Brimbank Community Fund Advisory Committee

The Brimbank Community Advisory Committee operates according to a Terms of Reference and Charter

Bruce White (Chair)

Bruce is an Area Manager at Westpac bank, formerly the Bank Manager at the Sunshine Branch for over 7 years, and has worked or lived in the area for over 25 years.
Since 2010, Bruce, as a founding member, has held the role of the President or Vice President of the Sunshine Business Association (SBA).  

SBA has 420 members with an annual expenditure of $400,000.  SBA is involved in business development activities and also supports a range of community projects and initiatives centred around safety and cleanliness.  SBA has been successful in creating changes throughout the Sunshine community over the past 10 years and is viewed as the most active association of its type in Victoria.

Bruce has also sat on the Sunshine Partnership Group for over 5 years supporting many changes delivered in infrastructure and investment thought Brimbank.


Photo Cr DangCr Thuy Dang (Brimbank City Council)

Cr Dang has been an active Brimbank member for 12 years.

She has been involved in a variety of projects for the Brimbank community such as White Ribbon Day, Clean-Up Australia Day for Brimbank, Healthy Mind and Healthy Body, Safety for Brimbank, and more.

Every year she enjoys being part of the St Albans Lunar New Year Festival, Children Moon Lantern Festival, Computer and English Classes for seniors and Vietnamese Traditional Music and Dance.


Chris Hatzoglou

Chris Hatzoglou is a founding member of the Brimbank Community Fund Advisory Committee and has been continually involved since 2013.

Raised in Sunshine West, he has been a volunteer within the Brimbank community for over 29 years.

Chris has been an active volunteer at the Sunshine Heights Cricket Club, having held a number of roles, including nine years as President.  The Club is recognised as a role model of inclusion and community based sport.

Professionally, Chris has held a number of roles within the tertiary education sector across a range of functions and services.  After a recent career break, Chris has commenced a new role within the Victorian Public Service as a Business Manager.


Elisabeth Paterson

Elisabeth is originally from Scotland. She's a registered nurse and manager in learning disability and mental health. She arrived in 2012 as a sponsored migrant with RCH as an assistant nurse manager within the adolescent unit.

She's worked in the North West community for most of her time including youth justice, Orygen Youth Health, Rosamond Special School and latterly Department of Veteran Affairs.

Elisabeth moved to Brimbank in February 2018 where she enjoys being proactive within community groups including the Brimbank multicultural choir.


Devika Chaudhary

Devika has been an active volunteer in the Brimbank area. Devika is currently studying law and education. She currently works in before and after school care in the western suburbs whilst she has been an ongoing volunteer in the Air Force Cadet as an instructor.

She has been a part of a few Brimbank communities and has participated in performances at Joan Kirner Women's & Children's Hospital and H.V. McKay Gardens Festival. Also have been featured in 'Ten Young People of Brimbank' and has been awarded the title of Miss South Asia Australia Victoria Winner.

Devika is passionate about the community and helping the youth get involved. She brings great experience and views to shape the community.


Victor Tran

Victor has lived and worked in Brimbank for over 15 years.

He is the Managing Director of JT. Production Management, an events and activation agency which services a range of sectors including government, education, and not-for-profit and throughout Victoria and Australia.

Victor is passionate about sharing knowledge and creating live experiences that have a positive impact to the community. JT. Production Management currently works collaboratively with over 65 different brands in delivering purposeful events and was recently awarded ‘Best Live Experience Agency' in the 2021 APAC Insider Australian Enterprise Awards.


Piotr (Peter) Debowski

Piotr is passionate about human rights and helping Australian communities grow; particularly Brimbank, where he has lived for most of his life.

Piotr brings with him a wealth of experience as an admitted solicitor and a nationally accredited mediator. Piotr has led teams, with a strong commercial acumen after running several successful retail stores; advised large multinational clients, government organisations and individuals; and worked in a range of contexts as consultant, conciliator and adviser.

Piotr is committed to using his experience and passion to help shape the Brimbank community for current and future generations.


Neil Head

Neil Head has worked in several key career roles, including as a Local Government Chief City Planner, as a State Government Regional Director of Lands, Planning, Environment, as National Executive Officer for the Planning Institute of Australia, at Emergency Management Australia (EMA) for the Commonwealth Government and, most recently, as a Business Improvement Director with Comcare.

At EMA, Neil was a national/international technical expert in Tsunami, Pandemic and Disaster Resilience and Recovery.

Recently semi-retired, Neil is currently State Secretary for University of the Third Age Victoria, involved with seniors, and locally, is President of the Albion & Ardeer Community Club and Vice President of Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House Association, with interests in local community, the disadvantaged and the environment.


Margaret Giudice

Margaret was born in Brimbank and has raised her family here too.  She has worked in the community for over 30 years. Her love of the community led her to run as a councillor for Brimbank City Council, and she was a councillor for over 13 years. She was Mayor in 2007 and 2017.  She helped raise more than $70,000 during Mayoral Balls held while she was Mayor.

She is currently the President of a sporting club and has been part of the Social Justice Committee, the Police Consultative Committee, Road Safe North Western, the Sydenham Park Master Plan Committee, the Brimbank Collective Action Committee, and various others.


Rikki Andrews

General Manager, Fund Development

 

The Brimbank Community Fund is a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and is proudly supported by Brimbank City Council.