New faces to drive Foundation’s growth agenda

Four new directors including a new Chair were formally appointed to the Board of the Buderim Foundation at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting this month.

New Chair, Adjunct Professor Russell Stitz, Jan Nelson, Amber James and Geoff Sawyer join eight current directors and replace retiring directors – former Chair Heinz Seeberg and John Devers.

In announcing the new appointments, convener of the panel of Members responsible for their selection, Mr. Rod McKinnon said each of the new directors has an acknowledged track record of success and achievement in their respective fields.

“They each bring a great deal to their new roles adding further breadth and depth to this outstanding community organisation,” Mr McKinnon said.

“These appointments are a significant development in the Foundation’s evolution and I’m confident they will make a great contribution to the next phase of growth.

“I would also like to acknowledge the exceptional contribution by both former Chair Heinz Seeberg and Marketing Committee Chair, John Devers. Collectively, they have volunteered in many and various roles for the Buderim Foundation for more than 20 years.

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Buderim Foundation Directors 2017    New Buderim Foundation Directors Amber James, Geoff Sawyer, new Chair Dr Russell Stitz and Jan Nelson

New Chair Dr. Stitz is one of Australia’s most prominent and highly awarded clinicians. He is respected world-wide for his leadership in the development of innovative healthcare delivery models during his time spent in multiple state and national medical roles.

Jan Nelson’s 25-year career in the insurance and finance industry included senior management roles in human resources, industrial relations, public/government affairs management and corporate line management. Since moving to Buderim, she has served as President of Craft Cottage from 2015 to 2017.

Amber James has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications, marketing, public relations, and community engagement industries, including time spent in state and local government and private practice.

Geoff Sawyer currently consults and fulfils Board roles with companies utilising local produce from South East Queensland. He has held multiple senior sales and marketing roles in large consumer goods companies with a focus on Australian produce.

The Buderim Foundation is a philanthropic organisation whose purpose is to strengthen the Buderim community by harnessing the power of giving. It does this by receiving donations and bequests, carefully investing the funds to generate income and distributing the income as grants to organisations that provide services to Buderim and the surrounding community.

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