GSF Welcomes Three New Board Directors


There is an exciting movement of change and growth at Greater Shepparton Foundation with the endorsement of three new community-spirited Board Directors, the largest intake of new members since GSF’s inception.


We are thrilled to introduce you to Fatima Naseem, Lauren Donnellan and Nehar Samar, who are local women bringing individual leadership skills, diverse perspectives and strong community connections.


The trio have begun their Directors roles this month enjoying their first board meeting with current board members Rhys Holleran (Chair), Mark De Paola (Deputy Chair), Kara Shields, Julia Thomas and Gracia Musafiri.


Neha Samar works in the education sector with young people who do not have the advantage of mainstream education, creating alternate education pathways in VET courses. Neha is the founder of a not-for-profit called The Flamingo Project (TFP). TFP connects experienced women with women who are looking to grow professionally or personally.


Fatima Naseem is originally from Pakistan and moved to Australia in 2019 with two sons. Fatime’s husband came to Australia last year. She is a pharmacist at GV Health and is very keen to assist other non-English speaking women who come to Australia alone, after her own experience.


Lauren Donnellan has lived in Greater Shepparton for seven years and is an active member in the wider community, in particular sporting communities. She is passionate about the inclusive nature sporting communities provide and how they give an equal opportunity for individuals to participate.


Fatima, Lauren and Neha join our GSF skills-based Board and will enhance its goal of strong governance and strategic leadership to the organisation. The Board comprises people with a wide range of skills and experience to reflect our diverse community and therefore supports our aim to meet the most urgent needs in our community. GSF is committed to a view that if we are led by community, we can deliver with community!


The new Board is excited to be working with incoming GSF Executive Officer Amanda McCulloch, who will start in the role next week. Amanda is keen to get to work on achieving the goals of our strategic plan via our major community projects, grants program, evaluation and advocacy, and partnership development. GSF’s strategic plan is focused on creating inclusive, interconnected communities where everybody has an equal opportunity to participate.


Through consultation, GSF has identified areas of major need in our community and as result its focus areas include social inclusion; housing; parenting and early childhood development; and employment and economic engagement. Our board thinks innovatively to address priority need and is nimble in approach to deliver to our community.


To read more about GSF’s Board Directors, please visit the 'About' page on our website.

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