Board & Executive

Rob Brown - Board member, Intereach Limited
Rob Brown
Chairperson

Rob is Director Family Strategy at Peppin Planners, a family-owned advisory business based in Deniliquin.  Rob has a BSc (Hon) in Psychology (UNSW), a Master of Business (Deakin) and holds Certified Financial Planner accreditation.  He has extensive career involvement in the situations and issues facing families and rural communities.  Rob is the chair of Deniliquin Newspapers P/L.

Pat Fogarty - Board member, Intereach Limited
Pat Fogarty

Pat has a long involvement with the local community through her time as a Councillor and Mayor of Deniliquin, her service on a number of boards and her previous role as Southern NSW Regional Manager of Vinnies Services. Pat holds Graduate and Post Graduate qualifications in Social Sciences and Management and has also participated in Australian Institute of Company Directors training. In 2007 Pat was awarded the NSW Premier’s Community Services Award and in 2016 she was a finalist in the NSW Local Government 'Woman of the Year' Award. She is currently Deputy Mayor of Edward River Council

Di Rinaldi - Board member, Intereach Limited
Di Rinaldi

Di is a retired local business owner who has a strong background in management from her previous role as Health Services Manager of Deniliquin Hospital. Di believes in the need to provide rural and remote people with services and support that can help them develop strong communities. Di is keen to see that Intereach continues with its rural strategic focus, identifying needs and working towards a resolution. Di believes that rural areas are entitled to receive similar services to metropolitan areas or be given the opportunity to access them without increases in costs and damage to the family unit by accessing these services.

Clive Gow - Board member, Intereach Limited
Clive Gow

A family man and ex-banker, having recently retired after 38 years, Clive is committed to seeing Intereach go forward with community based leadership, a strong financial footing and a progressive agenda to pursue its sustainability through growth and community development.

Andrew Johnstone - Board Member, Intereach LTD
Andrew Johnstone

Andrew Johnstone is a consultant Veterinarian in the Southern Riverina of NSW. He previously ran an extensive Veterinary practice covering southern NSW and northern Victoria. Andrew is a current Board member of Murray Local Land Services and has held various community, sporting and educational roles over many years. Andrew is committed to social justice and raising the profile and awareness of rural and remote community services.

Annette Radford

Annette has had an extensive career in organisational learning and development, having previously worked in the Victorian public service leading the development and delivery of professional development programs for staff working in biosecurity policy, regulation and emergency response. She has also managed teams providing project support in stakeholder engagement, evaluation and performance improvement. She worked for a number of years in a rural TAFE college, delivering training on-site and in workplaces, in partnership with a range of locally-based industries. Currently, Annette and her husband run a wool growing enterprise out of Euroa.

Bruce Simpson

Bruce owns and operates a farm advisory business and a family farming business. He has spent more than 40 years in the irrigated agriculture industry with experience in planning, management, practice, water policy, corporate governance and community. Bruce is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a former Murray Irrigation chairman. He is a strong advocate of the importance of healthy, sustainable rural and regional communities.

Noel Graham

Noel owns and operates a family farming business alongside his wife, son and daughter-in-law, near Deniliquin. He has a long and proud association with the region’s rice-growing and irrigation industry, including 17 years’ service as a SunRice director. Noel has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). Noel is passionate about giving back to his local community and has volunteered his time to a number of working groups and local committees across many years.

Executive
Rick Lawford - Chief Executive Officer

Rick has near 30 years' CEO and leadership experience across a vast range of aged, youth, disability, social enterprise and community services, targeting greater independence, connectedness, wellness and enablement for people in rural, regional and metropolitan settings. Rick's experience includes leadership within state and national peak bodies and special purpose sector forums. Rick’s career has been characterised by business turnarounds and successful high-growth and diversity strategies. Strategic foresight, commercial discipline, a strong focus on innovation, and the empowerment of people within organisations to engage optimism, creativity, thought leadership and the pooling of talents to achieve success has underpinned success. Rick is passionate about building equitable, connected, and resilient communities that inherently care for their vulnerable members and meet communities' needs.

Yvette Buhagiar - General Manager Operations
Michelle Tai - General Manager Operations
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