Board and Staff Members
CLLM has a fantastic team guiding our vision and mission, comprising 10 committed Board Members with a diverse range of skills and experiences each of whom is outstanding community leader in their own right, four passionate and highly skilled part-time staff members, and our impressive regional network of more than 400 graduates who have completed our flagship Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program over the last 19 years.
Anita Dickons (LMCLP 2013) – Chair
Anita is passionate about people and empowering them to create the change they want. She has been running a coaching and training business called Above the Line Thinking for the past 7 years. After spending 17 years in the corporate world leading and training people to be the best communicators they could be. Anita decided to use her natural skills and trained as a Relationship Counsellor with the UKʼs leading relationship agency Relate, where she worked with hundreds of couples on communication and change in their relationships. Anita loves to mentor people informally and through various leadership programs. She strongly believes in creating opportunities then showing people they have what it takes to step up. Originally from the UK, Anita and her family have been in Bendigo for 6 years after spending the first 7 years of her Australian life in Adelaide. Anita loves cooking and eating local ethical produce and is very grateful to the program for showing her what community really is.
Yvonne Wrigglesworth (LMCLP 2013)
Yvonne lives in Axedale and is currently the Director – Strategy, Planning and Governance at Bendigo Health and in 2016 was elected as a Councillor in the City of Greater Bendigo. She has more than 15 years’ experience in health care management and moved to Greater Bendigo nine years ago with her husband and two children. Since then, she has set about making a difference in her local community. Yvonne was inspired to run for Council after she participated in the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program and learnt about the importance of equipping people with the skills to identify and deliver initiatives that build and strengthen communities. As a Councillor, Yvonne is Chair of the Rural Communities Committee, Chair of the GMW Lake Eppalock Land-on-Water Management Committee and a member of the Bendigo Tourism Board. Yvonne is also Board Director of the Strathfieldsaye and District Community Enterprise, and is a Graduate and current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Linda Beilharz – Independent Board Member
Linda has worked in the health and human services sector spanning community development and health promotion roles at Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM), St Luke’s Anglicare and Bendigo Community Health WHLM. Recently Linda stepped down from the EO role at WHLM, after 9 years. Linda is now indulging in her passion of flying by instructing at the Bendigo Flying Club Recreational Aviation school. In 2013 Linda participated in the Williamson Community Leadership Program and in 2016 completed the Company Directors course with AICD. Linda is the chair of the Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia committee, GREATER (healthy communities) and the Bendigo Groundwater Project Community Reference Group. She was awarded an OAM for the historically significant achievement of being the first Australian woman to ski from the edge of land to both the North and South Poles. Linda is the first woman to have undertaken an expedition across all four of the world’s largest icecaps. Linda has lived in the Bendigo area for over 30 years, loves the towns and people of the Loddon Mallee region and enjoys getting out into the Australian bush whenever she can.
Scott McLarty (LMCLP 2010)
Scott has recently relocated back to Bendigo after living in Maitland NSW for a sea change and the opport-unity to run a private training company. Scott has been lucky enough to live in the London, Leeds UK, Auckland NZ, Maitland NSW, Sunbury, Shepparton and Bendigo Victoria. During this time Scott had the opportunity to experience a diverse range of communities, and the importance of Community leaders. The experience holds Scott in good stead to be a proactive and involved board member. Scott is now working with Radius in the disability sector with a focus on providing professional development, vocational skills for people of all abilities. He is also working on key projects closely aligned to Radius’s Australian Disability Enterprises and the NDIS.
Hayley Cail – Independent Board Member
Hayley is passionate about the development of regional Victoria and has worked in this space for approximately 18 years, as a consultant in learning and development and provision of business management services to regional firms. She currently works at La Trobe University Bendigo, managing the School Partnerships Program across the four regional campuses. She has extensive experience in the management of a portfolio of clients within a regional context through the development and implementation of business engagement plans. Throughout Hayley’s professional experience she has become increasingly involved in projects and roles which require leadership qualities combined with a strategic approach. Hayley has extensive board experience including, the Chair of Hume Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee, Member of State Government Regional Policy Advisory Committee, Member of Wangaratta Unlimited Economic Development Advisory Board and Deputy Chair of La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board.
Jay Smith (LMCLP 2013)
Jay is passionate about collaborating with others to create vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities. He has vast experience in sustainability, renewable energy, carbon and waste management, and community and youth development. Jay has worked directly for local governments and environmental organisations over the last 7 years. He is currently in the role of Climate Change Coordinator at the Mount Alexander Shire Council where he is leading Council’s response to climate change. Jay holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and a Diploma of Carbon Management. He is an Alumni of the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (2013) and Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program (2014). Jay is a former Board member of the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (2015-2017) and stood as a candidate in the 2016 local government elections. He has lived in Castlemaine for the past 5 years and relishes being part of a welcoming, vibrant and creative community. Jay is continually motivated and inspired by his community and the infinite possibilities that await them as they transition to carbon neutrality by 2025.
Khayshie Tilak Ramesh – Open Door Student Board Member
Khayshie is a passionate second year law student at La Trobe university. She has lived in Bendigo for majority of her life and she is very devoted to making a positive contribution to her local community. She is currently involved with the Equality and Diversity Department of La Trobe University Bendigo and works at Australian Geographic as well as volunteers with the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre in her spare time. Khayshie is in several mentor roles at the University and she is also a Board Member on the multicultural Friends of Labor board. She also has a history of leadership throughout her schooling including captain and senior prefect roles.
Luke Spielvogel (LMCLP 2015)
Luke Spielvogel is a part-time stay-at-home dad, part-time International Logistics Consultant and part-time Community Advocate. He has lived in the Macedon Ranges for over a decade with his wife Megan and three spirited little girls. He is a licenced Customs Broker and has worked in International Logistics for more than fifteen years. Luke is the founder and President of the Hanging Rock Action Group formed to engage with community and government to advocate for Hanging Rock. Luke also serves on the committee of Newham & District Landcare, Friends of Hanging Rock and Federation of Horticulture and Environment Macedon Ranges and is an active member of a variety of local organisations and in 2016 received the Victorian Premiers Volunteer Champion – Leadership Award. Luke studies International and Community Development part-time and is a 2015 graduate of Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (2015). He is passionate about community and its role in continuing to build a vibrant Loddon Murray region.
Rob Stephens – Independent Board Member
Robert holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). He worked in professional accounting firms and the non-bank finance sector, before becoming General Manager of the Bendigo Student Association at La Trobe University in 2001. He participated in the inaugural Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue in 2006 and served as the Australian representative on the 2014 EPLD conference speakers’ committee. In 2009, Robert undertook a study of Leadership Development Programs for university students in the USA, looking at purposes, structures and fit within their university environments. During 2011, Robert was appointed Senior Manager, Regional Operations with La Trobe University, and subsequently to Head of Campus, Bendigo. Robert is a Fellow of CPA Australia, member of International Leadership Association, College Student Educators International, International Town & Gown Association, Association for Smart Learning Ecosytems and Regional Development, and Bendigo Education Council. In 2015 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and presented a paper at the International Town and Gown Association Annual Conference in Washington DC. Robert has served on numerous community Boards with an emphasis on creating educational opportunity and economic and social development of Regional Victoria
Rosanne Kava – Independent Board Member
Rosanne Kava is a highly motivated and accomplished executive leader with 7 years experience as a CEO in local government; she has held a number of senior Federal government management roles and a 3 year diplomatic posting in Rome. Since commencing her consulting business, Kava Konsulting, Rosanne has worked on projects including facilitating strategic planning and team building sessions; conducting organisational and service reviews, CEO performance reviews, and workplace investigations. Rosanne is an accredited executive coach and also runs governance training sessions. She has undertaken a number of locum placements in local government executive positions pending recruitment. Rosanne is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and is a former Board Member of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. She has held a number of Board positions and currently serves on the Board of Swan Hill District and chairs the Balranald Shire Council Audit Committee. Rosanne is an enthusiastic Rotarian and is the District Governor Nominee for District 9780.
Anette Kortenhaus (LMCLP 2015)
Anette is guided by one of her favourite quotes: “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.” by David Hurley. Integrity and accountability are her internal compass. The Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program reflected these values and made her realise that it is time to act: to stand up, to speak up and to let yourself be seen. Over the past 25+ years, Anette has been involved in diverse roles across business, training, education, health and wellbeing. She operated her own businesses and is currently working in the non-for-profit sector. Anette is passionate about challenging the status quo. She creates processes and structures which facilitate clarity and vision. “I want to give people voices to speak their truth and passion, to empower them to be the best they can be and live a harmonious life as an individual as well as part of the community”.
Julie Slater, Executive Officer
Julie has been involved with Community Leadership Loddon Murray (CLLM) Inc. since 2006, and Executive Officer since August 2009. She is a graduate of the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (2003), the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (2009) and Company Directors Update (2016), holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Public Relations and Politics) from RMIT (1991), and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (Plenty Training 2014). She is also Deputy Chair of the North Central Catchment Management Authority and Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, a Board Member of Buloke Community Enterprises, Community Leadership Australia, Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs Inc., and a member of the St Mary’s Parents & Friends (Donald). In her spare time, Julie is a Director of her family farming enterprise at Corack on the edge of the Wimmera-Mallee which comprises 7,000 acres of mixed cropping and livestock activities and operates her own consulting business -JLS Consulting specialising in community development, strategic and business planning, evaluation, marketing, and communication. In her role with Community Leadership Loddon Murray, Julie has been responsible for the design and delivery of a range of innovative projects and workshops to meet the needs of community organisations and individuals across central and north-west Victoria with specialist skills in the areas of governance, strategic planning, community development, project management, business planning, and marketing & communication.
Melinda Mann, Graduate Program Manager
Melinda re-joined the CLLM team in 2016 as our Graduate Program Manager and to assist with our community projects. She has previously been employed as our LMCLP Coordinator (2011-2014). Melinda holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) from the University of Melbourne and has extensive experience in the design and delivery of information and training programs to meet the needs of landholders both with the Department of Primary Industries and the Grasslands Society of Southern Australia where she was Executive Officer for five years. She has also been the Executive Officer of the Victorian Young Farmers. In her spare time, Melinda is a Director of their family broadacre cropping enterprise in Moama. Melinda has a Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training. Her role with CLLM is the design and delivery of our LMCLP graduate support program as well as other projects undertaken by the organisation. She has specialist skills in the areas of workshop design, delivery and facilitation, stakeholder management and project management.
Lucy Mayes, Program Manager
Lucy joined the CLLM team in November 2014 as Coordinator of the highly regarded Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program, from which she graduated in 2007. She is passionate about leadership, community, and personal empowerment and has worked across various settings including corporate, local government, community health, welfare, not-for-profit, education and the volunteer sector. Lucy is a qualified lawyer, social worker and company director. She is active in the community development sector, having researched, documented and presented grass roots community change initiatives at community development conferences in Australia and internationally and her writing has been published in academic, professional and literary forums. Since joining CLLM Inc., Lucy has been responsible for the design and delivery of the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program as well as other projects undertaken by the organisation, and has specialist skills in the areas of workshop design, delivery and facilitation, as well as project management.
Fiona Jemmett, Projects Manager
Fiona has recently joined the CLLM Inc. team as our new Projects Manager and to oversee our new Enterprise Stream. She holds a Bachelor in Applied Science (Natural Resource Management), a Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (Agriculture extension), a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110 and TAELLN501B). She has experience working across all tiers of government in Australia and New Zealand in project management, community development, policy planning, research, education and communications. Her most recent roles have been as Community Planning and Engagement with Brimbank City Council; and Manager, School Education with Emergency Management Australia. In January 2017, Fiona moved to Bendigo where she is thoroughly enjoying ‘city’ life, and continues to manage a small beef farm near Gisborne in the Macedon Ranges.