Directors

Janene PiipDr Janene Piip – Chair
Appointed April 2013

Janene Piip is a facilitator of business, employment and social capability projects; an experienced workforce development practitioner; and has most recently been involved with career services and employment projects on Eyre Peninsula. Janene is a Rail Industry Talent Ambassador for the UIC (International Union of Railways, Paris) and has been instrumental in developing strategic workforce development projects funded by the CRC for Rail Innovation. These projects focussed on workforce issues identified by the Australian rail industry including leadership and management, mentoring, coaching and career development in rail. Janene has a PhD in Education and an interest in leadership talent management and workforce productivity in organisations. Janene enjoys the concept of philanthropy, funding and empowering people to take action to solve local issues. Janene’s strategic vision for the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation has been to establish the Education Fund and to actively seek grants and bequests to build the corpus for young people to pursue education and training opportunities of their choice.

Garry DowneyGarry Downey – Deputy Chair
Appointed November 2013

I am currently employed with the NGO Eyre Futures Inc. as Mentoring EP Regional Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Wheels in Motion Program in Port Lincoln and Whyalla. I have facilitated Mentoring EP as a multi award winning youth mentoring program in Port Lincoln and expanding this into Cleve, Ceduna, Streaky Bay and Whyalla. I have 18 years service with the Commonwealth Bank in SA and WA, and had a Pizza Haven franchise in Brisbane for 7 years. I have umpired for the Port Lincoln Football League since 2005, as an umpire coach since 2006 and as a past secretary for the Port Lincoln Football League.

 

Marie LallyMarie Lally AM – Director
Appointed 22 October 2009

Marie with her husband Kevin have farmed their properties in the Lock, Kopi, Warramboo districts for almost 40 years before retiring to Tumby Bay in 2007. Marie’s dedication to her community and the agriculture industry is evident in the long list of roles she has had on boards and panels over the years. A number of the panels and boards she has served on are – the SA Arts Council for the EP Region; the Lock Health and Welfare Community Board; the South Australian Country Women’s Association going on to be the State President and then later the National President serving from 2000-2003; she was invited to be a member of the Rural Women’s advisory Council to the Deputy Prime Minster. She is currently the SA representative on the National Rural Health Alliance Friends Advisory Committee, Member of the Lower Eyre Health Advisory Council and President of the Tumby Bay Hospital and Uringa Auxiliary. In 2008 Marie became a director on the Australian Year of the Farmer Ltd.
Marie’s achievements are not limited to – being awarded Citizen of the Year for the Elliston District Council in 1998; awarded the Centenary Medal of Federation of Australia in 2003, for outstanding service to women in Rural Australia; in 2004 Marie was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. AM.

Greg EdenGreg Eden – Director
Appointed November 2013

Born and raised in Port Lincoln and attended school here. Currently serves as Chairman of Bendigo Bank, Chairman of City of Port Lincoln Finance Audit Committee and Chairman of SA Sardine Industry Association. Past community involvements include Chairman Port Lincoln Hospital, board member Eyre Peninsula Health Services, Councillor City of Port Lincoln, Chairman Port Lincoln Leisure Centre, Treasurer Rotary Club of Port Lincoln, Treasurer of Tasman Football Club, Port Lincoln Tennis Association, Soccer Association, Tunarama Inc and Lifeline Port Lincoln. Past Treasurer and board member of the SA board of the Institute of Public Accountants.

 

Director-Megan-PobkeMegan Pobke – Director
Appointed February 2013

I was born and raised in Adelaide and after graduation with a Degree in Speech Pathology, I moved to Whyalla and worked at the hospital for 2 years. During this time, I travelled all over Eyre Peninsula. I returned to Adelaide to work in more specialised roles and then came back to Eyre Peninsula. For the past three years, I have lived and worked in Port Lincoln. I am involved with the Wanilla Netball Club, YPW (Young Professionals Whyalla) and YTAP (Young Tradespeople and Professionals) Port Lincoln. These groups focus on supporting new people to the Eyre Peninsula to ensure we are building and retaining a skilled workforce for the future of the region.

 

Peter KnifePeter Knife – Director
Appointed October 2015

After an initial seven years in Civil Engineering, Peter joined the embryonic IT industry in 1976 as a programmer. His extensive software experience includes 18 years in the hospitality industry, two years with Macquarie Bank and 14 years in the advertising industry. Raised in Swan Hill, he has lived most of his life on the East Coast and for six years in the USA. He and his wife Margaret fulfilled a long-held ambition to move to Port Lincoln at the beginning of 2010. Peter is President of the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society, and has published a history of the railways on Eyre Peninsula. He takes a keen interest in issues affecting Eyre Peninsula, especially transport and water. He retired in 2014.

 

Director-Ken-Maynard

Ken Maynard
Appointed July 2016

Ken was born in Adelaide and raised in Clare; Ken was employed in the health industry for nearly 40 years in various roles culminating in undertaking the role of Chief Executive Officer, for the Ceduna and Districts Health Service.

Along life’s journey Ken has been involved with many organisations and sporting bodies including Apex, Whyalla Hockey Association, Ceduna Bowls Club, Thevenard Sports and Community Club, Ceduna Community Radio, Red Cross Volunteer, Thevenard Residents and Rate Payers Group, Commissioner for Far West Football League, Member of the Ceduna Health Advisory Council,   and is currently in his second term as an elected member of the District Council of Ceduna.

 

Director-Maggie-Knife

Margaret Knife
Appointed August 2016

Margaret (Maggie) was born and raised in Melbourne, spending most of her adult life in Sydney. She worked in administrative roles for accountants, stockbrokers and financial planners over a period of more than 45 years in Melbourne, Sydney and Port Lincoln, retiring in early 2016.  Over the years, Maggie has been an office-bearer with the support groups of the Girl Guides and various school auxiliaries and was the volunteer co-ordinator for a home therapy program for a brain-injured child in Sydney. Since moving to Port Lincoln in early 2010 she has been the Treasurer of the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society.

 

Director Majella MrdjenMajella Mrdjen

Elected November 2016

I was born in Adelaide and later moved to Port Lincoln, where I completed my schooling at St Joseph’s School. I went on to pursue a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University, graduating at the end of 2014. Following this, I returned to Port Lincoln and began my career through the Department for Education and Child Development. My current role as Speech Pathologist at Port Lincoln Community Health allows me to travel across various sites of the Eyre Peninsula, where I am able to engage with a wide variety of community members and their families. I enjoy travel and am interested in languages; I studied Japanese at school and in 2009 I travelled to Muroto, Japan as part of the Port Lincoln/Muroto Delegation, and participated as a host family in 2010. I am actively involved with the YTAP Committee of Port Lincoln, and am passionate about welcoming and encouraging other young skilled workers to join our EP community.


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