Oversight and skills

Tomorrow Today’s Board is comprised of local people, with demonstrated skills and experience, who donate their time and expertise.  The majority of Board members meet the Australian Tax Office standards for a ‘responsible person’.

Each year the Board determines policy and strategy, reviews progress and approves application of funds during 10 Board meetings and a special strategy session. Board sub-committes are appointed to address specific aspects of the Foundation’s work.

LOUISE PEARCE
CHAIR

Louise works for Melbourne University and as a consultant in the vocational education sector. Her career is focused on education with a particular passion for supporting young people. Louise and her husband raised their family in Benalla where she has been an active community member holding positions of office in sporting clubs, Guides and Scouts. Louise is a member of the Committee of Management of the local NE Tracks LLEN (Local Learning and Employment Network).

NICK TAYLOR
DEPUTY CHAIR, COMPANY SECRETARY

Nick is a commercial builder who established his business, Landmark Construction Group Pty Ltd, in Benalla in 2001. His long history of community involvement includes serving on St Joseph’s Primary School Council, the Sandhurst Diocese Education Board and the Benalla Racing Club Committee. Nick has been a volunteer with the Samaria CFA for more than 20 years, for a large part of this time as Captain.

SALLY GAMBLE
TREASURER

Sally is a founding director of Tomorrow Today, serving as Chair from 2009 to 2021. Over the last twenty years she has contributed to the community through numerous organisations. Sally is currently a member of the Regent Honeyeater Project committee and has recently joined the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership.  She is a Director and Company Secretary of Australian Community Philanthropy.

FLORENT THIVILLIER
CONVENOR, EBP

Florent is an industrial engineer who came to Benalla in 2001 from his native France. Originally moving here to work at Schneider Electric, he and his wife fell in love with Benalla and chose to raise their family here. Florent’s active involvement in the community has included being a participant and coach in numerous local sporting clubs. He is currently Distribution Centre Manager for a major food manufacturer.

GEORGINA BURSTON
BOARD MEMBER

Georgina is a long-term Benalla and district resident.  As her children were growing her career focused on high level executive support and board governance roles in the private and public sector. She has a long history of community volunteering and fundraising, particularly for the Benalla Art Gallery and more recently for other not-for-profit organisations. After many years of study, she is currently expanding her business in the area of clinical yoga therapy.

MELINDA LAWLEY
BOARD MEMBER

Melinda has worked with young people throughout her career, initially as a secondary teacher before moving into community and health fields. This trajectory underpins her commitment to working across sectors to enhance outcomes for young people.  Melinda has lived in Benalla for 20 years and worked alongside Tomorrow Today for much of this time.  She is currently the CEO of a youth welfare organisation in Shepparton and is Chair of the Committee of Management of the Goulburn Murray LLEN (Local Learning and Employment Network).

MARTIN SMITH
BOARD MEMBER

Martin is a senior operational risk manager and Chartered Accountant, with experience in compliance, banking and finance roles in Australia and overseas. Now Melbourne-based, he has been an active member of the local primary school council and a committee member and coach in junior sport. Martin remains connected to his home town of Benalla and joined the Board of Tomorrow Today in September 2020. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

MARSHA WATSON
BOARD MEMBER

Marsha is a registered pharmacist and successful local business owner. She partnered in the establishment of Jenny Milner – Marsha Watson Pharmacies Pty Ltd in 1999, and has been sole proprietor since 2011. In 2012, Marsha was named Victorian Pharmacist of the Year for ‘being a quiet achiever who has passionately served her local community for many years’. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Benalla, Benalla Business Network and Benalla Golf Club. Marsha joined the Board in May 2020.