Board Directors

Board members

Darren Barber

Darren Barber Master HRM CSU – in progress, Cert IV Training & Assessment
Chairperson
Darren is Manager Organisational Development at Southern Grampians Shire Council. Prior to this, he was Manager Organisational Development at Warrnambool City Council.  Darren was a partner at SED Advisory, a regional Victorian professional services firm before joining local government. He has over 20 years’ experience in organisational development and human resource management, specialising in regional workforce development.

Darren was born in Hamilton and has been actively invovled in the community, with roles on the Gray Street Primary School Council, Show Us Your Toys Commitee, South West TAFE Hamilton Campus Advisory Committee and Mitchell Park Kindergarten Committee. He has also acted as a regional delegate for the VECCI Business and Employement forum.
First appointed: July 2013
Current term expires: June 2022


Anna Sweeney
Vice Chairperson
Anna Sweeney is a Director of Wattlepark and a Consultant with over 15 years of experience in Environmental Management, Commercial Projects Management, Sustainable Agriculture and Community Engagement. Anna has worked across Public, Private and Not for Profit sectors, with roles at Agriculture Victoria, AusAID, URS Australia and Goolarabooloo Millibinyarri Indigenous Corporation.  Anna has qualifications in science, social science and a Masters’ degree in Environmental Science.  Anna lives and works on a grazing property in the Western District of Victoria and is a passionate advocate for women’s and farmer health.  She believes it is integral that we work together to create resilient and sustainable agricultural and rural communities. 
First appointed: 1 July 2019
Current term expires: 30 June 2022


Caroline Coggins

Caroline Coggins DipEd, BAppSc.
Board Director
Ms Coggins holds qualifications in Applied Science and Education. She is a past President of the Young Members of the Melbourne Cricket Club and has held positions including General Manager of a Cooperative, Consultant and Business Advisor and various secondary teacher positions. She is currently a teacher of science and Year 8 level Coordinator at Monivae College.
First appointed: July 2014
Current term expires: June 2023


Peter Besgrove

Peter Besgrove BCom, MIR
Board Director
Peter has held senior executive positions in a number of global organisations as a HR business partner. Peter has managed teams of HR professionals across a number of countries with diverse social, industrial and legal environments. He is currently a member of the Grampians Tourism Board.
First appointed: July 2014
Current term expires: June 2022


Adele Kenneally

Adele Kenneally PhD, MEd, G Dip Bus, Dip Lib
Board Director
Adele has worked in senior management roles in South West Victoria over the past 20 years, and now runs her own consulting business, ASK Consulting Victoria. She is currently Vice Chair of Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West Inc. and was Chair of the Glenelg Southern Grampians Primary Care Partnership 2010-2014.
First appointed: July 2015
Current term expires: June 2024


Greg Walcott JP
Board Director
Currently Managing Director of consulting business specialising in stakeholder engagement, community relations, landowner liaison, government relations and communication.
After thirty years in agriculture at Balmoral Greg took on stakeholder management roles with major Western Victorian projects including Iluka’s Douglas Project, AGL’s Oaklands Hill and Macarthur wind farms, BCD Resources, Stavely Minerals and Australian Zircon.
Greg has experience in community leadership roles with various volunteer organisations including CFA, Apex, VFF, Rural Fire Brigades Victoria, Balmoral P&A Society, National Party, SW TAFE, school councils and sporting clubs. 
First appointed: June 2017
Current term expires: June 2023


Ashlyn Hiscock
Board Director
Ashlyn has more than twenty-five years of experience in business, marketing, event management, customer and public relations in Melbourne. She now resides with her family at Mt Napier and holds the position of Director of Communications at The Hamilton and Alexandra College and works in Marketing for the Hamilton Gallery. Ashlyn is enthusiastic about community relations and has played an active part within the Australian Music industry, Ashlyn has served as treasurer of the Hamilton Pony Club since 2017.  
First appointed: July 2018
Current term expires: June 2024


Gillian Jenkins Board Director
Gillian was born in Hamilton and is actively involved in the local community. She has qualifications in Nursing, has a Master of Education (Research) degree, a Diploma of Integrated Risk Management and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration. Gillian has held senior management positions in healthcare at Western District Health Service including Management of Aged Care Services and Quality and Risk Management. Gillian is passionate about women’s health and equality and is currently a Board Director for Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West Inc. and Southern Stay Disability Services Inc. First appointed: July 2020
Current term expires: June 2023


Rowena Clift
Board Director
Bio
First appointed: July 2020
Current term expires: June 2023


Andrew Bradbury
Board Director
Andrew has held senior finance positions for a number of ASX listed and rapid growth multinational organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Acc/Fin) from Monash University and maintains membership with CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Andrew’s professional experience includes over fifteen years’ providing accounting, business advisory and governance services across the Information Technology, Professional Services, Construction, Manufacturing and Export sectors. Andrew continues to focus on helping Australian owned enterprises scale and compete in global markets while also being an advocate of businesses supporting their local communities. Andrew is a Principal at CoggerGurry Chartered Accountants and is also an Independent Member of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee at Heywood Rural health.
First appointed: July 2020
Current term expires: June 2024


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