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 eleven 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 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 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.
Avril has enjoyed a successful career as an investment adviser and until recently was Director of Morgans Financial Noosa. She has held various management positions in the Public Sector. As Chair of the Investment Committee, Avril plays a key role in the Foundation’s successful investment strategy which facilitates the Foundation’s community grants program. She is passionate about the Buderim community and her role within the Buderim Foundation.
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 business in identifying improvement opportunities for both people and systems. Rebecca is the Chair of the Buderim Foundation’s 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.
Lloyd Edwards has lived in Buderim since 1999. He is on the Board of Buderim Rotary, the Australia Day Committee and the Buderim Street Party. He has been Chair of the REIQ, a media spokesperson on ABC Radio as well as a Foundation Ambassador. 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 Chair of the Ambassadors 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.
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.
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.
Margaret was Director of Marketing at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) for ten years. Prior to that she had been responsible for marketing the University of Queensland both in Australia and internationally.
In 2001 Margaret joined the group brought together to establish a community foundation in Buderim. She has been involved in the Buderim Foundation ever since and is currently Chair of the Marketing Committee.
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.
Jan Nelson (Chair), Vicki Cooper, Cheryl Ryan, Gregory Ward, Geoff Sawyer, John McMahon.
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, Erik Larsen, Geoffrey Hole, Brenda Devers, Teale Ring.
Works with Ambassadors and Donors to encourage and coordinate growth in fund raising, donations and bequests.
Simon Whittle (Chair), Natasha Read, Paul Kusy, Sue Needham, Sally Caddy, Roy Peterson.
Sets and maintains grants policy and coordinates the grant making process.
Rebecca Ramsay (Chair), Graham Tamblyn, Roz Bull, Jenny Carroll, Keryn Bauer, Annette Hall, Margaret Welshe.
Invests and manages Foundation funds for both annual earnings and growth over the long term.
Avril Staniland (Chair), Jayne Graving, Ken Waddington, Swain Roberts, Justin Scattini, Graham Tamblyn.
Positions and profiles the Foundation, promoting local philanthropy and coordinating all communication activity.
Marg Thursby (Chair), Michelle Smytheman, Alex Sweet, Simon Whittle, Phillip Illingworth, Paris Ramsay.
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.
Governance and Risk Committee:
Paul Kusy (Chair), Graham Tamblyn, Jan Nelson, Keith Soloman.
Information Management Project: Jan Nelson, Richard Wood, Phil Illingworth, Simon Whittle, Geoff Sawyer and Sally Caddy
Public Officer: Graham Tamblyn
Treasurer: Allen Hertel
Administration Officer: Sally Caddy