Our board

South East Volunteers is an incorporated association that is managed by a Chief Executive Officer and governed by a committee. It is supported by a small number of paid staff and dedicated volunteers.

Gavin Watson – Chief Executive Officer

Our  CEO is Gavin Watson, who has worked in the community service sector for a number of years.  He has a wide range of skills and management experience, as well as volunteering experience.


Our board consists of highly respected people from the surrounding areas with experience in a wide range of skills, from financial and legal to business and community service.

Our Board consists of the following members:

Steve Waugh-  Chairperson

Steve has proven business development experience and commercial skills.  He is an experienced non-executive director with strong governance skills and exposure to State and National sport, local community sport, tertiary education, disability and not-for-profit organisations.

Steve has a Masters in Business Administration (Executive).

Tamra Keating – Vice Chairperson

Tamra is a Higher Education Executive specialising in organisational strategy, community development, with a focus on marketing, fundraising and event management.  She has a strong strategic planning & relationship management experience and has a worked with people from a wide range of national and international backgrounds.

Tamra has Bachelor of Arts in Communication Management and a Master of Arts.

Kee Chi – Treasurer

Kee is a director of an accounting practice and has experience in business strategy and performance management, risk, tax, and transactional services across a range of sectors, both in Australia and overseas.  She is a Chartered Accountant and a workshop facilitator for the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Stanley Goricane – Secretary

Stan is a qualified industrial chemist and has held various managerial positions at Monsanto Ltd, and  BP Chemicals P/L with local and international responsibilities in procurement, sales, marketing, operations, and Occupational Health and Safety.  Stan has managed his own business for over 20 years.  He has been a volunteer in the Monash community for over 10 years.

Stan has a Diploma of Applied Science (Chemistry).

Terry Long

Terry has experience in business management in the retail industry, with a focus on project management.  Terry retired in 2010 and became a volunteer driver at South East Volunteers, serving the community of Monash through his volunteering.

Terry has a Bachelor of Business.

Dr. Christine Papas

Christine has over 35 years in the Education sector as a secondary school teacher as well as primary school.  She has been involved in the Greek community in Monash, speaks fluent Greek and has been involved in literacy programs in the local community.   Christine has a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master in Education Studies.

Despina Djumas

Despina is as retired lawyer, previously working for the Victorian Legal Aid.  Despina has been involved in volunteering for SEV in our Monash Community Safety Register, communicating with our Greek speaking members.  Despina has been a volunteer for 6 years.

Jey Thani

Jey is a senior healthcare professional with over 10 years of experience leading people in residential, community and in-home health and human services.  He is passionate about providing exceptional customer service, unleashing the potential in people and promoting continuous improvement strategies.

Jey has a Masters in Business Management.