The Board of Directors sets the Strategic Directions for the organisation. These are translated into goals for our work and the Stategic Plan is a roadmap by which we achieve our common vision.

The Strategic Directions are:

  • Leadership and Influence
  • A Growing Quality Organisation
  • Partnerships
  • Accessibility and Inclusiveness
  • Workforce Development and Knowledge Management

In 2015, the Board decided it was appropriate to seek our new auditors for CHIRP Community Health as the organisation had been with the previous auditors, Richmond Sinnott & Delahunty, for a number of years.  AFS & Associates Pty Ltd, were selected from a number of audit tenders received. AFS & Associates undertook the 2016 financial year audit as a result.


Rebecca Edwards Chair

Qualifications & Training

Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics) , Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Master of Laws, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, current PhD Candidate.


A lawyer with a passion for social justice, Rebecca has over 10 years’ practice experience in rural and regional Australia and is currently Principal Lawyer at Seniors’ Rights Victoria. She has also sought to impart a passion for empowering the disadvantaged and vulnerable to the next generation of lawyers during the last 10 years as a lecturer at Latrobe University. Her significant governance experience was recognised in 2017 with an appointment to the Victorian Fisheries Authority as a Director. Rebecca was brought up and educated in Castlemaine, and now runs a small‐scale ethical farm with her family in Harcourt.

Special Responsibilities – Deputy Chair to November 2016, then Chair to present date, Member of Finance and Executive Committee

Jon Anstey Deputy Chair

Qualifications & Training

Masters of Law, Masters of Social Sciences in International Relations, Graduate Diploma, Applied Finance and Investment, Graduate Diploma, Law, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts. Jon is a systems thinker, thought leader, connector, entrepreneur, speaker and panellist. He loves creating value in complex systems, by bringing creativity and agility to governance.

Jon is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with 20+ years governance experience in environment, resources, health, digital technologies, art and sport.  Professionally, he has 20+ years global experience in law, finance, strategy, innovation and culture in 20+ countries, in the government, corporate, professional, international, for‐purpose and academic sectors. Since 2010, Jon has worked on national, state and regional water and energy issues in the Victorian state government. From 2000, he worked with the United Nations in Geneva on natural resource aspects of conflict, disaster and development, then with Shell in The Hague on global sustainability partnerships with NGOs. From 1995, Jon advised on energy, resource and banking/finance matters, as a solicitor at Clayton Utz. He holds two masters degrees and two graduate diplomas, in finance, investment, law and international relations, including from Seoul National University.

Special Responsibilities – Deputy Chair Member of Finance and Executive Committee

Margaret Bainbridge Director

Qualifications & Training

Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration and Special Education, Graduate Diploma of Special Education, Diploma of Education.


Fifteen years’ experience working as a Senior Executive for the Department of Education and Training. Margaret works with schools and their leaders assisting them to take the most effective evidenced based approaches to improvement and has recently worked with schools in the Mt Alexander Shire and with Castlemaine Community Connect. She currently works as a consultant offering coaching to senior executives and has qualifications in corporate investigations. She was a member of the Board of West Ed and advises School Councils and Boards on governance, strategy and finance. Margaret enjoys living in both Castlemaine and Melbourne.

Special Responsibilities –  Chair of Corporate Governance and Strategy subcommittee

Veronica Budnikas Director

Qualifications & Training

Bachelor of Arts, – Legal Translation, Masters Online Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.


Veronica is a digital learning professional with over 20 years’ experience. She runs her own digital learning consultancy, working with clients from the corporate, not‐for‐profit and education sectors. Veronica lives locally with her family. She is the Harcourt Valley Primary School Council president and regularly contributes to multiple community projects. She is currently a participant in the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program.

Special Responsibilities – Member of Corporate Governance and Strategy subcommittee

Simon Fitzgerald Director

Qualifications & Training

Diploma in Management Practices, Diploma in Training & Assessment.


Simon spent nine years as the Chief Executive Officer of a not‐for‐profit organisation and has been a Director on two Boards. He has had extensive senior management experience in Marketing, Human Resources, Industrial Relations and training and has also undertaken Directors and Officers Liability training presented by the AIM. He is now semi‐retired and lives in Taradale. Simon has a keen interest in music and theatre, gardening, and home renovation projects.

Special Responsibilities Treasurer – Member of Finance and Executive Committee

Ian Patrick Director

Qualifications & Training

Bachelor of Education, Master of Public Health (Hons.), PhD


Ian is a self‐employed consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in the evaluation, design and management of initiatives in areas such a health, education, governance, community development, human rights and Indigenous issues.  He works in both Australia and within the Asia‐Pacific region. Ian’s previous experience includes work as the evaluation focal point at the International NGO Training and Research Centre in the UK, and teaching and training roles across a range of contexts. Ian is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne where he contributes to the teaching of subjects related to evaluation for international development programs. He conducts training on behalf of the Australasian Evaluation Society.

Special Responsibilities – Member of the Risk and Clinical Governance sub‐committee

Natalie McCarthy Director

Qualifications & Training

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering


Natalie is an engineer who started her career leading resource recovery projects within the minerals industry. After many years in this field, she moved into managing production process and leading organisation transformations, using her qualifications in Lean Production and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. She has extensive International Management experience and worked for three years as Rio Tinto Aluminium Lean Deployment Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Natalie moved to Central Victoria eight years ago and now splits her time between three passions: raising her three young children, running a sheep farm with her husband, and using her business skills to drive local community projects. Natalie is a Director for the Loddon Mallee Waste Resource and Recovery Board, a school council member at Harcourt Valley Primary School, on the Parent Advisory Group for the Harcourt Preschool, and represents her local council on the Sutton Grange Hall of Management. Natalie is an Alumna of the London Business School.

Special Responsibilities – Member of the Corporate Governance and Strategy sub‐committee

Lexi Randall-L’Estrange Director

Qualifications & Training

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons). Member of Social Impact Measurement Network Australia, Australian Clinical Trials Alliance and Research Australia. Current MBA (Social Impact) candidate (completing in December 2018).


Project and Operations Manager of Research Path since 2013, providing software and health data management solutions for public‐good clinical research (trials and registries) that aim to improve patient outcomes and cost effectiveness of care. Prior to Research Path, Lexi worked across environmental and social impact, social enterprise, engineering, and international development. She has over four years’ experience as a Board Director having previously retired from the Board of Engineers Without Borders Australia, where she was the Chair of the Strategy and Governance Committee. Lexi has broad skills in governance, business and project management, stakeholder and community engagement, and social innovation. She is involved in local projects centred around strengthening democracy, localisation, and economic development.

Special Responsibilities – Member of Risk and Clinical Governance Committee.