Our Board

Our Board

Paul Pratt

Paul Pratt

Chair

Paul has been a member of this community since 1995, when he moved here with his wife Libby and three children.  He has loved being actively involved in this community, as a member of Scope, an adult education provider, the Primary School Council, the Chaplaincy Committee, St Mary’s Parish Council, The Mirboo North Junior Football Club and the former aged care board. He is the past president of the Mirboo North Football Netball Club.

He is a solicitor specialising in civil litigation and practised for 30 years.

Robert Kiddell

Robert Kiddell

Vice Chair

Robert is a local certified financial planner (CFP®), lawyer, notary and company director who has wide community and professional interests.

He is a former shire councillor; a Life Member of Apex; he was the inaugural president of the Mirboo Community Association; a former Secretary of the Gippsland Law Association; an original director of Strezlecki Brewing Company and Mirboo Tourism Pty Ltd; inaugural chair of the IAFP (Gippsland Chapter) now Financial Planning Association; managing director of Grand Ridge Agencies (Bendigo Bank Agency prior to the Community Bank) for 12 years; and a Fellow of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program.

Robert has an interest in encouraging philanthropy generally and currently is Chairperson of the Latrobe Regional Gallery Foundation and a director of the Francis Gregory Foundation (a tertiary scholarship fund).

Robert has qualifications in law, financial planning and also holds a company directors diploma from Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Ned Dennis

Ned Dennis

Ned is the Community Strengthening Co-ordinator at South Gippsland Shire and is a well known resident of Mirboo North. Ned has over a number of years provided extensive service and benefits to many communities in South Gippsland. He serves on many community organisations in the district and is actively involved in the arts community. Ned’s extensive community services experience and contacts are of considerable benefit to the Community Foundation.

Diana Mueller

Diana Mueller

Diana works for the Department of Education and Training (DET).  She has lived in Mirboo North district for many years, currently on a beef farm in Allambee South with her partner.  Family and community are very important to life and wellbeing.

Diana has worked at the Regional Office for over 10 years, taught for more than 20 years and has a wide range of experience in the Education sector.  Diana is active in the community and is currently involved with the Allambee South Community Centre, the Mirboo North Community Energy Hub and previously the Mirboo North and Fish Creek Football Netball Clubs.

Her knowledge and practical experience in the Education field both in the school and regional setting is invaluable to the Mirboo North and District Foundation’s focus on Health & Wellbeing and Youth.

Grant Irving

Grant Irving

Grant is a long standing resident and well known accountant in the Mirboo North district. As the accountant for Mirboo North Aged Care facility over many years, Grant provided the facility with prudent and well founded financial advice.  He is a major contributor to the Compliance and Finance Sub-committee and his wealth of financial and regulatory experience is a major asset to the Foundation.

Wendy Major

Wendy Major

Wendy is currently Executive Officer of the South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) which puts her in a great position to understand the challenges to young people in education and employment.  Wendy has served on a number of boards and school councils over many years in communities across Gippsland.

Wendy was an independent volunteer team member of the 2012 Community Grants Program leading to her joining the Board. She has been a very active member of the Foundation’s Grants and Community Connections Committee but this year moved across to the Compliance and Finance Committee to broaden her knowledge and gain additional experience.

Wendy has extensive experience in serving on a number of community organisations and boards, particularly in education, and has made a valuable contribution to the Foundation and the Mirboo North District.

Walter Aich

Walter Aich

Walter Aich joined the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation Board in March 2014 and has since been actively involved with the board, in the Community Connections and Grants and Allocations Committee. Walter has an extensive background in education with a Bachelor of Science (Education) and post graduate Bachelor of Education degrees and an ongoing interest in exploring the nexus between wellbeing and learning; both personally and in community based organisations such as the community centres and men’s sheds.

After more than 20 years as a secondary science and maths teacher, Walter moved on to hold senior positions with the Gippsland Regional Council of Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Gippsland; within the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and Planning and Community Development (DPCD).

Walter’s role as executive officer to ACFE Gippsland, a statutory entity within the State Government, was to ensure that the Regional Council met its contractual, governance and strategic targets and assist up to 50 community governed organisations to deliver foundation level adult learning programs across Gippsland.

Walter continues to be very active with a number of community organisations including the South Gippsland CFA and Dumbalk & District Progress Association.

Kate Reiske

Kate Reiske

Kate relishes her role as a board member of the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation and is proud to be a long-time resident of Boolarra. She has 20 years experience in project and asset management, policy development and grant making, in both the local government and private sectors.

Kate has contributed to the growth of the Boolarra Folk Festival as well as community newspapers.  She likes to get people together to have fun and convenes a community orchestra/ensemble of 30 local musicians who perform at local events.

The communities of Boolarra, Yinnar and Mirboo North have been generous in their support of Kate and her family and she is keen to reciprocate this kindness through her contribution to strengthening the social and economic fabric of the district.