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

Tom Craig

Programs Manager

Judy Ross

Health Services & Development Manager


Lorraine Ottanelli

Finance Manager

Kay MacKenzie

Education & Training Coordinator

Tegan Syrus

Communications & Marketing Officer

Our Board

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

Laura Perdue


Jo Boylan

Vice President

Mark Mackintosh



Dr. Di King

Board Member

Robert Barnard

Board Member

Ros Hunt

Board Member


Christine Senior

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)