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Our Board Members

Stephen Creese

Stephen Creese


Stephen had a 33 year career in the resources sector in roles covering government relations, media, company secretarial, community affairs, legal and governance. Stephen was also the inaugural independent chair of the National Employment Services Association. He is presently on the advisory board to the Office of Development Effectiveness within the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is a Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School. He is chair of the Advisory Board to Melbourne University Archives and is a director of the Astra Chamber Music Society Inc.

Graham Ashworth


Graham is an experienced legal professional with a breadth of skills in corporations law, company secretarial practice, administrative law, banking and financial services. Graham worked as General Counsel and Company Secretary in the mutual banking sector for a number of years and prior to that in senior roles with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and Victoria Police. Graham’s experience includes major project management, information systems, organisational development and restructuring and major business planning. Graham currently runs his own legal practice and has qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice.

Jill Thompson

Jill Thompson


Jill is a Human Resources specialist consultant working in leadership development and executive coaching with a variety of clients from the public and private sectors. She is also an associate of Melbourne Business School in the leadership area. Jill has a bachelor of Arts from Monash and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne. She has an executive background with major corporates in the resources industries of mining, oil and water. Previous board roles have included the Frankston Arts Centre (immediate past Chairman), Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Victoria and the Australian Institute of Management.

Thomas Hatvani

Thomas Hatvani


Thomas has been in the broader health and community care sectors for over 20 years. He has worked in private health insurance, acute care, disability and aged care, nursing, mental health services, as well as in the pharmaceutical sector and with the Victorian Government. Organisations where he has worked previously include Medibank Health Solutions, The Alfred Hospital and Australian Home Care Services. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a Master of International Business.

Ken Latchford


Ken has many years of experience as a finance and management professional with particular skills in treasury, accounting, risk management, corporate governance and strategy. His industry experience covers retail, wholesale and distribution, rail and logistics, labour services and the not for profit sector. Ken is former Director and Treasurer of Kids Under Cover and former Director of Harness Racing Victoria. Ken has a Commerce Degree and MBA from University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Linda Bennett


Linda re-joined board as a Director of Marriott Services in 2016 having previously served as a director from 2000 to 2007. Her past board experience included involvement in the purchase of the current factory site of Marriott Industries and creating a board governance framework. Linda is a parent of Matt, a supported employee at Marriott Industries. Linda has over 35 years’ experience working in the Commonwealth public service including as Deputy State Manager of Medicare Victoria and then as a National Manager in the provision of customer service to health service providers at the Department of Human Services.

Mark Bennetts


Mark is the CEO of the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling resorts, having previously developed and managed six RACV resorts with 600 staff across Victoria and Tasmania. Mark’s career includes over 30 years of management experience in various roles across the hospitality, membership, energy, property development and retail sectors. Mark has a nephew at Marriott Community.

Catherine McGovern


Catherine has over 25 years of experience working in the private sector, for government and in consulting. Catherine held various senior roles in government relations including with GlaxoSmithKline both in Australia and the United Kingdom and with Medibank. Currently, Catherine is Principal at Evaluate, an economics consulting company delivering policy and strategy in a range of sectors including health, education, community services, ageing, disability and justice services. Catherine is a Member of Medicines Australia Advisory Council and a past Board Member of Melbourne City Mission and Victoria Legal Aid.

Our Management Team

Janine Simpkin

Janine Simpkin


Janine started as CEO in July 2018 after starting at Marriott Support Services in January 1995. Prior to this she worked for DHS and taught at Melbourne’s secondary colleges. Through Victoria University, Janine has also taught disabilities studies to DHS staff. With the introduction of person centred approaches to the disability sector, Janine became passionate about developing a culture, planning processes and supports that were designed specifically to ’empower’ people, to directly support their social inclusion, and to directly challenge their devaluation.

Her extensive knowledge of hands-on disability support and government funding systems has enabled Marriott to become a leading provider of pathways for individuals to move through the different phases of their lives. Janine is renowned for developing and leading Marriott’s innovative partnership programs that challenge and promote inclusion in the wider community.

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith


Lindsay is a motivated, results-driven Divisional Manager with cross functional expertise in business development.

Lindsay joined Marriott Industries in 2012 having worked for 15 years with Monash University developing bookshops and student services and with John Wiley publishers as a Business Developer for 5 years.

With a Masters of Management degree Lindsay has a successful track record of profitable business management.

Lindsay actively made the change to Marriott Industries as she consistently recognised her desire to work with an organisation that provides services and skills for people who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

It is of the utmost importance to her to achieve positive results for the benefit of the organisation that then in turn provides positive results for others.

Tricia Vivian

Tricia Vivian


Tricia started at Marriott Support Services in 2003, in that time she has held various roles across Community Services and Industries. Tricia
is a strong advocate for people with disability and is motivated to provide the best opportunities for people and to build an inclusive community.

Tricia Vivian led the Support Department at Marriott Industries for four years re-shaping the way support is delivered to employees. One significant development that builds skills, opportunity and independence is identifying and co-ordinating pathways for people to move through Marriott’s services.

As Divisional Manager of Community Services, Tricia Vivian is embracing the opportunity to re-shape services to build better targeted opportunities with greater flexibility under the NDIS to effectively meet the needs and interests of people with disability.

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee


With extensive experience in the management and operations of horticultural, environmental and landscaping businesses, Raymond Lee is an industry specialist committed to the industry and the provision of excellence.

Raymond has worked closely with Marriott Support Services for over twenty years within a client capacity having utilised grounds maintenance staff on a number of significant projects and contracts that he has managed. At the same time Raymond strongly advocates inclusion and sustainable workplaces.

Raymond joined Marriott Support Services to build a strong and vibrant horticultural business providing opportunities for its employees and the community.

Enviro Management Services

Joe Morrison


Joe joined Marriott Support Services in 2018 having previously worked for global organisations Toyota and BHP. He has extensive experience and expertise in finance, business strategy/planning, human resources, organisational development, continuous improvement, change management, project management & communications.

Joe also currently and has previously sat on a number of not for profit boards across a range of sectors including Mental Health, Disability and Education.

As Divisional Manager of Corporate Services, Joe is embracing the opportunity to successfully guide Marriott through the transition to the NDIS whilst effectively meeting the needs and interests of people with disability.


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