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Better Place Australia, Level 1/16 Park Rd, Cheltenham VIC 3192 Australia
Cheltenham, VIC 3192

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Fitzroy Legal Service, Level 4, 126 Moor Street (access via courtyard)
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

T 03 9355 4700 T 03 9355 4700


Black Fish Medical Centre, 215/235 Rossiter Road
Koo Wee Rup, Vic 3981

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Gerlinde Scholz

Gerlinde Scholz has a diverse management and leadership background in the non-profit sector, including substantial executive experience in roles responsible for income generation, growth and capacity building, She has also worked as a consultant, advising a broad range of non-profit clients on these issues.

Gerlinde is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She holds Bachelor and Masters qualifications from the University of Melbourne, an Honours degree from LaTrobe University, and has completed an executive program for non-profit leaders at Stanford University.

She joined the Board in 2012 and was elected Chair in 2014.

Brendan Rowswell
Director & Deputy Chair

Brendan Rowswell is a Director at a leading public affairs firm in Melbourne whose clients are major Australian companies within the infrastructure, transport, information and technology, health and energy sectors. He regularly represents not-for-profit clients in their dealings with federal and state governments. Brendan was previously Public Affairs Manager at a Victorian industry association and adviser to a federal Member of Parliament during the third and fourth terms of the Howard Government. Brendan holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.

Brendan joined the Board in 2015.

Rachel Holthouse

Rachel is currently Chief Executive Officer of RMIT Training, a company wholly owned by RMIT University, located in Melbourne, Australia. The company is a successful provider of education solutions supporting professional development goals of clients worldwide. Many of these solutions involve tailored English programs for academic or industry sectors located in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and Europe.

Prior to joining RMIT Training in 2009, Rachel has held senior governance roles in the education sector in Australia, in the United Kingdom and in Singapore.  She has extensive international experience working with global partners and operating in highly regulated and multijurisdictional environments. Her achievements include establishing offices overseas and commercialising IP to develop digital and face to face learning products that effectively support training needs.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and a Masters of Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Erika Owens

Erika Owns is CEO of Crimestoppers in Victoria.  She was previously with Relationship Australia (Vic) for 3 years where she held executive positions as Senior Manager, Southern & Eastern Melbourne and later as General Manager, State Services.  Prior to this, Erika worked in the Department of Justice for several years.


Erika has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Australian Cultural Studies) from Victoria University, a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology) from the University of Melbourne and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of Melbourne.


Erika was appointed to the Board in 2018

Delia McIver

Delia McIver has significant experience at a senior executive level across the post-secondary education sector in the areas of People and Culture/Human Resources, safety, risk and corporate services and has worked across Australia and internationally in her career. Delia currently holds the position of Executive Director People, Culture and Safety at Chisholm Institute, having held similar positions as Executive Director People & Capability at Box Hill Institute and Director Human Resources at Victoria University.

Having a keen interest in the not-for-profit sector, Delia has been a member of the Fitzroy Learning Network Board, Oakleigh Centre Board and enjoys participating as a volunteer at Reclink.

Delia is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Monash University and La Trobe University and a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Delia is a Member of the Nominations & People Committee (since August 2016 – initially external)

Joined the Board in May 2016

David Speyer
Director and Treasurer

David Speyer is Chief Financial Officer at Vision Australia. David has 22 years of extensive senior executive experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, business reorganisations in leadership roles in the not for profit and corporate sectors.  He is also a Chartered Accountant.

David joined the Board in 2014.

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