Our board members

David McDonald

Chair of BCYF Board

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David McDonald BCom, CA, Dip FP

Chair of Audit & Compliance Committee
Member of Investment Committee

David has over 20 years’ experience providing tax and business services to a wide range of clients across diverse industries including the not-for-profit sector.

He has been a Director of West Carr & Harvey for over five years and has developed a loyal following through his honest and trusted advice.

David’s passion for giving back to the community has seen him act as a Director on the Board for the Geelong Kindergarten Association. He is also the current Treasurer at St Joseph’s Football and Netball Club and regularly provides honorary (pro-bono) services and financial assistance to several local not-for-profit organisations.

Jenny Acopian

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Jenny Acopian BSc, DipEd, MA

Member of Nomination, Remuneration & Governance Committee

Jenny has worked in education for more than 40 years, both in Australia and overseas, as a teacher, university administrator and consultant to the higher education sector.

She is a published author and served on the reference group that guided publication of the history of BCYF and its predecessor organisations.

Jenny is a committed Rotarian and enjoys her community involvement.

Dr Lucy Cuddihy

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Adjunct Professor Lucy Cuddihy, BAppSc (Adv Nursing), DN, MBA, GAICD

Chair Quality & Risk Committee

Dr Lucy Cuddihy has held senior roles in health management in Victoria for over 20 years. Most recently, she was appointed to the position of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria in 2005 and is an Adjunct Professor in the Deakin University, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Lucy worked for 23 years in paediatrics and holds post basic qualifications in Paediatric Intensive Care and Neonatal Paediatrics. She completed a Doctor of Nursing at La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2005 and holds graduate qualifications in Organisational Change and Development and a Master of Business from RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria

Dr Cuddihy has served on expert advisory panels to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, advisory boards within the Deakin University, Faculty of Health and was a member of the Victorian Health Service Review Council.

Vittoria De Stefano

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Vittoria De Stefano is a Principal Lawyer at Harwood Andrews, practicing in both Business Law and Property Law.

Vittoria advises clients in all aspects of commercial transactions, from due diligence and negotiation of the terms of the sale to completion, and understands the importance of providing commercial, practical and timely advice to clients to ensure they achieve their desired outcomes.

Vittoria holds a Masters of Business Administration with specialisations in Leadership and Communication and Strategy and Planning. Vittoria is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course.

Vittoria has an interest in licenced businesses, and regularly advises clients on the acquisition of businesses with liquor licences and ongoing compliance matters. Her recent experience includes acting for the vendors and purchasers of various motel businesses and licenced hotel businesses, including electronic gaming machines and acting for landlords and tenants to negotiate the terms of commercial leases, agreements for lease and mortgages of lease.

Vittoria joined Harwood Andrews in 2004 and was admitted to Practice in 2005.

Christine Heath

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Christine Heath BEc, Dip (Inv & Fin)

Chair of Investment Committee
Member of Audit & Compliance Committee

Christine has broad professional experience including a 15 year career as a Corporate Superannuation Manager for large corporates including Westpac Financial Services and Aon Consulting. More recently, she has spent the past 15 years managing business and finance at Pace Advertising Pty Ltd in Geelong.

Christine’s involvement in the community has seen her fill roles including as a past Board Member of Anam Cara Foundation and presently on Anam Cara Project Appeal Committee. She is also a Community Mentor through Volunteering Geelong, a Community Member on Word for Word Festival and an Advisory Committee Member of Rotary Club of Geelong Central.

Kate Morrissy

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Kate has over 30 years’ experience across health and community services organisations and has held a range of leadership positions including as the former Executive Director, Strategy and Sustainability at BCYF.

With post graduate qualifications in Health and Business, Kate also has an extensive background in quality and organisational strategic development and is currently the Executive Officer at the Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University, where she is helping to shape this new entity as a global leader in health research. 

Dr Lloyd Owen

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Dr Lloyd Owen PhD, MSoc Wk, BA Dip Soc Studs, Grad Dip Human Services Research

Member of Quality & Risk Committee, Director of BAYSA Limited

Lloyd has vast experience working in senior management and chief executive roles in youth training centres, youth welfare division management and adult correctional services. He has also worked with La Trobe University as a social work teacher, staff and student supervisor, researcher and consultant.

Lloyd completed a PhD on finding good practice and optimal services for young people with complex needs in 2007. He has also had considerable involvement in the wellbeing of young people and social welfare, including through various voluntary roles.

He has undertaken a series of honorary roles in the not-for-profit sector. Lloyd currently holds an appointment as an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University.