Dennis and his wife Pip moved to Strathfieldsaye 30 years ago and raised their three children there while running their legal practice in Bendigo. They have been involved in many community groups including school councils for Strathfieldsaye Primary School, Bendigo South East College & Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Strathfieldsaye Cricket & Football and Axe Creek Landcare as well as a director of SDCE for over 10 years.
Brian King OAM
Following retirement as a Company Director for businesses in Shepparton and Bright, Brian and his wife moved to Strathfieldsaye in 2018 to be nearer to family. Prior to this, Brian worked as a teacher, TAFE College lecturer and Head of Department and Manager of several community service organisations. Brian also spent many years working in the United States of America as a Licensed Healthcare Administrator in Boston MA and Manchester NH. This served him well as a Board Member and Chair of Alpine Health (Myrtleford, Bright and Mt. Beauty) for eight years – for which in part he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Brian enjoys the work of the SDCE in fostering service organisations through funding opportunities and the SDCE's role in fostering ideas and planning with the City of Greater Bendigo.
Vanessa first moved to Bendigo after completing school in Rochester in 1991, to continue her education and then employment in Bendigo. Since then, Vanessa has lived in the SDCE catchment and has been living in Strathfieldsaye for the past 3 years. Vanessa is a director and Regional CFO of Villawood Properties, a national developer which started in Bendigo 33 years ago. Her passion for building livable communities through development has now partnered with SDCE. They both share the goal to have healthy, vibrant, engaged communities, she also has a long-standing relationship with the Bendigo Bank. Vanessa is very excited to be a part of the board, she looks to strengthen the partnership with all our sponsors to secure the commitment to assisting the community.
Andrew currently works for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank within the Wealth Division. He has had previous roles which dealt with Estates and Ongoing and Perpetual Trusts that were administered by Sandhurst Trustees Limited. Andrew grew up in Strathfieldsaye and is currently raising his own family here. Over the years he has been involved with several sporting clubs in the area for his children.
Adam and his family moved to Strathfieldsaye in 2011 and has been involved in a number of community organisations during that period. He has been a board member with LEAD Loddon Murray, Chair of the St Francis of the Fields School Council and is currently the St Francis Falcons Junior Football Club President. He has a background in the resources industry as an engineer and later in the sustainability, community and environmental fields. Adam established his own consultancy in 2019 specialising on stakeholder engagement and permitting for the resources and renewable energy sectors.
Josh grew up in Strathfieldsaye when his family moved to Tannery Lane in 1994, he and his two brothers attended St Francis Primary School during its first year of opening. Since moving out here, Josh and his family have enjoyed being part of the local community. After living in town Josh has recently moved back to Strathfieldsaye in 2018. He now has a family of his own with two young boys and would like to see them enjoy the community and surrounds as much as he did when growing up. Josh is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at AFS & Associates, his experience with local community groups and his accounting background comes in handy, he was appointed Treasurer in 2019.
Jodie first moved to Strathfieldsaye in 1987 and attended Strathfieldsaye Primary School with her brother. Completing primary, secondary and tertiary education in Bendigo, Jodie believed her nursing career could take her anywhere in the world! It quickly brought her back to Strathfieldsaye, where Jodie, her husband and their son lived for over 15 years prior to building their off-grid dream at Eppalock in 2016. Jodie has volunteered with Strathfieldsaye Junior Football Club and Little Athletics (Bendigo), while also giving back to the broader community through her extensive nursing career.