Governance Committee elected for 2016/2017 as follows:


Ross Hepburn (Chairperson)
Board of Directors

Ross Hepburn started his working career at ACI Fibreglass in Frankston Road, Dandenong in the late 1970’s while living in Springvale and finished his diverse marketing and management career retiring as the Director of Corporate Services for the City of Greater Dandenong in 2007.  His connection with Springvale and Dandenong spans some 35 years with connections in sport, business and local government.

Ross is a former general manager, consultant and company director, and holds degrees in civil engineering and business administration.  He served on the council of RMIT University for 13 years with lengthy terms as both Deputy Chancellor and Treasurer.  He was an inaugural Director of the South East Melbourne Manufacturer’s Alliance. He is a life member and past President of Coomoora and Dandenong Cricket Clubs and the Dandenong District Cricket Association.  He is also a life member of Cricket Victoria.

Ross maintains a strong interest in local community affairs.  He joined SCAAB as Treasurer in 2007.  He was the Chairperson of SCAAB and was made a Life Member in 2015.  Ross is now the Chairperson of South East Community Links following the merger of SCAAB, DCAB and SEAAC.




Deborah Remfry (Secretary)
Board of Directors

Deborah has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning.

Deborah has lived in the United States, Malaysia and Greece and has worked in planning for local and state government over the past 25 years.

Deborah worked in Dandenong from 2002 to 2009, working with the community and government agencies on a range of infrastructure and community building projects in the Greater Dandenong region.

Deborah joined the SCAAB Board of Directors in 2005 and was the Vice Chair of SCAAB until 2015. Deborah continues as the Deputy Chair of South East Community Links.




Chris James (Treasurer)
Board of Directors

Joined the Board of Directors in 1971 and has held position of Treasurer, Vice-Chairperson, Chairperson at various times. Background is in banking and finance with ANZ group and retired in 1997 after 41 years. During that time held various management posts in Marketing, Sales, Audit and Training.

Chris is a life member of the Bureau and member of Committee of Management of Blind Bight Community Centre, and SVN Inc, an organisation which manages a community bus project. Also, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  Chris continues on the Board of South East Community Links as the Treasurer.








Jan Cormack
Board of Directors

Jan Cormack was employed in the Australian Public Service for over 40 yrs prior to retiring in August 2012. Jan predominately worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Centrelink (formerly the Department of Social Security).

Jan’s last position held was the Regional Manager, Stakeholders and Community in the Eastern Zone and she was responsible for working with many Government Departments both State and Federal where the formation of partnerships were vital to support community members. Jan was also responsible for the performance of three Medicare outlets and five Centrelink sites.

Jan completed her secondary education at MacRobertson Girls High School and holds a Bachelor of Business (Public Administration) from RMIT which she passed with distinction.

In 2008, Jan received the Minister for Human Services Award for exemplary services to customers and stakeholders and in 2011 an Australia Day medal for achievement.

Jan joined the SCAAB Board in 2013 and now continues as a Board Member in South East Community Links.



Robert Davies
Board of Directors

Robert has over 30 years’ experience in statutory and strategic planning and people management across the consulting, corporate, local and state government sectors, including eight years as the Executive  Officer of the Dandenong Development Board.

Robert has also worked in a voluntary capacity with Personal Emergency Services Inc and has been actively involved in a range of professional and non-professional support groups, such as the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Association of Planning Consultants, and local school and sports management groups.

Robert has qualifications in town planning, property and business management and is a  Chartered Practising Planner (Planning Institute of Australia).  Robert served on the SCAAB Board for 4 years before stepping down in 2015.  He re-joined the SECL Board in January 2018.


Staff Representative:


Garrett Teters
Staff representative

Garrett was born in Los Angeles, living in Australia since 1986. Garrett has an extensive background in Event Management and Retail operations prior to working in the community sector. With qualifications in Adolescent Health and Welfare, Social Housing and Workplace Training and Assessment Garrett is the Youth Links Coordinator at SCAAB. Garrett is passionate about improving the experiences of young people and supporting them to achieve their full potential. This drives all of his work with young people at our Noble Park site.

Garrett is the Staff Representative on the Board of South East Community Links.