To achieve this we offer experiential learning programs which build life skills, confidence, self-esteem, resilience and assist young people to find their purpose and place.
To support and enable inclusive participation in our programs we provide financial and other support to those in need, however most of the impact we achieve is through the direct work of our team.
BACK ROW – STANDING L/R
Jenny Linsten, Company Secretary
Adrian Ponton, Governance Committee, Chair
Scott Chapman, Director
Gaye Wealthy, Director
Stephen Weber, Director
Stephen Mason, CEO
FRONT ROW – SEATED L/R
Rosemary Henderson, Director
Graeme Brauman, Vice Chair
Sue Lloyd-Williams AO, Chair
Tim Mitchell-Adams, AFR Committee, Chair
Sue is the Chair of Awards Victoria, and has an extensive background in business and administration both nationally and internationally. She had a long and distinguished 32 year career with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC). During that time, she successfully held Senior Executive roles including the position of Deputy Chief Executive from 2002 2011.
Since retiring from the VRC, Sue has worked as a consultant for the private sector and Victorian State Government. She undertook a lead role with Victorian Government Trade Missions to Asia, Turkey and the Middle East (Equine and Fashion sectors).
Drawing on her broad business skills, Sue has developed a portfolio of board positions around commercial, educational and cultural industries. She is Chair of the Advisory Board, RMIT University School of Economics, Finance and Marketing; Deputy Chairman and Audit Chair, Melbourne Fashion Festival Limited and Board Member Bendigo Art Gallery.
She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2012 Sue was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in acknowledgement of her many exceptional achievements for the thoroughbred racing industry; for the promotion of women and for her community work over three landmark decades.
Sue is also a Director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia.
Member of Audit, Finance & Risk Sub Committee
Graeme graduated from The Bendigo College of Advanced Education (now La Trobe University) with a Diploma of Business (Accounting) in 1977. Since then Graeme has extensive experience in business, including gaining his Chartered Accountant membership in 1980 and has held various roles as a public accountant both as an employee and as a principal in public practice until his retirement in June 2019.
During his career he was a founding partner of Zanacorp Accounting Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising Accountants, in 2007 and later, Principal of Brauman Accounting. Graeme’s business focus during his career was taxation, financial reporting, business consulting and corporate secretarial compliance.
Utilizing these skills and experience to give back to the broader community, Graeme is a founding director and current Board Member of Riddiford Nominees Pty Ltd established in 2009 to provide charitable relief for young people through The Riddiford Trust.
As a Board Member, he is involved in allocating funds to organisations that facilitate financial assistance to financially and socially disadvantaged young people to provide them with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in life. He is also the administrator of the Trust’s operations.
From 2017 until his retirement in 2019, he held the position of honorary accountant for The Order of Australia Association Foundation (OAAF), having been involved with the OAAF through The Riddiford Trust since 2012.
Tim is the Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of Awards Victoria. He is an experienced business and commercial executive who, over the last 30 years, has held senior executive roles across the wealth management, education and not for profit sectors. During this time, Tim has built a broad range of experiences across technology, distribution, finance, governance and people leadership. Prior to our review of Board Executive Roles, Tim held the Treasurer Position (eliminated March 2020).
He is the Director of Operations at World Wide Generation (WWG), a sustainability fintech designed to help all stakeholders in the investment chain comply and lead ahead of the sustainability regulatory wave that’s upon us, and more importantly, accelerate the financing and delivery of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement by 2030
Tim is a Board member and Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation whose mission is to bring awareness and funding to the battle against paediatric brain tumours and to support patients during treatment.
He holds a Diploma of Marketing and Management and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also graduate of one of Victoria’s premier leadership development programs, the ‘Williamson Community Leadership Program’.
Tim lives in Melbourne and is married with 2 children. In his personal time, he is a keen motorcyclist and has a passionate interest in a broad range of sports.
Adrian has actively participated in the governance and risk areas of the business from the outset and currently chairs the Governance sub committee. Adrian’s vocation was in the rail industry with over 40 years’ experience in change management, logistics, project delivery as well as statutory compliance.
Adrian retired from rail in mid 2016, expecting a less hectic lifestyle. However, his consultancy business has more than taken over his spare time. Until July 2020 Adrian was also a lecturer at the Central Queensland University, specialising in Accident Investigation.
He is a member of a number of professional associations including AICD, IRSE and RTSA.
Rosemary has been the managing director of Protech Consulting Pty Ltd, since its formation in May 1989. She graduated from La Trobe University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) degree. Prior to establishing the consultancy she worked in research and development for Hoechst Agrivet for 11 years after periods with the Soil Conservation Authority and the National Parks Service.
As managing director of Protech Consulting, Rosemary provides technical support to a range of companies servicing the agriculture industry. This includes safety training in many rural areas of Australia. Rosemary also contributes to Industry Associations through committee involvement. She was awarded Life Membership of CropLife Australia in recognition of her support to the Agricultural Industry.
Rosemary gained her Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as an independent participant. She continued her support of the program as a Girl Guide leader and then as a state committee member. Rosemary holds a Long Service Medal for 30 years of service to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
Rosemary held the Company Secretary role up until March 2020, at which point an external candidate was appointed in line with good governance practice.
Stephen has extensive background in occupational health and safety and risk management both nationally and internationally.
He has had nearly 9 years’ experience as an independent consultant to organisations ranging from small local businesses to multi national corporations providing expert advice towards improving health and safety.
Stephen is a recognise lead in his field, regularly presenting at local and international conferences in his field and has recently been qualified as a Certified Chartered Generalist OHS Professional by the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS).