Michael retired from corporate life in 2017, after a long and successful career in sales, marketing and general management in healthcare and IT managed services, working with both Australian and international organisations. Michael’s successes were built on building strong relationships and through tight focus on positive financial performance.
Michael and his wife Nellie moved to the Bega Valley in 2015, to Tarraganda, from Sydney. Michael commuted weekly to Sydney for two years until his retirement.
Along with his role as Chair of the Mumbulla Foundation, Michael is also Chair of the Sapphire Coast Tenancy Scheme, a member of the Bega Valley Shire Council Cemeteries Advisory Committee and sits on the Distribution Committee for the Mayoral Appeal for the Tathra and District Fires.
Mick Pryke -Chair
Olwen came to Tura Beach in 1999 believing she was going to enjoy a peaceful retirement. However she soon found herself volunteering for many of the numerous community organisations in the Bega Valley Shire. Over the years she has been President of Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society and the Sapphire Coast Music Society, sung in three local choirs, and been Chair of the Mumbulla Foundation board. Today she remains as a director of the Mumbulla Foundation board and is also a member of Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to community service, Bega Valley Shire Council awarded Olwen the Community Service Award in 2017.
Olwen Morris – Board Member
Ian joined the Mumbulla Foundation board in 2019. After retiring from a 40 year career with ABC-TV in Melbourne, he moved to Merimbula in 2005 .
Ian has been involved in Community projects such as Spectrum Theatre, Merimbula Jazz Festival and the Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society. His sound engineering experience has enabled him to make high quality sound recordings of bands at the Merimbula Jazz Festival, plus performances of professional groups presented by Zephyrs Jazz at the Windsong Pavilion near Bermagui.
In 2015 Ian was presented with a Community Service Medal by Bega Valley Shire Council for the technical assistance given to many local elderly people.
Ian Battersby – Board Member
Christine is former public servant specialising in policy and project management who transitioned to completing a Masters in Dispute Resolution and creating her own business specialising in conflict resolution, training, job redesign, human resources management, and policy development. After retiring and moving to the South Coast from Sydney, she now works harder than ever, but in volunteer roles. She created a local branch of OzHarvest; was a member of the project team to set up Pearls Place, and with the support of her husband and many other people, established the Sapphire Community Pantry.
Christine Welsh – Board Member
Cayce Hill is an experiential engineer specialising in social impact initiatives that bring people together both in the flesh & online. She is the Managing Director at Funhouse Studio, a creative youth agency & social enterprise established for the purpose of supporting clients with youth branding needs, a well as young innovators working in regional NSW. She is also the Founder of the Funhouse, a co-working, arts, entertainment, and business incubation venue in Bega, NSW. Cayce is passionate about technology and committed to building a more intuitive, innovative, and sustainable legacy for the planet. She has a BA in Philosophy from Carleton College.
Cayce Hill – Board Member
In 2017, Nisha completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) through the University of Wollongong in Bega. Her Honours research focused on the community-based collaboration process between Indigenous writers and non-Indigenous editors and publishers.
Nisha now tutors for the School of The Arts, English and Media at the UOW Bega Campus.
As an undergraduate student, Nisha was a proud recipient of a Mumbulla Foundation scholarship which offered valuable financial support for her studies. As a Board Member, she is honoured to now be involved in the Foundation’s grant and scholarship process, offering support to other local students and inspirational community members and projects.
Nisha Boyce – Board Member
Since moving to the Bega Valley in 2000, Jo Dodds has worked in community services ranging from Southern Women’s Housing to Far South Coast Family Support Service, and Tulgeen. Along with being a Shire Councillor Jo is an Official Visitor with the Ministry of Health, working to support and advocate for the rights of people experiencing mental illness.
She has been an active supporter of many local community groups and causes, and is now a vocal advocate for urgent action on climate change, touring the country to speak at public events about the need for better policy and a swift transition to renewable energy. Jo also advocates for the preservation of natural and built heritage in the Bega Valley Shire.
An enthusiastic supporter of regional arts and culture, in her spare time Jo writes prose and occasional poetry.
Jo Dodds – Bega Valley Shire Council Representative