Board of Management
Chairman (B. Bus (Acc.), FIPA. FFA. CFP. FAICD)
Brendan is a partner of local accounting practice Smith Dosser. He has more than 39 years’ experience in finance, tax and management. As a certified financial planner, he has also specialised in strategic consulting since 1999 with OzPlan Financial Services, a Victorian firm of which he is a founding director. He also brings his skills in corporate governance to the Benalla Health Board. Brendan and his family have lived in Benalla since 1987. Apart from a range of community activities over the years, Brendan's interests include travel, sport and reading.
Vice Chairman (Dip Teaching (Primary), Grad Dip Outdoor Education, GAICD)
Kim is currently the Executive Officer of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program, developing emerging community leaders from across the North East of Victoria. Prior to this Kim worked for the Victorian Education Department as a primary teacher, with the majority of this time spent as the manager of 15 Mile Creek Camp. Kim has had experience on many community Boards, including the Rotary Club of Benalla, and the Benalla Young Sportsperson Trust and the Winton Wetlands Committee of Management. Kim’s personal interests include gardening, community activities and skiing.
Vice Chairman (BinfoTech (InfoSys), GCertMgt(ProfPrac), MAICD)
Louise has a background in information technology and training and was responsible for the overall management of a successful, award-winning small business for many years. She is currently doing some work for a local accounting firm, consulting in veterinary practice management in the region and overseeing the management of the family farm. Louise has lived most of her life in Benalla and has been involved in many community groups, particularly Benalla Support Group for Children with Special Needs and Goomalibee Landcare. She is currently Chair of Benalla Business Network.
Treasurer (AAPI, B.App.Sci (Val), Dip.Acc)
David has spent the past 14 years as a property valuer conducting a broad range of property valuations with the Opteon property group, previously known as HMC Valuations. David covers an area extending throughout Northern and North East Victoria, the Goulburn Valley as well as southern and western NSW. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to this, he was a farmer and professional wool classer in the Benalla district. David has played an active role in a number of community groups over the years and enjoys spending time with his family on his small farm, horse riding and various sports.
Dip Social Service Work
Lisa has a background in Human Services, Community Development and Project Management spanning 20 years in both Canada and Australia. Lisa, her husband Gary and two sons moved to Benalla in 2009 and raise beef cattle on their property at Chesney Vale. Lisa operates a consulting business that supports strategic planning, research, evaluation and facilitation. Her more recent work has been with a range of local governments to develop youth and early years strategies.
BCommerce, CPA, MIPA
Nathan is a partner of local accounting practice Smith Dosser and specialises in taxation. He grew up on a farm near Tumbarumba where he went to school and completed his university study in Canberra. He and his family have lived in Benalla since 2008. Apart from participation and volunteering in a range of community activities over the years, Nathan enjoys sport, music and spending time with family and friends.
B.Pharm , MPS, AACPA
BScAg, Uni of Sydney; MSc, Uni of Manitoba, Canada; PhD, Oregon State Uni, USA
Catherine has worked in the major hazard industry for 12 years for a multinational company at both a corporate and facility level. Prior to this Catherine worked in the food industry in North Western Victoria after graduating from Melbourne University – Dookie Campus. In her current role as Health, Safety and Environment Manager at a local major hazard facility she leads a team of dedicated professionals who are responsible for facilitating aspects such as compliance, prevention programs, health promotion, sustainability programs, emergency management, work/non-work related injury management and is responsible for the ongoing environmental and safety management system certifications. Catherine has one son, has been a member on a local School Council Committee and also operates a beef production business in the Stewarton area.
Dip Ed; Grad Dip Ed Leadership; Grad Dip in Computers in Education
After 40 years work in education, as a primary school teacher, principal and project coordinator, Robert has recently retired. He now plans to spend his time assisting various community groups and sailing his boat off the Queensland Coast. Robert is married to Louise. They live on a small farm at Warrenbayne.