Executive Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chris joined bestchance in 2019. A senior finance executive with a strong track record of success in delivering business outcomes, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to bestchance. Chris has functional expertise, developed within a broad range of industries. He brings a strategic focus and proven executive leadership, supported by a keen eye for detail.
General Manager Education & Training
David joined bestchance in 2013, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in Vocational Education and Training, Secondary Education and Tertiary Education sectors in both Australia and overseas. David’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Training & Education, Diploma of Management, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a 3 year Diploma in Electronics (M.R.G.C.).
General Manager Business Operations
Commencing his work with bestchance in September 2014, Mark has over 13 years experience in Early Years roles, with particular focus on recruitment, staffing, marketing and multi-site management. Mark has held various senior management positions during his career. Prior to this, Mark had many years experience in various management roles in the hospitality and technology industries.
General Manager Early Years Service
Commencing her IT career in the corporate sector, Tracey changed career paths after starting a family and now has over 15 years experience in Early Years Management in the not for profit and local government sectors. Tracey joined bestchance in June 2016. Her formal qualifications include Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems), Diploma of Management and Certificate IV Business (Governance).
Executive Manager Quality
Robbi has had over 25 years experience in training across both TAFE and the private sector. This includes management of RTO Scope of Registration, Skills First funding contracts and Learn Local funding contracts. Robbi has also over 25 years experience in quality assurance and is a qualified lead assessor. She has a Graduate Certificate in Business (Quality Management), Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and Diploma of Training and Assessing.
General Manager finance
Ally is an experienced finance executive with in-depth knowledge in financial reporting, business process improvement and governance. Prior to Bestchance, she was the Audit Director with Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu, one of the Big 4 chartered accounting firm. In her previous role, she worked with Not For Profit organisations such as The Red Cross, Vision Australia and Yooralla. Ally has vast experience in statutory reporting, risk management and business improvement process.
Board of Management
Saul joined bestchance as Chairman in November 2014. Saul is the Managing Director of Omnico Corporation, a developer and manager of the Omnico Business Centre in Monash and a number of other properties within the City of Monash. Saul holds a Law/Commerce Degree from Monash University and a Masters of Business Administration. He is well respected within the business community and is also a member of the Monash Economic Development Forum.
Vic joined the Board of Governance in September 2011 due to his interest in marketing and communications. He was appointed as the Chair of the Quality and Risk Committee in November 2012. Vic is a legal practitioner for 12 years and maintains an exclusive practice in family law. He worked as an advisor and project coordinator to a State Member of Parliament (1996-2002).
Glenys Grant O.A.M.
Glenys has been associated with bestchance and other community organisations for over forty years. During this time, she has contributed greatly to the lives of many children as a foster mother – a commitment she continues today. Glenys has been involved in many educational and research scientific activities both in Australia and overseas and in 2006 was awarded the Order of Australia medal for her exemplary services to medicine and the community
Rachael joined the Board of Governance in November 2013 and has a keen interest in supporting the mental health of women and families. She is currently the Program Manager at cohealth, one of the largest community health organisations in Australia, servicing a broad area of high-growth communities across Melbourne’s northern, western and inner suburbs. Rachel completed a Bachelor of Psychology at Victoria University
Jo-Anne joined the board in September 2015 and chairs the Quality and Risk Committee. She brings a strong leadership background in the NFP environment having held senior management roles in the health and community sector. Jo-Anne currently works as a governance consultant and project director for the Victorian Healthcare Association, where she supports boards and management in achieving good governance practice. Jo-Anne also sits on the board of West Gippsland Healthcare Group.
Michael joined the Board mid-2018, after years of supporting bestchance programs. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Applied Economics and Marketing from Deakin University and is an experienced executive coach, with over 30 years of experience in the field. Michael’s work has seen him travel across the globe as a consultant, supporting in growth businesses and the development of high potential leadership.
Jane joined the Board in April 2019. Retiring after 25 years management experience in insurance, emergency services and the disability sector, Jane continues to draw on that experience in board and mentoring roles. Jane’s experience as a non-executive director includes the Country Fire Authority; the DAISY Consortium, The Ardoch Youth Foundation; and Yarra Community Housing, becoming Unison Housing, where Jane was Chair of the Board for five years.
Rebecca joined the Board in April 2019. She is a client director at Pitcher Partners. She provides the full range of business and tax advisory and assistance to businesses of all sizes – from large private companies through to family owned enterprises and the individuals behind those businesses. She has experience in a variety of technical and commercial issues affecting clients on a day-to-day basis and advises clients on the more strategic issues relating to their business such as structuring and growth.
bestchance would like to acknowledge the support and contributions of former board members Geoff Milbourne (2007 – 2018), Des Dodds (1998 – 2013), Gary Edwards (1981 – 2013), Derek Cheah (2009 – 2015) and Arden Joseph (1996 – 2013). The organisation thanks them for their years of hard work and commitment to changing the lives of bestchance children and families.