Structure, staff and Board

Our Structure

The Geelong Community Foundation has been endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a charity. Donations to the Foundation’s Gift Fund are tax deductible and the Foundation is exempt from tax.

It has been set up to support the people living in the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, the Surf Coast Shire and the southern part of the Golden Plains Shire.

The Foundation is able to support charitable organisations across the full spectrum of health and welfare services, as well as cultural programs and projects that support our environment and assist indigenous residents living in our region.

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of Directors, with a wide range of skills and experience and an extensive knowledge of the community. Our staff are part-time employees and they have the support of various professional companies providing services at reduced or pro bono rates.

Our Staff and Board

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Gail Rodgers

Chief Executive Officer

Gail commenced as Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016, succeeding inaugural Executive Officer Andrew Lawson who retired. Gail joins the Foundation with a distinguished career spanning roles in the…

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Tony McManus

Development Manager

Tony joined the Foundation as Development Manager in June 2018. Tony’s background includes the role of the first Independent Chairman of a Headspace local consortium and was also an active…

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Amy Waters

Program Manager

Amy joined the Foundation as Program Manager on 15 March 2023. Amy is a grants professional with extensive experience in program design, program management, continuous improvement and relationship management. Amy…

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Gennette Jewell

Administration Assistant

Gennette commenced at the Foundation as a Volunteer in 2017 before transitioning to the role of Administration Assistant in 2018, following a sea change to the Geelong region from Northeast…

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Michael Betts

Board Chair

Joined the Board in 2020 Michael Betts is a Director and Consultant. He is a retired Chartered Accountant with over 37 years of experience in public practice, including 26 years…

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Wendy Brooks

Vice Chair

Joined the Board in 2020 Wendy is passionate about social justice, equity and human rights. Her career has spanned law, music and strategic fundraising. As well as being a proud…

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Val Lawrence

Founding Director

Val is a Founding Director of the Foundation, joining the original Board in 1999. She was Board Chair from 2009-2015. Val is the Immediate Past President Point Lonsdale/Queenscliff Red Cross…

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Hayden Torney

Emeritus Director

Joined the Board in 2014. Hayden moved to the Surf Coast in 1973 and taught Legal Studies and Economics in Geelong for the next 17 years. In 1989, Hayden left…

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Andrew Locke

Director

Joined the Board in 2017. Andrew is a founding Director of Maven Insurance + Advisory, an insurance broking and financial services business that commenced on the Surf Coast in 2019.…

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Bridgette Kelly

Director

Joined the Board in 2019. Bridgette is a Principal at Harwood Andrews. She is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Bridgette was the Chair of the…

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Allana Goldsworthy

Director

Allana joined the Board in 2018. Allana has been a resident of Geelong since 1982. After completing her Arts/Law degree at Monash University, she worked as a solicitor in Geelong…

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Mark Osborne

Director

Joined the Board in 2018. Mark is currently a Senior Advisor for InvoCare Australia and Advisor, Mentor and Coach to Tuckers Funeral & Bereavement Service. Previously the Victorian General Manager…

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Cameron White

Director

Joined the Board in 2019. Cameron is a founding Partner at Advisory Partners after commencing his career with Day Neilson. Cameron has extensive practical experience across the region with a…

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Don Hough

Director

Joined the Board in 2023. Don is a retired Certified Practising Accountant and Commercial Real Estate Agent. Moving to Geelong in 1988 with his family to join the local accountancy…

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Nick Klein

Nick Klein

Director

Joined the Board in 2023 Nick is a principal with LBW Business + Wealth Advisors, a prominent business and advisory firm located in Geelong. Nick has been with LBW since…

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