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 and New South Wales. 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.
Natalie Egleton - Chief Executive Officer (CEO), GAICD
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.
To get to know our team or find out who to contact for a specific matter or grant program, click on the groups below.
Donor Partnerships & Services
Sarah Matthee - Partnerships & Services Manager
Sarah is our Partnerships and Services Manager, focused on supporting FRRR’s partners to facilitate impact across rural, regional and remote Australia. She oversees FRRR’s donor care and stewardship, corporate service delivery and develops opportunities for FRRR to utilise its knowledge by providing assistance to others.
Sarah 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.
Joanna Kemp – Philanthropic Services Manager
Jo has more than fifteen years experience in the community development and social services sector, working in both local government and not for profit settings. During this time she has facilitated successful programs engaging a broad range of stakeholders including schools, businesses, government and community organisations. Her work has had a strong emphasis on supporting culturally and linguistically diverse communities living in Victoria.
Jo commenced with FRRR in August 2018 as our Philanthropic Services Manager responsible for looking after Not-for-Profit Fundraising Accounts, Giving Sub-Funds and Community Foundations, as well as advisory / consulting services. Jo is passionate about building local capacity and enabling individuals and community groups to achieve positive change through a community development approach. She lives with her family in the small town of Macedon.
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. Her role is focused on donor information management, fundraising support and donor care and stewardship. She also works with the Back to School team on administering the Back to School program. Previously, she has worked in retail and hospitality management across the Bendigo and Heathcote region and is part owner of a restaurant in Bendigo called The Dispensary. Outside of work, Hayley loves photography, concerts and cheering on her beloved Essendon Bombers.
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 2016. Jacki is also responsible for implementing and administering place based programs within these states, including Strengthening Rural Communities, ANZ Seeds of Renewal and Small, Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities.
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 and 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.
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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 was 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. 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.
Janet Phillips – Programs Manager (Disaster Recovery & Resilience)
Janet joined the FRRR team in July 2016 as a Program Manager, and is leading the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program, working with communities to build their resilience and adaptive capacity to enable them to be well prepared before, and bounce back stronger and better, after a disaster. Janet also manages 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.
Alli Mudford - Investing in Rural Community Futures Program Manager
Passionate about agriculture, sustainability and rural communities, Alli Mudford comes to FRRR with strong skills in grant management, regional and state-wide policy-making and program delivery. She brings a positive, can-do approach to her work, with a drive to make a difference through community consultation. In her career to date, Alli has worked with the Victorian government, statutory authorities and with regional and state-based not for profits. Over the past 15 years, she has delivered high profile programs working with communities on a range of disaster recovery, capacity building and water efficiency initiatives to ultimately help communities thrive.
Alli brings a deep understanding of the capacity issues facing rural and remote communities having lived and worked in country Victoria and NSW her whole life. Alli, her husband and young family, run a mixed farming enterprise in Cassilis NSW, where she is heavily involved in her local community. She sits on the DPI Young Farmer Business Program Advisory Committee, the NPWS Regional Advisory Committee for Northern and is on the Inland Hunter Local Land Services Board.
Emma Thomas - National Drought Program Manager
Emma Thomas comes to FRRR after a career in program and project management with NSW government, as well as the not for profit sector. Emma brings to this role extensive skills in developing policy and programs for resource development and industry; working with organisations like Regional Development Australia, Grain Growers Limited and Local Lands Services.
Emma has been working on many fronts to make the future of regional Australian communities both productive and sustainable. Emma will be applying her skills in business and organisational management, strategy and collaborative delivery to the goal of improving outcomes for local and regional communities. She certainly understands the challenges that rural Australia faces, running a sheep property with her husband in central NSW.
Senior Program Officers & Coordinators
Jeanice Henderson - Senior Programs Officer
She joined FRRR in 2010 and in her previous roles at FRRR, she has managed a wide variety of grant programs and has a wealth of knowledge on a diverse range of issues in rural, regional and remote communities. 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.
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Hannah Jakab - Coordinator Disaster Recovery and Resilience
Hannah commenced with FRRR in June 2010 as a Program Support Officer for the Natural Disaster Recovery programs and is now responsible for coordinating the national Disaster Recovery and Resilience programs, working closely with Janet.
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.
Deanne Cavalier - National Drought Program Coordinator
Deanne commenced with FRRR in 2019 as the National Drought Program Coordinator on the Tackling Tough Times Together program. She has over ten years experience in the corporate philanthropic and community investment in a number of organisations and state government with a focus on grant programs, employee volunteering and engagement.
Tony Norman - Project Officer
Tony Norman joined FRRR in January 2019 as a Project Officer, initially to assist with Grant Programs.
Tony’s background is largely in Education, with extensive experience in program coordination, editing and writing in the areas of curriculum development, assessment, school review and school registration. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a graduate diploma in horticulture.
Tony has a passionate interest in rural issues and helping to support local community groups. Outside of work his interests include travel, gardening and music.
Program Support Officers
Lisa Mahon – Program Support Officer (National / NT / WA)
Lisa joined FRRR in 2009, initially as a casual Grants Assessment Officer and is now the National / NT & WA Program Support Officer. She has a background in emergency services and agriculture and is passionate about increasing food security through localised community led food systems. Lisa has extensive experience supporting rural communities to become more resilient and achieve their goals. She works across a large number of programs, assessing grants and and providing administrative support for FRRR.
Kate Nolan - Program Support Officer (QLD / NSW / ACT)
Kate joined FRRR in 2018 as a Program Support Officer. She has a background in heritage management for non-profit and government organisations with an emphasis on community planning and development.
Kate is passionate about capacity building of community groups, fostering pride of place and supporting community ownership of revitalisation endeavours from inception.
Kate has experience applying for and administering grants and has lived in Bendigo since 2010.
Fiona Bradshaw - Program Support Officer, Tackling Tough Times Together
Fiona joined the FRRR team in 2019 as a Program Support Officer with the Tackling Tough Times Together Program. Coming from an administration and projects background, Fiona also brings with her personal experiences living in Central Western NSW and has recently returned to the Bendigo region to live. Fiona has been a community leader for a number of years and is passionate about creating opportunity, contributing to developing resilient communities, working together to better achieve and encourage community ownership.
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.
Operations and Corporate Services
Cilla Boucher - Project Manager
Cilla Boucher joined FRRR in August 2018 and is responsible for leading and managing FRRR’s transition to its new grants structure. Cilla relocated to Bendigo from Darwin, where she had worked for 12 years across the not-for-profit and government sectors.
Her experience as a Health Promotion practitioner and in consulting to small non-profits on evaluation, strategic and business planning, and service development means she has good skills in planning, implementation and evaluation, understands cross-sector collaboration and has a good understanding of the factors that contribute to strong and sustainable communities. Her previous roles include Senior Policy Officer with the Northern Territory Department of Health and Director of Cardiovascular Health at the Heart Foundation (NT), Senior Management Consultant with Matrix on Board and voluntary roles with The Australian Health Promotion Association.
Cilla has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion). Cilla has a keen interest in quality improvement systems, the social determinants of health and how these combine to build the capacity of communities to take control of their health and wellbeing.
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.
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.
Loralee Luckett – Finance Officer
Loralee commenced as the Finance Officer for FRRR in 2011, Loralee is contracted to FRRR for two days per week, although is fully considered one of the FRRR Team. Using MYOB accounting software, Loralee takes care of all financial matters for FRRR including Payroll, accounts payable and receivables, donation receipts, budgeting, general ledger, banking and reconciliations in accordance with legislative requirements and organisational policies and strategies. On the remaining weekdays when Loralee is not in the FRRR office, she assists other businesses with their finance and bookkeeping requirements, including several other Not for Profit entities. When not attending to bookkeeping and finance matters, Loralee enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, cooking and camping.
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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.
JAW Communications - Communications Consultants
JAW Communications supports FRRR with marketing and communication. With many of the team raised in country Australia, they understand the issues facing rural and regional Australia and have been working with us since 2012.