Overseeing community grant programs

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.

Become a Board member – If interested please complete the SWCF Directors EOI Form 2019 and send along with your current CV/Resume to info@southwestcommunityfoundation.  If you wish to discuss this further please contact the Chair – Barrie Baker on 0408 554 814.

David McIntyre

ChairB.Bus (InfoTech/Economics), COBIT5

Originally from Sydney, NSW, David has travelled widely through a professional career spanning Foreign Exchange, Statistics, Hotel and Resort Management, Logistics, Professional Services and Information Technology. Possessing a Bachelor of Business with Technology and Economics streams, coupled with a lifelong interest in Finance and Investment, then founding a tech start up, David has a unique perspective drawing on all aspects of his accumulated knowledge to problem solve. Settling in the South West with a young family, it was time to commit his considerable energy and knowledge to the building blocks of our community through his numerous pursuits, which include the South West Community Foundation

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Gareth Colliton

Deputy Chair

With almost thirty years of experience in Community Arts in the Great South Coast region, Gareth has worked with dozens of local businesses, Schools, Government bodies and not for profit organisations. He combines insight into the workings of the local community with creative and innovative thinking to address common social problems that are a focus of the South West Community Foundation.

Richard Zerbe


Richard’s current role is with Community Southwest, an alliance of sixteen community service organisations based in the Great South Coast region. This partnership strives to be a powerful influence in developing stronger, fairer and more self-dependent local communities.

Work experience includes the agriculture and environment sectors, as well as volunteering with sporting, health, education and community boards and committees.

This experience and passion for the community drives achieving tangible benefits which advance this region.

Barrie Baker

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.

Brian Trotter

Brian has served on a number of Boards including the Ballarat and District Ambulance Service, Barwon South West Regional Board of Education, The Victorian Secondary Principals Association and is the current Chairman of Koroit Health Services.  Brian has a strong interest in small rural communities and was awarded a Prime Ministers Centenary Medal in 2003 for his contribution to education.

Robyn Alexander

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.

Laurel Myers

Dr Laurel Myers is a retired academic who has been involved in teaching and research in the fields of Economics, Economic Development and Economic History throughout her working life.  Since moving to Warrnambool, Laurel has worked with several community groups, in various ways.  She is a dedicated community worker who participates actively in committee work.  Laurel is interested in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of SWCF programs and projects.  The work of the foundation is to support the community and Laurel aims to build good working relationships with local community organisations in the region. These organisations play an important role in building cohesive, healthy, vibrant and resilient communities.    Laurel believes SWCF can provide vital assistance in order to achieve this outcome.


Doug Parker

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 more than 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.

Edith Farrell

Edith has over 25 years of experience in Local Government in a diversity of roles and settings.  Edith is currently the Director Community Services at Glenelg Shire Council and has a diverse portfolio spanning children and aged care, libraries, arts and culture, community well-being, tourism and events along with corporate planning and community engagement.

Edith has a strong desire to make a difference in local communities and play a role in developing the community’s capacity for self-determination and sustainability.

Carole Reid

Carole has resided for the majority of her life in South West Victoria and is committed to its development socially, culturally and economically.  She has extensive business experience in the private, government, tourism, education and community sectors.  Her roles include establishing and working with Foundations to develop and grow to raise and secure funds.  Her desire is to assist to ensure that projects and initiatives in South West Victoria have financial support that ensures the region continues to be a positive example of a community that is always striving to explore, support and develop its potential whilst maintaining the quality of the region and its people.

Dr Angie Paspilaris

Angie Paspaliaris

Dr Angie Paspaliaris is a local dental professional, who has lived in Warrnambool for the last 13 years after moving from Adelaide as a new graduate. She is a small business owner, and has volunteer and executive committee experience in local community and sporting groups. She is a founding member of the Young Professionals Warrnambool group which aims to facilitate networking for young people new to the South West district.

Angie has more recently joined the SWCF board, and is keen to gain experience in raising and distributing funds to community organisations. She believes SWCF granting can strengthen compassionate attitudes and positive relationships within the local community, and feels the foundation can become a beacon of giving for local individuals.