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

Having lived on Eyre Peninsula for over 20 years I have a deep affinity, affection and commitment in ensuring our region remains resilient and robust and a wonderful place to live, work and enjoy the Eyre Peninsula. Long term experience in banking, small business ownership, community sector management and currently working within the Justice system provides me with a diversity of skills that complements other board members. I have been involved with a number of community organisations on Eyre Peninsula including the Port Lincoln Football League Umpires Association, Port Lincoln Primary School Governing Council, Mortlock Shield and in previous times the Community Builders program in Streaky Bay and Regional Coordinator for Mentoring EP and Wheels in Motion.


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.



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.



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.