Boards of non-profit organisations are accountable for not only setting their goals and strategic direction, but ensuring the best arrangements are in place to carry out the work undertaken in support of those goals.
The Buderim Foundation Board is a good example of this principle in practice. The Board is currently made up of twelve Directors who volunteer their services and skills. They are appointed by six community Members. The original Members were appointed by the Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA).
The Members’ role is to ensure the on-going integrity of the Buderim Foundation. They are responsible for appointment of the Board of Directors and for succession planning. The current Members are:
Jenny Cant, Carol Dahler, Robyn Edwards, Kennedy Fox, John Kleinschmidt and Rod McKinnon.
The Board meets with the Members twice each year and formally reports to them at the Annual General Meeting. To coincide with this meeting, the Foundation produces an attractive and easily read AGM Report
Board of Directors
In addition to setting the goals and strategic direction for the organisation, the Directors are responsible for the Foundation’s financial and administrative arrangements and governance of the Foundation’s seven Committees. Directors are actively involved in Committees, either as Committee chairs and/or Committee members.
Dr Russell Stitz is one of Australia’s most prominent and highly awarded clinicians. He is respected world-wide for his leadership in the development of innovative healthcare solutions during his time spent in medical roles such as President of the Australian Medical Association of Qld (AMAQ), President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Board Member of the Wesley Research Institute to name a few.
Graham is a director of Cardno and a Fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld). In 2010, he established an ongoing Engineering Scholarship at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Graham is the Foundation’s Public Officer; Chair of the Youth Sub-committee and a member of the Investment Committee.
Amber has more than 20 years’ experience in the marketing and public relations industry. Following ten years in the corporate world working within creative agencies, state and local government and private practice, she set up her own successful PR company. Today she works as a senior consultant at Fresh PR and Marketing and is admired for her energetic personality. She is the Chair of our Marketing Committee.
Avril is an Investment Adviser with a large regional financial services company. She has also worked in various management positions within the Public Sector. Avril is Chair of the Investment Committee.
Lisa has completed a Master of Public Health and has worked as a public health practitioner in Australia and internationally for more than 20 years. For ten years she travelled to resource poor countries around the world to assist in the design and monitoring of health projects. She continues to work in the public health field. Lisa is Chair of the Grants Committee.
Prior to moving to Buderim in 2001, Keith was International Director at the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University). For much of his 20 years in this position he was honorary Chair of Training for St John Ambulance – Northern Territory and a member of the St John Council. Keith is a member of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.
Cheryl runs Buderim travel business 123Travel, with a special passion for supporting the local communities she visits. Cheryl’s background is in accounting, training and education. She is currently the president and founder of an international charity, as well as the secretary for the Sunshine Coast Business Association. Cheryl is chair of the Ambassadors Committee.
Gary has lived in Buderim since 1979 and been involved in the Foundation since 2007. He is a founding partner of the DFS Group; past president of the Mooloolaba Rotary Club, and more recently, Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Business Advisory Committee at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Gary is Chair of the Philanthropy Committee.
John is Principal of Kruger Law, a law firm he established in 1990. He has been Area Chairman of the Housing Industry Association and Vice-President of the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce. Currently he is a committee member of The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Honorary Solicitor for the Buderim Bowls Club. John was involved in the establishment of the Foundation in 2003 and joined the Board in 2015.
Lloyd Edwards has been a Buderim resident since 1999. As a real estate agent with Ray White Buderim, he is active on the Board of Buderim Rotary, the Australia Day Committee and the Buderim Street Party. He has been a chairman for the REIQ, media spokesman on ABC Radio as well as an Ambassador for the Foundation. Lloyd joined the Board in September 2016 and now chairs the Events Committee.
Jan’s 25 year career in the insurance and finance industry included senior management roles in human resources, industrial relations, public/government affairs management and corporate line management. She was a director of the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria for three years, and after retiring, served on the Board of Alexandra and District Hospital, in rural Victoria. Jan is on the Ambassador Committee.
Geoff has held senior sales and marketing roles in large consumer goods companies with a focus on Australian produce. His previous experience includes executive roles at Berri Limited, Dairyfarmers and Golden Circle. Geoff is currently involved in consulting and Board roles with Australian and New Zealand companies utilising local produce from South East Queensland. Geoff is on the Marketing Committee.
The Foundation has established seven committees to carry out much of the work undertaken by the organisation. The Committees and their members are as follows:
Increases interaction with current Ambassadors and recruits new Ambassadors.
Cheryl Ryan (Chair), Lloyd Edwards, June Redman, Vicki Cooper, Jan Nelson.
Develops the events program and provides resources and coordination for each of the events as they occur.
Lloyd Edwards (Chair), Keith Solomon, Jenny Cant, Ros O’Brien, Judy Wild, John Burgess, Erik Larsen, Geoffrey Hole.
Works with Ambassadors and Donors to encourage and coordinate growth in fund raising, donations and bequests.
Gary Dillon (Chair), Simon Whittle, Sarah Bird, Natasha Read.
Sets and maintains grants policy and coordinates the grant making process.
Lisa Edward (Chair), Graham Tamblyn, Rebecca Ramsay, Keith Solomon, Roz Bull.
Invests and manages Foundation funds for both annual earnings and growth over the long term.
Avril Staniland (Chair), Ken Waddington, Swain Roberts, Justin Scattini, Graham Tamblyn.
Positions and profiles the Foundation, promoting local philanthropy and coordinating all communication activity.
Amber James (Chair), Michelle Smytheman, Alex Sweet, Simon Whittle, Geoff Sawyer, Phillip Illingworth, Rachel O’Brien.
Plans and coordinates engagement with the youth sector to ensure young people can contribute to, and benefit from, the Foundation’s work in the community.
Graham Tamblyn (Chair), Elizabeth Toohey, Charlotte Bird, Gary Davis.
Public Officer: Graham Tamblyn
Special Projects: John Kruger
Treasurer: Allen Hertel
Administration Officer: Sally Caddy