Board Members

Ruth Kneebone


Joining the Board early in 2019, Ruth’s appointment follows a a long and experienced career as Director of Corporate Services for the Rural City of Wangaratta . Her 25 year career with the council covered areas including Finance, Information Services, Customer Services, People and Culture, Media and Communications, Governance, Risk and Insurance. She is a resident in Everton Upper and enjoys participating in local sporting clubs. She brings a wealth of finance management experience to the Board is helping build the Foundation’s position in Wangaratta.


M: 0402 104 188

Fiona Nicholls

Vice Chair

Encompassing 26 years in the Global resources industry, Fiona has worked across a range of business functions including strategy and planning, exploration and operations, multi-country project development and approvals, due diligence and assurance processes, crisis management, and organisational change. She lives locally in the Alpine Shire and brings her depth of corporate social responsibility and community grant making experience to her board position.


M: 0438 541 943

Peter Ahne


Peter Ahne – Accountant (Buffalo River)  Born in the North East (Benella) Peter was a Westpac employee for 14 years being Branch Manager for 5 years.


M: 0499 982 384

John Bailey

Board Member

With a strong local business and real-estate background John has held a career in body corporate management and real estate. He has served on multiple community  and corporate boards over the years including Wangaratta High-school and Wangaratta RSL, Omeo District Hospital and Pangerang Community House. He is also a current Director for REI Super. John brings with him a strong background in governance, finance and community networks. He joined the Board early in 2019.


M: 0418 516 636

Paul Ryan

Board Member

Paul Ryan is the Director of the Australian Resilience Centre; a private enterprise that builds the capacity of regional communities and institutions facing uncertain futures.


M: 0488 636 802

Loretta Carroll

Board Member

 Loretta Carroll lives in the community of Mudgegonga producing beef and meat sheep.


M: 0431 117 630

Sarah Thompson

Executive Officer

Sarah Thompson joined the Foundation in April 2018. Sarah has a strong background in community philanthropy, grant making and community development.


M: 0466 252 866

Hon. Alan Brown


The Hon. Alan Brown has an enormous breadth of experience in public life spanning more than forty years.

Jenny Griffiths

Acting Executive Officer

Jenny joined the Foundation in March 2020 as the acting Executive Officer, while Sarah is on maternity leave. Jenny is highly experienced in the not-for-profit sector and concurrently works as an HR consultant.


P: 0466 252 866

Board Membership

Are you interested in supporting your community and being part of a dynamic organisation?
We are seeking expressions of interest for board positions. Applications close end of February 2020. For nominee information pack and nomination form see below . For further information contact Sarah Thompson, Executive Officer 0466 252 866 or Ruth Kneebone, Board Chair 0402 104 188.