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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors have the task of ensuring CRAM pursues its Mission by adhering to recognised governance, risk and financial management principles that underpin strategic growth objectives. The Directors on the Board are all volunteers and represent a range of skills and experience suited to the governance of the organisation.

There are two sub-committees of the Board; the Audit and Risk committee and the HR and Remuneration committee, and an advisory committee, the Practices Review Committee. 

The Cram Board is currently seeking Expressions of Interest to join the Board of Directors, Click here for more information

Linda Wright - Chair

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Linda joined the Board in 2009 and in 2016 took on the role of Deputy Chair with the view of becoming Chair from 2018. A lawyer specialising in Family Law, Linda is a partner of her law firm based in Wollongong. Linda has been on the management committee of the Illawarra Legal Centre for 23 years, is a Past President of the Wollongong and District Law Society and is involved with the Executive Committee of the Collaborative Family Lawyers Illawarra and Shoalhaven, as well as having held positions on two school P & C committees. Linda is the Chair of Cram’s Practice Review committee.  

Bill Dowson OAM - Deputy Chair

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Bill joined the Board in 2017 and brings significant business and entrepreneurial experience, having both developed and acquired small businesses in the hardware, self-storage and document management sectors. Bill’s community roles have included Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, Rotary, Illawarra Sports Stadium Trust, Illawarra basketball and Illawarra Academy of Sport. Bill is a member of Cram’s Risk & Audit committee.

Richard Walsh

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Richard joined the Board in December 2017 and brings with him a wealth of experience in human resources and industrial relations across a number of industries. Richard is currently the Head of People & Culture Operations for a large aged care and seniors living organisation (IRT Group) and is also a member of the University of Wollongong HRM Advisory committee. Richard has previously been a director on the board of IRT and he is the Chair of the HR and Remuneration committee.

Judy Mullan

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 Judy Mullan is an Associate Professor within the University of Wollongong (UOW) School of Medicine. She is the Academic Director of the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population (CHRISP) and the Deputy Director of the Illawarra and Southern Practice Based Research Network (ISPRN) recognised as one of Australia’s most successful primary care research networks. Judy holds Bachelor degrees in Pharmacy and the Arts, as well as a PhD in Public Health. She is a registered pharmacist and a fellow of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia. Judy has made significant professional and research contributions in the areas of: health services research, chronic disease management, safe medication management, aged care research, multicultural health, patient education and health literacy.

Ben Twyford

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Ben has been an accountant in the Illawarra for the past 20 years. As a practising accountant he has had exposure to many industries and various local businesses, from which he has developed a broad range of accounting and auditing skills. He also sits on the Salvation Army local business advisory Board. Ben will act on Crams Risk and Audit committee.

James Robins

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James was appointed as a director of The Cram Foundation in December 2020 and sits on the HR & Remuneration Committee. He has resided in the Illawarra for over 15 years and brings a broad range of experience in leadership, risk management, strategy, Information Technology and cyber security. James is also currently Chief Information and Digital Officer at Peoplecare Health. He is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and has completed a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), a Bachelor of Commerce (Management), a Master of Information Science and a Certificate of Executive Leadership.

Elena Beleska

Elena Beleska

Elena joined our Board of Directors in 2022 and brings a wealth of experience to Cram. Elena currently works locally in the Property Development space at IRT. Her professional experience also includes architectural firm work, property development, and 8 years working at UOW in both the Planning and the Capital Works teams. Elena has degrees in Engineering, Architectural Technology, Construction Management, and a Masters of Business Administration. She is also member of numerous professional organisations including the National Association of Women in Construction, Urban Development Institute of Australia, and the Property Council.