Meet the Board

Emma King, Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Council of Social Service

Emma King joined the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) as Chief
Executive Officer in 2013, providing a strong voice of leadership and advocacy
on social justice issues for theBlack and white image of Emma King community sector.  Emma was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Early Learning Association Australia (formerly Kindergarten Parents Victoria), the peak organisation representing parents and providers of early learning services in Victoria. Emma also has an extensive background in the public sector and in workforce and education issues, having worked as a Victorian policy adviser, a teacher, and in a range of industrial and training roles at the Victorian Independent Education Union and the Finance Sector Union.Her qualifications include a Masters in Industrial and Employee Relations, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts. Emma sits on a number of committees and advisory groups including the Family Violence Steering Committee, NDIS Implementation Ministerial Taskforce, Roadmap to Reform Implementation
Ministerial Advisory Group and the Police Commissioner’s Human Rights Advisory Group.


Lloyd Williams
State Secretary
Health and Community Services Union
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Lloyd Williams is the current Branch Secretary at the Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) and National President of the Health Services Union (HSU). Lloyd has been employed by HACSU since 1989 in a variety of roles including Health and Safety, Senior Organiser, Executive Officer/Assistant Secretary and has held the State Secretary position since 1999.Prior to his work at HACSU, Lloyd worked as an Occupational Health and Safety Manager at Mont Park Hospital.Lloyd directs and manages the overall strategic direction, governance, finance and operations of HACSU which represents nurses, health professionals, direct care and support staff working in Victorian mental health, disability and drug treatment services.As an Industrial Advocate, he also leads the union’s participation in industry reform, workforce development and sector bargaining campaigns.Past board member of the Community Services and Health Industry Training Board (CSHITB) and the Union Research Centre on Organisation and Technology (URCOT).
Ronda Held
Chief Executive Officer
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Ronda Held is CEO of COTA Victoria, having previously been National Manager with Home Care Today at COTA Australia. She has extensive experience in community services in governance, leadership, government positions, and as a consultant and educator. In these roles Ronda has promoted citizen participation and direction in services, innovation, grassroots leadership development, research to inform practice, and has more recently been engaged in national advocacy and capability building activities. She is passionate about all people’s right to maintain control over their lives and have full citizenship in our community. Ronda is a Director of the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria, representing consumer interests in the utilities sector. Ronda holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Postgraduate Bachelor of Social Administration, and a Masters in Policy and Administration.


David Moody
Victorian State Manager
National Disability Services
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David Moody has been Victorian State Manager at National Disability Services (NDS) since July 2015. National Disability Services is Australia’s peak body for non-government disability service organisations, representing more than 1100 non-government service providers (more than 200 in Victoria). Collectively, NDS members operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability.During his career, David has worked as a lawyer and salaried partner at Slater & Gordon, Lawyers; in various Director’s roles at WorkSafe Victoria; and as the Assistant Director, NDIS Secretariat at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. In this last role, David’s team coordinated Victoria’s contribution to the development and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).David then worked for 18 months at the Department of Health & Human Services as Director, Budget Strategy & Corporate Planning, before starting in his current role as State Manager NDS, in July 2015.
Keran Howe
Executive Officer
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Keran Howe has represented issues related to women’s health, violence prevention and the rights of people with disabilities over many years. She is currently a Member of the National Disability Research and Development Steering Committee, the Residential Independence Trust Board and the Board of Domestic Violence Victoria. In 2005, Keran was awarded a Churchill Scholarship to examine hospital responses for pregnant women and women with disabilities who experience violence. Keran was awarded a Centenary Medal for her contribution on behalf of people with disabilities and has been inducted to the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.


Prof. Vishaal Kishore
Professor, Innovation and Public Policy
RMIT UniversityPicture of Vishaal KishoreVishaal Kishore is a strategist, political economist, academic and commentator. He is Professor of Innovation and Public Policy at RMIT University; Principal Fellow at The University of Melbourne’s Melbourne School of Government; Chief Strategy Officer at the Australian National MedTech Accelerator; and a partner within Dialectica Group – an innovation and strategy advisory firm. Vishaal has previously been Deputy Secretary at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services; director for government strategy in EY’s management consulting practice; a mergers and acquisitions lawyer; and an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia. Vishaal has held academic/research fellowships at Harvard and Brown Universities in the United States, and Monash University in Australia. He holds a doctorate from Harvard University, where his work focused on the intersection of law, political economy and socio-political theory.
Jason Davies-Kildea
Social Policy Manager | Strategy, Advocacy, Research and Communications
Salvation Army Australia
A strategic thinker and effective communicator with a proven track record in leadership across multiple fields of expertise. A strong focus on advocacy for systemic change, which is grounded in frontline experience and engagement. More than 20 years’ experience in the social and community services sector across varying service types and consumer groups.