Tony joined the Board in 2021. He has been in Seymour since 1982 and has worked across the Goulburn and North East Area with the Department of Education and Training. Having retired after 40 years' service, he is looking to use experience gained as a teacher, principal and administrator to assist the Board in its work within a culture that focuses on the people and seeks out opportunities to learn, adapt and improve. Tony has previously served as Chair of the Goulburn Options Risk and Policy Committee.
Tracy has now completed two terms on the Goulburn Options Board, both in the position of Vice Chair. She has also served on the Goulburn Options Risk and Policy Sub-Committee, Business Development Sub-Committee, and was member of the CEO recruitment, interview, and appointment panel.
Tracy has been a Registered Nurse (RN) for nearly 35 years, and is currently working as a Remote Area Nurse (RAN). Empathy, compassion, inclusiveness, adaptability, and the ability to think clearly and rationally are all skills that are interchangeable between nursing and being an effective member of the Goulburn Options Board.
"Being part of the GO community is a great fit for me, as I enjoy working with likeminded people who are committed to helping our participants live their biggest life possible."
For the past 20 years, Louisa has been an Accountant and Financial Advisor, and in 2021 began as Treasurer on the Goulburn Options Board.
Louisa's interest in joining the Goulburn Options Board stems from growing up in the area where she now raises her family, and wanting to give back to the local community. She has a particular interest in preserving the many excellent services in the region, as well as the promotion of women in business.
Louisa brings her vast knowledge and experience of finance to her role as Treasurer, and with these skills hopes to ensure that every Goulburn Options participant is given as many opportunities to reach their goals as possible.
So far she has greatly enjoyed meeting so many new people -- Board Members, Goulburn Options staff, and participants -- as well as the challenge being on the Board has presented.
Louise was educated here in Seymour, before moving away for more than 35 years. She returned to the area in late 2017, having witnessed many changes. When she was invited to consider joining the Goulburn Options Board, she saw an opportunity to contribute to the future success of both this organisation and the wider Seymour and Mitchell Shire communities.
Louise began as a Goulburn Options Board Director at the Annual General Meeting of 2019. She is currently the Board Secretary and a member of the Organisational Resilience Committee.
Louise's background is in Information Technology, as it is used by the Community Services Sector. She has worked both in Service Provision and Project Management of software management tools necessary to support the provision of great service.
As a member of the Goulburn Options Board, Louise enjoys contributing to the current and future success of the organisation, and therefore participants.
"We're a large employer, supporting both local and not-so-local clients in a diverse community; it's a pleasure to add my life and career experience to the governance of Goulburn Options."
Helen joined the Goulburn Options Board at the end of 2022.
Helen grew up in the United Kingdom and migrated to Australia in 1991. She has worked in disability advocacy, community radio, the trade union movement, the Victorian and Tasmanian public services and as a university lecturer.
Helen has also been a board director in coastal land management, community media and regional health organisations. She has a Bachelor of Laws, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Helen has a physical disability and is an NDIS participant. She is committed to progressing the rights of people with disabilities to social and economic equality, safety and respect.
Helen lives near near Avenel. In her spare time she does a lot of weeding and volunteers with Avenel Active and the Euroa Arboretum.
Sarah joined the Goulburn Options Board in early 2022. She is a Seymour native, growing up on a farm just out of town. After completing her Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University in 2018, she returned to the region to begin her legal career. Sarah is now a partner in a local law firm, practising primarily in family and property law. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read as many books as possible, perfect her choc-chip cookie recipe, and spend time with her young family.
She looks forward to bringing her legal experience and perspective to the Goulburn Options Board.
Trevor joined the Goulburn Options Board in 2019. A background in hospitality, catering, education, defence contracts, hospital soft services and being self-employed has given Trevor a lot of learning and enthusiasm to support others to grow.
A soldier's son, Trevor lived in many towns before arriving in Seymour, aged 15. He commenced working in a local foundry, joined the Army, married and had two children, all by the age of 20. For the last 5 years, Trevor has word in remote locations int eh South Pacific, managing employment support and training delivery to local communities, villages and government sectors.
After a brief hiatus from the GO Board in 2022, Trevor rejoined in June of 2023.
"Now that I have settled my nomadic career, I look forward to offering mentoring and support, whilst I gather contemporary learning from others."