Meet our Board of Management
The MiLife-Victoria Board of Management consists of volunteers from within our community. The election for general membership is a part of the Annual General Meeting.
The Board are responsible for taking a guiding and overseeing role, and must ensure that the financials status of the organisation is sound and that all legal requirements are met. The Board are also required to develop strategy and policy that will support the organisation to deliver high quality services.
Find out more information about the members of the current 2020-2021 Board below.
After working with large companies across the Financial Service and Retail sectors, Mark now focuses his time in helping organisations globally to achieve the fundamental balance between customer service and business efficiencies. Taking all the valuable experiences from GE Capital, ANZ Bank and Coles Supermarkets, Mark has now developed a number of programs/initiatives to help organisations unlock millions of dollars worth of efficiencies whilst enhancing the customer experience. Mark has a Bachelor of Commence (Accounting and Finance) from Monash University and a post-graduate MBA from Deakin University. Mark is passionate about the role he plays at MiLife-Victoria and values the opportunity he has been given to volunteer his time on the Board.
Darlene has worked in the Finance Industry for over 30 years with the last six years owning and running a self employed finance business. She loves learning and has completed an MBA. Darlene has a wonderful family and enjoys hanging out with her husband Dennis, son Logan and daughter Lily. In her spare time she is a tennis junkie (though says she watches much better than she plays). Darlene cares about her health and well being and has a desire for travel.
Darlene strongly believes we should all have the opportunity to live our best life and working on the board of MiLife-Victoria gives her the opportunity to help contribute and make a difference.
Kelly Johnson is the Manager of the Bentons Square Community Centre where she coordinates programs and activities for the community, supporting the local neighbourhood, encouraging participation in social, affordable and inclusive programs for all ages, disadvantaged and minority groups in the community. Kelly is currently studying her Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management. Previously, Kelly worked as a registered BAS Agent in the financial sector. Kelly has a daughter with a disability who is registered with the NDIS and has high support needs.
Genevieve is a qualified CPA and a partner in a local accounting practice. She has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and a Diploma of Financial Planning. Prior experience includes banking and finance.
Matthew joined MiLife-Victoria in 2019. Matthew has a Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing from Macquarie University and a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School. He has experience in Government, Healthcare and Infrastructure sectors.
Alix Holston is an experienced Investor Relations and Corporate Communications professional, with a background in Finance (Equity Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions). Alix has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) / Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne with majors in Finance and Psychology. She is also a Graduate of the Company Directors Course (Order of Merit) by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Alix has a brother with a disability who is registered with the NDIS and has high care needs. A keen philanthropist, Alix is passionate about her role with MiLife-Victoria.
Meet our Executive Team
The Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Board of Management. On behalf of the Board the CEO is responsible for ensuring that the strategic plan is actioned and oversees all operational activities of the organisation.
This includes staffing, professional development, and the day to day running of service. The CEO also provides essential input into planning, leading, directing and organising the service to ensure high standards are met and maintained, whilst being supported by the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Operations Officer.
Amanda Youngs - Chief Executive Officer
Amanda commenced her career in disability services in 2004, working with Monash and Dandenong Valley Special Developmental Schools.
During her studies to gain her law degree, Amanda worked with the Domestic Violence Integrated Response Project and Victim Support organisations in Leicestershire, focusing on education about respectful relationships and recovery from family violence.
Before and after moving to Melbourne in 2009, Amanda put her law degree to use at the Ministry of Justice (UK) and Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. During this time, Amanda missed her ‘heart work’ re-entered the sector in Local Government, working with schools in preventing youth suicide. This recaptured her passion for community services and from there, she had a long career in State Government with the Department of Health and Human Services commissioning disability, housing homelessness and children youth and family services.
Following baby number two, Amanda was head hunted to Family Life to an Executive role as General Manager Services, managing family law, family violence, parenting and mental health services in South East Melbourne. Amanda held a Non-Executive Director position at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the children youth and family sector’s peak body and in 2021 completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Foundation of Directorship course.
Amanda is excited to be recapturing her roots in disability services and honoured to be appointed as MiLife-Victoria’s second Chief Executive Officer.