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. His background includes the role of the first Independent Chairman of a Headspace local consortium and was also an active…

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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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Hayden Torney

Board Chair

In 1989, Hayden left the teaching profession and, with his wife Sally, started Muirfield Financial Services. Over the past 26 years they have built Muirfield into a very successful Financial…

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Lachlan McColl

Deputy Board Chair / Treasurer

Joined the Board in 2013. Lachie is a Director of Value ADE, providing business valuation services in the Geelong area. Prior to starting Value ADE in 2017, he was a…

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Val Lawrence

Director

Joined the Board in 1999.  Chairman 2009-2015. Val is a Civil Celebrant and currently the Vice Chairman of Red Cross Zone 6. She is also a Board member of the…

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John Miles

Director

Joined the Board in 2011. John Miles retired from a distinguished career at Marcus Oldham College spanning 31 years. His roles included Company Secretary and Deputy Principal Business and Development.…

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David Lindsay

Director

Joined the Board in 2014. David joined Wighton and McDonald Lawyers in 1984 and became a partner in 1986. He retired from Wightons Lawyers in 2013 following a successful career…

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Andrew Locke

Director

Joined the Board in 2017. Andrew is Executive Director of Adroit Insurance & Risk, a network of insurance broking and financial services businesses that operate largely throughout regional and metropolitan…

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Richard Anderson

Director

Joined the Board in 2014. Richard is a principal and former chairman of Harwood Andrews Lawyers. As well as holding degrees in law and commerce, Richard is an accredited specialist…

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Carly Post

Director

Joined the Board in March 2018. Carly is the owner and PR Director of Circus Media, a local communications agency. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) majoring in…

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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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Allana Goldsworthy

Director

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 for…

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Bridgette Kelly

Director

Joined the Board in 2019. Bridgette is Special Counsel at Coulter Roache. She is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Family law. Bridgette was the Chair of the…

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Cameron White

Director

Joined the Board in 2019. Cameron established and is a founding Partner at accounting and financial services firm Advisory Partners in 2014 after commencing his career with Day Neilson, having…

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Michael Betts

Director

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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Barton van Laar

Director

Barton van Laar has worked in Marketing and Communications in Geelong since 1972 and is now semi-retired. After working as a Marketing Manager for various local companies, he started his…

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