Board of Directors

Stuart Davidson – Chairperson
Joining the Homes Out West Board in 2018, Stuart recently retired from the General Manager¹s role with the Department of Justice and Regulation (Hume Region). Prior to his work with the Victorian Government, Stuart managed the Consumer and Tenancy Advice Service. He has extensive experience in governance of community organisations and has strong interpersonal skills which have been utilised in community and stakeholder engagement. He has worked with Aboriginal and migrant communities, and brings a wealth of insight and expertise in government grants and funding.

Matthew Watts
Matthew is currently the Corporate Services Manager of Purtills Deniliquin with experience and skills in corporate governance, risk management and management of various corporate support functions. He has extensive prior experience in the Information Technology field. Matthew holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Karen Wilson
Karen has over 20 years’ experience as an educator. Gaining experience in management, financial and project management has been her focus over the past 10 years. Karen comes with great local knowledge of the Deniliquin Aboriginal community as well as the wider community. She is currently the chairperson of the Deniliquin Community Working Party, and The Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. Karen has previously been a board member of South West Arts. She is also the current Deniliquin delegate of the Regional Local Decision Making body for the Riverina Murray Regional Alliance.

Martin Wilmshurst
Martin was appointed to the Board in October 2020. Martin is retired and has a background in hospitality management with a large component being accommodation management and group property management. Martin is passionate about community services, believing in giving back and helping the community. Martin is currently Assistant Governor of Rotary. He established the Deniliquin Multicultural Group and is a Director of the Deniliquin RSL.

Gillian McKenna
Gillian commenced her position on the Board in 2021. She has a background in finance, administration and office management and has previously been a tax consultant.

Jennifer Choice
Jennifer was appointed in 2022. Jennifer served on the police force for 38 years and as a member of the army reserve for 13 years. Jennifer has a keen interest and expertise in issues around domestic violence, child mistreatment and sexual assault. Jennifer holds tertiary qualifications in business administration, child protection and investigation and has a Masters in Human Resources. Jennifer is driven to give back to the community.