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Hayden Raysmith - Chair

Hayden Raysmith has had a distinguished career in the public, community and philanthropic sectors. He was the founding chair of Melbourne Community Foundation, the Executive Director of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University and held the positions of Director of Youth Affairs and Director of Public Health in the Victorian Government. He currently chairs the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, which is developing an arts, cultural and educational precinct on the Yarra, near the Collingwood Children's Farm. Professor Raysmith and his wife, Lynne Wannan are a Hobson Bay residents and their children attended Williamstown Primary and Secondary schools. Hayden can be contacted on 0407 826 775 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Hayden has been a committee member since 2006.

Cr Peter Hemphill

Cr Peter Hemphill has been a Councillor at Hobsons Bay City Council since 1999, serving as Mayor in 2008-09 and in 2015. A Newport resident, Peter is an award-winning journalist with The Weekly Times newspaper in Melbourne, and is passionate about maritime history and preserving local heritage. He holds an Australian Institute of Company Directors diploma, is a member of the Hobsons Bay City Council Audit Committee and sits on the board of the Seaworks Foundation.

Liam Cummins

Liam joined the committee in 2016.  He is a director of LTC Group in Hobsons Bay and has been a local resident for 12 years.  Liam has been part of various fundraising charities over the years, particularly over recent years with the Les Twentyman Foundation, helping young people in the Western Suburbs. After seeing the great work of the Hobsons Bay Community Fund he was keen to get involved and contribute to the local community.

Kerri Pyne

Kerri is the Corporate Affairs Officer with Altona based plastics manufacturer, Qenos Pty Ltd. Kerri's communications role includes managing their corporate sponsorships and community liaison. This provides Kerri with countless opportunities to interact with local organisations and charitable groups. Having worked with Qenos for about twenty years, Kerri is attuned to the needs of the Hobsons Bay community and is a passionate supporter of the West. Kerri is also a committee member of BreastWest, under the auspices of Western Health. Kerri has been a committee member since 2009.

Helen McVay

Helen has been a resident of City of Hobson's Bay for more than 40 years. Helen was a founding director of Outlets Community Centre in Newport and has extensive experience in business administration having worked in the government and the not for profit sector for many years. Helen has been Executive Assistant to the Director of Scienceworks and more recently Executive Assistant to the Director of Museum Operations at Museum Victoria. Helen brings a strong background in stakeholder management to the Committee of HBCF. Her interests are in travel, gardening and caring for her extended family. Helen has been a committee member since 2010.

David Mattner

David is currently a senior investment advisor with Macquarie Private Wealth. After retiring from the RAAF following 13 years service as an engineering officer, he moved to Hobsons Bay with his family and has been a resident since 1996. During his time in the RAAF, in addition to gaining his engineering qualifications, David also completed an MBA. At Macquarie Bank, he has advised a number of charitable foundations and been actively involved in Macquarie Foundation programs. Having seen the good work that these organisations are capable of and the outcomes they deliver, David is keen to contribute to his local community through the Hobsons Bay Community Fund. David has been a committee member since 2011.

Adrian Butera

Adrian is Director Auctioneer at Compton Green Real Estate in Hobsons Bay. He has been Director and Senior Vice President of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria. He is past President and current member of the Rotary Club of Williamstown. Adrian's has had previous involvement with Epic, Water Aid, Royal Children's Hospital, Autism Victorian and the MS Society. Adrian joined the committee in 2013.

Katherine Baron-Ancliffe

Although not originally from Melbourne, Katherine has enjoyed being part of the local community for many years. She currently holds the position of HR and Payroll Manager at The Signcraft Group. Katherine completed 10 years' service in Royal Australian Navy between 1989 and 1999, which included commissioning crew for HMAS Arunta. This was followed by two years at RAAF Base Williams as a Logistics Liaison Officer. In her various workplaces Katherine has been involved with a range of committees and social clubs. Katherine has a Diploma of Management and Diploma HR Management. Throughout her adult life Katherine has been involved with fundraising for a variety of community resources including schools, sporting clubs and social clubs. With her husband, Katherine has run an Auskick Centre in Wyndham Vale. Katherine joined the committee in 2014.

Craig Eyes

Craig is a resident of Hobson's Bay and is a previous employee of the State Government. During his 10 years with the State Government Craig was involved with assessing and administrating grants for regional and rural development projects as well as development and facilitation of energy projects. Craig is also actively involved with Power House Rugby Union Club with the Junior Players at Altona North. He has also held the position of president for both Senior and Junior clubs which are based at Albert Park.

Vedran Drakulic

Vedran is the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest family philanthropic organisations in Australia. Over the years Gandel Philanthropy awarded a number of grants to community organisations throughout the western suburbs of Melbourne.  Prior to this Vedran was General Manager of Public Affairs with RACV, which included managing their community engagement programs as well as the RACV Community Foundation.  Vedran worked in the not for profit sector for a number of years, with International Red Cross overseas and also the Australian Red Cross National Office in Melbourne, where he was in charge of public affairs and fundraising for international appeals. He also managed communications for Oxfam Australia, including the Close the Gap campaign.

Vedran is a community advocate and a humanitarian, committed to giving back to the society. His family lives in Hobsons Bay and his daughter attends the Williamstown North Primary School.

Ashley Thompson


John Clarke

John is a resident of Newport and has lived in Hobsons Bay at various times in his life. His first school was Williamstown Primary in 1954. He has worked in the areas of information and communication technology, education and training. In recent years he has worked on a wide range of projects in community services, health, education, financial management, information technology and philanthropy. John has been a committee member since 2012.




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