Oversight and skills

Tomorrow Today’s Board is comprised of local people, with demonstrated skills and experience, who donate their time and expertise.  Most 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.

SALLY GAMBLE
CHAIR

Sally is a founding director of Tomorrow Today, serving as Chair since 2009, and gives significant time in addition to her board role. 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 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

NICK TAYLOR
DEPUTY CHAIR

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.  Nick is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

LOUISE PEARCE
TREASURER

Louise is an Executive Manager at TAFE, continuing a career focused on education. Louise and her husband have raised five children in Benalla where she has been an active community member over many years, holding positions of office in sporting clubs, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and school council at FCJ College.  Louise is presently Chair of the local NE Tracks LLEN (Local Learning and Employment Network).

LIZ CHAPMAN OAM
CONVENOR, EBP

Liz’s formal qualifications in agriculture and rural development back up more than 20 years of working at a local, regional and national level with private businesses and industry groups, government agencies, regional authorities and community organisations. Liz was the founding director of Tomorrow Today in 2000 and inaugural Chair.  Since 2007 she has led the development and implementation of the Education Benalla Program (EBP). In 2017 Liz was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to education and to the community.

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.  Georgina joined the Board in September 2018.

PATRICK DUFFY
BOARD MEMBER

Patrick grew up on a grazing property at Thoona, his family having farmed in the Benalla district for many generations.  After starting his career at Ernst & Young, Patrick spent many years as a senior mining sector executive in Asia and the Pacific. He has experience working with international community development foundations, with a particular focus on education.  Patrick is now Melbourne-based, regularly visiting Benalla.

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.  Melinda joined the Board in September 2018.

FLORENT THIVILLIER
BOARD MEMBER

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 is actively involved in the community, including as a participant and coach in numerous local sporting clubs. He is currently Production Manager at a major regional food manufacturer.  Florent joined the Board in September 2018.