11 Sep 2019
Committee for Ballarat announces David Deutscher as the new chair, with the appointment to take effect subsequent to the AGM on 8 October 2019.
A passionate advocate for Ballarat and the region, David was born and bred in Ballarat, went to school here and then went to Melbourne to study medicine. After some time away, including two years in the UK, David returned to Ballarat as he wanted to remain connected to his family as well as his community and patients. He has worked throughout the region and is now the clinical director for the Grampians Integrated Cancer Services at Ballarat Health Services.
It is David’s passion for the region and the city that drives his interest in the role. Throughout the medical profession where he has made his career and among all who know him, he will be heard saying, “I am unashamedly an enthusiast for Ballarat.”
David sees connection and liveability as key focus areas: “As our region grows, we need to embrace the opportunities this presents but also ensure we retain our strong sense of community and enviable lifestyle.”
He said that it is important to engage the community in the important conversations around what our region might look like in 2050 and how we prepare for that.
David sees Committee for Ballarat as ideally placed to facilitate these conversations.
He said, “I am looking forward to working with the Board, Committee CEO Michael Poulton, and members to help make the region the best it can be.”
Interim chair, Rodney Walton, welcomes the appointment. He said that David Deutscher is “well-known for his passion for the region and his strong community focus". The Committee undertook a rigorous search for its new chair, and David follows an influential list of previous chairs – Noel Coxall, David James, Tony Chew, Judy Verlin, Janet Dore and, most recently, Nick Beale.
Mr Walton stated: “We are confident David will provide great leadership to the Committee, and throughout his career he has empowered others through collaboration and inclusion. His genuine passion for Ballarat and the region places him in a great position to lead Committee's agenda in relation to Liveability, Connectivity, Health and Education and Jobs and Training.”