The Hobson’s Bay Community Fund is proud to confirm the engagement of three new members to the Committee. Pamela Sutton-Legaud, a strategic leader, marketing and fundraising specialist; Julie Noonan, a project management specialist and Nikolina Mabic – a former HBCF grant recipient and leading Youth advocate around mental health.

Julie’s given us an insight into the inner workings, ‘I have been so impressed with the passion and commitment that the other HBCF board members bring to their roles as well as their enthusiasm and dedication for ensuring that outcomes for our beneficiaries are meaningful.

Pamela Sutton

Pamela Sutton is a proven strategic leader, marketing and fundraising specialist and has directed strategies that have raised more than $150m for Australian non-profit organisations including: Oxfam Australia, Plan International, Bush Heritage Australia and Zoos Victoria. In 2006, Pamela was recognised as a Victorian Telstra Businesswomen of the Year (Community & Government) for her work with Plan International and the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Pamela is a Senior Consultant with, a strategic fundraising consultancy helping not-for-profit organisations become more financially sustainable. She has lived and worked in Williamstown for more than 17 years. She serves as a Director on a number of boards including Birdlife Australia, Seddon Community Bank/Inner West Community Enterprises, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute and is Victorian State Chair for the Fundraising Institute of Australia. She is a past member of the Hobson’s Bay Women’s Advisory Committee. Pamela is accredited as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with CFRE International and holds a Master of Business Administration. She is a keen birdwatcher and amateur photographer. Visit Pamela’s blog at or connect on LinkedIn . Pamela joined the Committee in late 2018.

Julie Noonan

Julie is a project management specialist with community development and engagement experience in the not-for-profit sector; focusing on diverse communities. Her recent work has included research and engagement projects for Berry Street, Victoria’s largest child and family welfare organisation and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. As a long-term resident of the western suburbs, she is active in the local community, serving as a Committee member of the Williamstown Literary Festival, Floyd Lodge Community Garden, Williamstown & Community Education Centre and Williamstown North Primary School. Julie’s keen to add value to the wonderful work already being done by HBCF. Julie joined the Committee in 2018.

Nikolina Mabic

In 2016 HBCF awarded Nikolina a grant to run a two day workshop to combat mental health issues for young women. In April of 2017 during National Youth Week, 12 young women attended the very first Spare Capacity Workshop at Newport Community Hub. Nikolina later became Hobsons Bay Young Citizen of the Year for 2017, for her work in youth mental health. Later she was awarded and won the Community Service and Social Impact Award at the Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

HBCF gave purpose to my story and meant my mental illness journey lead to something more, which I hope will brings further developments in the way we prevent and treat mental illness. Charitable giving made it possible for me to create my vision, so I hope anyone considering giving to the Hobsons Bay Community Fund see their investment into the community as a rich one, because my story is just one story of the many successes of the fund. I feel privileged to come on as a board member and be able to give something back to the community that gave so much to me.

Nikolina works with Hobsons Bay Libraries as the Digital Communications and Design Librarian