Our Executive Team

The MS Executive Team is a passionate group of people with a broad mix of skills and decades of collective experience.

John Blewonski, Chief Executive Officer

John is a highly credentialed and respected leader in the community services and not-for-profit sector with over 26 years’ experience. John joined MS in November 2018.

John spent eight years as CEO of VincentCare Victoria, where he was responsible for strategic direction and operational delivery, with oversight of more than 400 FTE staff. Under John’s leadership VincentCare transitioned to the consumer directed environment including the delivery of Commonwealth Home Care Packages and a NDIS funded Disability Employment Program.

“The NDIS and My Aged Care are significant social reforms which present wonderful opportunities for those in our community living with a disability. While offering consumers a greater say in terms of choice and self- direction, navigating these new systems present significant challenges,” said John.

“I enjoy working with the MS team to ensure all those living with multiple sclerosis have access to the best advice and support appropriate to their needs and achieving their goals.”

John also led VincentCare Community Housing, an organisation which offers a range of accommodation options for people at risk of Primary Homelessness, managing housing properties, independent living units across regional Victoria; and rooming house properties. In 2016, John undertook a secondment as CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria. 

Before this John operated at Anglicare Victoria for eleven years, commencing as Executive Manager Corporate Services with accountability for operational leadership of key functional areas, and later moving into the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer, managing the Agency’s corporate and community services. Earlier in his career John held the position of Director Community Relations & Development. 

John’s current Board appointments include those with the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) where he serves as Chairman; Catholic Social Services Victoria; DHHS Launch Site (Housing Access) Senior Leadership Group; and the Victorian Housing Minister’s Homelessness Advisory Committee.

Eileen Goh, CFO

Ben Holgate, Executive Manager Strategic Fundraising

Ben joined MS as General Manager, Strategic Fundraising in June 2017. For the previous six years Ben had been Director of Marketing & Fundraising at Plan International, Australia,  where he was responsible for a child sponsorship and fundraising portfolio of around $28m per annum.  Ben spent his time at Plan focusing on new drivers of growth, including building strong relationship with donors, digital marketing and effective storytelling. He also led the establishment of the Plan International global fundraising directors’ forum.
Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector in 2011, Ben commenced his career in commercial marketing, initially with ten years as a new business specialist in the UK and Middle East advertising industries. A graduate of London University, Ben came to Australia from his native UK in 1996 and was recruited to take responsibility for the promotion of Coca-Cola’s Sydney 2000 Olympic Games sponsorship. Moving to Victoria in 2001, Ben was director of marketing for the award-winning TAC road safety campaigns and then later, two of Australia’s most significant export businesses, AWB Landmark and IDP Education.
Ben has served on the board of Circus Oz and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association. He is a successful practicing artist and has had work exhibited in several national exhibitions over the past five years.

Anne Crowley, Executive Manager People and Culture

Anne is an experienced People and Culture Executive Leader with a strong track record in organisational transformation to achieve the organisation’s purpose and business outcomes.

Anne was until recently, Executive – General Manager People & Culture, Goodstart Early Learning - a national purpose-driven commercial social enterprise early learning and childcare provider with 650 workplaces, 15,500 FTE and $1b+ turnover. Previous roles have included People Strategy, and Workforce Manager, Energex - an electricity distribution employing approximately 3,400 staff in South East Queensland; Director of Workforce Strategy with the Queensland Department of Communities and Disability Services; and Director of Human Resources with the Queensland Department of Child Safety.

Anne has worked as a member of various Boards and Ministerial Advisory Committees and is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute Mentors program.

Anne’s qualifications include Masters of Human Resources Management and Bachelor of Business. Strongly purpose-focused and values-driven, Anne is highly motivated by the opportunity to achieve positive outcomes for our clients and create sustainable, inclusive, positive customer and employee experience, working in collaboration with the Executive, Senior Leadership, People and Culture teams and our people. Anne lived and worked in multiple roles in Asia for 9 years.

Rob McClay, Acting Executive Manager Mission Services

Rob joined MS in March 2007 as a community support worker, responsible for delivering case management services to the 500+ clients living west of the Lidcombe MS Centre. 

Rob has degrees in exercise physiology and clinical rehabilitation and prior to joining MS, had worked for 10 years as an exercise physiologist in clinical rehabilitation.

In 2014, Rob became MS Practice Leader for rural and regional NSW and shortly afterwards, metro Sydney.  
With the rollout of the NDIS in May 2016, Rob became Business Development Manager, Support, where he was responsible for developing and managing all NDIS services delivered in NSW. After about a year in this role, Rob undertook the role of Senior Manager, NDIS Services.  

A father of two, Rob’s hobby is macro photography, which he combines with bushwalking, his other favourite pastime.

Kim Farrugia, Company Secretary

Kim joined MSL in December 2016 as the Executive Officer and Company Secretary. Kim has extensive experience in the areas of governance and administrative support and has worked in a vast variety of organisations and sectors. Prior to joining MSL, Kim was the Manager, Executive Services at Southern Cross Care (Vic), a leading not for profit aged care provider. For nearly twenty years, she has been providing support to boards, committees and chief executive officers in the not for profit sector.

Natalie Francis, Executive Manager, Consumer Directed Care

Natalie joined MS in March 2020. She started her career as a physiotherapist specialising in acute neurological conditions and early rehabilitation. She transitioned to the Aged Care and Community sector in 2013 where she has held roles in recruitment and workforce planning and operations for large Allied Health providers. As an operations manager she oversaw multiple states and over 300 clinical staff to provide quality services to consumers.

After completing an MBA at Melbourne Business School she progressed to National Client Solutions Manager to drive strategy for new service innovation, business development and marketing.

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