Our Board

The members of our Board generously donate their time and expertise to provide strategic direction, governance and ongoing support to the work of Anchor.

Phillip Campbell

Chair - Board of Management; Chair - Nominations & Remuneration Committee; Member - Information, Communications and Technology Committee

Bachelor of Engineering; Diploma - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Phillip is an experienced company director with a demonstrated history of successful transformations of public and private organisations.   He has been CEO/MD of a number of public and private companies in the manufacturing and engineering services sectors and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue Allen

Vice Chair & Secretary – Board of Management; Member - Risk & Compliance Committee

Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Arts

Sue has 35 years’ experience as a practising lawyer.  During the last 18 years, Sue has worked in the public health sector as the Chief Legal Counsel at Eastern Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, and Senior Legal Counsel at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and Southern (now Monash) Health.  Sue has expertise in a range of areas including corporate governance, government regulation and corporate law.

Peter Cairns

Treasurer - Board of Management; Member - Reconciliation Action Plan Committee

Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Business Law); Gradute Certificate of Business Administration

Peter has had a long career in hospitality, working as an accountant and business analyst within the Spotless Group of companies, as Finance Manager (F&B and entertainment) at Crown, and as a Director and Chief Financial Officer at Peter Rowland Catering.  In more recent times he has been Group Financial Controller at Atlantic Group and is currently General Manager Finance-Projects at Schiavello.

Cam Battaglia

Chair - Risk & Compliance Committee

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Cam has more than 10 years of senior executive experience in the community services sector. He is the former CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and the former COO of South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. In July 2021, Cam was appointed as the CEO of Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre. Cam has extensive experience across governance, service design & delivery, risk management, social enterprise, financial management and building high performing teams.

David Benady

Member - Risk & Compliance Committee

Bachelor of Arts (Honours); Juris Doctor; Masters Public & International Law; Senior Executive MBA; Masters Public Policy & Management

David has spent more than 20 years in the community sector, working in the UK, Africa, Asia and Australia.   His focus has been the rights of children; in Australia David practised in the Children’s Court of Victoria for almost a decade and was responsible for the design and delivery of statutory legal services for Victorian children.  David has also worked as a business strategy consultant at PwC and is a founder and director of Fulcrum Procurement.

Leah Calnan

Member - Revenue, Planning & Growth Committee

Licenced estate agent and property management expert, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

Leah has 27 years’ experience in property management and is the sole Director of Metro Property Management.  She is currently a Board member of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) where she served two terms as President.  Leah was an industry representative on the Victorian Government’s Taskforce for Family Violence and is a former Board member of the Madwoman Charity Foundation and Housing with Conviction (part of ASCO).

Gaby Czarnota

Member - Nominations & Remuneration Committee; Member - Risk & Compliance Committee

Bachelor of Law; Bachelor of Arts; Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Gabrielle is a specialist employment lawyer in advisory, strategic and litigious matters in relation to industrial relations, general employment, occupational health and safety and equal opportunity.  She has gained experience both in-house and in leading Australian and UK employment practices.

Michael Deidun

Member - Revenue Planning & Growth Committee; Member - Anchor Reconciliation Action Plan Committee

Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning); Diploma of Business

Michael has 25 years’ town planning experience in the public and private sectors.  He has particular expertise in the local government area.  Michael and his wife have also been Anchor foster carers for nearly 20 years, caring for approximately 40 children in a range of respite, emergency, short term and long term care.  Michael is a previous Board member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association and Urban Seed.

Adrian Martyn

Member - Revenue, Planning & Growth Committee

Bachelor of Commerce; Bachelor of Business Systems, Institute of Chartered Accountants

Adrian qualified as an accountant (PwC) in Australia before moving into investment banking.  He spent 13 years working in the European mid-market private equity and private credit space based in the UK, before returning to Australia in 2020.  He works as a Director of Longreach Credit Investors which is a private credit investment management firm.  Adrian has a passion for social housing and is currently working on a social/affordable housing project.

Karen McComiskey

Member - Revenue Planning & Growth Committee

Graduate Diploma of Management; Master of Business Administration

Karen is a senior executive with more than 15 years’ experience in not-for-profit income development with specialisation in strategic management and business leadership.  She holds an MBA, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Fellow Certified Leadership Practitioner (FCLP) and a doctoral candidate in Business Leadership at the Australian Graduate School of Leadership.  Karen is also Chair of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (Vic).

Brad Price

Chair - Revenue Planning & Growth Committee

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting); CPA, Diploma of Financial Planning

Brad has more than 20 years’ experience as a former senior banking & finance executive leading teams across a wide range of divisions.  He now acts as a finance consultant on a range of projects and is well versed in financial analysis and risk assessment with a capacity to negotiate all elements of the client relationship.

Heidi Tucker

Chief Executive Officer; Ex-officio member of the Board

Bachelor of Social Science; Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Heidi is an experienced senior manager with proven leadership skills and high level practitioner knowledge in the community services sector.  She has management and practice leadership experience in Disability, Justice, Child and Family, Housing & Homelessness and Mental Health Services.  Heidi has been CEO of Anchor since 2015, having previously worked in senior roles at Berry Street and Life Without Barriers.