Our People

Our Staff

The passionate and committed team who achieve, guide, lead, communicate, make happen, inspire and create - to reach our goals and sustain the organisation.

Melanie Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Tom Craig

Programs Manager

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Judy Ross

Communications & Marketing Manager

Tuesday, Friday

Lorraine Ottanelli

Finance Manager

Wednesday, Friday

Kay MacKenzie

Education & Training Coordinator

Tuesday, Friday

David Wilczek

Sport and Recreation Officer


Kathy Blute

Sport and Recreation Officer/ Administration Officer

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Our Board

The decision-making body that oversees the strategic direction and governance of the organisation.

Robert Barnard


Mark Mackintosh


Brenton Chappell

Board Member


Ros Hunt

Board Member

Laura Perdue

Board Member

Christine Senior

Board Member


Jo Boylan

Board Member


Life Members

The reputation of Active Ageing Australia has grown over many years through the input, hard work and commitment of a highly regarded team of professionals and members. In recognition and appreciation of their services, the following have been made Life Members.


Margaret Scharer (1989)

Joan Skibneff (1996)

Mary Lane (1999) *

Di Paterson OAM (1999) *

Pauline Brooks OAM (2003)

Jan Martin (2003)

Dawn Beck (2006)

Deidre Phelps (2006)

Brett Hill (2011)

Robert Barnard (2014)

(* denotes deceased)