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 nine Directors who volunteer their services and skills. They are appointed by six community Members.
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, Margaret Welshe, Kennedy Fox, Jan Leake Jones, 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 eight 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.
Jayne’s portfolio management experience plays a key role in managing the corpus and providing funding for community grants. She brings a unique blend of competence, ethics and genuine client care to her independent practice established in 2006. Jayne has lived on the Sunshine Coast for 37 years, and in Buderim for six. Jayne chairs the Finance Committee.
Simon has spent his entire life with strong family connections to the Buderim community. He is well known for his passion for Buderim, its history, its people and its future. This passion and his belief in the value of volunteering and philanthropy have driven Simon for the last 30 years, most evident in a variety of leadership roles with both the BWMCA and the Buderim Foundation.
Rebecca is an experienced business owner and coach. She is a vibrant communicator skilled in motivating and evolving leaders through dynamic coaching and development. Her business experience, combined with her keen focus on personal and professional development, gives her a unique approach to assisting organisations in identifying improvement opportunities for both people and systems. Rebecca is Chair of the Grants Committee.
Paul has more than 25 years experience as a commercial, business and property lawyer. He has lived in Buderim since 1989 and previously served as director of the Community Solutions Group, committee member of the Regional Arts Development Fund and Secretary of the Mooloolaba Chamber of Commerce. Paul is Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee.
Sandra has had a long career in information management and leadership roles in the higher education and government sectors, finishing her professional career as Director, Information Services at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2020. Sandra has lived in Buderim for the last fifteen years. She is currently Chair of the Marketing Committee and editor of the Buderim Foundation Newsletter.
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 and Chair of the Youth Committee.
Allen has over 25 years experience in audit, taxation and business management which includes business restructuring, financial analysis, fraud investigations, expert witness testimony and tax planning. He enjoys a diverse role that has set many individuals, as well as small and large businesses, on a course to success.
John has had an extensive career in the international mining industry with specific expertise in project development, project management and sales. John moved to Buderim in 2017 and since joining the Foundation team, he has been leading the internal technology development group.
The Foundation has established eight 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.
Simon Whittle (Chair), John McMahon, Noreen Weeks, Jim Weeks, Richard Brooking, Sue Gilbert
Develops the events program and provides resources and coordination for each of the events as they occur.
Jenny Cant (Chair), Ros O’Brien, Geoffrey Hole, Teale Ring, Anne Stitz, Anne Hertel, Ron Pearton and Brenda Devers.
Works with Ambassadors and Donors to encourage and coordinate growth in fund raising, donations and bequests.
Simon Whittle (Chair), Natasha Read, Paul Kusy, Sally Caddy, Roy Peterson, Andrew Pentland.
Sets and maintains grants policy and coordinates the grant making process.
Rebecca Ramsay (Chair), Graham Tamblyn, Roz Bull, Keryn Bauer, Margaret Welshe, Jan Huth, Charlie Morris and Marshall Perron.
Invests and manages Foundation funds for both annual earnings and growth over the long term.
Jayne Graving (Chair), Avril Staniland, Swain Roberts, Justin Scattini, Graham Tamblyn, Geoff Sawyer.
Positions and profiles the Foundation, promoting local philanthropy and coordinating all communication activity.
Sandra Jeffries (Chair), Michelle Smytheman, Alex Sweet, Simon Whittle, Paris Ramsay, Amelia Hall Boehm, Marg Thursby.
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, Gary Davis, Sarah McGovern, Paris Ramsay, Ben Princehorn.
Governance and Risk Committee:
Paul Kusy (Chair), Graham Tamblyn, Jan Nelson.
Public Officer: Graham Tamblyn
Treasurer: Allen Hertel
Executive Officer: Susi Du Toit