The Board of Directors sets the Strategic Directions for the organisation. These are translated into goals for our work and the Strategic Plan is a roadmap by which we achieve our common vision.
Strategic Directions for 2019-2021 are:

  1. Design and deliver targeted, accessible services and programs that address identified community and client need within the social model of health
  2. Support and empower people to become and stay healthy in the community
  3. Lead a sustainable Community Health presence in the Mount Alexander Shire
  4. Operate within a positive and consumer centred culture

The current independent auditors for CHIRP Community Health are AFS & Associates Pty Ltd. .


All Board members have responsibility for Finance and Audit and Risk and Clinical Governance as part of their roles.

Lexi Randall-L’Estrange – Chair

Qualifications & Training

Master of Business Administration (Social Impact), Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Lexi is a dynamic management professional and community leader with experience across not-profit, social enterprise and private sector organisations in health, technology, water & environment, and social innovations. She is passionate about delivering the best outcomes with communities through strategic partnerships and collaborative effort.

She is Director of Projects and Operations at Research Path, a provider of software and health management solutions for public-good clinical research that aim to improve patient outcomes and cost effectiveness of care. Prior to joining CHIRP, Lexi was a Non-Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders Australia and Chair of the Strategy and Governance committee.

She is based in Castlemaine and involved in local projects centred around democracy, local economies and community wellbeing.

Rebecca Edwards – Deputy 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.


Jon Anstey – Treasurer

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.


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.


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.



Sharon Fraser – Director

Qualifications & Training

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Masters Business (Management), Graduate Australian Institute of Company Direction, Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar


For more than 30 years Sharon has been supporting people to work together to achieve progress in health and complex social areas with a focus on building ways to making progress through collaboration that could not achieve alone.

Sharon’s experience, on the ground in health, community health, local government and consulting has comprised work with an international, national, state and local community focus. The connecting theme for this work is a drive for equity, to build shared understanding and ways forward in complexity including people with diverse options and world views.

Sharon has supported collaborations across government, service sector, business, researchers and community. This has been possible through roles as a executive positions senior associate roles and core team member for two national social change intermediaries and leadership and governance positions in health and community organisations. This includes 9 years on the Castlemaine Health Board including roles as Vice Chair and Chair.

Sharon’s current focus is on supporting collaboration for system’s change. This grew out of years working in programmatic responses to needs and finding that although individuals did benefit there were always more coming through the door. The story of inequity and disadvantage continued. In exploring what could be done about this I found collective impact and systems change and as approaches showing promise in changing the lives of those who are not receiving the benefits that our safe, wealthy society offers in Australia.