Meet our Board of Directors 

Our Board is responsible for the strategic decions and policy-making activities of Life Education Victoria

Chelsea Parkinson (Chair) 

Managing Director, Optimo

Chelsea Parkinson is an original founder of Optimo, as Managing Director, she has over 20 years’ experience running one of Australia’s most successful independent strategic creative agency’s working across some of Australia’s biggest and best-known brands. She began on the board with Life Education Victoria in 2018 as she believes wholeheartedly in LEV’s mission to educate children in ‘real life’ problems and arm them with the tools and encouragement to face life’s challenges head on. In 2020 Chelsea was asked to chair the board which she humbly accepted and is proud to serve the organisation and the children today.

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Myles King 

Director, Freemasons Foundation Victoria Limited

Myles brings a history of community service and philanthropic activity to Life Education Victoria. His experience includes a lengthy and successful career with Victoria Police and executive roles with a number of organisations including Freemasons Foundation Victoria Limited, Mental Health Foundation Australia and several community projects. Myles firmly believes everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and people in need of help given every opportunity of support.

Rod Collins 

Principal at Rod Collins and Associates Retired

Rodney(Rod) Collins APM has spent over 23 years working within the community as a volunteer in many areas but in particular ensuring services were provided to children in need as well as supporting education programs that equipped children and youth to make correct lifestyle decisions. Rod was a career Policeman in Victoria. He has been awarded the Australia Police Medal(APM) for his services to policing, the Order of Australia Medal(OAM) and made an Officer of St John(OStJ). Throughout his career Rod held demanding positions including being head of Homicide Squad and the State Emergency Response Officer. Rod has been a Director of Life Education and Variety the Children’s Charity at State and National Levels.

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Drew Stanmore (Treasurer)

Senior Private Banker, ANZ

Drew is currently a Senior Private Banker with ANZ and has been working within banking and financial services for over 17 years in both Australia and the UK. Drew holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and a Master of Applied Finance. Drew has been Treasurer at Life Education for 3 years.  Having two young children, Drew was drawn to Life Education due to the fantastic work the organisation does around educating children to make healthy lifestyle choices.

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Jason Andrew

Managing Director, Airsqreen

Jason Andrew has been on the Board of LifeEd Vic since 2017, previously Chair of Melbourne Western Committee for 4 years. He is a financial services Executive and business owner. Co Founder and CEO of Empowered Financial Partners he oversaw the growth and transformation of the business to be bought by a globally listed company in 2016. He is currently the owner of an online financial software company and practices as a boutique financial adviser. He is actively involved in numerous community projects, including the President of Power House Junior Rugby Club.

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Peter Dickinson

Deputy Principal - Operations at Oakleigh Grammar

Peter is Deputy Principal - Operations at Oakleigh Grammar. As part of this role, he is responsible for pastoral care and student well-being. Previously, Peter held a variety of leadership roles at Wesley College, Melbourne including Head of Glen Waverley Campus.  He is passionate about the promotion of student voice, service through action and indigenous education. Peter has been an Executive Member of LEV since December 2019. He was drawn to Life Education because of a strong alignment with its mission and core values with his own philosophy of empowering young people to make informed choices around their own health and well-being. 

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