The Committee

Adrian Butera (Chair)

‘I’m passionate about getting in and having a go at whatever I need to, to make my community and the world we live in, a better place.  I don’t want to stuff it up for the future.”

Adrian is Director and Auctioneer at Compton Green Real Estate in Hobsons Bay. He is also a past President and a current member of the Rotary Club of Williamstown.

Julie Noonan (Deputy Chair)

“Having grown up in the western suburbs alongside a diverse community, I am passionate about social inclusion and engagement for marginalised children, young people and families.”

Julie is a Project Management specialist with an extensive background in community development and engagement in the not-for-profit sector focused on diverse communities.

David Mattner

“I believe in the power of perpetual foundations and want to see those benefits delivered to those in need in my local community”.

David is currently a senior investment advisor with Macquarie Private Wealth, after retiring from the RAAF following 13 years’ service as an engineering officer.

John Clarke

“I support HBCF activities because, now that I’m retired, it’s an important way for me to still contribute to the community in which I live.”

John has worked in information and communication technology, education and training across various projects in community services, health, education and philanthropy.

Vedran Drakulic OAM

“Australia’s strength lies in its communities. It is immensely rewarding to be able to support our very own local grassroots organisations in the Hobsons Bay Area and help them create and maintain a vibrant, inclusive, just and sustainable society.”

Vedran is the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest family philanthropic organisations in Australia. Vedran was born overseas and now lives in Williamstown with his family.

Craig Rowley (Secretary – Executive Officer)

“They say ‘think global, act local’, and that’s exactly what I do. I’m working for the Hobsons Bay Community Fund because it is working for the betterment of my local community.”

Craig is the managing director of ‘for purpose’ company Campaignr. It helps those delivering public infrastructure to better connect with communities, and also helps communities to advocate their needs to government and the builders of public infrastructure. Craig was previously the chief executive officer of LeadWest, the regional advocacy organisation for Melbourne’s west.

Hayden Raysmith AM (Patron)

“Hayden founded HBCF in 2006 and chaired until 2019. It was an incredible effort and in that time he helped raise $1 million.  He wanted to leave a legacy of which we can all be proud, a world our grandchildren and their children can grow up in. To leave people with something when we are not there to support them anymore.”

Hayden will work continue supporting the fund in the background by establishing a patron group who will pledge long term support for HBCF. Please email us to find out more 

Cr Pamela Sutton-Legaud

Pamela is a Councillor for the Strand Ward of the City of Hobsons Bay. She is also a senior consultant with AskRIGHT.com, a strategic fundraising consultancy helping not-for-profit organisations become more financially sustainable. Pamela was recognised as Victorian Telstra Businesswomen of the Year (Community & Government) in 2006.

Cr Diana Grima

Diana is a Councillor for the Wetlands Ward of the City of Hobsons Bay.

Kerri Pyne

“Having worked with Qenos nearly 30 years, I’m fortunate in my role to work with many of our neighbours and businesses within Hobsons Bay. I’m a passionate supporter of the connecting people and programs in the West and I love being able to give something back to the local community.”

Kerri is the Corporate Affairs Officer with Qenos, an Altona based plastics manufacturer.

Sandra Wilson

“I value being part of this energised and connected group of people who make a difference in our Hobsons Bay community. We combine strategic and creative thinking with pragmatism to grow the fund’s ability to give and support initiatives addressing local needs – it is incredibly gratifying.”

Sandra Wilson served as a councillor from 2012 to 2020, and served as Mayor in 2013-14 and 2016-17 and Deputy Mayor in 2015-16 and 2019-20. Sandra has extensive experience as a consultant on workplace diversity issues, including equal opportunity, bullying and flexible work practices. She has also been a manager of volunteers, as well as a policy officer on volunteering issues.

Craig Eyes

“I believe that we have to build and support communities, this makes them stronger and is an investment that returns healthy, vibrant families.”

Craig worked with the Victorian Government for a decade, assessing and administrating grants for regional and rural development projects, and facilitating energy projects.

Louise Perry

“I thrive in complex corporate environments and have operated at high levels in media, political and government arenas as a principal adviser to political leaders and CEOs alike. I want to connect my professional networks in media, business, not-for-profits and governments to contribute back to my community.”

Louise is a highly experienced executive leader, specialising in transformational organisational change, strategic communications, public affairs and project management with extensive experience working within media, government, and not for profit organisations.

Julie du Plessis

Julie has senior leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector. She has been responsible for securing significant philanthropic gifts from individuals, charitable trusts, foundations and corporations in both the United Kingdom and Australia.