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Greater Shepparton Foundation is led by a diverse and highly-skilled Board of Directors. They offer a wealth of local knowledge and understanding of the complex issues in this region as well as experience in place-based philanthropy and community-led giving.

The Directors and staff are focused on creating partnerships and collaborations to connect the needs of the Greater Shepparton community with the resources and skills needed to tackle disadvantage. The team will drive change through innovative initiatives, and support community organisations that align with our purpose.

2023 Annual Report

Our 2023 Annual Report provides a snapshot of the year that was, along with recognising our generous and loyal stakeholders and supporters Please follow the link to read the 2023 Annual Report.

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Mark De Paola, Chair

Mark moved to Shepparton in 1997 to begin his optometry career and is currently the director of Graham Hill Eyecare. Mark was a Board member of The Community Fund Goulburn Valley from 2008 until the transition to the Greater Shepparton Foundation. Mark also serves on the regional advisory board of La Trobe University. His aim as a Director of GSF is to make a positive difference in his community.

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Julia Thomas, Deputy Chair

Julia has spent nine years in the local Agri-finance industry and is a 2016 Fairley Leadership Graduate.  Originally hailing from Sydney with a Business Degree, Julia has spent her career working across rural and regional Australia, in agriculture, mining and finance. Now living with her husband and young family on their cropping farm at Youanmite, Julia is passionate about improving youth outcomes across the Goulburn Valley region.

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Kara Shields, Director

Kara is a Chartered Accountant at local business, MB+M. Kara is the current Chair of GSF’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. The mother of two is a former Board Member and Treasurer of the Shepparton Festival and has volunteered as a member of the Shepparton Toy Library Committee. She is a keen runner and enjoys the lifestyle of Greater Shepparton, which she has called home for 15 years.

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Neha Samar, Director


Neha is employed by a federally funded education organization supporting young people re-engaging with education, specialising in Vocational Education and Training in Schools  compliance and coaching. She has qualifications in vocational education, management, adult language, literacy &  numeracy.  Based on personal experiences and realising in regional places “it’s not what you know but who you know”, she established The Flamingo Project, a free program to connect women from all walks of life.  In 2023 was state finalist for the Rural Women’s Award and nominee for Greater Shepparton Women’s Award.  She is an active community member and volunteer,  is Deputy Chair for GMLLEN and on committees such as Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter & Victorian Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee 

Vaughan Bradshaw, Director

Vaughan is the Director of Bradshaw Automotive Holdings, an automotive retail business spread across 5 regional Victorian locations, employing approximately 150 people including Shepparton Toyota and Shepparton Mazda.

Vaughan grew up in Shepparton before leaving for further studies and to pursue a career in Aviation. After spending 15 years in flight operations, including a decade with Virgin Australia, a promising business opportunity beckoned in Shepparton. In 2016 Vaughan, alongside his wife and three children, made the decision to return to his hometown.


Vaughan is committed to contributing to the remarkable work and achievements facilitated by the Greater Shepparton Foundation.


Lauren Donnellan, Director


Lauren is a local solicitor, who has previously worked in private practise, Local Government and In-House Legal Counsel.  Passionate about community engagement, she is actively involved in sporting communities as a player, volunteer and coach.  She serves as an Executive Member and By-Laws Officer with the Kyabram District League and volunteers with the Lighthouse Project Sister Program.  Lauren joined GSF to contribute to the wider community and support ways to engage youth in other community opportunities across the GV.


Amanda  McCulloch,
Executive Officer


Amanda has worked in the non-for-profit and philanthropic sectors and is the current Deputy Chair of the Goulburn Regional Partnership.  Amanda’s background has seen her deliver strong outcomes for organisations in the community, local, state and federal government spaces. With a diverse skill set and experience in project management, economic development, event management, tourism and marketing communications, She has a wealth of experience to draw upon as she advocates for the needs of our local community.

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Jeff Huddle,
Finance Manager

Jeff Huddle manages all accounting and financial reporting to the Board and CEO including payments and receipts, regulatory financial reporting and tax management. Jeff had been in senior financial management roles in a range of businesses prior to joining GSF and is a Bachelor of Business (Acc).


Kate Smith,
Grants Manager

Kate joined the GSF team in 2020.  She’s worked in private business and government however the majority of her career has been in the community sector, including many years with local disability and welfare agencies.  It’s here where she relishes the opportunity to use her communication and grant writing skills to make a real difference.

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Elizabeth Kelly-Dalgety,
Data and Evaluation Manager

Elizabeth is a psychologist specialising in program design, research, and evaluation. She has over 20 years’ experience supporting organisations in the health, community, and not-for-profit sectors to improve service delivery and outcomes to people in their care. Youth wellbeing and resilience has been a key focus of her work.  

Katie Thorp
Greater Shepparton 
Healthy Child Co-Design Project Co-ordinator


Katie is a Public Health Nutritionist, with her own locally based business. With a background in Psychology and a Masters in Human Nutrition and Public Health, Katie has worked in an array of locations and with a vast range of community groups, supporting their health & wellbeing. From as far afield as London to the very outback of Western Australia.   
Katie's passion is the health and wellbeing of children, resulting in health promotion work within local schools and the community at large.  Katie is deeply committed to the Healthy Child Co-Design Project and is excited to see the outcomes and strategies developed, which will hope to minimise the barriers experienced by our multicultural community. 

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