Rick Lawford Chairperson

 
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Initially specializing in finance and business advisory services within a chartered accountancy practice; Rick has been a CEO within the community services sector for over 20 years. By developing long term, sustainable commercial relationships with business partners of local, national and international scale; Rick has secured major achievements in the development of large, fully integrated, self-sustainable social enterprises within a range of commercial and industrial sectors. Rick’s preparedness to challenge convention and combine critical commercial disciplines with the passionate pursuit of people and community outcomes, has generated leading edge economic and social outcomes for the vulnerable people he has represented. Rick now looks forward to positioning community transport at the forefront of social health and enablement within local communities. Rick has been Chair of VCTA since November 2016, is a Director of the Australian peak body Australian Community Transport Association (ACTA), and is CEO of LINK Community Transport.

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Lyndon Stevenson – Deputy Chairperson

 
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Lyndon Stevenson was appointed to the VCTA in 2016 following the decision to amalgamate Tasmania to the VCTA.  Subsequently Lyndon was appointed to the ACTA Board in November 2016.

Lyndon assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Community Transport Services Tasmania Inc. (CTST) in 2015.  The role has responsibility for the state-wide operations of the organisation, incorporating 32 staff members, approximately 5,000 clients, 350+ volunteers, and a fleet of 76 vehicles.

Lyndon has extensive experience in the community services sector, having most recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer with Whitelion, where he was responsible for the National operations, people, stakeholder management, contract management, quality and risk for a $9.5m not for profit agency covering Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.  Prior to this role Lyndon held the position of State Manager of Whitelion with oversight of the Tasmanian and Victorian operations.

Lyndon has held roles within the employment sector including the role of State Operations Manager of Campbell Page.

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Rita Lang – Secretary

 
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Rita was appointed to the committee of the VCTA in 2019 and has taken on the role of secretary. Rita has worked at Bridges Connecting Communities for sixteen years starting in the Transport Department progressing to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Rita’s business degree complements the management of Bridges which has 12 staff, 260 volunteers and a fleet of seven vehicles. Rita has a passion and drive to supporting our senior members and is presently a member on the Knox Active Ageing Advisory Committee and Chairperson of a local dementia respite centre. Rita has held a variety of volunteer positions on boards and committees over the years and brings a rich experience in the Aged Care and Community Transport sector.

  

Helen Hunter – Treasurer

 
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Helen has worked at Community Accessability for over three years starting as a Team Leader in May 2013 and progressing to Client Services Manager before being appointed as CEO in July 2015. Before joining Community Accessability Helen worked as Project Officer for the North East Transport Connections Project.  In the past, Helen has held a variety of positions and worked in most areas of community services, usually with a focus on community development and service delivery. Those area’s include Aged, Disability, Youth Services, Out of Home Care and Community Mental Health Support. Helen has also worked in the Neighbourhood House sector, amongst many other roles, not related to Community work.

General Members – Barbara Hill, Jadie Hunter, Jim Watkins, Jo Costa, Kevin Kelly, Vivienne Cunningham-Smith