Board & Management Profiles

Trevor Eddy (Chairperson)

Trevor is an Accredited International Senior Executive Coach, Associate at the Institute of Executive Coaching and Associate Leadership Victoria. He holds qualifications in Banking and Finance, Financial Planning, Training and Education, graduated from AGSM and also the JCI World Leadership Academy (Japan). He is a life member and Senator of Junior Chamber of Commerce International.
Following a long career with NAB, Trevor now runs his own Coaching and Consulting Business. Organisations that use Trevor’s executive coaching, facilitation, sales leadership and business expertise, include Australia Post, Fujitsu, SCA Hygiene Australasia, CGU, Westpac, World Vision and BT Financial Services.


Having spent more than 30 years working in the community, he was National President and assistant to the World Vice President in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, where he received World Awards for Outstanding Community Leadership in 1984, 1989 and 1990. He serves on a three industry advisory Boards including RMIT and Australian Graduate School of Leadership. Trevor joined the Board in 2008.

Mark Ireland

Mark is the parent of a young adult with a disability who is currently attending the Next Step program at Burke and Beyond. He studied at Swinburne University of Technology and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering.


Mark has held various positions in electrical and instrumentation engineering and project management with a number of multi-national companies. His experience involved designing and constructing computerised control and automation systems for vehicle assembly operations and he also distributed control system design for automatic operation of chemical plants and utilities services at various companies.


Since 2003, he has a role as Senior Application Engineer and regularly travels interstate and overseas for consultation with engineering design, procurement, construction and project management companies in order to understand their engineering and project requirements, setup and configure database-driven electrical, instrumentation and process design systems, train and support their staff in the use of Intergraph proprietory software applications.


Mark joined the board in 2011.

Kathy Sacca

Kathy is married and recently had a baby. She has been within the finance sector for over 20 years. Her experience covers retail and business banking, as well as organisational change management, coaching, mentoring in both work and community involvement and organisational behaviour.


Kathy has a Finance Degree – Majoring in Banking & Finance and a Behavioural Science Degree – Majoring in Behavioural Psychology. She has also studied in Florence, Italy, the impact the Renaissance era had on society and social change to western civilization. She is accredited to lead and facilitate the Strength Deployment Inventory Program (SDI), which identifies strengths and behaviours of individuals and teams.


Her community involvement includes; partnering with Reach Foundation to develop and facilitate programs for participants in understanding their behavioural impact and identifying their strengths. Mentoring and Coaching underprivileged, unemployed women in developing self confidence and interviewing techniques through Juno – a branch of the Salvation Army. Kathy is also working with Indigenous Small Businesses within Victoria, to assist them in the development of their Business Plans. Kathy joined the Board in 2012.

Laurie Taylor

Laurie and his partner Amelia have been local residents in East Burwood for over twenty five years.


Laurie has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in the financial services industries since joining AMP Insurance Company in 1963 and retiring from full time work with State Trustees in 2007.


During this time, he worked in sales, sales management, business development and operations, financial planning, superannuation and estate planning consulting. He was also the Secretary of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce Superannuation Fund for over seven years and currently works part time in a local law firm assisting with estate planning matters and office management.


Laurie has volunteered for several organisations for over ten years including RSPCA, Vision Australia and currently at Burke and Beyond where he supports staff and participants on group programs and one on one mentoring.


Laurie joined the Board in 2013.

Denis Torrens (Treasurer)


Denis is married to Naomi and they have two adult children. He has a BSc (pure mathematics and computing science majors) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Monash University.


After working as an applied mathematician at the Port Kembla steelworks he joined CRA/Rio Tinto where he spent 23 years in a variety of technical and commercial roles including operations research, orebody modeling, technology management with 10 years at general manager level covering organisation development, financial analysis, accounting systems, internal audit and commercial aspects of exploration. He also spent a couple of years at Newcrest Mining establishing an internal audit function.


Denis joined the Burke and Beyond board to use his skills for community benefit. He is also Treasurer and a board member of the Healthcare Chaplaincy Council of Victoria. Denis joined the Board in 2008.

Tony Wilkinson (vice chairperson)


Tony is married with two adult daughters and four grandsons.


He is a Mechanical Engineer by profession and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony spent a brief period in the mining industry with CRA/Rio Tinto. This was followed by fifteen years with the electrical power conglomerate ASEA in their mining equipment and electrical power generation and transmission department as a project engineer, project manager and contracts manager. Following this, he moved to the aircraft industry working for Hawker de Havilland Victoria for fifteen years in contract management, aircraft and aircraft engine repairs and maintenance and finally company General Manager. He then moved in the consulting business for four years, until he was attracted back into full time employment with GKN Aerospace Engineering in commercial management of this aircraft design con tractor for four years.


In addition to his position on the Board of Burke and Beyond, he serves in a voluntary capacity as a client manager for Great connections, an organisation that sources mature age professional volunteers to take on projects with the not for profit sector to assist them to develop their business management skills etc. Tony joined the Board in 2010.

Anthony Murdoch


Anthony has been on the Board since April 2016. He is a practicing lawyer across all jurisdictions with Patten Robins Lawyers in Melbourne. He also runs and owns a group of companies in Melbourne which span across a diverse set of service industries. Anthony has qualifications in commerce, business, law and management. He has a wife and two young children under two years of age to keep him busy.

Jo Gourley


Jo is a qualified Project Director and Manager and has worked in this area for over 20 years, after leaving teaching. She holds qualifications in Information Management, Education and the Arts. Her industry experience spans professional services, banking, law, government, mining, telecoms and insurance broking.Jo joined the Board in November 2016.

Ben Sethia


Ben joined the Board in November 2016

Burke and Beyond Management consist of an Executive and Leadership Group. The Executive consists of the CEO, Community Services Manager (CSM) and the Operations Manager (OM). The Leadership group consist of the Executive along with the Coordinators from each service. These groups drive the service delivery and service support mechanisms across the organisation. The main point of contact for each service is the Service Coordinator (see our contacts page).


The Executive Group is:


Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Bruno Cyr
The CEO has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the organisation and staff are working together to achieve both strategic directions, industry expectations and the individual service needs of participants. The CEO acts as the conduit and liaison between the Board of Management and Service Delivery performance especially during transition into NDIS.


Community Services Manager (CSM): Deanne Ray
The Community Service Manager is responsible for the implementation of a quality person centred plans for each person attending Burke and Beyond which reflect their NDIS plan. The CSM is also responsible for the smooth operation of service delivery and staff management.


Operations Manager: Hugh Stern
The Operations Manager has responsibility for quality, risk and safety frameworks which support service delivery. The OM is also responsible for policy and process mechanisms, property, building, fleet management and volunteers.


Service Coordinators:
Blackburn South – Jackie Cincotta
Canterbury – Jane O’Leary
Next Step Bayswater- TBA
Next Step Blackburn- Louise Baker
Next Step Dandenong – Tam Nguyen


The Service Coordinators manage the day to day operations of their respective service. They organise the timetable and ensure that programs are delivered to the benefit of each of the participants and according to their NDIS plan.