Board of Management


Our executive board members


Sean Dignum


Board member since 2015. Sean has a dairy farm in Neerim South and a strategic advisory consultancy in Melbourne. With an extensive network of contacts, his expertise is in advising companies and government during challenging periods such as service transition, sector reform, restructuring, business development, issues containment and media management. He has advised on several major government health campaigns and hospital projects. He is a Board member of the Committee for Gippsland, a former director of Latrobe Regional Hospital and is on several Baw Baw shire community group committees.

Arie Café



Board member since 2015. Arie is managing director of Victorian Engineering & Land Surveying and Arie Cafe & Associates Licensed Land Surveyors. He was President of the Victorian Division, National Councillor and President of National body of the Institute of Engineering Mining Surveyors Australia (IEMS), and a Fellow of this body and subsequently a fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute when it replaced the IEMS. Arie was previously a Director and Vice President of Neerim Hospital Board, as well as a community representative for Melbourne Water on the Tarago Reservoir committee.

Robert Southgate


Board member since 2000. Robert joined the NDHS Board as Treasurer. Before retiring, Robert was the owner of Gippsland Metal Recyclers. Previously, he was an Administration Officer at the Forrest Commission Victoria, Neerim District for 29 years. Presently Robert assists local community groups finalise their accounts to meet end of financial year requirements.

Greg Howson


Board member since 2012. A resident of Neerim District for over 25 years, Greg currently lives in Warragul and is owner of a café, catering and fine foods business in Garfield. He is a former member of the Neerim District Financial Services Board and his service to the community has included Neerim District Progress Association, the Neerim District Agricultural Show Society and both the Secondary and Primary School management committees. Before entering business for himself, his occupation was in the production group of a manufacturing and distribution company trading in household products.

Catherine Gale


New Board member. Cathy and her husband David have a Limousin beef stud in Neerim South, but she is better known as one of Melbourne’s top family lawyers. As well as Resolve Conflict Family Lawyers in Melbourne, Catherine is principal of Gippsland Mediation Centre in Drouin. She is a former President of The Law Institute of Victoria and The Law Council of Australia, and currently is on the board of the College of Law Victoria, the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Barrie Armitage


New Board member. Barrie is a retired lawyer and lives at Neerim South where he breeds Angus cattle. He is a former Councilor of the Shire of Warragul and has had extensive experience in education, health and aged care. He has served on a State secondary school council and the board of a major independent girls’ school. As a long- time board member of a leading Victorian social service organization, he was responsible for the planning, funding and construction of a 30-bed nursing home. He has also developed a 100-unit retirement village for a not-for- profit organization that he established.

Jenny Muir


New Board member. Jenny is a key member of the executive team behind the Tarago Gardens residential development in Neerim South, featuring 40 home and land packages for retirees. Born and raised in Neerim South, Jenny and her husband David currently live in Lillico. The Muirs have been long term supporters of our hospital and aged care facility, as well as being involved in many local community activities. Jenny has an extensive background in education management and is a member of Warragul Business Group.

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