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.

Directors invite enquiries regarding the South West Community Foundation.

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

Deputy Chair

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.

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.

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.

David McIntyre


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