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Matthew Driscoll


Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance. In addition, Matthew is a Master of the Stockbrokers Association of Australia, a Graduate member of the Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia SF (FIN). With over 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Matthew’s expertise lies in investment and capital markets including analysis and evaluation of investment opportunities, transaction analysis, financial modelling, debt structuring, asset and equity valuation and due diligence. Matthew has also spent the last four years working in Asia, in particular Indonesia, as the Founding Chairman of Killara Resources Limited an ASX listed minerals exploration company. Matthew is a Director of Workspace Australia Limited, which is a not for profit Business incubator in Central Victoria, winning the coveted Best Incubator in Australia award under his Chairmanship and ranking fourth in the World. He is regular Mentor in the FINSIA Mentoring program conducted each year as well as a committee member of the Bendigo Inventors Awards.

He is also a current serving Councillor for Mount Alexander Shire Council.

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Michael Langdon

Vice Chairman

Ph.D, B.Ed, Dip.Bus; Dip.T; GradCert.Ed.Studies; GradDip.Ed.Admin; Dip.Company Directors MACE

Dr Langdon has a broad experience working in public and private, for profit and not-for-profit enterprises. Michael has recently retired as the CEO of Bendigo Access Employment (BAE) and Continuing Education Bendigo (CEB).  Dr Langdon has an extensive background working in leadership positions in education and training. Previous experience includes Statewide Manager Engagement & Communications at Department of Sustainability and Environment; inaugural CEO of the Australian Technical College Bendigo; General Manager Education Services at Bendigo TAFE and 16 years as a private school principal. Dr Langdon has served on numerous Boards, is an active member of the Institute of Company Directors and is currently a director on Workspace Australia Board and Chairman of Bendigo Health Board of Directors. Michael enjoys the outdoors, walking, gardening and spending time with family, especially his new grandson.

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John Stewart


Principal in accounting business from 1976 until retirement in 2016, specialising in Small Business Management, Taxation & Accounting Structures, Self-Managed Super Funds, Land Development Structures.  Maintain small interests in several businesses. Recognised as one of the 2016 Commonwealth Bank Treasurer Award recipients


Leon Scott OAM


Established Scott's (Bendigo) Pty Ltd - Steel Fabricators and Manufacturers, Eaglehawk, Victoria in 1974. An active member of the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk since 1976. Councillor for the Borough of Eaglehawk for 8 years including Mayor in 1989/1990. Awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003. Awarded "Citizen of the Year" for the City of Greater Bendigo on Australia Day 2003. Awarded an OAM in 2004. Former Board member of "Future Employment Opportunities Inc." serving 17 years and awarded Life membership. Co-founder and inaugural Chairman of Workspace Australia Ltd. Co-founder and owner of Mayfair Park Industrial Estate. Est. 1988 - developing a business incubator providing accommodation to 40 different businesses employing in excess of 400 people.

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Jim Norris

Major Projects

Studied Architecture at RMIT

Graduate Diploma in Community Planning and Development.

Jim Norris has extensive experience in municipal governance and is passionate about Regional Victoria.
With a background in the construction industry and post-graduate qualifications in Planning and Community Development, he has been involved in the delivery of a large number of projects, including the unique Australian Bicentennial Exhibition in 1988.
Jim served nine years on the Mount Alexander Shire Council, including three terms as Mayor. He retired from the Council in 2008 but continues to serve on its Heritage Advisory Board. In his role as Mayor, Jim played a major role in pursuing the declaration of Australia’s first National Heritage Park, the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. In 2008 Jim was appointed to the Heritage Council of Victoria and currently serves as Deputy Chair of that statutory authority. He is a company director with interests in the property, hospitality and agricultural sectors

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Kylie Ovenden


Kylie is a Bendigo local.  Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and an MBA (Exe) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.  Kylie has deep banking and commercial experience, having spent a decade in the business banking sector at both ANZ and NAB.  Kylie's time in this sector included strategic roles in strategy and business optimisation and also the opportunity to experience offshore operations in Malaysia.  Kylie has further international experience having lived and worked in London and also worked for multi-national corporations such as American Express.

Ms Ovenden is proud of her work that is helping the region grow.  Kylie is also passionate about gender equality, curating numerous seminars for International Women's Day to raise awareness on how equality can be a driver of economic growth.


Barry Lyons


Barry Lyons is a retired businessman who moved to Kangaroo Flat in 1981 and established strong links to the local community.

Barry served as a Councillor with the former Shire of Romsey in the 1970s.  He is a family man, married to Betty and has five children and 11 grandchildren. He is the former licensee of Kangaroo Flat’s Windermere Hotel, a family business he owned and operated for 23 years.

Barry is a long term supporter and sponsor of local sport, including Kangaroo Flat Football/Netball and Cricket Clubs. He served as President of the Kangaroo Flat Lions Club and as a board member of the Kangaroo Flat Community Health Centre


Henry Bleeck


Henry says he has a passion about helping to make our community a better place for us all. That has guided his involvement in other community contributions, such as his role as the past President of the Lancefield Primary School Council, and current involvement as Lancefield Fire Brigade President. He firmly believes that if something needs to be done, you should get in and do it—not sit back and tell everyone else what you think.


Cr Daryl Warren


Daryl is currently the Mayor at Buloke Shire Council and Secretary at Donald 2000.   Buloke Shire has seven elected Councillors, including a Mayor and Deputy Mayor, representing the Shire’s three electoral wards.

Collectively, they are responsible for making decisions about local issues and representing the interests of the Buloke Shire community.


Cr Rob Guthrie


Rob is a current serving Councillor for the Macedon Ranges Shire who is married with four adult children.  As a resident for more than 28 years, he believes in open, accountable local government focusing on the issues important to our community.  As a former councillor from 2003 until 2012 he has fought against inappropriate development.  He is also committed to improved youth, family and aged support, improved library funding and service and the recognition and protection of neighbourhood character.  Priding himself as a strong advocate for local employment opportunities and expanding local transport networks allowing independence for everyone.