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. Since moving to Benalla in 1991 she has contributed to the community through numerous organisations including the Regent Honeyeater Project committee, Friends of the Benalla Botanical Gardens and Benalla East Primary School Council. Sally is a Director and the Company Secretary of Australian Community Philanthropy, the national peak body for community foundations.

ADRIAN ALDOUS
TREASURER

Adrian established a chartered accounting firm in Benalla in 1978, now Aldous and Hill. Since that time he has been deeply involved in community life.  He was an office bearer on the Benalla & District Memorial Hospital Board for 10 of his 15 years of service.  Adrian has been the treasurer of many organisations and as a keen tennis player was on the Benalla Lawn Tennis Club Committee for over 25 years.

LIZ CHAPMAN OAM
DEPUTY CHAIR

Elizabeth (Liz) Chapman was the founder and inaugural Chair of Tomorrow Today Foundation and is the Convenor of the Foundation’s Education Benalla Program. Formal qualifications in agriculture and rural development back up 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 is a former Director of Goulburn-Ovens TAFE and YWCA Victoria.  In 2017 Liz was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to education and the community.

BILL DOBSON
BOARD MEMBER

Bill has lived all his life on the farming property that his father bought, 12 kilometres from Benalla, in 1934. Bill enjoyed 35 years as a partner in the Benalla legal firm, Harrison Dobson and Cottrill.  He is an active community member who, among other roles, served on the Benalla and District Memorial Hospital Board for 18 years, six of those years as President.

PATRICK DUFFY
BOARD MEMBER

Patrick grew up on a grazing property at Thoona, his family having farmed in the Benalla district for many generations.  He is the CEO of E Agri, a Melbourne-based agri-technology company with strong links to Asia.  After starting his career at Ernst & Young, Patrick spent 10 years in Asia and the Pacific, much of it as a senior executive in the mining sector.  Patrick has experience working with international community development foundations, with a particular focus on education.

LOUISE PEARCE
BOARD MEMBER

Louise is an Executive Manager at GOTAFE, 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).

NICK TAYLOR
BOARD MEMBER

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 is Captain of the Samaria CFA, where he has been a volunteer for more than 20 years.