Welcome to Melba Support Services   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to Melba Support Services

Our People


Ben has been on the Board at Melba since September 2015 and was elected President in November 2017.

Ben holds a law degree and is a Chartered Tax Advisor (UK & Australia). He is a Partner at BDO Australia, and previously worked for large professional services firms in London and Singapore.

Ben was born in England and moved to Melbourne in 2008 where he now resides with his wife and four children. Ben’s interests include yacht racing and scuba diving.


Dr John Annison joined the Board of Management in July 2010 and served as President from March 2013 to November 2017.  John has a long and distinguished career in the disability field working in both the government and non-government sectors. For many years, John was the Principal Lecturer in Deakin University’s Disability Studies area of Health Sciences in the School of Health and Social Development. John was previously President of the Council of Intellectual Disability Agencies (now merged with National Disability Services, Victoria) and a former President of Inclusion Melbourne.


Michelle has a business degree (CPA) and a background in financial management, financial strategy, governance and project management. She has worked in variety of industries in Australia and several other countries. Most recently Michelle has been managing large scale change programs at La Trobe University. As a university student, Michelle worked with people with disabilities providing support.


Jan Calvert has been on the Board since 2000 and currently holds the role of Secretary. Jan is the mother of Miles who attends Melba Avenue Community Connections. Jan is a strong advocate for her son and others who attend the day service and has contributed in a range of consultation groups at Melba for over a decade.

General Board Member

Samantha joined the Karden Disability Services board in 2014. After the merger with Melba in July 2018 she joined the Melba Board. Samantha lives in Ballarat and has a Bachelor of Commerce. She runs her own businesses and has a background in both corporate and small business across a number of industries including retail, food, community and retirement living.

General Board Member

Graham Leaver has been a member of the Board since 2006. Graham is the father of David who was supported through Melba’s Community Living Support Service and Individual Support Arrangements. Graham has been involved with Melba since 1988, and has played an integral role within Melba on many committees and working parties during this time.

General Board Member

Daina MacLoed joined the Melba Board following the merger with Karden Disability Support Foundation in July 2018.

General Board Member

Dominica joined the board in 2014. She is the principal lawyer of DST Legal, located in Abbotsford.


CEO (ex-officio)

Glenn Foard has worked in disability services for more than 15 years in both policy and service delivery roles. Prior to joining Melba he worked as an executive in the Department of Human Services, a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and in various roles in the non-government sector. He has served as a Board member of VCOSS, Disability Professionals Victoria (where he was inaugural Treasurer) and The Welfare Rights Centre (ACT). He is currently an elected State Committee member of National Disability Services and a ministerial appointee to the Disability Services Board. Glenn was also previously a Steering Committee member of the Eastern Disability Services Network. As well as his passion for working with people with disabilities, he has written over 20 books, reports, articles and conference papers on housing and homelessness. Glenn is a social worker and also has two post-graduate degrees in social policy and accounting. In 2013 he received a fellowship to study at Harvard University completing the Strategic Perspective in Non-profit Management program.

Senior Staff

Glenn Foard
Hayley Dean
Rachael Jones
Sally Nicol
Penny Kendall
Aaron Fry

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
General Manager Central Highlands
General Manager People, Culture and Quality
General Manager Community Living
General Manager Individualised Support Arrangements

Sarina Bunnett
David Glazebrook
Karen Wijsman
Kirsten Filmer

General Manager Support Coordination
General Manager Innovation and Development
General Manager Finance
Executive Office Manager

For all enquiries, please contact 03 9212 0100

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