Meet The Team

Our team of professional and incredibly attentive care staff ensure that your years in retirement are stress-free and genuinely enjoyable from the moment you arrive. We do our utmost to support you and cater to your needs, by employing the help of our dedicated board and the local St John’s Parish.

Staff

Mrs Lee Jameson – CEO
Mrs Ann Currie – Administration Officer
Mr Graham Cole – Village Manager
Mr Gabor Molnar – Maintenance Officer

Board

Mr Brian Norris
Director

With accountability and reporting responsibility to the Bishop and the Bishop-in-Council, the Registrar is responsible for the effective management of the financial, administrative, legal, and secretarial functions of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland.

Valerie Jones
Board Member

I was born and raised in Gippsland. Apart from a short time in Melbourne, I have lived at Morwell, Foster, Jeeralang Junction and Traralgon before retiring to Lakes Entrance 8 years ago. I attended St Annes CEGGS as a boarder.

I have 2 daughters – one is a doctor in Lakes Entrance and the other is an art teacher at Mirboo North Secondary College. I am very proud of my 2 ‘girls’ – the values they espouse and the way they work in the world.

After completing an Arts Degree and Diploma of Education I worked for the Education Department for 39 years. This experience included teaching English & Humanities at Foster HS, Welling HS, Fairhills HS and Traralgon HS: 4 years working as an educational consultant; 17 years working in ‘Principal Class’ – the last 14 years as Principal of Mirboo North Secondary College. I have completed post graduate studies in the teaching of English, business management and leadership. I am a graduate of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program. I represented Gippsland on the Australian Principal’s Federation for 12 years. I have undertaken training in a myriad of programs supporting my profession – from critical incident management to advanced mentoring.

Since retiring I have been able to become more involved in the Parish and Diocese. I am currently representing the Anglican Bishop and Gippsland Diocese on the Gippsland Grammar Board and GARLL Board. Since retiring I have also made a concerted effort to ‘try’ new things – eg an acapella singing group, a rail trail art project, a puppet theatre group, playing piano in the church ‘band’ – and voluntary work for the Community Health Centre. I enjoy reading, building dollhouses, patchwork and knitting – and keeping abreast of family tree data.

Louisa van Nugteren
Board Member

Louisa is a qualified solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of  Victoria.

Louisa has worked in the private, corporate and community legal sectors since 2000 in Melbourne and suburban areas. She has practiced in the areas of family law, family violence, mediation,  deceased estates, trusts and property.

Since 2007 she was the school chaplain at Bairnsdale Secondary college resigning in 2015 to continue on with private practice in a part time capacity.

Malcolm Findlay
Board Member

Born in Melbourne, growing up in a Vicarage in Prahran until a teenager, I knew nothing about life, until I travelled to Papua New Guinea in 1969 as an Australian Volunteer Abroad.

My job was to build a Hospital at the Anglican Mission at Oro Bay in the Northern Province of TPNG. I stayed 2 years and learnt more than I was able to teach.

I qualified as a Bricklayer before leaving Australia, so started my own building business on return, which I successfully operated in the Croydon/Lilydale area of Victoria for 10 years.

Returned to Papua New Guinea where I was a Project Manager for Post and Telecommunication Corporation in Port Moresby.

Completed my Diploma of Building and became registered as a Building Inspector.

I was employed as a Clerk of works with the State Bank of Victoria for 8 years along with similar period with Defence Housing Authority (Sale) and Monash University in Gippsland.

Completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, and an Advanced Diploma in Building Surveying in 2000.

Moved to East Gippsland to retire and instead started East Gippsland Building Surveyors P/L.

I am married to Pearl and we have adult children in Melbourne, Traralgon, & Bairnsdale. We are joint Directors of East Gippsland Building Surveyors P/L and work full time.

My interests are Music (all types), Architecture, V8 Racing, and Rotary Sunrise where Iam currently Director of International.

I hope to be able to assist the board about the re-development of Clifton Waters.

Valerie Simmons
Board Member

Valerie and her family moved from Melbourne in 2013 and is a member of St Johns Anglican Church Bairnsdale.

Valerie has worked in technology in the telecommunication industry in Melbourne and while living in the UK she worked in local government. Valerie specialises in risk and compliance management.

Valerie has one son of primary school age and enjoys life as a mother. I’m thrilled to be part of the board and work with the team during very exciting times.

Philip Davis
Board Member

Philip was born in Maffra, Victoria and was educated at Brighton Grammar School, Geelong Grammar School, Marcus Oldham Farm Management College (Dip Farm Management 1974). His early career as a Jackaroo, Livestock Overseer, Process Operator (Esso) and Farm Manager as well as Self Employed Farmer led him to further his education; Advanced Management Program (Macquarie University 1988); Inaugural National Farmers Federation Leadership Program 1988; Foundation Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors 1990; Company Directors Course (University of New England1991) (External)

Prior to 1992 Philip had senior roles with the Victorian Farmers Federation and extensive community and farming industry involvement including the Wool Council of Australia, the Gippsland Lakes Management Council, the Gippsland Base Hospital Board and the Gippsland Grammar Foundation.

Philips passion for rural and regional life prompted him to become a Member of the Victorian Parliament from 1992 until his retirement in February 2014. His Legislative Council electorate of Eastern Victoria stretched from far East Gippsland, to the far reaches of South Gippsland, the Latrobe Valley, the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and to the Mornington Peninsula. In Parliament he held many senior appointments including serving as the Kennett Government’s Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and in opposition the shadow portfolios of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Ports, Education, State Development, Energy & Resources, Country Victoria, Education, Finance and Manufacturing, Exports & Trade. He was leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council for six years. Successively between 2011 and his retirement, he chaired the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee and the Accountability and Oversight Committee.

Following his Parliamentary career he was Corporate Strategic Counsel with a Government Relations and Communications firm.

Philip is actively involved in the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland and is a member of the Synod, Bishop in Council and Trust Corporation. He is the President of the Victorian Parliamentary Former Members Association. Philip lives at Sale with his wife Elizabeth with whom he has two adult daughters.

Chris Beckman
Board Member

Chris Beckman is Business Manager of Gippsland Grammar Anglican School.  He is responsible for the non-tuition aspects of the School including their Finance Operations, IT, Business Services, Property Grounds and Maintenance across all 3 campuses in Bairnsdale and Sale.  Chris is married with 2 children Cooper and Cassie.   Prior to moving to Gippsland in 2013 Chris ran a Business Intelligence team for NAB and was responsible for financial and performance reporting for NAB’s Wholesale, Institutional and Markets divisions.   

When Cooper was born in 2010 Chris and his wife Kalya sought a better work life balance and access to a more affordable (yet high quality) schooling.  After visiting many schools across Victoria, their desire for Cooper and Cassie (not yet born) to attend Gippsland Grammar was crystallised and they purchased 40 acres in Longford just outside of Sale to be closer to the School.  NAB was able to accommodate Chris’s request to move into the regional branch and Chris joined NAB’s business banking team in 2013.   

Now as a member of the Gippsland Grammar Executive Team, Chris has developed a strong relationship with the Anglican Diocese and was honoured to be asked to join the Finance Committee in 2017.  Chris brings to the Finance Committee a strong background in financial reporting, corporate governance, business and project management.   With the planned growth of the Clifton Waters business model and capital works, Chris’s knowledge and experience was thought to be a valuable and timely addition to the GARL board and Chris was delighted to accept an offer to join in late 2017. 

In his spare time Chris enjoys spending time with his family, training sheep dogs, windsurfing and running his hobby farm.  Chris has a keen interest in entrepreneurship and he and Kalya own the Anytime Fitness 24 hour gym in Sale. In the evenings when the kids have gone to bed Chris enjoys coding websites and apps.