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David Clark

David Clark

Chair

David has worked as a manager in the government and not for profit sectors, as well as publicly listed companies throughout the Western and Riverina areas of New South Wales, delivering quality services in education, health, aged care and disabilities.

He also has extensive real estate experience in both sales and property management. Sharing his change management skills is a way forward for business and customers to navigate a rapidly changing world. One of his skills is the ability to train staff and community volunteers in changing policies and procedures and to successfully implement such changes.

David is committed and experienced in voluntary service for community organisations and believes that the strength in any community lies in transparency and communication where ‘many hands make light work’.

David is passionate about classic cars (Holdens), gardening, cooking and travel to odd places across Australia, Africa, Europe, New Zealand and Japan. I am also a collector of antiques, clocks and art works.

Qualifications: B.A. Dip. Ed. Cert. IV Real Estate Sales

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers

Deputy Chair

Chris is an experienced business professional, with extensive leadership, development and implementation skills. He is the Industry & Business Engagement Manager at Wodonga TAFE.

Specialising in strategic development, business transformation and process improvement, Chris has over 20 years’ experience in major education & training, financial services, retail, manufacturing, agribusiness, advertising and automotive organisations. He also has a wide range of leadership knowledge and skills, building high performance cultures and inspiring colleagues to achieved agreed objectives.

Chris is a sports enthusiast, lover of the outdoors, community-minded and passionate about empowering others to succeed. 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

 

Allison Bruce

Allison Bruce

Board Member

Allison is an experienced lawyer and practises in wills and estate planning and litigation, commercial and property transactions and leasing.

Allison is the Principal Lawyer at Harwood Andrews, Albury. Additionally, she is the President of the Albury & District Law Society and a Director of Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce.

Allison is passionate about contributing to her local community and living a healthy active lifestyle. She enjoys yoga, pilates, cycling and walking her highly energetic Jack Russell terrier.

 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution, Bachelor of Laws

Jim Cominos

Jim Cominos

Board Member

Born and raised in Albury, Jim is a Pharmacist and Albury-Wodonga business owner.

Jim was the inaugural Chair of Albury Wodonga Connected Communities. Having stepped down from the Chair role, he continues on the board as a Marketing Sub-committee member.

Having owned and operated his own business for 34 years, Jim
understands the importance of financially supporting the work undertaken
by local community groups that will ultimately benefit the wider Albury-
Wodonga community.

Jim continues to reside in Albury with his wife Poppy and is a keen follower of all sports.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Pharmacy

Mell Millgate

Mell Millgate

Board Member

Mell Millgate is a wine lover, shoe fanatic, cheese fiend, wishful traveller and great at marketing stuff.

With over 30 years’ experience, Mell has held key sales, marketing and management roles across various industries. She launched her own business, starfish marketing, in 2015 and has been successfully helping regional businesses turn their marketing strategy into action. 

Mell believes marketing can make a real difference for business, that we have a responsibility to make a difference in our communities and that we can have some fun along the way.

Qualifications: Diploma Wine Marketing, Marketing

Kelly Lees

Kelly Lees

Board Member

Kelly is an experienced business manager with a proven track record in implementing strategic plans for business development, improving business performance and building strong unified teams.

With in depth knowledge of general, operational, financial and human resource management, Kelly consistently focuses on continual organisational improvement through sound leadership to ensure business goals are met.

Kelly is a keen and competitive equestrian with a love of worldwide travel, great food and great wine.

Qualifications: Master’s Business Administration (MBA)

 

Michael Myers

Michael Myers

Board Member

Michael is the Managing Principal at Adroit Insurance & Risk Albury.

With more than 30 years experience in the insurance and risk management industry, Michael enjoys the challenge of dealing with a vast array of different people and business owners. Helping them to secure their future by protecting assets and manage risk is a great reward, as is being in a position to assist in providing a source of funding to those organisations in need within our community.

Michael’s dream is to spend a year living in a small seaside village in Italy, where none of the locals speak English.

Qualifications: Diploma in Financial Services

 

Jessica O'Connor

Jessica O'Connor

Board Member and Bendigo Bank Representative

Jess is currently the Branch Manager of Bendigo Bank Albury.

She has over 10 years banking experience across many roles in the branch network.

Jess offers assistance with Consumer lending, Business lending and overall banking needs and customer service.

She is passionate about helping customers achieve their goals and educating customers on how they can make a difference in the community just by choosing Bendigo Bank.

Jess enjoys photography in her spare time and spending time with her family and two labradoodles, Gary & Coco.

Susan Owens

Susan Owens

Board Member

Susan has over 25 years experience in Business Readiness, Change Management, Project Management and General Management across a breadth of industries. She is joint founder and owner of E2E The Change Agency.

Susan enjoys assisting and supporting organisations with designing and implementing organisational changes that allow them to be leading-edge in their communities. She ensures all aspects of a change are managed so it can be a positive experience for everyone involved.

When not exploring the wonderful wines and food of our local region, Susan loves to travel and experience new places and cultures. 

Qualifications: GAICD, MBA, BEd

Ben Porta

Ben Porta

Board Member

Ben is an Accountant at Focus Partners, Albury. He has over 10 years’ experience in business advisory and SMSF combined with a strong focus on compliance.

Ben believes it is important to get amongst the community and working with Bendigo Bank and Albury Wodonga Connected Communities is a good way to achieve this.

He loves a good stiff bourbon, Colling wood, and adding value to the task at hand – whatever that may be.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Accounting)