Denis spent most of his career working in the retail industry in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, having spent 25 years working in senior management roles in Westfield Shopping Centre Group. For many years, Denis was a Regional General Manager, managing all states in Australia except for NSW. Denis’ last role with Westfield was Director of Shopping Centre Management & Marketing in the UK between 2005-2010, based in London.
After retiring from Westfield, Denis spent several years consulting as a Retail Property Specialist both in Australia and Overseas. In addition to his professional life, Denis has had a long association with community service groups, commencing in 1975 in New Zealand as a charter member of a new Round Table Service Club. In 1980, Denis joined the Apex Club of Box Hill, obtaining a life membership in 1990. From here, he was a charter member of the new Lions Club of Wheelers Hill in 1994 and has been Club President three times and has recently spent three years on District Cabinet as Zone Chairman and District Membership Chair.
It was through Denis’ Lions association that he became involved in Wavecare and hasn’t looked back since.
Combining her passion for cooking and business, Lalitha started her own healthy Indian concept restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD and ran that for 4 years before selling it in 2018. This provided her a lot of insight into challenges faced by small & medium businesses and set the course for her to help SME's with consulting and advisory services.
During her time in advisory, Lalitha learned about Wavecare from one of its board members & knew from then on that she had to find a way to help them. Since Sept 2020, Lalitha has been a member of the board and is excited to be working with its dedicated team of staff and other board members to ensure Wavecare can continue and grow.
Swami has a range of skills that he brings to the board and focuses primarily on finding ways to make Wavecare financially successful so that the enterprise can grow and one day become self-sustaining.
After volunteering, Lesley soon became aware of some of the challenges Wavecare was facing as a not-for-profit operating without Government funding. As a result, Lesley joined the Wavecare board to act as a representative of the local population, and to help with Wavecare’s fundraising activities.
Today, Lesley is still as passionate about the assistance that Wavecare has to offer to the Monash community. Whether it be counselling or the Glencare planned activity group for the elderly, Lesley notices how invested the staff are in what they do, and how genuinely they care for their clients. Lesley has been there through the challenges and has been rewarded by seeing Wavecare grow healthier each year. Her hope is that for the future, Wavecare can continue to improve and expand in what they do so well, keeping lives on track.
While this was fulfilling, Sunitha was always seeking more purposeful work and finally found her niche in the not-for-profit sector. For over 20 years now, Sunitha has had the privilege of contributing to the shaping of legislation, policy and programs in the child and family welfare, health and early childhood sectors, working in organisations that support children and families who find themselves in difficult circumstances.
Sunitha strongly believes that small organisations, like Wavecare, play an integral role in serving their local community, and knows first-hand the challenges they face to sustain themselves. As a result, she is inspired by the dedicated staff and people who run the organisation that provide support, guidance and hope to those who are struggling. Being on the Wavecare board has given Sunitha the opportunity to continue making a meaningful contribution to help people in need and make a difference.
In her spare time, Sunitha runs a small social purpose business that handcrafts home and body care products to raise much needed funds for charitable causes. She also enjoys furniture making, gardening and has recently added pottery-making to her ever-growing list of hobbies.
Michelle is also a Committee member of Connor’s Run. Connor’s Run is the largest fund raising event for paediatric brain cancer in Australia. The fun run has raised over $5.7m over 8 years for research.