Board Of Directors

The Carinya Society Board is governed by its constitution.  The constitution outlines a composition of Directors including a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, and Treasurer.  The Board of Directors are responsible for the overall Governance of Carinya Society, including determining the Strategic Directions of the organisation and monitoring the Financial, Risk and Accreditation requirements of the organisation.

To assist in the execution of its responsibility, the board establishers sub-committees on an annual basis.  These sub committees include: Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committees.

The current board includes:


Mr. Colin McKenzie

Colin is a retired Primary School Principal with 36 years teaching experience and a four year teaching qualification.  He also holds a Certificate in Resource Management from Victoria University.  Colin is a past President of Rotary Club of Pascoe Vale where he has been a member since 1992.  Previously an Assistant Governor for Rotary District 9790, Colin has served as a Rotary Volunteer on projects in the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea.

John Hoffman

Mr. John Hoffman
Deputy Chairperson

John is a local Chartered Accountant, operating a practice in Coburg for over 12 years. Originally educated at Deakin University, John worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers) for over 9 years firstly in the audit division and then in the tax practice. Since then, John has worked 12 years with ANZ Bank in their Corporate Tax Division in a number of roles, and in practice with an investment advisory firm (mainly tax advisory). John is involved in Rotary, his local Church and enjoys playing tennis and following football. He is originally a country boy having been raised on a farm in Western Victoria, and is married with two daughters, one son in law and one granddaughter.He is immensely proud of them all.

Amanda Burgess

Mrs. Amanda Burgess

Amanda is a CPA qualified Accountant with more than 15 years of experience in the private and public service sectors for a range of organisations across multiple disciplines and brings to Carinya experience and qualifications in Governance, Company Administration, Probity, and Quality Management. She is a married, mother of two girls (aged 10 and 13) and has lived in the Moreland area for more than 17 years. Amanda has always been active in the community and has enjoyed planning and co-ordinating fundraising events for our individuals in need, local kindergarten, parish and schools. “I am passionate about making a difference within the community that I live and enjoy assisting organisations to navigate reporting requirements, governance requirements and book keeping practices”.


Mrs. Rosemary Freeman

Rosemary is a physiotherapist with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Melbourne) and a Credential Certificate in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (McKenzie Institute, Australia). She began working for the Spastic Society of Victoria (now SCOPE) in the late 1970’s and has since worked in private practice in Pascoe Vale. As a result of her work as a physiotherapist, she has a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and their capacity to achieve their full potential within the community.


Mr. Nino Galgano LL.B

Nino is a Graduate of University of Melbourne Law School. He holds over 30 years’experience as a Legal practitioner in private practice.


Mr. Ivon Lofts

Ivon has had a long association with the Coburg community. In 1961, aged 17, he commenced full-time employment in the family footwear business Lofts Shoe Store, 428 Sydney Road, Coburg, until the store closed its doors in 2000.  Since then he has been actively involved in the footwear industry, including a Committee member of the National Footwear Association for approximately twenty years and the Treasurer of the Association for ten years.  He has also been President of the Shulanders Group. Ivon has been a member of the Rotary Club of Coburg since 1978 and was appointed President in 1995/96. Ivon has served as Secretary from 1987 to 1992 and again from 2012 to 2017. Recognizing Ivon’s contribution to the Rotary Club of Coburg he has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow with Sapphire.

Michael Keehan

Mr. Michael Keehan

Michael is currently a Branch Manager with Peoples Choice Credit Union in Melbourne CBD. He has spent most of his working life in the Banking and Finance Industry. Michael has also worked with a Community Services organisation as a Financial Counsellor.


Mr. Lucas Delgano

Lucas is an experienced digital product leader, with a reputation of building high-performing teams which deliver significant commercial and customer centric outcomes for organisations. Working with large organisations such as Telstra and New Corp Australia, Lucas creates and develops digital product plans to support large digital investment.