Our team

Natalie Egleton - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Natalie has been with FRRR since 2012 and was appointed to the role of CEO in November 2015.

She has played a key role in shaping FRRR’s strategy, designing new programs and developing and nurturing new funding partnerships. She understands rural communities and the issues they face, and over her time with FRRR, has focused on building stakeholder relationships, managing natural disaster recovery and preparedness programs as well as those addressing social innovation. 

Prior to 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.

Natalie is passionate about facilitating effective responses to issues facing rural communities, lives in the rural town of Maldon in central Victoria and is President of the local Pre-school Committee. 

Jeanice Henderson - Program Manager

Jeanice has been with FRRR since February 2010, overseeing the various grant programs focused on small communities. Prior to that, she worked in Local Government for nine years in Heritage Planning and Community & Cultural Development.

She has also been involved in various community committees and curated a touring local history exhibition. Jeanice thoroughly enjoys motorcycle touring throughout rural and regional Australia whenever she can.

Jeanice is currently responsible for all of FRRR's Education, Arts and Ageing programs.

Mandy Grinblat - Program Manager
Mandy Grinblat

Mandy Grinblat joined FRRR in April 2016 in the role of Program Manager, and 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.

Sophie Burke - Program Manager

Sophie 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.

Sophie manages our Place Based programs, including McEwen Foundation Goulburn Valley grants, Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants and the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants programs.
Neriman Kemal – Program Manager

Neriman joined FRRR in 2013, having previously worked in communications and community engagement.  Most recently she was the communications manager for a renewable energy research trial across regional Victoria. She is passionate about social justice and giving a voice to local communities. 

Neriman manages our Small Grants for Rural Communities and Creating Inspiring Rural Leadership and Engagement programs, as well as ANZ Seeds of Renewal.

Jacki Dimond – Program Manager
Jacki Dimond

Jacki started with FRRR in May 2016 as a Program Manager. Her most recent professional experience has been as Office & Diary Manager for 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.

Louise Mitchell – Program Manager

Louise joined the FRRR team in October 2015 as a Program Manager. Louise has worked at the Bureau of Meteorology and spent 10 years at the Australian Emergency Management Institute, including working on national policy development and education for community recovery and community engagement in emergency management.

Louise manages all of FRRR's natural disaster programs including School & Beyond, Community Group Futures, Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) and Repair-Restore-Renew. She is also responsible for our Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program.

Kimlarn Frecker - Donor Relations and Development Manager

Kimlarn started with FRRR in April 2016 as the Donor Relations and Development Manager. She has a long history of volunteering for local community organisations and broad experience working in philanthropy, with prior engagements in development and donor relations related roles with the Western Australian Museum Foundation, the Heart Research Centre, Victorian Opera and the West Australian Opera. She also ran her own business in arts funding and administration and helped the Bendigo Art Gallery Foundation raise funds for a major redevelopment project.

Sylvia Perez – Information Management Officer

Sylvia joined the team in August 2011 as Administration Officer, and moved into the role of Information Management Officer in June 2015. 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 has also has a strong customer service background. Sylvia has responsibility for data management and analysis, keeping track of the information and systems that FRRR draws upon.

Sarah Berriman – Program Support Officer

Sarah joined FRRR in August 2013 as a Project 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

Hannah commenced with FRRR in June 2010 as a Program Support Office 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

Lisa joined FRRR in 2009, initially as a 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.

Bernie Loughnan - Executive Support Officer

Bernie joined the team in June 2015 as Executive Support Officer.  Having worked in a variety of roles and sectors from finance, hospitality, community health and the non profit sector, she brings a broad knowledge base and extensive administration and customer service experience.

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.
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.

Julie Weldon - Communications Consultant

Julie advises FRRR on marketing and communications activities. She 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.

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 and deliver additional benefits.


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