community organisations for many years, most notably R.A.I.D Inc., which provides recreational activities for people with intellectual disabilities. Gordon was made an Alkira Life Governor in 2020.

Peter Holdsworth 
Treasurer

As the father of an Alkira participant, Peter has a deep commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities are supported to live their lives in the community as valued and participating citizens.

Peter is a management consultant and the director of Pathways Australia, a company specialising in providing advice, support and consultancy services to not-for-profit organisations throughout Australia and internationally.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business, a Masters degree in Leadership and Management and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance. Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Churchill Fellow.

Peter joined the board in 2021 and was appointed Treasurer. He is also a member of the Finance, Audit, Risk and Property Committee.

Ramsay Gunasekera

Ramsay Gunasekera
Secretary

Ramsay has been employed in the Information Technology (IT) industry for over 30 years, as a Project Executive/Manager and has solid business acumen with proven experience in the IT field. He is a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society and his core strength is to apply technology to help clients design, build and run businesses.

He has worked across industries such as Banking, Telecommunications, IT Managed Services, Retail, Government, Logistics and Not for Profit organisations. Further, he has been an active mentor for graduates at IBM and has mentored graduates at the Melbourne and Monash Business Schools. Ramsay has also worked with Deakin University Management in implementing the Willing and Able mentoring program for disabled people.

In his spare time, he is a biographer for Eastern Palliative Care. Ramsay is the father of Cory Gunasekera, an Alkira participant, who has been at the Box Hill campus since May 1997. Ramsay and his family have lived at Blackburn South for over 40 years.

Christopher Miller
Board Member

Brother of a former Alkira resident, Maree, Chris grew up in a dedicated Alkira family. A businessman, hairdresser and event organiser, he joined the board in 2003 and brought to it a strong business network and keen promotional skills. He has a special commitment to the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities as they age and contend with issues such as dementia. Chris has been an active member of many business groups including the sub-committees on local councils, chambers of commerce and traders associations and service clubs such as Rotary. In 2014, Chris was made an Alkira Life Governor. Chris also holds a Certificate IV in Disability.

Warrick Mitchell
Board Member

Warrick Mitchell joined the board of Alkira in late 2011. The majority of his professional life was spent at Julius Marlow – which later became Florsheim Shoes. Over 31 years, he rose to the position of General Manager of Florsheim Australia in charge of its Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail Operations, a Director of Florsheim Pacific and Vice President of Florsheim International – retiring from the Company in 1997. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Northcote for 19 years.

Warrick was a member of the Wesley College Council for 26 years with a special interest in property development and building maintenance. He served as President of the College Council for 7 years until his retirement from the Council in 2010.

Lucinda Nolan

Lucinda Nolan
Board Member

Mother of a current Alkira participant, Lucinda joined the board of Alkira in 2019. Lucinda is the CEO of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and has a wealth of knowledge and experience across the public sector and Not-For-Profit environments. Prior to joining the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, she was selected as the first female CEO of the Country Fire Authority, one of the world’s largest volunteer-based emergency services organizations. She also spent 32 years with Victoria Police, reaching the rank of Deputy Commissioner. Much of her role with the Victorian Police was dedicated to the reduction in crime rates, as well as the continual improvement of service delivery in the face of complex and competing crime, disorder and service demands. In 2009, Lucinda was awarded the Australian Police Medal.

Lucinda is also a director on the Boards at Hawthorn Football Club, BankVic, and the Penington Institute. She has a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Melbourne University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

DR Lynn Scoles

Dr Lynn Scoles
Board Member

Lynn joined the Alkira board in 2019 and is a Doctor with 35 years of General Practice experience.

Graduating in 1985 from Melbourne University, Lynn has worked in the same General Practice for 30 years, developing a deep understanding of families, and the many impacts physical and intellectual disability can have on the lives of individuals, their families and communities.

She is actively involved in the College of General Practitioners, both as an examiner for the Fellowship, and on the editorial panel of the Journal of General Practice. Lynn shares responsibility for the oversight and teaching of the Registrars in her General Practice.

Lynn’s understanding of the needs and challenges of organisations comes from having spent 18 years as an Executive Coach and Facilitator for many clients which include the Melbourne Business School, Victorian Public Sector and Leadership Victoria. In this capacity she has worked with a broad range of people in business from CEO level down, and in many and varied industries in both public and private sectors. She is qualified to administer a number of individual and 360 degree feedback tools.

Lynn is a recent Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and comes to the Alkira Board with a desire to serve a community she has lived in for more than 30 years.

Wei Quan Xu OAM

Wei Quan Xu OAM
Board Member

Wei Quan (Charlie) Xu OAM is the Business Development Director at MBCM Strata Specialists in both Box Hill and Hawthorn. He is responsible for managing and developing growth strategies locally with reliable strata management solutions.

Before MBCM, he held various senior leadership appointments. Charlie has extensive industry experience in both Menswear and the professional Dry-cleaning and Laundry Service Industry. He co-founded and founded both Charlie & Jarry Investments Pty Ltd, as well as Cambridge Garment Services, to provide his leadership and industry expertise to Myer, Gazman, Blazer, Blue Gum etc.

Outside of professional work, Charlie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), in recognition for his service to the Chinese community of Melbourne and the football community. Charlie is a member of the Rotary Club of Box Hill since 2006, he has been both the Vice-President for the Victoria Asian Football Federation (VAFF) and the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse. The People’s Republic of China awarded Charlie the Eminent Young Overseas Chinese Award in 2015. He is the Community Liaison Support for Box Hill Police Station and since received the Chisholm Volunteer Award in both 2017 and 2018.

Outside of both professional and community work, Charlie is the father of three boys and enjoys quality time at home with family.

Arthur Ritchie

Arthur Ritchie
Board Member

Arthur is the brother of Alkira Participant John, who has been with Alkira since 1963. Arthur and his family have been dedicated to Alkira for over 50 years, supporting the Op-Shop, providing plumbing services, and helping set up the Alkira Fishing Club.

Arthur has been in the Plumbing business for 55 years, 3rd Generation Family Plumbers in Box Hill since 1898. His sons are now 4th generation Plumbers. For 17 years worked for the Shire of Sherbrooke as a Maintenance and Emergency Facilities Plumber, spent 10 years on the Sherbrooke Lions Club Committee, and for many years was a Fire Fighter and SES volunteer for Olinda. He has also volunteered as a life saver, and is still involved in the Woolami SLC Nippers Program.

For 10 years Arthur was involved in the Special Olympics at State and National Committee level, representing Australia in 1983, 1987, and 1991, as a coach and assistant team manager to Kurt Kraushoffer. He has been Johns swimming coach for many years, and in 1983 Olympics, John won 3 medals. Arthur’s 3 sons are also top sportsmen, of which he is heavily integrated.

For the last 27 years Arthur has been a Committee Member for the I.O.O.B Fundraising Organisation, and has been Vice President for the last 7 years.

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