The Board (Trust)
Pam Macdonald - Trust Chair
Our Chair, Pam Macdonald holds an MBA (technology) and is a Graduate of the AICD as well as a Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Pam has significant governance, change management and commercial experience gained from a number of executive roles in the financial services sector. Having worked for a number of Australia’s blue chip companies, Pam has also worked with a major international consulting company and is proud to bring that diverse expertise together in a way that contributes to the community and a Board.
Brad Ead - Deputy Chair
Brad is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, an ASIC Registered Company Auditor, an ASIC Registered Self-Managed Super Fund Auditor, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, member of the Project Management Institute and member of ISACA. Brad is a partner of AFS & Associates, a chartered accounting firm based in Central Victoria and has over 10 years’ experience in accounting, audit and risk management services. Brad heads the firm’s Internal Audit department and Outsourced Finance Manager services and chairs the RPCV Audit & Risk Committee.
Ngaire brings diverse experiences gained through working in clinical, managerial and executive roles in healthcare sector in addition to the wine industry, and gains great satisfaction making a positive impact to the community as a Board Member. Ngaire has Bachelor of Health Science, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course.
Lauren Bean holds a Master’s degree in Communications and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently the General Manager, Community Bank® National Council (CBNC). Lauren provides strategic, relationship, analysis and technical support and guidance to the CBNC to enable them to drive greater strategic outcomes for the Bendigo Community Bank® network. Lauren has previously held various leadership positions in the community services sector including CEO of Cara Incorporated, General Manager MacKillop Family Services, and Acting CEO/Deputy CEO of St Luke’s Anglicare in Bendigo. In addition to her experience in community services, Lauren has an extensive background in the marketing and communications field. This was gained through senior management positions in the National Australia Bank and the Nine Television Network. Lauren is a past director of Bendigo TAFE, Community 21 and Community Sector Banking. As the mother of two daughters, Lauren has a keen interest in community engagement and especially the promotion of women in leadership roles. Lauren chairs the RPCV Community Advisory Committee.
Ken is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Ken is a member of RPCV’s Finance Committee as well as the Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to retiring, Ken had 34 years as a partner and practicing accountant in Bendigo and Melbourne. He has extensive skills in corporate governance, business management and finance developed in a range of consulting roles across many industry sectors. Ken currently holds appointments as a Director with Haven, (Home Safe Loddon Mallee Housing Services Limited), Active Community Housing Limited, as Company Secretary with Bendigo Telco Limited and as Audit Committee Chair for Local Government Councils.
Mark has worked in a number of roles for a variety of organisations in the health and community services over the past 30 years. Roles have included senior and middle HR management positions and a range of community development positions for agencies such as the Department of Justice; Latrobe Community Health Service, Relationships Australia Victoria and the Family Mediation Centre. For the past three years Mark has been employed as a Financial Counsellor with St. Luke’s, a division of Anglicare Victoria. Mark has served as a Director on a variety of Boards and Committees within the Victorian health sector; with sporting clubs, animal welfare agencies and on a Ministerial Advisory Committee. Mark is a member of the Parish Council of St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Bendigo, Justice of the Peace and is a member of the AICD. Mark has a strong interest in heritage matters and a number of his ancestors are buried in the Bendigo Remembrance Park.
Craig's career has spanned the emergency services sector, working for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Rural Ambulance Victoria, and other national and international emergency services. Craig has experience in planning and construction, project management, fleet management, equipment and resource management, and engineering and facilities management. Craig hold's a Master of Project Management, Master of Business Administration and a Post Graduate Certificate in Community Development.
Lisa Ruffell was a councillor with the City of Greater Bendigo since 2008 until the most recent council elections where she chose to not stand for re-election. In 2012, she was one of three councillors elected to represent Whipstick Ward until 2016. She served as mayor in 2012/2013. Lisa is a successful businesswoman with a diverse range of qualifications and experiences. Along with her family, she owns and operates a local business, Ruffell Family Jewellers. Lisa and her husband have run the business since 1985. Lisa has been a member of numerous school, sporting, community and charitable organisations, including the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Committee. She was awarded the 2000 Australian Federation of Business and Professional Woman Incorporated (BPW) Bendigo Business Woman of the Year. Lisa has a keen interest in promoting women's issues and was instrumental in organising the 'Women Showing the Way' forums for young Greater Bendigo women.
Damien is the Managing Director of Birchgrove Property, a Bendigo-based business specialising in residential development. Damien is a property valuer, Licensed Agent and Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. He currently serves as a National Councillor of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, it’s Vice President in Victoria and is Chair of the UDIA’s Northern Victorian Chapter. Damien resides in Bendigo with his wife and three children and is a committed member of the Bendigo community, also serving on a number of local committees.