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The South West Community Foundation is managed by a voluntary board. Directors are people with extensive regional knowledge who have an ability to make a difference. Collectively they hold key knowledge and experience relevant to the operation of the foundation.

Directors invite enquiries regarding the South West Community Foundation.


South West Community Foundation- Board Meeting. Pictured: Barrie Baker (Chair). 150612vh15 Picture: Vicky HughsonBarrie Baker (Chair) Warrnambool

In his 22 year role as Director of South West Institute of TAFE, Barrie formed strong connections across the south west region and continues this regional involvement as Chair of the Foundation. Barrie is dedicated to the task of leading the Foundation towards increasing the managed funds in 2016.



Brian TrotterBrian Trotter (Deputy Chair) Koroit

Brian was closely involved with establishing the Koroit and District Sub Fund as a way of ensuring that a permanent benefit flows to the local community in response to the winding up of the Koroit and District Health Service. He chairs the new Advisory Committee for this Sub Fund. As well as his experience with regional health services, he has extensive prior experience and involvement with education.


South West Community Foundation- Board Meeting. Pictured: Louise Manifold (Deputy Chair). 150612vh16 Picture: Vicky HughsonLouise Manifold Weerite

Louise has lived in the Camperdown region for over 30 years. In addition to interest in a range of sectors including health, education and the Arts, Louise is passionate about building sustainable and independent rural communities. Louise aims to assist the Foundation to identify partnerships both public and private that will increase the capacity of the Foundation to fund larger programs.



Dr Bernadette Northeast Warrnambool

Bernadette through her involvement with fund seeking community groups understands the significant role the Foundation plays in growing a permanent fund that ensures even small amounts can make a large difference. Bernadette’s ongoing goal is to encourage younger people to see the value of giving to the communities in which they live.



FMEL2_200x180Felicity Melican (Company Secretary) Warrnambool

Felicity has been an Accountant with Sinclair Wilson, Accountants & Business Advisors for 22 years and joined the Partnership in 2001. She is the lead Audit and Assurance Partner with the Firm, and has particular interest in the not-for-profit and self-managed superannuation fund sectors. Her community involvement has spanned many years and has included the aged care, education, health and tourism industries


Brad Henderson 2015 PictureBrad Henderson (Treasurer) Hamilton

Possessing a tertiary qualification in Environmental Engineering, Brad has developed with numerous roles with Victorian Statutory Authorities in the water catchment sector. These roles have focussed on environmental sustainability especially in water and flood management, risk control, and systems development. Brad uses his stakeholder engagement skills to find sensible solutions to environmental issues and business challenges. Brad is an active member of the Hamilton community.




Robyn's PictureRobyn Alexander Colac

Throughout her life Robyn has engaged with her local community in a diverse range of Community Groups and assumed various roles of leadership. Coupled with her professional background as an Early Childhood Teacher, Robyn carries a wealth of experience at grass- roots level and understands the challenges for smaller communities. Making a difference and strengthening the community underpins her personal philosophy and that of the Foundation. Robyn now chairs the Colac Sub-Fund of the South West Foundation.

Marion (002)Marion is a governance professional and principal of Boards by Design, specialising in board advisory, executive support, governance, reporting and company secretarial solutions. She has extensive experience in senior company secretarial and governance roles in the corporate sector, including ING Australia, Medibank Private, MLC/Lend Lease Financial Services, and in an executive capacity as a member of the Executive Team of Rural Ambulance Victoria as well as her role as Corporate Secretary.
Marion is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and of Business Professional Women South West (BPW-SW). She is a Director on the South West Community Foundation Board, and a member of the AICD Great South Coast Regional Committee and of the BPW-SW Committee. She is a former (founding) Board member, Chair of the Governance Committee and Company Secretary of the Port Fairy & District Community Bank, and a former Board member and Company Secretary of The Kids Plus Foundation, Geelong.


PhotoDoug Parker Mortlake

Doug has been involved in his local community for more than 40 years, and has a thorough knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the smaller communities in the region. He has 25 years’ experience in aged care, both as a director and executive officer. He successfully organised fundraising campaigns to establish and further develop Abbeyfield Mortlake, and brings this experience to the Foundation.