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 Gregg 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.  Gregg 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.  He is currently Deputy President of Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria and Chairperson of Victorian Primary Care Partnerships.


Vice Chairperson – Phillip Toovey

Phillip has had an extensive career in the disability services sector. Until June 2021, he was Chief Executive Officer with The Bridge Inc., a not-for-profit social purpose organisation that provides a broad range of services to people with disability and other disadvantages, across the south eastern Melbourne metropolitan area.  He currently works with the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (Sharc) in a peer support role with their Family Drug and Gambling Helpline.


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 – Tom McLaughlin

Tom has over a decade of experience across multiple industries. He has led planning and implementation for a variety of large projects, with a recent focus on financial and healthcare transformation. He is currently a Director at Monash Health where he leads major transformation projects including COVID19 vaccination and Community Assessment & Response transformation.

Director – Fotini Strongylos

Fotini is a values based leader with extensive experience in leading significant transformational reform across the health and not-for-profit sector and is recognised for her exceptional leadership and governance skills. She is currently the Executive General Manager of Mental Health & Wellbeing Service Innovation at the South Eastern Melbourne PHN, where she is responsible for leading organisational commissioning and co-design activities that support access and equity to health programs and initiatives for the most vulnerable members of our community.  Fotini holds Graduate Certificates in Leadership and in Business.