Hampton Park Care Group Inc. is a not-for-profit, Charitable Incorporated Association, established to support individuals of all ages and backgrounds to belong, be and become and to support our local community to lead active and full lives through information, education, and service provision and advocacy.
Hampton Park Care Group Inc. Board of Governance sets the strategic direction and provides leadership and guidance for the organisation to deliver on its strategic initiatives, through strong governance and agile decision-making.
The Annual General Meeting is usually held in March or before the end of May.
Notice of the meeting is sent to all Hampton Park Care Group Inc. members, who are also invited to attend the meeting
Jeff McAlpine – Chair, Hampton Park Community House
Jeff has over 40 years’ professional experience, working primarily across local government in a range of disciplines, including senior roles in economic development and strategic planning at the Waverley Council in Sydney and the Monash Council in Melbourne.
With a strong background in Town Planning, Strategic Planning, Economic Development and Property Law, in 2016 Jeff established the Eastern Innovation Business Centre – a high tech facility in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs that provides an accelerator environment for local businesses to turn innovative ideas into commercial successes. He was Executive Member of the Centre Board for four years.
Earlier in his career, from 1975 until 1987, Jeff studied at the University of Melbourne and was awarded a Bachelors of Town and Regional Planning,a Bachelors of Law, aMasters of Urban Planning and a Masters of Environmental Studies.
Jeff furthered his legal studies in 1992, when he graduated from Victoria’s Leo Cussen Institute (a highly regarded independent centre of excellence for practical legal training). A year later, he was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and registered as a practitioner with the High Court of Australia.
Jeff is passionate about people. He has a network of connections and, no matter where he is in the world, his focus is on community. His depth and breadth of knowledge and experience place him well as an expert mediator and mentor.
Jeff lives for his classic Holden cars and can often be seen engaging with people who stop to talk to him about his vehicles. In 2022, he was President of the Lion’s Pride Holden Car Club Inc.
Jeff is a man who is passionate about his community. He brings a wealth of diverse professional skills, business acumen and genuine dedication to his role as Chair of the Hampton Park Community House.
Rev. Frederic (Ric) Holland – Vic Chair, Hampton Park Community House
With a lifelong commitment to social justice, Rev Ric Holland is a highly regarded leader in the community sector, known for putting people at the centre of every connection he makes.
Rev Ric has been on the HPCH Board of Governance since for many years as he was our Chairperson. His selfless contribution has been driven by a genuine commitment to further embed the Community House as a welcoming place of support, inclusion and empowerment.
Rev Ric has enjoyed an esteemed, multi-faceted senior management career in Australia and overseas. He has balanced roles as both an ordained Minister of religion with senior executive positions in the not-for-profit sector and within the community media industry.
From 2010 until recently, Rev Ric was CEO for the Melbourne City Mission. This proud not-for-profit was established in 1854 with a focus on creating new possibilities for children, young people and adults experiencing disadvantage.
Prior to this role, he was Director of Community Engagement at St Michael’s Uniting Church in Melbourne’s CBD.
Currently Minister of Hampton Park Uniting Church, his diverse career has included leadership roles across the community sector including the Marriage Guidance Council UK, the Animal Welfare League and Parkinson’s Australia.
Rev Ric is a graduate of the University of London and holds an Honours Degree in Theology, Philosophy, Ethics and Sociology. He has undertaken Ministerial training and ordination in the UK Methodist Church and has been accepted into the Uniting Church in Australia as a fully recognised Minister.
Rev Ric Holland is a compassionate, energetic and progressive individual committed to improving lives in the communities he serves.
Bruce McBain – Honorary Treasurer, Hampton Park Community House
Bruce has been a resident of Hampton Park since 2017 and is married with two adult children.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Deakin University and has post graduate qualifications in Accounting and Law.
Bruce’s professional career has seen him work in roles as diverse as Group Company/Secretary/Financial Controller at Bain Clarkson Pacific Ltd Group (insurance brokers) to Group Company Secretary and related corporations at The Age Company Ltd (the high profile metropolitan and regional newspaper publisher).
For 14 years, Bruce was CEO of the Corporate Superannuation Association. Established in 1997, the Association is the representative body for large corporate not-for-profit superannuation funds and their employer-sponsors. His multi-faceted role included Member Services, Member Education, Researching Submissions, and Marketing & Administration.
Throughout his career, he has also held a portfolio of Governance roles and is a sessional TAFE lecturer.
Bruce is a member of a number of professional associations – he is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant, a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as solicitor.
He has been active in local community associations and sees his professional contribution as a way to ‘give back’ to organisations in which he has a personal interest. These include diverse groups and roles such as:
Past Chapter President, Regional Vice President and National Committee, Australian Jaycees, now Life Member
Past Chapter President, past Regional Treasurer, Rotary, now honorary member
Past Chair and current volunteer and Life Member, Fitzroy Legal Service
Past Company Secretary Whitelion (Youth at Risk)
Past Parish & Diocesan Governance
Former member, Vice Chancellors Circle, Deakin University
Secretary Uniting Place Church Council (Present)
Treasurer Dandenong & District Historical Society (Present).
Diane Leak – Secretary/Public Officer, Hampton Park Community House
Diane has happily lived, worked and been active in and around Hampton Park since 1975 and, since then, has been known locally as a caring, committed and involved community member.
Her contribution to community has seen extensive experience in Stakeholder Management across a range of not-for-profit organisations and, a subject dear to her heart, Religious Education.
As well, Diane also has enjoyed over 30 years’ co-ordination and liaison experience with Hampton Park local schools. Working closely with educators and children has always been vital.
She also has much lived experience and has volunteered tirelessly with local groups – Hampton Park Community Event Management, Community Gardens and Food Relief – for over 40 years.
Diane has also held governance roles in Hampton Park Uniting Church council where forged close ties with community and worked actively to support vulnerable people.
Professionally, Diane specialises in the area of Children’s Services as an experienced early-years and play group facilitator.
More broadly, her work in Community Services within the Hampton Park Precinct Partners group and Neighbourhood House Social Support activities sees Diane respected as a dedicated and hardworking contributor to the lives of people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
May Saba Sabet – General Member, Hampton Park Community House
May was born in Iran, she spent her formative years in Johannesburg and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), and now happily calls Melbourne home.
Driven by compassion and an abiding sense of social justice, May is driven to creating lasting change at the grassroots level with young people, families and institutions in the South-East of Naarm.
Through her work she aims to raise consciousness and build the skills, tools and attitudes needed to contribute to a more just and understanding world.
Her experience lies in the nexus of community development, arts and education.
As a co-creator of theatre with young people, her previous work included directing the play Everything in Between with high school students and facilitating workshops for The Power Of Expression, a play about female genital mutilation that toured schools in Dar-es-Salaam.
She uses theatre to unite hearts and dissolve social barriers. She works as a teaching artist, while producing and directing independent pieces with youth.
May’s contribution to HPCH will focus on the interconnection between children and young people and their creative expression, aiming to give them a voice while reinforcing their valuable places in our community.
The Executive Team
Kate Madden – Executive Officer, Hampton Park Community House
Kate brings a wealth of diverse and interesting professional experience and qualifications to her senior leadership role at Hampton Park Community House.
With a 20-plus year career spanning strong Community Development and leadership practice, Kate took on the role of Hampton Park Community House Manager in January 2020. She is currently the Executive Officer for Hampton Park Care Group Inc.
Kate’s achievements in community leadership are extensive. They include senior positions as Executive Officer for Diamond Valley Learning Centre, Community Manager for Laurimar Town Centre (in the City of Whittlesea) and Community Development Coordinator for Parkinson’s Victoria.
Academically, Kate has an impressive record of qualifications. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts-Psychology (University of Port Elizabeth), a Diploma of Management (RMIT), an Advanced Diploma of Community Management (PRACE), a Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE 16) Eltham Learning Centre, and is a Graduate of the Centre for Courage and Renewal Facilitation Program.
A lifelong learner, Kate is presently completing a Bachelor of Education at Swinburne University.
Kate was a Board Director for the Dear Dyslexic Foundation for three years. She is a current member of the Institute of Community Directors, IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation) and ANZACATA, the peak professional body representing creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
Kate brings a unique combination of professional commitment, energy and focus to her role as Executive Director.
Asad Abbasi – Finance Officer, Hampton Park Community House
Principal of Cloudxaccounting, Asad has more than 15 years’ experience in accounting, finance, administration and compliance-related roles in retail, education, banking, financial, medical and manufacturing industries.
During his career, he has accumulated valuable knowledge in accounting and finance procedures.
Having worked in professional services firms and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and abroad, Asad has developed strong networks and expertise in navigating complex not-for-profit regulations and risk, including internal auditing and compliance experience.
Asad has extensive up-to-date knowledge of Accounting Standards, sound knowledge of the Australian taxation system, as well as dashboard reporting and analytics.
He also has practical experience of filing APRA, ATO and ASIC returns, preparing financial reports, including budgeting, forecasting and variance analysis, financial reporting, data analysis, balance sheet reconciliations, office support and staff management, budget control, administration and process improvement.
Asad has a personal desire to provide high quality financial support to community organisations.
Through his work with the HPCH Executive team, Asad aims to raise awareness of the House’s important work in the broader community, and be an effective advocate for increased funding for community services, research and the individuals, families and organisations he serves.