Our board is two legally incorporated associations, the Victorian AIDS Council and the Gay Men’s Health Centre. Over the years, we have had overlapping membership and worked together under a single board of directors elected by the membership of each organisation.
The board sets the strategic direction and policy for the organisation, and approves plans for business activities. It is responsible for:
- Legal issues
- Financial management
- Employment of the Executive Director
- Planning—strategic and operational
- Promotion of the organisation
- Reporting and accountability
All VAC/GMHC Members are entitled to inspect records relating to the process and outcome of VAC/GMHC Board elections. If you would like to inspect the records please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9865 6700.
Chad Hughes (President)
Chad Hughes is a senior manager in the Burnet Institute’s Centre for International Health, leading programs addressing HIV in low income countries. He is an adviser to UNICEF, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization on how to work better with young people from key populations affected by HIV. He has convened the Australian Council for International Development’s working group on HIV, ensuring health and HIV are well placed in Australia’s foreign aid program.
Chad is passionate about supporting community organizations in designing and delivering high quality programs and building the evidence base to enhance program effectiveness through operational research.
Christopher McDermott (Vice President)
Christopher McDermott is a Barrister at the Victorian Bar specialising in public law and common law briefs. Prior to joining the Bar, he was a Senior Lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) specialising in administrative law, appearing on behalf of Commonwealth Departments in complex litigation in federal courts and tribunals. Prior to working with the AGS, Christopher was Senior Associate to the Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court. Before this, Christopher worked at the Attorney – General’s Department on human rights and access to justice strategies. In this role, he worked on the Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws – Superannuation) Act 2008.
Christopher completed his law degree at the Australian National University in 2007 where he wrote a thesis on the discriminatory treatment of sexually active gay/bisexual men by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Christopher is also currently completing a Masters of Law at Melbourne University.
Isaac Huang (Treasurer)
Isaac works for a leading Australian health and wellness brand and previously had 8 years’ experience in providing corporate financial and investment advisory with the world largest consulting firm, PwC. He has undertaken a number of investment feasibility studies, business viability assessments and cross-border merger & acquisition deals and has worked internationally across the Asia Pacific region, including Melbourne, Perth, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Isaac has had exposure to corporate and financiers clients in Australia and Asia, spanning a range of industries including not-for-profit organisations, financial services, government, manufacturing and transportation.
Isaac was born in Shanghai and educated in China, Canada and Australia. He holds a Masters degree in risk management from the Graduate School of Business, Monash University. Isaac is enthusiastic about the cause to support and empower people, in particular youth, against HIV by prompting sexual health education and advocacy and engaging with Australian youth and community at large. Isaac brings valuable corporate advisory and financial management expertise to VAC’s board. On a more personal note, Isaac has had a long-standing interest in public health and social entrepreneurship and is very excited to contribute to VAC.
Chrissie was born and raised in Adelaide. She began her working life in television and then moved to the advertising industry.
Somehow, working in marketing and communications turned into her career – with long stints at global advertising agencies in London (for 18 years) and later Melbourne.
While she was working she was also having a life, marrying, raising two children and divorcing.
She has been associated with VAC since 2006 when she offered her services pro bono on media and communications matters. She was a Board Member from 2009-2013 and she was a key member of the team that developed the VAC re-branding.
Originally hailing from WA, Aram Hosie’s career has been centered around issues relating to health and social justice. After initially working in front line service delivery within the mental health and drug & alcohol sectors, Aram moved into increasingly senior public policy roles in both the government and non-government sectors. He currently heads up policy for the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.
Additionally, Aram has over a decade’s involvement in LGBTI advocacy, including working nationally and internationally on HIV/AIDS issues for trans people, including with the Global Forum for Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSMGF), UNAIDS, WHO, and the recently formed PASH-TM working group of AFAO. Aram has also played a significant leadership role within Australia in helping to drive trans law reforms, a contribution that was recognised in 2015 when he was named a Human Rights Award Finalist.
Jim Hyde is a former General Manager of VAC and was later Director of Public Health for Victoria in the Victorian Dept of Health. He recently retired as Professor, Public Health Policy at Deakin University and from the board of the Institute of Public Administration Of Australia, (Victoria). He is a Fellow of IPAA (FIPPA(Vic)) and of the Australian College of Health Services Management (FACHSM).
Jim has a longstanding interest in prevention and the systems that enable communities to take control of their own health. For two years he also presented a weekly late night current affairs program Is Nothing Sacred? on JOY 94.9 that regularly featured the latest issues in HIV prevention, treatment and policy. Jim is a strong advocate for community engagement and for evidence to inform our responses to HIV and health policy in general.
Janet has held key leadership roles in effective organisations for over twenty-five years. Janet’s experience in the human services sector includes work in child, youth and family services, relationship and counselling services, homelessness, family violence, community legal sectors, AIDS Councils and universities. Janet’s current role is CEO of LifeWorks Relationship Counselling and Education Services a position she has held since September 2014.
A Centenary Medal recipient for outstanding service to young people, Janet is also a highly respected community activist with extensive networks in the lesbian, gay, and transgender communities. This activity includes being the founding Co Convenor and life member of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, and member of the Victorian Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on GLBTI Issues (2000 to 2010) a ministerial advisory body that steered Victorian Government law reform recognising LGBTI parenting, equality in relationships recognition, human rights protections, and birth certificate recognition.
Janet is currently Deputy Chair for both No To Violence (peak body working with men to end family violence) and the National LGBTI Health Alliance (National Peak Body for LGBTIQ community controlled organisations), and has recently participated in advisory committees to establish a Pride Centre Victoria and the Marriage Equality Victorian Campaign.
A recurrent theme in Janet’s professional and voluntary work is a desire to see an improvement in the human dignity of those who are made vulnerable within our communities. Janet is concerned with making a sustainable difference and this been the key reason for her continued investment of her time energy and expertise in strong and effective LGBTI community controlled organisations such as VAC.
Tony Maynard has been involved in the HIV sector from the very beginning. He was the first Treatments Officer employed by the VAC and has been passionate about doing whatever it takes to improve the lives of those living with HIV and to see an end to the epidemic as soon as possible. He has worked for the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) as Senior Education Officer, ACON in their Enhanced Primary Care Project, Janssen Pharmaceuticals bringing three important HIV drugs to market and most recently with the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) as their Treataware Project Officer.
He has a particular interest in ensuring that nobody is left behind in having access to proper care and treatment for HIV whether because they are Medicare-ineligible, or because they are from one of our marginalised communities with poor English literacy compounding the stigma often already surrounding HIV infection.
Tony is excited by the breakthrough opportunities which will be offered in 2017 in stemming the onward transmission of HIV through the availability of PrEP which will be augmented by making certain that everyone who is infected with HIV has support and access to effective, suppressive treatment.
Deborah Sykes is Manager of the Health Service Governance Unit, Department of Health Victoria. Deborah has obtained extensive experience as a Division 1 nurse as well as having worked in the Nurse Policy Branch and the Health Service Management Innovation Council. As a nurse, Deborah was a District Nurse, with HIV as a specialty.
Deborah is passionate about outreach services and community consultation to improve health outcomes for sexually and gender diverse communities.
Caleb Hawk (Staff Representative)
Caleb Hawk is the staff representative on the Board. As VAC's Communications Coordinator, Caleb heads up VAC's communications team while looking after several of VAC's digital projects. In particular, he is the project worker for VAC's STRIDE project, Pete and Dale, aimed at populations of men experiencing the stigma associated with anxiety and/or depression.
He has been a longstanding volunteer for several community organisations including Mardi Gras, the Australian Centre for Photography, Midsumma, and JOY 94.9. He is also passionate about LGBTI inclusion in sport. Having previously played rugby union for the Sydney Convicts, Caleb now plays for Melbourne's LGBTI water polo club - the Melbourne Surge. He plays an active role on the club's committee where he looks after the Surge's ongoing relationship with VAC, chairs their governance subcommittee, and has worked on the club's various community engagement events including Surf Vs Turf and the National Water Polo League Pride Cup.
Last updated 4 December 2015