Governance & Maintenance

Dougherty Management

Effective Corporate Governance is a feature of Dougherty’s management. Dougherty has a committed Board of Directors comprising members from Willoughby City Council, and Housing NSW.

The Board meets each month and reviews both the day-to-day operational management and the strategic direction and issues of Dougherty. Overall day-to-day management is vested in the General Manager of the facility.

At Dougherty we encourage our residents, families and friends to provide as much feedback as possible in order to make positive changes.

Self Care Committee

Dougherty has a Self Care Committee comprising interested and committed residents from the resident funded section of self care residents.

The Committee meets monthly and these meetings are attended by the General Manager, who keeps the Committee up-to-date with issues at Dougherty.

Any items of concern to the Committee are also raised with the General Manager, so there is a mutual cross flow of information between management and the self care residents.

There are several ways to ‘feedback’ to the Managers:

Residential Care Residents Meetings

Residential Care Residents’ Meetings are held monthly. Here you and your fellow residents can have your say on various aspects of the management of the residential care – things such as food, cleaning, maintenance, care services and recreation activities etc.

Corporate Governance

Dougherty Apartments is the trading or operating name of the legal entity ‘Dougherty Apartments Retirement Housing Project’ (DARHP), a public company limited by guarantee and incorporated on 18 September 1989. Dougherty Apartments is a not-for-profit, community based, charitable organisation which services the aged care needs of its local community. It is also a deductable gift receipt (9AF1595C), meaning that donations of $2 and over to the organisation are tax deductable.

DARHP is governed by a Board of Directors comprising five (5) Directors, two each from Willoughby City Council and Housing NSW and the Chair.

Our Wonderful Directors

Virginia Howard OAM, B.A., M.A (Hons), Dip Ed, MAICD
Virginia Howard OAM, B.A., M.A (Hons), Dip Ed, MAICDChair
Virginia has been a Director of Dougherty for 6 years. She is also Chair of Taldumande Youth Services and a Director of Mosman Bendigo Bank and Mosman Community Services. She was previously a Director of UnitingCare Ageing Sydney North and Mosman Community College.
Virginia was a Councillor on Mosman Council for 16 years, including three years as Mayor and one year as Deputy Mayor. She has been the Administrator of Mosman Meals on Wheels, School Projects Officer for Australian Red Cross in NSW, taught English at Loreto Kirribilli, undertook Community Relations at Queenwood School and was the Executive Director of the Wenona Foundation.
She is a strong believer in social justice and respecting and helping two sections of the community who are often not listened to: teenagers and older citizens.
George Carvin MBA, MAICD
George Carvin MBA, MAICDHousing NSW
George Carvin is the Executive Director, Assets in the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC). Appointed in 2010, George has over 20 years asset management experience working in leadership positions nationally and internationally, in both the private sector and government.
Prior to joining LAHC George held senior positions in Australia and the UK leading asset management divisions in various sectors including Energy, Transport and Community Assets. George has also worked as State Manager across NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania managing some of the largest third party advertising contracts in Australia.
Councillor Denis Fernandez
Councillor Denis Fernandez
Denis is educated in Town Planning and Project Management, with over 25 years of Australian and International experience in project development of infrastructure and built environment initiatives within the government and private sectors. Denis has expertise across diverse disciplines to contribute to board management, previously assisting organisations within the senior living and aged care sector, Primelife, UnitingCare Ageing and Horizon Living and Martifer Renewables and Macquarie Capital in the renewable energy sector.
Denis is an elected Councillor of the City of Willoughby, and in addition is the President of the Australia Timor-Leste Business Council. In giving to the community, both here and within one of our closest and poorest neighbours, he has gained a keen insight into the governance of purpose so as to improve equity and fairness for all.
Melanie Smith
Melanie SmithDeputy Chair
Melanie is Director of Community, Culture and Leisure at Willoughby City council, managing a diverse portfolio ranging from Aged Care and Library Services to Performing Art and Open Space.
Melanie is a Senior Executive with extensive community leadership experience. She has more than 27 years experience working in the private, not for profit and government sectors. For the past 8 years, Melanie has worked in Local Government in Western Australia and New South Wales, which includes the management of large aged care portfolios.
Melanie has a demonstrated, extensive history of working with organisations within the aged care and disability sectors. She has been responsible for the management and oversight of residential and non-residential facilities.
Nicola Jeffers
Nicola Jeffers
Nicola Jeffers is currently Executive District Director of Sydney, South Eastern Sydney and Northern Sydney Districts for Family and Community Services (FACS).
She has a depth of experience across human services including social housing, child protection, out of home care, community development, commissioning, health, youth justice, disability, Aboriginal affairs and family violence. She has previously worked in Senior Executive roles in both Queensland and Victoria.
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