Hayden Raysmith – Chair AM
“I want to leave a legacy of which we can all be proud. The sort of world I want our grandchildren and their children to grow up in. To leave people with something when we are not there to support them anymore.”
Hayden chaired the Melbourne Community Foundation and Abbotsford Convent Foundation and has lead organisations such as: Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS); Social Research, Youth Affairs and Public Health.
“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.
Adrian is Director Auctioneer at Compton Green Real Estate in Hobsons Bay. He is past President and current member of the Rotary Club of Williamstown.
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.
“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’s worked in information and communication technology, education and training across various projects in community services, health, education and philanthropy.
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, with a focus on diverse communities.
Cr Peter Hemphill
Peter has been a Councillor at Hobsons Bay City Council since 1999, serving three terms as Mayor. Peter is an award-winning journalist with The Weekly Times and is passionate about maritime history and preserving local heritage.
Cr 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.
Cr Sandra Wilson has been a Hobsons Bay City councillor since 2012, serving two terms as Mayor. Sandra’s consulted in workplace diversity, equal opportunity & policy in volunteering.
“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 Altona based plastics manufacturer, Qenos Pty Ltd.
“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 State Government for 10 years assessing and administrating grants for regional and rural development projects and facilitation of energy projects.
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 CEO’s alike. I want to connect my professional networks in media, business, not-for-profits and governments to contribute back to my community.
Pamela is a Senior Consultant with AskRIGHT.com, a strategic fundraising consultancy helping not-for-profit organisations become more financially sustainable. In 2006, Pamela was recognised as a Victorian Telstra Businesswomen of the Year (Community & Government).
“In 2016 I was a recipient of a HBCF grant, it gave me the platform to execute a dream that I had for so long envisioned. Now I wish to contribute to the fund which gave so generously to me and have the same impact on others’ dreams, just as the fund did mine.” Nikolina works with Hobsons Bay Libraries as the Digital Communications and Design Librarian.