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Name: Stuart Brien

Role: Chair

Qualifications: Masters of Business Administration - Federation University.SB Head Shot HR V2

Experience: Stuart came to Ballarat from Melbourne in 2006 after running his own business in Melbourne for 10 years.

Current Employment: Managing Director of Finn Business Sales - Ballarat, Bendigo & NW Victoria who are specialist business brokers.


Name: Tim Matthews

Role: Deputy Chair



Tim is the Director of The Forge Pizzeria. Tim has a background in advertising and marketing strategy in the UK, Europe and Australia working for large advertising companies such as Ogilvy, Havas and Grey Worldwide. Upon returning to Ballarat, Tim established a Marketing & Presentation consultancy business, KarmaPM. In July 2010, Tim and his brother Chris set up The Forge Pizzeria and quickly established a successful and well regarded business. With the second 200 seat restaurant opening in Oct 2012, The Forge Pizzeria now has over 70 staff, two restaurants and a mobile catering unit. Tim will share some of the underlying principles of the success business secrets that have helped to shape The Forge Pizzeria into what it is today.


Name: Hayley Charles

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Qualifications: Masters of Taxation; Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting); Bachelor of Arts (Indonesian & Geography) - University of Melbourne

Experience: 7 years experience in public practice acting for small to medium businesses, with specialisations in Taxation and Not for Profits.  

6 years experience at Deloitte in Melbourne before moving to MOR Accountants in Ballarat

Current Employment: Accountant at MOR Accountants in Ballarat

Other Positions: Secretary & Director - Lyon Foundation; Board Member - Ballarat Businesswomen Association; Member - The Tax Institute 


Name: Allister Morrison


Role: Director

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce - University of Melbourne (Major in Accounting & Marketing): Specialist Property Degree – RMIT (Major in Property Valuations)

Experience: Allister is a fully licensed estate agent.

Current Employment: General Manager at Ballarat Real Estate Pty Ltd and Branch Manager at Maryborough office

Other Board Positions: Member – Australian Property Institute: Member – Real Estate Institute of Victoria: Member – The Property profile Group: Founding President – Rotary Club of Ballarat Young Ambition: Former Board Member – Ballarat Community Enterprise



Name: Daniel AndersonDaniel Anderson

Role: Director

Qualifications: Master of Arts (Media and Communications) – to be completed 2017, Graduate Diploma of Journalism, Bachelor of Social Science, Diploma of Leadership and Management, Certificate of Public Participation.

Experience: Dan Anderson is an experienced broadcaster, journalist, author and communicator with nearly two decades experience across a range of industries specialising in public relations and communications.

Current Employment: Media and Communications Manager, Ballarat Health Services.

Other Positions: Director Ballarat YMCA, Deputy Chair Ballarat Community FM Radio Co-operative Limited (Voice FM), Board member Flash Drive: Beyond the Classroom, Board member Ballarat Health Services Foundation (ex-officio), Member Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast.


Name: Justin Gilbert

Role: Director



Current Employment:  Manager of Data Analysis and Reports - Strategic Planning Chief Operating Office at Federation University 

Other Positions: 


Name: Robert Tommasini 1

Role: Director

Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws - University of Melbourne; Graduate AICD - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience:  Non-Executive Director with strong legal and governance background, Seven years Local Government experience in senior Legal and Governance roles, including management of Internal Audit, Legal, Risk Management, and Compliance functions. More than five years’ experience in the Water Industry in a Corporate Governance role managing Legal, Regulatory, Risk Management, Compliance, Insurance, Audit and Board Support. Four years’ experience in Electricity and Gas Industry Regulation and Compliance Environment. Ten years’ experience as a Corporate Lawyer with exposure to Company Secretarial functions. Previously self-employed as Principal and Partner in own Legal Practice for 5 years.

Current Employment:  Non-Executive Director/Consultant

Other Positions: Director/Company Secretary – Western BACE Ltd, Board Member – Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust, Chair - Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust Rick Management Committee, Independent Member – Hepburn Shire Council Audit & Risk Committee.


Name: Peter Ridsdale

Role: Director 


Name: Simone Shannon

Role: Director

Name: Kylie Wright 

Role: Director 


Name: Sheree Collins 

Role: Director 

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