Board of Windana

Windana’s work is overseen by a committed Board whose members provide strong governance and strategic guidance to Windana. All Board positions are honorary and we value the contribution made by past and present Board members. Board meetings are held monthly with an annual general meeting scheduled in November of each year.

Jenny Gillam – Board Chair






Board Commencement Date 2002

Jenny has been Chair of the Windana Board of management for the last 4 years and a Director for 13 years

She has strong experience in the public, private and community sectors and specialist skills in Human Resources management including executive Search and Recruitment, Strategic planning, Governance and Financial management. She has led many teams both small and large and is currently running her own Talent Acquisition business working with Corporate clients. "Ensuring people have skills and training to access work opportunities” is a particular interest of Jenny's and she believes this is one of the critical elements for people to be successful in their recovery journey from drug and alcohol addiction.

Dione O’Donnell – Deputy Chair






Board Commencement Date 2014

With more than 20 years’ experience in the community sector in various senior management roles including Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Clinical Operations, Call Centres, Strategy & Planning and Risk Management, Dione brings a wealth of strategic, innovative and customer focused knowledge. Dione also has almost 15 years’ experience in Banking and Finance with a significant proportion of this as Chief Financial Officer. He also brings experience as Chairperson and Treasurer of a number of School Boards of Trustees and the Multiple Sclerosis Association in New Zealand, and as deputy chairperson of the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary and Social Sector Organisations.

Cameron Bird






Board Commencement Date 2016

Cameron is a Partner at EY and has an extensive background in investment, financial and economic analysis and strategic advisory services to the public and private sectors. He brings to the Windana Board expertise and experience in the health and human services sectors and has been involved in a range of pre-investment and reform studies for the sector.

He works on a portfolio of projects for public and private clients, providing advice in relation to major Government investments, divestments and programs. Cameron’s experience includes preparing business cases, project options analysis, cost-benefit analysis and economic impact studies across a range of industries including public and private health, aged care, disability and social housing. He has a Bachelor of Science and Commerce (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma of Finance from Kaplan Australia.

Cameron’s passion is supporting organisations through challenging investments and reforms in the health & human services sector that improve sustainability and most importantly, outcomes for the broader community.

Ben Desmond






Board Commencement Date 2015

Ben is an Associate Director at Ernst & Young (EY) in Melbourne, and has extensive experience with providing strategic real estate advice and consultancy services. His career with EY spans 10 years, and over this time, Ben’s experience has included working across a number of asset sectors, alongside major banking organisations, listed and unlisted property funds, private investors, developers, not-for-profit organisations, corporates, legal firms and government authorities. His areas of expertise include valuations, commercial due diligence, disputed property matters and compulsory acquisition, transaction strategy, portfolio reviews and analysis, development feasibility, and commercial structuring. Ben has a deep passion and strong affiliation with the not for profit sector, and has assisted many organisations with defining long term & sustainable asset strategies. Ben is a Certified Practising Valuer and holds Bachelor degrees from The University of Melbourne in Commerce and Property & Construction. He also brings experience as a Director of other proprietary companies and sub-committee positions with various not for profit organisations.

Tony Parsons






Board Commencement Date 2016

Tony Parsons is the supervising Magistrate of the Drug Court of Victoria, a division of the Magistrate’s Court of Victoria. The Drug Court works with individuals with severe drug and alcohol dependency to both improve community safety and reduce crime. There is a focus on the rehabilitation of offenders with a drug or alcohol dependency and providing assistance in reintegrating them into the community. He has been involved in major government submissions, research and reporting around law reforms for the sector. Tony was previously Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid. He has more than two decades’ experience in all legal matters relating to drug and/or alcohol dependency including drug legislation, sentencing and supervision of drug and/or alcohol recovery treatments.

Sara Rowswell







Board Commencement Date 2016

Sara is Corporate Affairs Manager with Sensis and brings to the Windana board strong expertise across corporate affairs, government relations, advocacy, reputation and stakeholder management. In her role, she works to develop the company’s reputation among opinion leaders, industry organisations and other stakeholders.

She has previously worked in executive roles in corporate affairs with BHP Billiton, as a Senior Analyst with Deloitte, a Senior Liaison Advisor with the Victorian Building and Plumbing Industry Commission and as an advisor to Senator the Hon Rod Kemp, Minister for Arts and Sport in the Howard Government. This experience has given Sara a depth of expertise across issues management, political strategy, stakeholder management and private sector consulting. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.