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Our Board Members

Virginia Rogers

Chairman - Director since May 2009 and Chairman since December 2009

With an honours law degree from the University of Melbourne and a graduate diploma in commercial law from Monash, Virginia has practised as a solicitor in private practice and within multinational corporations. Virginia is a former Councillor for the City of St. Kilda and Commissioner for the City of Glen Eira. A past Chairperson of the Prahran Market, other roles have included Chairperson, Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission Commission (1994-2002), Director of Victorian Legal Aid, and director and Chairman Save the Children Australia.

Richard Cameron

Treasurer - Director since September 2009 and Treasurer since December 2009. Chair of the Audit Risk and Quality Committee

Richard is the Principal of Cameron Consulting Group Pty Ltd, specialising in the provision of management advice to the financial services and professional services sectors. Richard has over 40 years experience in the financial services sector, including 17 years as a Credit Union Chief Executive and as a Director and Chairman of companies in the professional services, superannuation and disability sectors. For 13 years Richard was a Director and Deputy Chairman of Marillac House Ltd in East Brighton. Richard’s son Scott has been a participant at Marriott House in McKinnon since 2000. Richard holds qualifications in business including a Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Graham Ashworth

Director since 2013

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.

Rowan Dowland

Director since 2011

Rowan is Chief Strategy Officer at Bank Australia, and his previous role was General Manager Corporate Development Division where he was responsible for the Bank’s People and Culture, Corporate Affairs and Marketing functions. Rowan is also a Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.

Jill Thompson

Director since March 2011

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

Director since 2016

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

Director 2016

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

Director since 2016

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.

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.

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.

Dan Romanis


Appointed as Chief Executive in April 2012, Dan has extensive experience in both not-for-profit leadership and working within the public service. Immediately prior to taking up his role with Marriott Support Services Dan led the Melbourne based Royal District Nursing Service during a period of unparalleled growth and sector change.

His passion for excellence and values-driven leadership is combined with many years of experience as a Board director in the not-for-profit sector and in his work as quality systems improvement accreditation surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).

Across the Health and Education sectors Dan has led the development of best practice clinical care initiatives, state-of-the-art new community care systems and practices, and business growth interstate and into New Zealand.

Dan is currently a Director and Deputy Chair of Peninsula Home Hospice and a member of the Committee of Management of BGK LLEN (Brighton Glen Eira Kingston).

Janine Simpkin

Deputy CEO

Janine began working for 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

Divisional Manager Industries

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

Divisional Manager Marriott Community Services

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

Divisional Manager Enviro Management Services

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

Joanne Baronessa

Divisional Manager Employment Options

Joanne began working as Divisional Manager of Employment Options in July 2015, even though her professional association with Marriott Support Services started many years prior.

Joanne has worked in the sector for over 14 years, starting as a Business Development Officer then in various roles including in Community Development and as an Account Manager. Joanne was on the National Committee for Open Employment for a number of years and was nominated for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year for three consecutive years, recognising her passion for the industry.

Joanne has a strong commitment to providing sustainable employment options for people with intellectual disability and learning differences and strongly advocates for a range of workplace models to increase employment opportunities.


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New CEO to start 1 July 2018

June 27 2018

The Board is very pleased to announce that Janine Simpkin has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Marriott Support Services, with effect from 1 July 2018. Janine’s appointment follows an extensive recruitment campaign in the open market, and we all extend our warmest congratulations to her. We are confident that, under her leadership, Marriott will […]

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Stuck on You

June 06 2018

We are excited with the upcoming launch of the Stuck on You art show promoting community connections. Join us for at 6pm, on the 6th of June, at Marriott Community Hub, 100 Wheatley Road McKinnon. The art show includes the work of artists from Marriott Community and Glen Eira Artists’ Society with a focus on […]

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Kingston Town Hall, Melbourne

Marriott Support Services Annual General Meeting

November 15 2018

Bring your friends and family for an enjoyable evening to hear what Marriott has achieved and celebrate our wonderful Marriott Community. At the Kingston Town Hall More information to follow.

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