enliven is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a maximum of 4 elected members and 3 co-opted members.
Chairperson – Gregg Nicholls
Originally from Adelaide Greg was formerly an academic and social researcher. He started his working life in Victoria with the then Community Services Victoria (now Department of Health and Human Services) based in Dandenong where he held several positions in the child protection and disability sector. Greg has worked in the health and primary care sectors for 22 years in Bendigo and Melbourne. He is past Chair of the Inner East PCP and a member of several other committees and Boards.
Vice Chairperson – Phillip Toovey
Phillip has worked in the disability services sector for over 25 years, in direct service and management roles. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer with The Bridge Inc., a not-for-profit organisation which provides a broad range of services to people with a disability across the south eastern Melbourne metropolitan area. Services include open and supported employment, community participation, respite and leisure services, through both individualised and shared support approaches.
Director – Mary Rydberg
Mary has over 25 years of management experience with a number of government, community and health organisations. She is the previous Manager of Community Care with the City of Greater Dandenong. She is currently a Non-Executive Board member with Mallee Accommodation and Support Programs (MASP), and Mallee Track Health and Community Service. She is a member of Mildura Rural City Council Audit and Risk Committee and Board Chair of Mildura Base Public Hospital.
Director – Prof. Grant Russell
Grant is a general practitioner and primary care researcher. His research program is oriented towards optimising the performance of the primary care practice in an era of primary care reform. Previously Head of the School of Primary Health Care (between 2011 and 2017) he is the Professor of Primary Care Research at Monash University’s Department of General Practice, and Director of the Department’s Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit. He completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2007 and worked for 7 years in health services research units at the Universities of Western Ontario (UWO) and the University of Ottawa Canada. enliven has been involved in a number of research initiatives with SAPCRU, notably the IMPACT and OPTIMISE projects and recently the Pop UP targeting the South Sudanese community.
Director – Dalal Smiley
Dalal Smiley has been CEO of Wellsprings for Women since March 2017, prior to that role Dalal worked in senior management roles for over 16 years in local government (City of Darebin), Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre. Dalal ‘s areas of expertise include diversity management, gender equality, prevention of violence against women, social justice and human rights. Between 2001 and 2005 Dalal served as Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Her other achievements include establishing the Victorian Arabic Social Services, being awarded a fellowship for research on Gender equality in emergency services from the Emergency Services Foundation and in 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate of Laws from Deakin University for her contribution to diversity development and inclusion
Director – Julie White
Julie has extensive experience in the acute, sub-acute health and community sector spanning 25 years in senior management roles. She is currently the Interim Director of Equity and Inclusiveness and Deputy Director of Nursing at Monash Health Community. Julie has experience in large scale catchment planning initiatives targeting equity and access for vulnerable populations. She has been the Chair of state wide initiatives steering quality improvement in community services.