Our Team

Everyone on the FRRR team has a strong affinity with rural communities, with many either growing up in small towns, or currently living in regional Victoria. We are all very passionate about understanding community needs, wants and aspirations, and enabling donor partners to support these communities in ways that meet their organisational objectives.

Our state-focused leadership team allows us to deepen our presence and networks in each state and better design and build on our grant programs to deliver greater benefits to grass-roots community groups. Most of our staff are based in Bendigo, however, we are regularly on the road visiting communities and providing opportunities for our partners to join us as we visit projects and regions and build stronger networks.

Our program offering includes four national programs, available in each state. These are:

For each of these programs, as well as for state-specific programs and donor interests, please contact the relevant Programs Manager in your state, detailed in the table below.

Natalie Egleton - Chief Executive Officer (CEO), GAICD

Natalie Egleton

Natalie Egleton is passionate about facilitating effective responses to issues facing rural communities.

She was appointed CEO of FRRR in November 2015, after joining FRRR in 2012 and is responsible for shaping FRRR’s strategy, designing new programs and developing and nurturing new funding partnerships. In her previous roles with FRRR, she was responsible for managing natural disaster recovery and preparedness programs as well as those addressing social innovation. 

Before joining FRRR, Natalie consulted with Matrix on Board, working with numerous not-for-profit organisations in program evaluation, undertaking research analysis and developing business plans. She also worked with clients to develop financial policies and procedures, strategic plans, organisation reviews, service mapping, feasibility studies and governance models.

Natalie has also held in-house roles at Evolve (Typo Station) and at ANZ Banking Group, implementing projects that made a tangible difference to the lives of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia.

She lives in the small rural town of Maldon in central Victoria. 

Jeanice Henderson - National Programs ManagerJeanice Henderson
Neriman Kemal -
Programs Mgr
(WA / NT)
Neriman Kemal
  • Implement all programs in WA & NT
  • Provide general support to other State Managers
Hannah Jakab -
Coord. Nat. Disaster
Recov. & Resilience
Hannah Jakab
  • Coordinator, National Disaster Recovery and Resilience
Sylvia Perez - Information Management Officer Sylvia Perez
  • Systems management
  • Data management
  • Data analysis 
Carolyn McMillan - Admin Officer & Executive Assistant Carolyn McMillan
  • Administration Officer
  • Executive Assistant
Lisa Norden - Company Secretary and Finance Mgr Lisa Norden
  • Company Secretary
  • Finance Manager
Liz Duthie -
Program Support Officer
Liz Duthie
  • Program Support Officer
Sophie Burke - Parental Leave Sophie Burke
  • Philanthropic Services Manager (Parental Leave)
Jeanice Henderson - National Programs Manager

Jeanice is responsible for coordinating all of the programs that are available nationally (such as Small Grants for Rural Communities, REAPing Rewards, ANZ Seeds of Renewal and Caring for Ageing Rural Australians - CARA), and is the Program Manager for Back to School, ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants and the Community & Philanthropy Partnerships Week programs.

She joined FRRR in 2010 and in her previous roles at FRRR, she has managed a wide variety of grant programs. Prior to joining FRRR, Jeanice worked in Local Government for nine years in Heritage Planning and Community & Cultural Development, Events Management and Grants Management.

She has also been involved in various community committees, was a classroom volunteer at her local primary school for ten years, curated a touring local history exhibition, and ran a music and movement program for preschool children for four years. Jeanice is passionate about rural and remote communities and believes that living in rural and regional Australia shouldn't mean missing out on quality educational experiences or health care.

Mandy Grinblat - Programs Manager (VIC / SA / TAS)

Mandy Grinblat joined FRRR in April 2016 and is the State Programs Manager for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Mandy is responsible for implementing national programs, as well as administering the place-based programs, within these states including the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants and the Fast-Track Ag Innovation programs.

Mandy has an extensive history working in the education, not-for-profit and government sectors. She has been responsible for all aspects of company, project and grants management. Her roles have included participatory arts projects, sport and recreation, disaster recovery, and community and regional development.

Mandy is committed to the principles of community development and social inclusion as effective means of building stronger, more resilient communities and enabling people to lead happier, healthier and more satisfying lives. She lives in Chewton in Central Victoria, and is on the Board of the Castlemaine State Festival.

Neriman (Ned) Kemal - Programs Manager (WA / NT)

Neriman is the State Programs Manager for Western Australia and Northern Territory, and provides general support to other State managers. She joined FRRR in 2013, taking on responsibility for managing small grants programs.

Previously, she worked in communications and community engagement, including working on a renewable energy research trial across regional Victoria. She is passionate about social justice and giving a voice to local communities.

Jacki Dimond – Programs Manager (QLD / NSW / ACT)

Jacki is FRRR’s State Programs Manager for Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT, having joined the organisation in May 2016. Jacki is also responsible for implementing and administering the place based programs within these states, including Tackling Tough Times Together, Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities, Innovation for Community Impact and Social Innovation Fund.

Before joining FRRR, Jacki managed the office of the Federal Member for Bendigo, which involved managing the Stronger Communities grants program, liaising with constituents, and managing the operations of the office including staff and volunteers.

Jacki holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology, Politics & English Lit, with an Economics minor, and is currently undertaking post-graduate Project Management studies. She enjoys being involved in her local community and is a voluntary Board member with Bendigo Access Employment. Jacki grew up in Hamilton, Victoria, and is passionate about supporting rural communities.

Janet Phillips – Natural Disaster Recovery Programs Manager

Janet joined the FRRR team in July 2016 as a Program Manager, and looks after the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) funded programs, aiding the recovery of Victorian communities affected by the 2009 bushfires. This includes Grants for Resilience & Wellness, School & Beyond, Social Change 101 and Community Group Futures. Janet is also responsible for implementing the natural disaster recovery program Repair-Restore-Renew (RRR).

Janet has been engaged in the social change field for over two decades, working predominantly in the community development and sustainability sector in regional Victoria and remote NT. She has a Master of Arts in Social Ecology, and skills and experience in program design and management, monitoring and evaluation. Janet’s work is informed by collaborative and participatory approaches in working to assist communities and organisations to achieve their goals. 

Janet, her partner and 2 teenage sons have recently completed owner-building a small footprint eco-home in Campbells Creek, near Castlemaine in Central Victoria. She has a passion and commitment for practicing the future that she wants to see.

Sarah Matthee - Acting Philanthropic Services Manager

Sarah is our Acting Philanthropic Services Manager, looking after Donation Accounts, Community Foundations, as well as providing advisory / consulting services. 

She joined FRRR in August 2017. She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, having held a range of volunteer, board and staff roles over nine years with Engineers Without Borders Australia, and volunteer roles at environmental and arts organisations. A chemical engineer and lawyer, Sarah has also worked at a global commercial law firm.

Sylvia Perez – Information Management Officer

Sylvia is our Information Management Officer and has responsibility for data management and analysis, keeping track of the information and systems that FRRR draws upon. She joined the team in August 2011 as Administration Officer.

Having previously worked in a range of different organisations, from Government Departments, to Minister's Offices, as well as in health and retail, and within large corporations, Sylvia brings a wealth of practical administrative experience. She also has a strong customer service background. 

Vivienne McCrory - Program Support Officer (VIC / SA / TAS)

 Vivienne joined FRRR in October 2017 as a Program Support Officer. She has a background working in community-based organisations in areas of emergency services, homeless programs and migrant settlement.

Vivienne has extensive experience in program administration and supporting volunteers throughout regional Victoria.

Sarah Berriman – Program Support Officer (QLD / NSW / ACT)

Sarah joined FRRR in August 2013 as a Program Support Officer, and has a background in similar roles in the not-for-profit sector. 

Sarah has been a community volunteer for many years in the conservation field, assisting with everything from surveying mammals to weed control and revegetation work.

Hannah Jakab - Program Support Officer (VIC / SA / TAS)

Hannah commenced with FRRR in June 2010 as a Program Support Officer for the Natural Disaster Recovery programs and is now part of the wider team delivering the FRRR grant programs.

Hannah holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Human Services from La Trobe University, Bendigo. Born and raised in the dairy farming area of Cohuna, Hannah has a broad understanding of rural issues and challenges.

Lisa Mahon – Program Support Officer (WA / NT)

Lisa joined FRRR in 2009, initially as a casual Grants Assessment Officer and is now part of a small team delivering the FRRR grant programs. Lisa works across a large number of programs, assessing grants, assisting grant applicants with phone enquiries and providing administrative support for FRRR.

Carolyn McMillan - Administration Officer and Executive Assistant

Carolyn joined the FRRR team in March 2017, and is responsible for providing executive support to the CEO, effective coordination of the FRRR office and general administrative support to the management team. A key responsibility is supporting the administration of FRRR’s Donation Account Services.

She has over fifteen years’ experience working in local government in the Tourism and Arts Sector, Civic and Event Management and Community engagement.

Carolyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Librarianship, majoring in psychology, and grew up on farming communities in Cohuna and Echuca and currently lives in Bendigo.

Lisa Norden - Company Secretary and Finance Manager

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience in industry and not-for-profit organisations. She is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a graduate of both the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Lisa’s skill set in strategy, management, finance, corporate governance and company secretarial are an enormous asset to FRRR.

Annie Wright - FRRR Ambassador

Annie is FRRR's first volunteer Ambassador, representing FRRR in Queensland, attending events on our behalf and spreading the word about what we do. Annie joined FRRR in August 2012 helping to manage our natural disaster recovery programs in Queensland and northern NSW, before moving into a giving development role. Annie has a deep understanding of FRRR operations and the issues affecting rural communities.

Julie Weldon - Communications Consultant

Julie and her award-winning team advise FRRR on marketing and communications activities. Julie brings more than 20 years’ experience in corporate communications, having worked in Australia and Europe in a range of industries from financial services and FMCG to agri-politics and publishing, before launching JAW Communications.

Born and bred in the country, she understands the issues facing rural and regional Australia and has been working with us to increase our profile.

Hayley Troy - Development Officer

Hayley Troy is FRRR's Development Officer. She joined the team in 2016 and is responsible for managing our CRM and providing support to the team, as required. Previously, she has worked in retail and hospitality management across the Bendigo and Heathcote region. Outside of work, Hayley loves photography, concerts and cheering on the Essendon Bombers.

Liz Duthie - Program Support Officer

Liz Duthie joined FRRR in 2015, as a casual Program Support Officer, working across a large number of programs, assessing grants and assisting grant applicants. Prior to this, Liz worked at Regional Arts Victoria, assisting in the administration of the Regional Arts Fund, as well as working freelance, coordinating events, festivals and projects in the arts, environment and community sectors across Victoria.

Sophie Burke – Parental Leave

Sophie is our substantive Philanthropic Services Manager, looking after Donation Accounts, Community Foundations, as well as providing advisory / consulting services. She is currently on Parental Leave.

She joined FRRR in 2012. She has extensive experience in the philanthropic sector, having established the operations of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust. She also worked at the Australian Environmental Grantmakers' Network and has consulted to not-for-profit organisations. Previously she worked with environmental NGOs and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. She has also worked with Indigenous organisations on various local sustainability and social justice issues.

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