Podmore’s AGM and Spring Lunch 2014 (with photos)

Podmore’s seventh annual Spring Lunch at the Royal Canberra Golf Club was a great success, attended by over 45 people.

On 9 November 2014, the Podmore Foundation held its regular Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by the traditional Spring Lunch. The Spring Lunch provides an opportunity for Podmore and its supporters to celebrate the successes of Podmore’s scholarship recipients.

This year, the Spring Lunch was attended by supporters and benefactors, including representatives from KPMG-Canberra, Canberra Girls Grammar School, Canberra Grammar School and Yalari.

AGM: Mike Hyde elected as Vice President; Management Committee elected for 2015

At the AGM, the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports verified Podmore’s successful development throughout 2014, and its strong financial position to continue its work throughout 2015 and beyond.

Podmore is proud to announce Mike Hyde’s election to the position of Vice President. Mike is currently the Director of Infrastructure & Works at the Wollongong City Council, and has been a long-time supporter and benefactor of the Podmore Foundation. Podmore warmly welcomes Mike to its management committee.

Mike Hyde, Vice President, The Podmore Foundation

All other members of the management committee were re-elected to continue their roles throughout 2015. Members of the Podmore Foundation management committee are responsible for the governance of the Foundation, and as volunteers  receive no payment for their services (less reimbursement of any approved incidental expenses from the Foundation’s General Account).

The management committee for 2015 is:

President: Associate Professor Bob Breen, Director, Deakin University, Post-Graduate Courses Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies
Vice-President: Mike Hyde, Director Infrastructure & Works, Wollongong City Council
Secretary: David Retter, Manager, Technology Advisory, KPMG Canberra
Treasurer: Beth Mallett, Senior Consultant, Government Advisory Services, KPMG Canberra
Ordinary Member (Membership Secretary): Neil Greet, Senior Consultant, Collaborative Outcomes
Ordinary Member (Podmore Runners Coordinator): Kelly McDonnell, Practice Manager, Maroubra Medical Centre
Ordinary Member: Julie Gilfillan, Farm Manager, Araluen Valley

Members of the 2015 Podmore Management Committee (L-to-R: Beth Mallett, Neil Greet, Bob Breen, David Retter, Kelly McDonnell; Absent: Julie Gilfillan, Mike Hyde)


Spring Lunch Guest Speaker: Anne Coutts

The guest speaker this year was Anne Coutts, Principal, Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS). Anne used the opportunity of the Spring Lunch as the public launch of CGGS’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

As outlined by Anne during her speech:

The school community acknowledges the importance of Reconciliation in building a nation where there is no inherent disadvantage between Indigenous Australians and other Australians. The school embraces the vision of an Australian nation that provides equal life chances for all, and recognises and respects the special place, culture and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians.  Australia should be a nation where Indigenous Australians enjoy the same opportunities for education, training, employment, economic mobility and social well-being as other Australians.

The RAP is the school community’s public declaration of its commitment, as well as actions, to build relationships, respect and opportunity in the classroom, around the school and with the community between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.  The vision is for the school community:

  • To welcome and include Indigenous Australians, and build relationships  in the spirit of Reconciliation.

  • To raise cultural awareness of Indigenous Australian perspectives, influences and voices among staff, students and their families.

  • To nurture the learning and personal development of Indigenous Australian students, and to affirm and learn from them.

  • To build mutual benefits from the relationships, knowledge and insights that Indigenous Australians pass on to the school community.

The Podmore Foundation will continue to support CGGS through the implementation of its RAP.

Anne Coutts, Principal, Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) at the launch of the CGGS Reconciliation Action Plan

Spring Lunch Photos

Podmore is thankful to Richard Thorek (Richard Thorek Photography) for his role as official photographer at the Spring Lunch.