Board of Management

Raelene Hanratty, Chair 

Raelene has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since July 2015.

Raelene and her husband Dennis dairyfarm at Upper Maffra West where they have raised 7 children.

Raelene is dedicated to the local community and has held many executive committee positions on various organisations. She is currently the Deputy Chair of Southern Rural Water’s ‘Macalister Customer Consultative Committee’, the secretary of the Heyfield Tennis Club, and the treasurer of the Nambrok Newry Junior Football Club.

Raelene is committed to ensuring that Heyfield Hospital and Laurina Lodge provide quality services to the Heyfield and District community.

Appointed to the Board in 2015.

Peter Skeels, Vice Chair 

Peter has over 36 years experience in the provision of financial, commercial, and strategic advice within the utility and service provision industries. His past roles have included Financial Planning and Strategy, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager, Customer Services.  Peter is currently employed with Gippsland Water where his substantive role is General Manager, Operations. In recent years, Peter has been extensively involved in the justification, financing, construction and delivery of the Gippsland Water Factory project, a $230m advanced wastewater treatment and recycling project located near Morwell, Victoria.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Business, Monash University with majors in Accounting and Economics and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA). He has held the following voluntary appointments, Past Chairman, Gippsland Branch CPA 1998 – 2004, Director and Deputy  Chairman, Gippsland Grammar School, Sale 2004 – 2013 and Director Heyfield Hospital Incorporated 2014 – present.

Peter’s primary recreational interests revolve around scuba diving where he is recognised by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and with Technical Diving International as an Instructor.

Appointed to the Board in 2014.


Keith Borthwick

Keith has practised as a Solicitor in Heyfield for 36 years. He is a past president of the Heyfield Hospital Board and has also served as Director and Company Secretary of Heyfield & District Community Financial Services Limited, the franchisee of the Heyfield & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.  His recreational interests include sailing, gardening and the Heyfield 2 CAE Book Club.

Appointed to the Board in 2004.

John Sunderman

John was educated at Heyfield primary school and Gippsland Grammar, spending a semester at the University of Illinois in year 12. On finishing school, John has worked on the family farm at Heyfield running angus cattle stud, a poll Dorset sheep stud and a dairy farm.

John has been President of the Catholic College (Sale) school Board, Secretary/Treasurer of the Seaton Fire Brigade, Secretary and Treasurer of the Heyfield Golf Club and a member of the Macalister Consultative Committee for Irrigators.

Appointed to the Board in 2014.

Sarah Christian

Appointed to the Board in 2017.

Gerry Davis

Gerry was for many years a partner in a large multi-person Veterinary Practice, combining veterinary work and management roles. He has been active in the Victorian division of the Australian Veterinary Association and is currently an office bearer with the Heyfield Lions Club. Recently retired from veterinary practice, he is now enjoying his farming interests near Heyfield

Appointed to the Board in 2018

Lucy Graham

Appointed to the Board in 2019.

Anne Wootton

Ann has been in executive and general management since 1998.  Ann’s career has been in professional services, firstly in Australian law firms in knowledge and operational management, moving to the compliance and risk management services industry in executive management roles. Her most recent executive role was in the Property services industry and as an executive director of a global risk management company.  She has worked with clients from major Australian banks to Fortune 500 organisations globally.

Ann was employed by SAI Global from 2000 – 2017, an ASX-200 public company until acquired by private equity and delisted in December 2016.  For the majority of this time, Ann was in executive management positions in Australia and the USA.  Firstly, as General Manager of the APAC Compliance Division, followed by President of the Americas Compliance Division.  Ann was most recently the Director of the Property Division achieving significant year-on-year growth, with annual revenue in excess of $180m.  Ann was also an Executive Director and member of EXCO of this global organisation.

Ann has recently retired to Gippsland in country Victoria and is on a steep learning curve in developing a very different skills set!

Ann has previously served on not-for-profit boards:

  • The Governance Risk & Compliance Institute – a board representing the Compliance and Risk professional industry in Australia
  • The Good Samaritan Board – a board overseeing an accommodation shelter in Melbourne for women and children who seek refuge from domestic violence

Professionally, Ann is interested in non-executive Director roles in Victoria and NSW and consulting in her areas of expertise.  Ann and her husband Morris Bellamy have formed a consulting partnership called Cretata Executives.

Appointed to the Board in 2020.


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