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Our Committee

Our Board are a group of dedicated volunteers focused on supporting the sustainability and wellbeing of the Redland City community.

Our Board of volunteer community leaders govern the Redland Foundation, ensuring decisions on the disbursement of funds are aligned with a carefully developed criteria and parameters to assess the impact, viability and reach of projects we support.

Dan Holzapfel
Patron

Dan Holzapfel is an absolute inspiration to the Redlands community and his philanthropic spirit and support of community in so many ways, makes him the perfect choice as Patron, as he has through his actions, portrayed what the Foundation’s ideals and desires are.

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These actions include:

  • He has been one of the most significant contributors to the Rotary International program fort the eradication of Polio, and the world is a better place as a result.
  • He was the most significant private donor to the expansion of the Redland Museum, and our community is so much better because of it.
  • He has contributed to so many local programs that have directly and indirectly contributed to improvements to our health and wellbeing in this community.
  • He is a former Redland Shire Councillor and citizen of the year.
    While very few of us will be able to match the scope of his generosity, we can all adopt his philanthropic spirit.

Don Seccombe AM
Chairman

Mr Don Seccombe AM is the former Mayor of Redland Shire (2001-2008) and founder of the Redland Foundation.

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As Mayor he left the local Arts world two fine legacies in the new Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland Art Gallery.

He offers a substantial background in government and big business.

Through his many community involvements Mr Seccombe has made substantial and enduring financial and other contributions to the Redlands community. He was Patron to around 45 community organizations in his time as Mayor.

He currently chairs the Board of Redlands Sporting Club Inc.
In addition to his recognition in the Australian Honor System in 2014 (AM) for his services to Cricket and the Clubs Industry, Mr Seccombe has also been the recipient of a number of significant Awards including the Australia Day Sports Medal (1983), the Centenary Sports Medal for contribution to cricket (2000) and the Centenary Medal in recognition of service to Local Government (2003).

Ian Neil
Vice-Chair

IAN NEIL is Vice-Chair and foundation Director of the Redland Foundation. Ian is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia. Ian and his wife Susan and two children are long-time residents of the Redlands having resided here since 1989.

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He is a Life Member of the Redland Coast Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Solicitor to several local Associations. Past President of Cleveland Rotary and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Ian has served on many other local business and community associations including Sheldon College as Board Member and Vice Chair, and Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board.

Darren Rossiter
Treasurer

Darren Rossiter is a highly skilled finance professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He is a qualified Chartered Practicing Accountant with expertise in financial analysis, investment management and risk assessment.

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He has held a range of finance related management positions in a variety of industries from not-for-profit to ASX listed companies and now brings innovative new systems to Redlands Sporting Club, providing strategic guidance to support the company’s long-term success.

Darren has sat on numerous Boards including local sporting clubs and Manly West State School.

Raised in Tasmania, Darren was actively involved in sports growing up with his claim to fame having bowled Ricky Pointing out in Grade cricket.

Always an avid sports fan and now a local, he instils his passion for sports into community involvement in and around the Redlands.

Shane Curtis
Secretary

Shane Curtis has been working at Redlands Sporting Club as the General Manager for the past 5 years. He started his career in Clubs at Lions Richland and has been working for not for profit organisations for the past 15 years..

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With a special expertise in multi-media technology, Redlands Sporting Club has flourished under Shane’s knowledge and leadership, garnered over the past 15 years of experience. While managing these not-for-profit organisations, Shane has been applying his skill and expertise to assist clubs in becoming sustainable entities.

Shane, a Brisbane native, has been living in the Redlands since joining the Redlands Sporting Club. An avid sportsman, from Motorsports, Football and Indoor cricket, he has been able to combine his passion for the industry with his love of sport by helping promote sports within the Redlands. With his wife & 2 children, Shane and his family actively participate in the Redlands community.

Ken Ewald GAICD CDec
Director

With an extensive background in Financial Services and business coaching, Ken offers more than 35 years in the Financial Planning Industry including roles as General Manager and Sales Manager for leading Australian Financial Services companies.

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In addition, Ken offers substantial commercial business experience gained through ownership of a farming enterprise from 1992 to 2013.

Ken is actively involved as a board member for Churches of Christ Queensland in Qld and the Redland Foundation Ltd, holding additional roles as a member of the Finance and Property Committee for Churches of Christ Queensland.

Ken is married with five children. He is a keen competitive squash player.

Peter Marer
Director

Peter Marer is a general insurance specialist who has worked extensively as an insurance broker, risk manager, insurance manager and consultant over more than 45 years.

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Peter has his own consultancy business (Our Insurance Manager) and provides advice widely on general insurance and governance matters for Australian and international corporations.

Peter is a member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland been a Past President, a Paul Harris Fellow recipient and past leader of a Group Study Exchange Team.

Peter is also a Member of the Board and Secretary of the Horizon Foundation and Australian Insurance Consumers Lobby

 

Garry Hargrave
Director

Mr Hargrave has been a Redland resident for 33 years and with his wife Lyndal has raised three daughters in Redland Bay.

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Mr Hargrave has considerable experience in both the private and public sectors throughout Queensland and now specialises in management and organisation of property development, identification of development opportunity and risk management. He has travelled extensively studying best practice urban and community design.

Mr Hargrave is a principal of the Fox and Bell Group a private land development company specialising in medium sized development in Redland City. Projects include: Shoreline Master Planned Community, Redland Bay Village Shopping Centre, Victoria Point Lakeside Shopping Centre, Redlands Business Park.

He is a former President of Institution of Surveyors Aust QLD Division (1996), a Fellow Institution of Surveyors Aust (Qld Division), Member Property Council Australia and a former President and Life Member of the Redland City Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Williams
Director

Karen Williams was first elected as Councillor for Division 9 of the Redland Shire Council in 2004. She was elected as Mayor of Redland City Council in April 2012 and was proud to be re-elected as civic leader in 2016 and again in 2020.

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Karen has worked in the domestic money market both in Sydney and Brisbane and has owned and operated two successful retail floral studios in Bulimba and Coorparoo in partnership. Karen also holds a Diploma with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has worked tirelessly in the community, in particular through her work for RedFest (formerly the Redland Strawberry Festival) as part of the executive that saved the iconic event from extinction. She was responsible for establishing a Redlands based volunteer mentoring program for students at risk of disengaging from school, as well as establishing the successful Diner en Rouge fundraising committee and continuing the annual Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, raising funds for school chaplaincy programs.

Jim Bladwin
Director

Mr Jim Baldwin is a qualified Chartered Practicing Accountant offering more than 40 years’ experience in a range of management functions.

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Formerly the Operations Manager, Consumer Products Division and Inventory Management Facilitator for chemicals manufacturer, Incitec, Mr Baldwin has been widely involved in a range of community organizations throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

He is a Life Member of the Border Hockey Association where he served as an Executive member for 32 years and held positions as Registrar, Secretary and Treasurer (1957-1989)

As well, he is a Life Member of the Redlands Sporting Club Inc where, since 1990, Mr Baldwin has held the position of Treasurer, contributing to the efficient management of this highly successful organization.

Mr Baldwin also spent 13 years as Treasurer of the Murwillumbah High School P & C (1973-86), and five years as Treasurer, Redlands Spring Festival (2005-10).

Mrs Lee Cottam
Director

Mrs Lee Cottam is currently the Discharge Coordinator at Mater Private Hospital.

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Lee has spent many years working for the Redlands community. She has extensive experience as a nurse, a business owner of a health and aged care consultancy, a volunteer and an advocate for the ageing population of the Redlands.

She considers growing up in the Redlands as a privilege & has a passion to maintain our present unique qualities and lifestyle whilst ensuring local growth & opportunities for our children & appropriate services to our ageing population.

Corinne Tomasi
Director

Ms Corinne Tomasi is a small business owner whose family has served the Redlands community over five generations.

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Through her family business, Ms Tomasi has worked with a variety of small retail and hospitality operations including Whepstead Manor and Clevetown Motel in Ormiston.

As a mother of four, Ms Tomasi has also had a long association with the Wellington Point Primary School P&C.

She is a gifted singer and entertainer who has volunteered her talents to assist a range of organizations including Zonta, the Cerebral Palsy League and RedFest.

Ms Tomasi also played a pivotal role in fundraising for the Cleveland Ambulance and its construction of the ambulance station at Dunwich.

Donna Stone
Director

Ms Donna Stone is a Business Coach who has been assisting Australian (and Redland) businesses for more than 30 years. She has owned a number of multi award winning businesses and is a prolific writer with six business books published. She coaches not only business owners, but also other business coaches through her Coach the Coach ™ program.

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Donna has qualifications in Accounting, Training, and Management. She has been a member of the Australian Institute of Management for more than 25 years, as well as membership with other professional bodies.

Donna has worked with a number of community and charitable organisations, in both voluntary and non-voluntary roles which included Advisor, Treasurer, Assistant- Treasurer, Secretary, Ambassador, Education Officer and Networking Coach.

Donna is passionate about business, and she is passionate about the Redlands; a place she chose to raise her three sons. She loves living in the Redlands and believes in giving back to her community.