Chief Executive Officer
Philip has worked in the community sector for more than 30 years in senior leadership positions in both large and medium size organisations and primarily in disability services. He has a degree in Management, a Graduate Diploma in Disability Studies, and tertiary qualifications in community development and recreation. Read more
Sonja oversees all of our services. She has worked in the disability sector for almost a decade and holds a Bachelor of Education in Habilitation from Australian Catholic University. Read more
Corporate Services Manager
Suzette is the newest member of the Ella Centre Management Team and brings a wealth of experience to the Corporate Services role. Suzette ensures the smooth running of our internal operations, including finance, HR and IT. Read more
It’s hard doing everything on your own. That said, when you do need help, it has to be the right kind of help – help from people who really care about what you want, what you have to say, and how you want your life to be. We know this because we’ve been assisting people who are ageing, people with disabilities, and their carers for more than four decades. Along the way, we’ve listened closely and we’ve learnt a lot.
When you deal with our team, you’ll be greeted with a big smile, warm hearts, positive energy, and years of experience and on-the-ground understanding. Our team works hard for you and the people you love, and we back up our good intentions with solid knowledge and transparent processes. The result is fantastic outcomes that genuinely improve lives. Our priority is, was – and will always be – you.
When you engage with our team, you’ll be greeted with big smiles, warm hearts, years of experience and on-the-ground understanding.
Our team works hard for you and the people you love, and we back up our good intentions with solid knowledge and transparent processes. The result is fantastic outcomes that genuinely improve lives.
The Ella Centre employs people who are passionate about supporting the Ella Centre’s work in creating an inclusive community for all people. We employ staff with the skills and knowledge to support the individual needs of our service users and the development of person centred plans.
We employ skilled staff across disability, aged care, administration and business management.
All staff undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment. Successful applicants must comply with The Ella Centre ethics and values, code of conduct and safe environment work practices.
Our screening process includes.
* National Criminal History Records Check
* Reference checks.
When new employees arrive at The Ella Centre they also complete an Induction and training program and receive ongoing training to ensure their skills remain current and up to date with relevant practices.
David Pigott (Chair): David holds a senior strategic and advisory position with Mission Australia, one of Australia’s largest national community services organisations. He is also a director of ChildFund Australia and elder at St David’s Haberfield. He has previously held senior advisory roles in the Commonwealth Government and NSW Premier’s Office.
Geoff Kerry (Treasurer) : Geoff has been on the Board of Ella since 1988 and was Treasurer from 1988 to 1994.He is a program manager working for the Commonwealth Bank. Geoff holds a BComm/LLB (1983 - UNSW), MBA (1998 - MGSM), and has been a CPA (since 1989), FAIBF (since 2000).
Dr Philip McCrea: Philip has more than 32 years’ experience in the Australian IT industry, spanning both academia and commerce. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of NSW (1975)
John Read: John is a retired engineer and a member of the St David’s Uniting Church Haberfield congregation.
Marian Grills ; Marian works in the Aged Care sector and manages Residntail Aged Care facilities.
Christine Cleaver: Christine has a background in marketing and public relations and has worked in the disability field.
Nerida Bodycote : Nerida was elected to the Board in September 2016.Her background is in the Finance sector.
Nicholas Davison: Nick has a background in Industrial Relations and currently works for the NSW Ministry of Transport. Prior to joining The Ella Centre Board in 2010 he was the Chair of the Ella Child Care Centre Management Committee.
Lynne Machin: Lynne is the Director of Communications for NSW Treasury and is a corporate affairs professional with experience in developing and implementing integrated brand, marketing and communication strategies and programs for external and internal audiences. Lynne has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) and Master of Public Affairs