Governance

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.
Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith
Melanie is an executive with extensive community leadership experience across the private, not-for-profit and Government sectors. She has worked in both the State and Local Government sectors, managing a diverse range of portfolio’s including aged care, children and youth services, foster care, employment assistance, disability services, mediation and conciliation services, drug and alcohol, mental health, recreation and leisure services, library and lifelong learning, performing arts and cultural services.
Melanie is a former Director, who re-joined the Board in late 2023.
George Carvin MBA, MAICD
George Carvin MBA, MAICDHousing NSW
George has over 20 years asset management experience working in leadership positions nationally and internationally, in both the private sector and government.
He is the former Executive Director, Assets in the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC). George has 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 a State Manager across NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
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.
Rebecca Krumins
Rebecca Krumins
Rebecca Krumins is the Director Contracts and Service Delivery at the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and has over 30 years’ experience in the construction cost and contract management industry in both the private and public sectors. Since joining LAHC, Rebecca has held senior positions in the development and management of major contracts including the largest social housing contract in the southern hemisphere. She is an award-winning Quantity Surveyor whose leadership experience extends into major commercial, aged care, infrastructure, education, federal government and residential projects across Australia and its territories.
Kay Richards
Kay Richards
Kay has over 30 years’ executive experience in aged care and health system policy and has held senior executive roles across a number of health and aged care organisations. As a registered nurse for more than 40 years, Kay is sought for her depth of skill across clinical governance, compliance, service management and key stakeholder engagement with an emphasis on issues relating to quality frameworks and provider service delivery.

Kay holds a Graduate Diploma and a Masters’ of Health Service Management and a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and a Member of the ACN Aged Care Nursing Faculty (Past Chair).

Kay holds Director positions on a number of age care service Boards and is an active member of Finance, Audit and Risk and Clinical Governance Committees.

Linda Perrine
Linda Perrine
Linda Perrine is currently the Culture, and Leisure Director at Willoughby City Council. She has over 25 years’ experience across local government, not for profit and private sectors delivering community services, strategic planning, infrastructure projects, community engagement and service improvement.
Linda has previously worked with aged care peak bodies when she managed the merger to create ACSA which helped develop an understanding of the challenges faced by the industry.
Craig Campbell
Craig Campbell
Craig has extensive executive management experience, including responsibility for hands-on operations, sales management, strategic planning, compliance, health & safety, HR, finance, and legal. He is an elected Councillor on Willoughby City Council. Craig joined the Board in March 2022.
Jing Qui
Jing Qui
Jing is an experienced member of the aged care workforce, serving as both a Registered Nurse and in senior leadership positions, having been involved in the sector for more than 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Technology Sydney, and a postgraduate diploma in Health Service Management. Jing currently works in residential aged care, with a drive to continuously improve nursing and care service operations. She brings a unique perspective to the Board as someone currently operating at the frontline. Jing has a strong belief in promoting quality of life for older people, noting that their laughter is her best reward.