The Board of Directors


RODNEY MCKAIL

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 VICKERS

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.


Sue Clarke

Sue Clarke smallSue is a CPA qualified Accountant who moved to the Yarra Valley with her family in 2012. She holds a Public Practice Certificate and is a Registered Tax Agent.
Sue brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Yarra Valley and is passionate about financially empowering locals in the region through her accounting business, The Yarra Valley Accountant.
She has reignited her love of netball, after a long absence, and played 4 seasons with Yarra Junction Football Netball Club, and served on the committee for 3 years. Netball is never far away and she played in the Australian Masters Games, held in October 2017 in Devonport.
Her other love is running and her first fun run was the 2015 Warburton Up and Running. She has participated in a number of runs since and you may see her training on the trails and roads of the Valley.
Sue is also involved with the Upper Yarra Pony Club and the Wandin Toastmasters.


Hazel Clothier

Hazel Clothier 2014

Hazel comes to the Board with government advisory experience in Australia and overseas. She is a local community leader and a passionate advocate for gender equity and social diversity.
Currently, Hazel is a Country Fire Authority Board member, appointed by the Governor in Council in 2016 and is a representative of two committees on the CFA Board. She is also the captain of the Warburton Fire Brigade.
Holding a number of qualifications, she currently works as a Senior Research Officer at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute as an Epidemiologist and surveillance manager, and is a Course Coordinator & Lecturer in Infectious Disease Epidemiology for the Masters of Public Health and School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne.

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 and Chairman of the Board of Billanook College. He has been involved in local community groups and sporting bodies.


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.


David Schloeffel

David SDavid has been working to help improve Australian businesses for 35 years through a variety of activities. Currently he works as a Business Design Advisor in a Federal Government business support program, helping SME businesses redesign themselves, starting with high level strategy. He lectured sessionally at postgraduate level for nearly 20 years, most recently for 10 years in Masters business programs at RMIT University. David has co-authored several books for business, and is a regular speaker and presenter to business on a variety of topics including strategy, design thinking, brand, business foundations and digital emergence. He is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Neil Jorgensen

Neil J head shotNeil, recently retired, had been with the Department of Education for 43 years undertaking a number of teaching roles, building project management and other responsibilities. This included Assistant Principal at Badger Creek Primary School; Principal at Wesburn Primary, Bayswater West Primary, Woori Yallock Primary and Warburton Primary Schools.
In addition to school based activities, Neil worked within the district managing the School Support Services program and spent time as chairperson of the local Principals group.
During this time he had also been heavily involved with a number of sports clubs, presented professional development programs in wide range of sport and Physical Education areas and operated as a volunteer for Royal Life Saving Society, training staff and working as an examiner for RLSS qualifications.
Currently Neil continues to be involved with the community through the Redwood Community Centre, their Second Bite program and maintenance work, and is a trainer at the Warburton Football Club.