Lyndon Stevenson – Chairperson

lyndon@ctst.org.au
(03) 6208 8550

Lyndon was born and raised in Tasmania, starting his career in sport and recreation facilities management. Lyndon completed various qualifications in employment services and management whilst pursuing a career in community services, where he worked as an employment consultant, and then Area Manager at STEPS Employment and Training Solutions. Lyndon became State Operations Manager of Campbell Page in 2009, a position he held until 2011.

Lyndon is the current Chair of the national peak body for community transport in Australia (ACTA), a position Lyndon has held since May 2018. Prior to taking on the role of Chair, Lyndon was appointed to the Board of ACTA in 2015. Lyndon also became the Chair of VICTAS Community Transport Association (VTCTA) in 2019, following holding the position of Deputy Chair since 2016.

Lyndon commenced his role of CEO of Community Transport Services Tasmania Inc (CTST) in May 2015. Lyndon pursued the opportunity to work with CTST because the organisation aligns with his passion for helping communities address issues of access and inclusion. CTST is a state-wide service provider, incorporating 50 staff members, approximately 8,000 clients, 350+ volunteers, and a fleet of 90 vehicles.

Lyndon has extensive experience in the community services industry and has held several senior management and senior executive positions within the youth, employment and training sectors. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Lyndon held the position of Chief Operating Officer / Deputy CEO of a large youth charity covering Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.

Away from the office, Lyndon enjoys spending time with his wife and children, fishing, cycling, and tending to his small hobby farm in the Huon Valley, Tasmania where he breeds Belted Galloway cattle. Lyndon is very active in his local community and is involved in a range of community activities most notably the President of his local cricket club.

Richard Garlick – Deputy Chair

rgarlick@sunassist.org.au
03 5023 1906

Richard is now considered ‘almost’ a local in Mildura after being born in McLaren Vale and spending his early years in South Australia before moving to Mildura in 1984.

Having worked in the community services industry for over 30 years, and completing various qualifications in the Welfare, Community Services, Disability and Management areas, Richard has gained a considerable understanding of Business Analysis, Dispute Resolution, Customer Service, Administration and Management within the Not-For-Profit sector. He has a demonstrated record of building and maintaining customer and business relationships, proven team leadership skills, the ability to analyse, identify and develop business opportunities, and also proven ability in strategic planning, event management and human resources.

Richard has previously had experience on the VTCTA as a Board member and returns to the Board as he wants to make a difference by contributing to the Community Transport industry, which he believes is so under-rated and unrecognised by many in positions who make decisions that can truly make a difference.

Richard is very passionate about the Mildura community and developing services to meet the needs of people living in the community. He has very little tolerance of self-centred people in the industry who are doing it for their own self-gratification that makes them feel good.

Previously holding high level management positions in large organisations in the Homelessness, Out of Home Care and Disability service areas, Richard commenced at Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc. over 9 years ago as the Executive Officer as he believes working with volunteers is true community service.

Personally, Richard enjoys keeping physically fit and feeding his passion for travelling to experience various outdoor activities including hiking, mountain climbing and water sports. He also appreciates and cherishes spending time with his three beautiful children.

Rita Lang – Treasurer

ceo@bridgescc.com.au
039 736 9700

Rita was appointed to the committee of the VTCTA in 2019 and has taken on the role of secretary and Treasurer and is acting Deputy Chair. Rita has worked at Bridges Connecting Communities for sixteen years starting in the Transport Department progressing to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Rita’s business degree complements the management of Bridges which has 12 staff, 260 volunteers and a fleet of seven vehicles. Rita has a passion and drive to supporting our senior members and is presently a member on the Knox Active Ageing Advisory Committee and Chairperson of a local dementia respite centre. Rita has held a variety of volunteer positions on boards and committees over the years and brings a rich experience in the Aged Care and Community Transport sector.

Vivienne Cunningham-Smith – Secretary

Viv.Cunningham-Smith@easternvolunteers.org.au
03 9870 7822

Viv Cunningham-Smith is CEO of Eastern Volunteers in the outer eastern metropolitan area of Melbourne. Viv commenced with Eastern in 2016. Prior to that she was General Manager with Playgroup Australia responsible for the contracting, research, practice and quality portfolios and CEO of Playgroup Victoria for four and a half years. Viv has had executive management positions in primary health and the child and family sector for over 25 years in NSW and more recently in Victoria. Viv has always delivered services through volunteers and established one of the first volunteer family support services in NSW. Viv is a social worker by trade and prior to coming to Victoria was Executive Manager with Barnardos Australia. She has a long history of working with not for profits introducing them to outcomes planning and measurement, strategic planning and good governance practice. Viv is passionate about supporting the small to medium not for profit sector to sustain their social businesses and continue to achieve measurable outcomes for their consumers.

General Members

Ann Burgess from South East Volunteers

– Danny David from LINK Community Transport

– Jadie Hunter from Australia Red Cross

– Jeanette Ryan from Western District Health Services

– Jim Watkins from Uniting Vic Tas

– Rebecca Burton from Nillumbik Shire Council 

Suzanne Phoenix – Executive Officer

info@vtcta.org.au
0438 780 911

Suzanne is VTCTA’s inaugural Executive Officer and commenced in February 2019. Suzanne has over 15 years experience in leadership roles in the Community, Not for Profit and Local Government sectors in the areas of social and community services and development. Suzanne has lived, worked and volunteered in Australia, England, Scotland and New Zealand.