Agata Jarbin (Chair) Diploma of International Arbitration, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Bachelor of Law (Hons), Bachelor of Economics
Appointed to the Board of Ermha Ltd on 1 June 2015, Agata became Chair of the Board on 23 September 2015.
Over the course of her career, Agata has held a number of senior leadership roles and is currently the Executive General Manager Professional Services at State Trustees. As a Senior Executive at State Trustees, Agata is responsible for all professional services to clients including will and power of attorney preparation (consultative, will kits sold online and in retail outlets), legal, taxation, financial planning, genealogy, property and pension services. In addition, Agata also holds the roles of General Counsel and Company Secretary at State Trustees and is responsible for all corporate legal services and compliance.
Prior to joining State Trustees, Agata was a partner of King & Wood Mallesons.
Agata completed Leadership Victoria’s Folio Community Leadership Program in 2015 and is passionate about advocating for disability services and creating a community that better services those with special needs.
Sam Afra (Deputy Chair)
A member of the Board of Ermha Inc. from 2003, Sam was appointed Deputy Chair of Ermha Ltd on Ermha’s registration as a company in 2015.
Born in Beirut, Sam studied law and banking, before migrating to Australia in 1984. Sam was a Councillor with the City of Casey from 1997 to 2000 and is a Justice of the Peace. Sam is Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of the South East (ECCOSE) Inc, was the Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) 2007-2011 and Secretary of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA).
Sam currently advises government and not-for-profit boards on a consultancy basis.
Dean Laurence (Chair, Finance & Risk Management (FARM) Committee)
Diploma in Corporate Management, Master of Business Administration (General Management), Master of Commerce (Finance)
Dean was invited to join the Board of Ermha Inc. as member and Treasurer in early 2014. On Ermha’s registration as a company in 2015, Dean was appointed a Director and Chair of the FARM Committee. Dean brings with him extensive financial management and business experience across multiple industry sectors, in Australia and overseas and is currently director of two consulting firms providing executive search, and strategic and financial planning services. Dean has a strong interest in mental health support services and improving mental health and well-being in the community.
Peter Day (Chair, Major Projects Committee)
Master of Electronic Business (Strategy and Marketing)
Currently a Director on the Boards of Pregnancy Loss Australia and Sentric Pty Ltd, Peter has 30 years’ experience in business, information communications technology and the health sector. His extensive experience in the health sector has encompassed development of strategies, business cases and solutions. Appointed to the Board of Ermha Ltd on 1 June 2015, Peter also took up a position on the Finance and Risk Management Committee. Peter has held a number of senior executive positions in a range of corporate and not for profit companies including the Australian Red Cross, ANZ, Telstra, Dell and HP and currently provides advisory services to Multiple Sclerosis, Uniting Care, Baptcare (Aged Care) and Regen Drug and Alcohol.
Scott Phillips (Chair, Consumer and Stakeholder Collaboration Committee)
Accredited Mediator M LEADR, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) History and Sociology, Master of Arts(Research), DPhil Soc Anthropology, GAICD
Commencing as Director and member of the Finance and Risk Management Committee on 1 June 2015, Scott has 30 years’ experience in public policy, academic, government and business sectors.
He has worked with boards, executives and community groups to understand their needs and facilitate participatory planning, evaluation and business development. Scott is Director of Kershaw Phillips Consulting, which provides stakeholder engagement and program evaluation research services to health, social sector, manufacturing and educational organisations. His expertise includes multicultural and youth policy; social impact assessment; community engagement; and service planning and evaluation.
Scott is an Honorary Fellow of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, and on the Board of Directors of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (Australia and New Zealand).
Deb Stuart (not pictured) Bachelor of Applied Science, Registered Nurse
Deb was invited to join the Board in February 2016, and brings with her extensive clinical governance experience and a passionate commitment to the health of disadvantaged communities. Training as a nurse in the UK before relocating to Australia, Deb worked in a variety of senior management roles in the Department of Health and Human Services, before joining Monash Health. As Operations Director for Allied and Community Health, Deb overseas portfolios including community health, aged care, disability, community rehabilitation, Acute and Subacute allied health. Deb has received a number of awards for service excellence, most recently runner up for the 2014 SACS Executive Leadership Award.