The Board of Directors


STFF 06-01-31 Rodney McKail 2Rodney has been a resident of Warburton for over 55 years. His wife Karen was a teacher at the Warburton Primary School for 35 years until retiring recently. Karen and Rodney have two adult children and one grandchild.
Rodney was employed in Local Government for over 40 years. He worked at the Upper Yarra Shire & Lilydale Shire (now Yarra Ranges) and Knox City Council, predominantly in the Governance area. He is currently contracting to Local Government as a governance advisor on a part time basis.
Rodney has enjoyed involvement with a range of local community groups including the Warburton Primary School Council, Warburton Golf Club, Warburton Millgrove Sports Club and Wesburn Junior Football Club. He is also a Life Member of the Warburton Millgrove Football & Netball Club and Warburton Millgrove Cricket Club and is currently president of the Warburton Bowls Club. He has spent many years coaching junior football & cricket teams at Warburton and Wesburn.
Rodney is an active member in the community and has been a Justice of the Peace for twenty-five years.


Geoff croppedGeoff was a member of the Warburton Community Bank® branch Steering Committee before becoming a director of the Company at its inception in 1999. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2002 and Secretary/ Treasurer in 2003.
Since January 2006, Geoff has been a full-time employee of Upper Yarra Community Enterprise in the role of Executive Officer. He holds qualifications in Financial Services, Community Services and Corporate Governance.
Prior to his full-time appointment, Geoff was employed as a Welfare Worker after selling his business in the ornamental horticulture industry of 15 years.
Geoff and his wife Carolyn live in Millgrove and have three adult daughters; Angela, Lisa and Claire.

Michael Janssen

Michael JanssenMichael Janssen is a founding Director of Fulcrum Aid and a stay-at-home father for the youngest two of his four children, who attend the Little Yarra Steiner School.
Michael’s previous roles include General Manager of EACH, CEO of the Health Issues Centre, CEO of Australian Diabetes Professionals Organisation and Principal Adviser to the Australian Divisions of General Practice (Canberra).
Michael has a Masters in Innovation and Service Management and a degree in Theology. Michael has interests in community participation, social justice, music and the arts.


Elizabeth Fox

Elizabeth croppedElizabeth currently works at Tintern Girls Grammar School in Ringwood coordinating the Education Support Department. For the past 14 years Elizabeth has undertaken further tertiary studies in Behavioural Science and Psychology and has recently completed a Master of Teacher in Special Education.
She previously worked for 18 years at the Upper Yarra Secondary College (UYSC) in special education support and as a Student Wellbeing Counsellor. Prior to this Elizabeth worked in a number of local primary schools assisting students with special needs.  She still enjoys a strong connection with our young people and is committed to advancing their learning and wellbeing.
Elizabeth has lived in the local area for 35 years; her two sons grew up in Warburton and attended Warburton Primary School (WPS) and UYSC.
She was secretary of the WPS Council and was also one of the original organisers of the local Basketball Association acting as secretary for a number of years. During this time she undertook a coaching role and helped form a new basketball club which fielded a number of teams.
Elizabeth has been involved in various volunteer groups in the local community.

Chris Brown

Chris BrownChris and his wife Cathy moved to Yarra Junction in 1978 and have three adult children. He holds a Degree in Economics and is a CPA.
Since 2002, Chris has been Chief Executive Officer of Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
His previous employment was as General Manager of a business that owned and operated restaurants and bakery/cafés and prior to that he held management and accounting roles in the building industry.
Chris was a Director of the Board of Billanook College from 1991 – 2011 and Chair for 12 years. His local community sporting involvements have included football, basketball and golf.

Sally Brennan

Sally BrennanSally was born in Yarra Junction and has lived in Gladysdale for most of her life. Her working life has been devoted to community building, particularly in education, training and community services. She was the CEO of Cire Services formerly Upper Yarra Community House for twenty two years, and represented the community education sector on a range of peak bodies and government boards. She now works as an education consultant.
She has tertiary qualifications in education and community development, including a Masters in Education. Sally has been the Secretary of the Yarra Junction Football Netball Club for nine years, and is also a member of the Upper Yarra Secondary College School Council. She is married to Tony Aulich, ex policeman from Warburton, and she has four adult children of whom she is extremely proud.