Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors manage the business of Merri Health, providing a governing approach and expert advice.


There is a maximum of ten (10) Directors on the board of Merri Health.

  • Six (6) Directors elected by the Members in accordance with the Merri constitution
  • Up to four (4) co-opted Directors are appointed by the Board

The Directors may appoint a person to fill a Co-opted Director position.

On selecting suitable applicants for the position of Co-opted Director, the Directors must strive to ensure that the Board has:

(a) the essential and desired generalist skills, specialist skills, qualifications, experience and expertise set out in a skills matrix previously approved by the Directors in respect of:

  • each individual Co-opted Director; and
  • the overall composition of the Board as a whole

(b) regard to representation from the geographical regions served by Merri Health

(c) diversity of gender and cultural representation.


The Board operates under Governance principles, which means that Merri Health has an effective controlled environment, in which business risks are properly identified and managed. This gives a clear operational framework through which the organisation will achieve its stated goals.

The Board appoints and delegates all operational responsibilities to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), as the governance role focuses on the development and monitoring of policies. The CEO’s main responsibility is to implement operational responsibilities through the establishment of appropriate programs and services.

Board members

Carlo Carli



Carlo has lived in Moreland most of his life and has been involved in public policy for most of his professional career.

Carlo has been a public advocate for access and equity, multiculturalism and broader human rights issues in the community and Government and was a Member of Parliament for Brunswick, for 16 years. He is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish and has a good command of the French language.

Carlo is currently President of the Brunswick Zebras Soccer Club and Chair of the Legislative Leadership and Governance Group.

Darryl Annett

Deputy Chair


Darryl has lived in the northern suburbs of Melbourne for over 22 years and has been actively involved in the community through local school groups and sports clubs.

Daryl is a lawyer that has 30 years experience, with a legal career in the public sector and private practice, in criminal defence advocacy and criminal prosecution work. He held a four-year appointment as Deputy Chair of the Business Licensing Authority and is currently the Co coordinator of the Salvation Army’s Urban Justice Centre.

Marleine Raffoul

Board member


Marlene has been a resident of the City of Moreland for 13 years and has been involved in various committees within the area.

Marlene has been educated in three languages and her knowledge extends to teaching and business expertise. She is passionate and committed to improving health services to the multicultural community of Moreland, and looks forward to extending her expertise to its residents.

Michael Malakonas

Board member

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Michael is a strategic Executive (CEO & CFO & COO) with more than 28 years’ experience in finance, accounting, operations, enterprise risk strategy, governance and general management.

Michael has worked for large multi-national corporations, predominantly in the financial services industry, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Zeal Solutions Pty Ltd and a non-executive Director, chairing the Finance and Audit Risk Management Committee at Merri Health.

Michael has held diverse roles across his career such as Chief Executive Officer, finance director, Chief Finance Officer, Chief Operating Officer, general manager, head of strategy and enablement, risk controller, finance manager, financial planning and analysis manager and senior financial accountant. Roles have predominantly been in large multi-national corporations, including Experian Asia Pacific, Macquarie Bank, ANZ Bank, GE Capital, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Caterpillar Financial Services and Transfield Services.

Michael is a Fellow CPA, holds a CPA MBA from Deakin University, majoring in leadership and communication, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Katerina Angelopoulos

Board member


I am experienced Director with a background in corporate management, health issues planning, human resources and community engagement. In2008 I was appointed to the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine Advisory Committee, and I am actively engaged in governance activities with a number of Melbourne based organizations.
I have lived in the Brunswick and Coburg areas for 45 years. For 25 of these years I have been involved in community service, including the local YMCA, Ethnic Communities Council and as a Councillor with the Moreland City Council.

I am committed to improving the overall health and well being of the residents of Moreland and people who use the  service.

Julie McCormack

Board member


Julie is the Manager of the Clinical Training Unit at Dental Health Services Victoria, where she has been since May 2012. Her previous role was with the Australian Dental Association (ADA), Victoria Branch, as the Manager of Continuing Professional Development and Training and the Manager, Industry Partnerships.

Prior to joining the ADA, Julie was the General Manager of Education at the Law Institute of Victoria and Secretary to the Accredited Specialisation Board. Before commencing at the Law Institute, she was National Manager Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners where she also project managed the implementation of the Mental Health item numbers; a three-year joint project with the psychiatrists and psychologists.

Julie has a background in Education and Public Health. Her work experience includes four years as a Lecturer in Education at University of Melbourne, policy and curriculum development with Victoria University and the development of education resources for the Royal Women’s Hospital. Julie also is a Director of a small business called Incompany, Women in Trades.

Julie holds a Masters in Public Health (Women’s Health), Graduate Diploma in Education and Certificate 1V in Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Frontline Management. She has trained as a mediator.

Joseph Caputo

Board member

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Joe lives and is active in Melbourne’s Northern Suburb and was elected Board member of Merri Health in October 2017.

Joe has been involved in advocacy for the rights of minorities throughout all of his adult life. During the 1970s and 80s he was involved in promoting the rights of migrant workers. From 2001 to 2011, Joe was a member of the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Joe has also served as Councillor and Mayor in the former City of Brunswick and as Councillor and Mayor in the City of Moreland. Joe is a founding member of the Moreland/Hume/Aileu (Timor Leste) Friendship Committee, is an expert in industrial relations and holds a Master of Business from RMIT.

Joe is currently the Chairperson of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia and served as Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria between 2011-2013. He is still serving as a member of the Executive of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria in the capacity of immediate past Chair. Joe is also the Secretary of the Brunswick-based 3ZZZ, the multilingual community radio station.

Benjamin Maxfield

Board member

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Benjamin Maxfield is the Government Relations adviser for Victoria’s $11 billion Metro Tunnel project;  Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project. Prior to joining the metro tunnel project Benjamin worked as a senior adviser in both the Gillard Government and then Shorten Opposition. Following his stint in federal politics he joined the Australian Council of Trade Union’s where he led their national health and safety campaigns.

Benjamin has a keen interest in defence and foreign policy. In recent times Benjamin has worked with Social Democratic Parties and organisations around the world to improve their electoral standing and human rights record. He is the founding director of the Australia Israel Labor Dialogue that seeks to promote and foster dialogue and fraternal links between the Australian and Israeli Labor Parties.

Ann Taylor

Board member

Information to come soon.