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Our Board

Meet our Board

The Board of Cooinda Benalla comprises of community members who hold skills and experience that provide strong governance across the organisation.


Richard Rubia (joined 2015)
B.V.Sc, M.V.S.

Richard is a consultant/subject facilitator, Melbourne University Veterinary Facility, he works with Animal Health Australia and the Australian Federal Government, State Government and Hong Kong Government as a veterinarian.  He is also a member of Rotary Benalla.


Lis O’Halloran (joined 2020)
Registered Nurse, Post Graduates in Health Promotion& Paediatrics

Lis is currently a Nurse Educator at GOTAFE and Benalla Health.
She has nursed within the health sectors for 31 years, including Royal Flying Doctors Service, aged & acute care and community health.
Lis mother of three children, lives on the family farm at Warrenbayne West, est. 1870.

Chair Finance Committee
Norma Hodgson (joined 2022)

Norma is a qualified Management Accountant, with experience in local government and manufacturing.
She has a strong background in financial management, budgeting, forecasting and audit.
Born in Canada, Norma moved to Benalla in 1999 where she has been involved with various local organisations.


Peter Radford

Peter hopes that his 50 years in medical practice (last 33 in Benalla) will enable him to bring a useful perspective to Cooinda, in particular in the areas of Clinical Governance and in trying to navigate the myriad of government regulations which beset the aged care sector.
Peter also serves as President of the Benalla Bridge Club.


Margaret Richards OAM (joined 2020)

Margaret moved to Benalla 25 years ago,  Prior to and in her retirement she has undertaken voluntary work in many different capacities including establishing a kindergarten and neighbourhood houses.  For many years, she has been a telephone counsellor for people in crisis and more recently has been involved in the Benalla Rose Festival, is a friend of the Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre and is a board member of the Benalla Art Gallery.

Margot Sherwill (joined 2022)

Margot has resided in Benalla since 1986.  A retired primary school teacher  and former Principal, Margot has  produced training programs for teachers and authored readers for use in remote schools.  Margot is an active volunteer with Rotary and has volunteered overseas training teachers.  Margot and her partner enjoy spending time with her children, grand children and great grandchildren.


Doug Smith (joined 2011)
MIE Aust, CPEng.

Doug is qualified Civil & Municipal Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia.  He is the Past president of Rotary Benalla and Benalla & District Memorial Hospital and a life member and past president of Benalla Apex.



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