BOARD MEMBERS OF THE ACF
The ACF is a non-for-profit organisation, and all of our Board Members are volunteers. They are well respected professionals within our local community, and generously offer their time and services to benefit the community.
Tae and Jeremy founded the organisation in 2014 and have given an immense amount of time into making the ACF the success that it is today.
Chairman and Head of Finance
OWNER AND ACCOUNTANT AT GM TAXATION
I was born and grew up in Albany and love the lifestyle Albany brings. The success of my accounting practice has come from the support of the Albany Community and I feel it is time to give something back. Albany Community Foundation is a great vehicle for me to do that. I am at a stage where I feel pretty comfortable in life and wanted to start to build a legacy, outside of my professional career.
Vice Chairman and Head of Marketing
DIRECTOR AT MERRIFIELD REAL ESTATE
I’ve been the owner and director of Merrifield Real Estate for over 10 years, employing 16 staff in Albany. I currently fulfil roles in the local community as the Deputy Chairperson for the Small Business Centre, Vice President for Manypeaks Cricket Club, Mentor students at St Joesph’s college since 2008, oversee a networking group of local business people plus also commit to variety of MC and speaker roles for non for profit functions in Albany. I am extremely proud to be involved with a board that is made up of kind & giving people who are committed to looking after people that have fallen on hard times in their own community.
JULIE DE JONG + SARAH MOIR
CHAIRPERSONS OF THE GRANT Funding Sub-committee AND MARKETING ASSISTANTS
DIRECTORS AND ARCHITECTS AT H+H ARCHITECTS
Having each made the sea change to Albany, Julie and Sarah are focused on making a positive contribution to the local community in both their professional industry and as individuals. H+H Architects offer a diverse range of skills and expertise and promote sustainability in an architectural, environmental and social capacity, and have a passionate interest in growing and enhancing regional communities through the built environment. We are involved in numerous local community groups, boards, volunteer groups and sporting groups, and enjoy working together with like-minded professionals and individuals in the Albany region. We enjoy organising fundraiser events for the ACF, and the great feeling of directly helping people from managing the Grants Committee.
CURRENTLY ON A LEAVE OF ABSENCE
PRESIDENT OF THE ACCI
After a successful career in Perth commercial real estate spanning some 20 years and including working on the Commercial Tribunal and State Administrative Tribunal and using my spare time to gain many formal qualifications including a Bachelor of Business & Professional Counselling Diploma and several industry specific qualifications, I left the City behind and relocated to Albany in 2004 with my family. After joining the Professionals, Arthur Johnston Snowball some years back as a partner/director, I have continued my career in commercial real estate and found the support and backing of the community invaluable. Whilst I have enjoyed giving back to this wonderful community on a small scale across so many local charities, the opportunity to join ACF and make a larger contribution to Albany residents was one I could not resist.
COUNCILLOR AT THE CITY OF ALBANY
Albany may not be where I was born, but I certainly consider it to be my home. After many years of sitting quietly, I decided that 2017 was the time to start giving back to the community I call home. I have over 20 years of experience in health including public, private and not for profit, with a refined focus on strategy. After exploring the opportunities that abound, I felt that Albany Community Foundation was the natural fit. The difference that can be made to people's lives and community groups through the work done by the Foundation is amazing and I am honoured to be a part of it. I hope that I can assist Albany Community Foundation in continuing the heartfelt work that it is doing. I am also a Councillor for the Kalgan Ward in Albany.
Events CoordinatOR, SOCIAL MEDIA and Fundraising
OWNER AND FINANCE BROKER AT APEX LIMITED
I am originally from Cardiff, Wales and emigrated to WA in 2009 with my Australian husband and two children. I am now a co-director of a family owned Finance brokerage in Albany which my husband and I have grown into a very successful business together. This has enabled us to assist many members of our community, ensuring their finances are in the best possible position for their individual needs and offering advice to whoever needs it. I have assisted many local groups & charities with fundraising and this is something that I love to do. Whilst I now enjoy a comfortable lifestyle here in Albany, I have not always been as fortunate and will never forget that your life can change because of things which are outside of your control.
I have lived in Albany for 8 years, after leaving a career in Air Traffic Control in Melbourne to take advantage of the way of life Albany offers. I am passionate about Albany, its people, environment, and its future. As the current President of the Albany Mountain Bike Club, and have enjoyed seeing the benefits of this sport reach new audiences through our trails advocacy and events. I look forward to working with a group that is so passionate about helping those in need.
Volunteers WHO assist with assessing grant applications (NON BOARD MEMBERS)
The ACF is fortunate enough to have a number of volunteers that assist in a variety of roles. From members on the Grants sub-committee, to volunteers at our fundraising events.
Thankyou to Grant, Rachel and Dianne for your ongoing time and dedication on the Grants Committee.
Having grown up in Albany, and family still living here once our family was complete it seemed logical to leave Perth and return to roots as such to raise our two daughters. So after 20 years away I find myself back in a close knit community where there is so much opportunity to give. Having been involved heavily in the not for profit sector in Perth, donating time and services to causes such as the Shenton Park Dog’s Refuge, Rotary North Perth and the Hyde Park Community Fair and several other community organisations it was my first task once settled to find out how and were I could give back to the town that raised me. ACF is a great fit, 100% locally run and benefiting those in need right here in our own community. I look forward to working with the board and members helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
OTHER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE ACF
We have also had various other board members in the past that have volunteered their time and services to the ACF with the shared goal of helping our community. Thankyou for your time and dedication.