Georgie has over seventeen years experience in the events, communications and volunteer management industry including major international events, the private sector, government and not-for-profit sector. After working with organisations including Sydney Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Channel Nine, Granada Television, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Shell and Splash Consulting, Georgie made a conscious career decision to focus on working within the community sector and founded Fetching Events & Communications.
Georgie’s passion for the community sector has been realised through her work in communications, grant writing and volunteer management at not-for-profit organisations, as community events that she has managed. She has worked with organisations including Make-A-Wish Australia, The National Trust of Australia (VIC), Equestrian Victoria,
Lighthouse Foundation, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Independence Australia, Heritage Victoria and Ardoch Youth Foundation. Georgie is passionate about making a difference in the community and looks forward to bringing her expertise to the Better Hearing Australia (VIC) Board.
James was appointed a Board Member in November 2015. He is an asset management systems and compliance manager. James’s main interest is in technology. He holds a degree in Internet Technology and prior to moving into the property and transport sector to manage assets, he held roles in web development and digital production.
James is an ideas person and enjoys thinking of creative ways to solve challenges, particularly if technology can be of benefit. As a member of the Better Hearing Australia (VIC) Board, he looks at how contemporary technology can be used both within the business to improve processes and to help reduce the impact of hearing related issues on individuals.
Melodie is a finance professional with expertise across a range of areas including property, rail, mining, project delivery and telecommunications. Her roles have included overseeing management reporting, systems, and strategic planning, along with responsibility for budgeting and forecasting. Strong business partnering skills and linking finance to operations through relationship management. Melodie has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance and property, a Masters of Accounting and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).
Victoria is an actress, makeup artist and sales motivational trainer and also a tinnitus sufferer. Victoria is passionate about changing the way tinnitus is viewed in the community. Using her strong communication skills and warm personality, Victoria will help draw attention to the plight of those who suffer tinnitus and spread the word on how Better Hearing Australia can help support and manage those who suffer this auditory impairment.
Victoria is the creator of My Ear Rings For Peace campaign launched in October 2015 to help those who suffer tinnitus. She has done this with the full support of, and in aid of Better Hearing Australia together with Australian Jewellery Designer Jan Logan.
Having recently finished her MBA at Deakin University, Kim felt it was important to utilise the knowledge and the skills she gained in healthcare management over the last 25 years to work with an organisation providing healthcare based services to improve the overall wellbeing of people. Professionally Kim has many years of experience in healthcare management but her passion is the primary healthcare setting, her current position as Medical Services Manager at Deakin involves managing the health clinics on campus which provide GP and allied health services to students and staff of the University. In seeking a Board position she researched various agencies but felt that the guiding principles of Better Hearing Australia (Vic) including respect, diversity, partnerships, transparency and sustainability were aligned with the key principles I apply in my workplace and across my work teams as well as personally.
In 2015 Mat worked with fellow board member Victoria Didenko, on her Tinnitus awareness campaign ‘My Ear Rings for Peace’. It was during this campaign that he was first introduced to Better Hearing Australia (VIC) and the wider work that they do. Mat joined the Better Hearing Australia (VIC) Board in September 2017. After a couple of months on the Board Mat soon realised that Victoria’s passion and energy is shared with everyone in the organisation, “it’s a relatively small team but the passion and knowledge of everyone involved more than makes up for that. It’s exciting to work with people knowing that together you can make a real difference.”
Mat brings to the Board a wealth of cross-sector marketing experience working for over 10 years for brands such as Mercedes and L’Oreal. During this time he has worked with charities such as Melbourne’s Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, however he has recently moved jobs to join an agency that focuses solely on social issues rather than big brands. He again points to ‘My Ear rings for Peace’ as a contributing factor. “The fulfillment I experienced with My Ear Rings for Peace, being part of a campaign that’s sole purpose is to help people, was an epiphany. It was very powerful. I knew I needed to make a change after that.” He hopes his brand and fundraising experience with Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, as well as his connections at his new agency, The Shannon Company, will help Better Hearing Australia (VIC) in their efforts for years to come.