Stroke Association of Victoria



Phone (Mon-Fri, 10AM-3PM)              03 8529 5307



Postal Address                                      PO Box 2260, Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122

“Our Mission is to provide every stroke survivor and carer access to information and peer support services they need to re-engage with their community.”

Governance - Our Board


Peter Long, BSc CEng MIEE



Peter has been a member of the Association since 2006 and President since 2011. Peter held the role of Director and General Manager for 16 years at Optix Australia Ltd, an Australian - Japanese joint venture company, which manufactures telecommunications grade optical fibre. Since retiring from the role, he has held the role of Senior Election Official for the State of Victoria and was Chairman of Victorian Region 15 for the Australian Red Cross. Peter is a member and past President of the Rotary Club of West Footscray and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of service to the community and to Rotary.


Jacky Douglas

(Vice President)


Jacky became involved with the Association following her partner's stroke. Prior to the stroke, they operated their own business for many years. Jacky's professional career was in the private corporate sector. Jacky has also been a volunteer for a number of Community organisations, holding the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. Jacky is an Electorate Officer for the Northern Metro area and is involved with the Austin Hospital Community Advisory Committee.


Clare Gray



Clare is a Foundation Member of the Association and has assisted with establishing Stroke Support Groups across the state for over thirty years. Following Clare’s mother’s stroke, Clare cared for her at home for fourteen years.


Clare is a Certified Crisis Counsellor, previously ran her own business and worked in the Telecommunications industry. Her voluntary contributions to the Community are numerous, including volunteer for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Barwon Information Network, volunteer Consumer Representative and Quality Control for Barwon Health, past President of the YWCA in Geelong, Committee Member of National Council and a member of the Parish Nursing Inaugural Board until 2012. Prior to the Incorporation of the Association, Clare was on the Management Committee for the Stroke Talk News.


Clare is a life member of Y-Victoria and has been the Secretary of Stroke Australia Incorporated since 2005. Clare also volunteers at a number of Community events around Victoria, including the Amy Gillett Foundation Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Avalon Airshow.


Allan Gray



Allan worked in State Government as an Auditor for many years before starting his own business. Following his mother in law’s stroke, Allan assisted in caring for her at home for fourteen years. Allan has held various volunteer positions across the Community and Health sectors ranging from supporting stroke survivors through to assisting in the Barwon Health Cancer Clinic. Allan was awarded the ‘Life Member of the Barwon Health Transport of Patients’ award, which was voted by patients and staff, as well as a 15 years badge for his services.


Allan held the position of Yacht Club Commodore in Indented Head, Victoria. He has also held various volunteer positions in the Community, including assistant in a Learn to Drive (L to Ps) Programme and volunteer at the Amy Gillett Foundation Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.




Bob is a retired Senior Australian Army Officer and Civil Engineer who for seven years was also CEO of an Aged Care organisation. For many years, he has served on Community Boards and is a former President of Engineers Australia (Victoria Branch). He is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Kew and is a former District Director of Vocational Service and Assistant Governor in Rotary District 9800. In 2015, he received a District 9800 PHF for his Life After Stroke program and a RI President Vocational Leadership Award for this and other Rotary vocational programs he has initiated.


In 1992, Bob was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).


Bob has a driving interest in mentoring and the use of networks to find solutions to difficulties faced by many stroke survivors and carers seeking to reclaim their previous life. Bob's wife, Ruth, had a stroke in 2006 and they found the process for stroke rehabilitation far from satisfactory. After much perseverance and despite a number of hurdles over the following 12 months, Ruth was driving again and back at work albeit with changed conditions that needed to be championed.


Based on this experience, Bob has initiated a Rotary mentoring program that through the Association is being developed to engage the Rotary network and individual contacts and influence, to assist stroke survivors back into meaningful activity, including the workforce where appropriate.


Colin Scott


Colin has over 40 years experience in various Senior Executive roles in the Financial Services industry; from Corporate Lending through to Risk Management, advising companies from SME to public companies and dealing with CFO's and Treasurers. In Colin’s last role, he was responsible for business development and the continuing relationships by providing an alternative method of financing insurance premiums for many of the public company clients.


Colin’s experience also includes National Relationship Manager of a division of a major International Insurance company; providing a risk management service for the Australian banks and financial services companies. This role demanded the development of business opportunities by presenting Risk management alternatives to the Financial Executives of those organisations.


Colin has recently retired after 19 years as State Manager of a division of a major international Risk Consulting & Broking company.


Colin has also been involved with many Community Services organisations throughout his career including; Member of Apex in Orbost & Tatura, Inaugural Member of Rotary International Club of Latrobe Central, Former Member of Rotary International Club of Melbourne North, Board Member of MIAA Victoria and Associate of Institute of Financial Services.


Ann Waters


Following the stroke of her late husband Rob, Ann became involved with the Association in 1999; together they attended and became members of the Box Hill Stroke Support Group. In 2001, Ann started the Monash Stroke Support Group, which is still successfully in operation today. Following Ann’s retirement in 2006, Ann was Rob’s full-time carer for three years.  Ann and Rob joined the Association Committee and were Committee Members until Rob sadly passed away, in 2009.  Ann took over Rob’s volunteer work as Secretary of the Monash Stroke Support Group and also assists by transporting other members of the group to meetings.


Ann is a retired Registered Nurse and Midwife; the final 20 years of her nursing career was in Palliative Care and Neurology. She has completed a Pastoral Care Course and volunteers in many areas of the Church she attends, among other volunteer positions within her Community.


Philip Wilkins


Philip had a stroke in 2010 and as a consequence has Aphasia. Philip has been a member of the Association since 2012 and is responsible (with Group Leader, Konrad) for Aphasia Victoria Incorporated, a support and resource for people with Aphasia.


Philip has a Master of Business and is a retired Accountant. Philip had several managing engagements, including Finance Manager, Finance and Auditing at the Australian Pacific Technical College, finishing as the Deputy Chief Finance Officer.