Meet the Team

Prof David Hayward, Director
Senior Advisor, Public Policy and the Social Economy, RMIT University
David was Dean of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies from 2009-2016. Between 2007 and 2013 he was a member of the Board of Directors of Melbourne Health, the second largest health service in Australia incorporating the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  In 2015 he was an invited member of the expert panel appointed to review the University of Western Australia’s undergraduate degrees. In the same year he was invited by VCOSS to become a seconded member of its governing board.  He is a life member of VCOSS in recognition of three decades of policy advice, education and training for the Victorian not-for-profit sector. In 2016 he was appointed to the Panel of Experts for the Hong Kong Council of Vocational and Higher Education Qualifications.

Contact via Executive Officer, Lee Newnham 03 9925 4619

Sally Thompson
Deputy Director Sector Engagement & Capability Development
Black and white headshot of sally thompsonSally has worked in leadership roles in TAFE, Higher Education and in the not for profit Adult and Community Education sectors. She began her career as an adult literacy teacher in communities characterised by intergenerational disadvantage, including remote Indigenous communities, and her professional interests have stemmed from these experiences. She is the former President of the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council and former member of the Victorian Adult Community and Further Education Board. She has recently worked for the Australian Education Union in women’s policy and is a current Governance Group member of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

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Paul Ramcharan, Acting Director Research
Associate Professor Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
Black and white photo of paul ramcharanPaul has been involved in research for and with people with disabilities for over twenty years and has maintained an ongoing interest in self advocacy over that time, his most recent  being an ARC linkage with colleagues at La Trobe University and Reinforce (a self advocacy group) about the history of self advocacy in Victoria.  Since arriving in Australia in 2006 Paul has undertaken research around the views and experiences of people with disability and family carers of restrictive practices and has subsequently developed a Road map for Achieving Dignity without Restraint.  Paul maintains a keen interest in disability research, human rights and inclusive research practice.
Anthony (Tony) Graham, Acting Director Education and Training
VE Manager, Industry Enagement & Partner, RMIT University
Black and white photo of Anthony GrahamTony has 20 years’ experience in the health and community services sector in governance and senior management roles.  His sector experience includes acute health, youth, aged care, disability and mental health service provision at a state and regional level.  Anthony’s past five years has been spent as a workplace consultant educator in the design, delivery and evaluation of leadership and management programs focused on community service workforce strategies.  His academic interests include fundamentals of community service workforce development and the relationship between workplace culture and learning.


Lee Newnham, Executive Officer
black and white photo of lee smilingLee provides executive and administrative services to the Acting Director and staff of the Institute, and acts as a liaison between the Institute, RMIT University and VCOSS.  Lee was previously Business Development/  Marketing Manager at Moores, a legal firm which has a focus on the not-for-profit sector.  Lee has a strong understanding of both the opportunities and the challenges faced in the sector and is passionate about assisting the Institute in achieving its goals.

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Kellee Nolan, Communications Advisor
Kellee has worked in communication roles with VCOSS since 2014, producing a range of publications including Insight magazine, state budget submissions, flagship reports and annual reports. Prior to that she  worked for 15 years as a journalist with Australian Associated Press and Fairfax Community News, and as communications consultant for a range of businesses and not-for-profits. Kellee has also worked previously in communication, membership and fundraising roles with a range of organisations including the Australian Conservation Foundation and Oxfam.