Public Fund Trustees

As is legally required of all public funds, a Committee, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons’, administer the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. The people listed below are known as the ‘Public Fund Trustees’ or the ‘ANHCA sub-committee’ and are responsible for reviewing and approving the support of all project applications and the release of funds to ensure they will be used for the purposes they were granted for and for the benefit of the community.

Hon Michael Beahan AM, Chairperson

Michael is a retired government relations consultant, who does pro bono work for the community sector.  He was secretary of the Wingate Avenue Community Centre for six years and, as a member of the DGR Research and Advocacy group helped the sector achieve government approval for the conduit fund for DGR now administered by ANHCA. A former senator and President of the Australian Senate, Michael currently chairs the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR.  He is a board member of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and a Director of Merri Health, a community health service covering the north-west region of Melbourne.

Bridget Gardner

Bridget is the Chief Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria. She has held senior management roles in organisations such as the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Burnett Institute and is currently serving on the Board of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS). Her background in community and international development spans more than 20 years. Bridget has lived and worked in rural Victoria where she was part of a group of passionate women who began meeting at a Neighbourhood House and were eventually successful in establishing the state’s first rural women’s health service.  

Gill McFadyen

Gill is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Centres SA where she has worked since 2004. Following an interstate move in the early 1980s, Gill became involved in setting up a Neighbourhood / Community House in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. Her interest in community development rapidly developed through her 16 years association with the centre. Gill is passionate about increasing the sustainability of the Neighbourhood / Community House sector.

Brian Smith

Vanessa Meachen