Our Board

Mr Ewan Waller (Chair)

Mr Waller is a farmer in the East Gippsland region. He was previously the Chief Fire Officer for Victorian public land management fire agencies, with past forestry and fire related roles. Mr Waller has a Masters degree in Rural and Regional Planning. 

Ms Kate Commins

Ms Commins is a director of a beef farming enterprise in Swifts Creek and Benambra. She is a retired secondary teacher who taught Science, Biology and Agriculture for many years. Kate has qualifications in Science, Education and Horticulture. She is heavily involved in community activities.

Ms Frances MacLennan

Ms MacLennan is the Chair of the Yarram and District Health Service Board and is the former Strategy and Partnerships Regional Manager at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Ms MacLennan has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Applied Science (Systems & Social Ecology), Diploma of Education, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Claire Miller

Ms Miller is a public policy, strategic engagement and communications consultant specialising in water, climate change, energy and environment. She has previously worked in agriculture as the Manager Policy Strategy at Dairy Australia; as a senior Victorian ministerial water policy adviser; and, a journalist with The Age newspaper for more than 20 years. Ms Miller has a Fellowship in American Studies and a Masters in Environmental Studies.

Ms Glenys Watts

Ms Watts is a proud Gunai woman living on the land of her ancestors and a member of 4 of the 5 Clans of the Gunaikurnai. She is currently Board member of the GLaWAC, chairperson of the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board, and a member of the Gunaikurnai Elders Council. Her background is in Community Development and Business Governance currently working for the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing as Regional Coordinator East Gippsland Dhelk Dja taking in two Shire areas.

Ms Merrilyn Woodhouse

Ms Woodhouse has over 30 years’ experience in finance and administration in both the public and private sector. She has undertaken a diverse range of roles/activities, including all aspects of finance, administration, and statutory/management reporting. She has many years of agricultural experience, both as a primary producer and as a Federal Government employee undertaking extensive farm surveys. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Certificate in Management. 

Mr Stephen Angus

Mr Angus is an experienced Board director holding Board and Committee roles in regional development, agriculture and aviation. He has extensive experience as a senior executive in strategy, service operations, safety and risk management. He comes from a farming family in the Omeo Valley and is now active in the community in East Gippsland.  Mr Angus has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout East Gippsland and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past and present.