Board Members

Ruth Kneebone

Chair

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.

Fiona Nichols

Vice Chair

Peter Ahne

Treasurer

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...

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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.

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...

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Loretta Carroll

Board Member

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

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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.

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Hon. Alan Brown

Patron

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

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