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Central Highlands

Our leadership group

The leadership group meet regularly to discuss; the learnings from the work to date in the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership; determine strategic opportunities; and to identify measures that will help us meet our targets.

Our Principal Advisor is Karen Monument.

  • Peter Devereux, Co-Chair, Area Director, Central Highlands Area, South West Victoria Region, Department of Education and Training
  • Nicola Jeffers, Co-Chair, Director, Central Highlands Area, West Division, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Geoff Sharp, Co-Chair, community member
  • Andrew Allen, Divisional Superintendent, Victoria Police
  • Kathleen Brannigan, General Manager, Community Services, Hepburn Shire Council
  • Danny Colgan, General Manager Community Services, Moorabool Shire Council
  • Jill Evans, Director Community Services, Golden Plains Shire
  • Stephen Falconer, Chairman, Buninyong & District Financial Services Limited
  • Sharon Fecteau, Chair, Central Highlands Family Services Alliance c/o Child and Family Services (CAFS)
  • Marianne Hendron, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health Grampians
  • Karen Heap, Chief Executive Officer, Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative
  • Neville Ivey, General Manager, People and Communities, City of Ballarat
  • Allan Joy, Chief Executive Officer, Child and Family Services (CAFS) Ballarat
  • Evan King, Director Corporate & Community Services, Pyrenees Shire Council 
  • Aaron Lewis, Service Centre Manager Ballarat, Zone 2 West Victoria, Australian Government Department of Human Services
  • Andrew Lowth, Director Grampians Region, Berry Street
  • Neil Manning, Director Council Services, Ararat Rural City Council 
  • John McDonald, Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia
  • Michelle Wood, Regional Director, Department of Justice and Regulations


If you would like more information, or want to get involved, please contact us.