The Bendigo Health Foundation is supported by a board compromising of ten community members who volunteer their time and expertise to help raise funds.

The Bendigo Health Foundation Board members are:

Mr Scott Elkington

Chair | Member since 2009
Scott arrived in Bendigo in 1984, studying part-time at the La Trobe University Bendigo while working for Sandhurst Trustees Limited. Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Business (economics major) and his career continued within Bendigo Bank. Scott’s roles within Bendigo Bank have included State Manager of Victoria and Queensland and Executive Director of Community Sector Banking – Australia’s only specialised banking service for the not for profit sector. Scott is currently Head of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s Community Solutions and Partnering. He is a member of the Bendigo Business Council and is married with five children.

Mr Matt Bowles

Member since 2009
Matt’s involvement with the Bendigo Health Foundation was initiated when, as president of the Bendigo Branch of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, he conducted a number of charity auctions for the foundation. Matt’s passion for the foundation and in particular rural patient accommodation is motivated not only by his rural upbringing, but also due to his own family’s experience and empathy of the difficulties that rural cancer patients face. Matt is a director of real estate firm Dungey Carter Ketterer Pty Ltd, which has traded in Bendigo since 1900 and is the past chair of the foundation.

Ms Susan DeAraugo

Member since 2009
After raising her family, Sue re-entered the business sector in Bendigo some 15 years ago. Sue has been involved in the development of several large organisations during that time including Bendigo Toyota. Her key roles include marketing, advertising, human resources and administration as well as interior designer for the new Bendigo Toyota showroom. Sue is now studying personal fitness and nutrition with the intention of working with and educating our aging population to stay fit and healthy in their senior years.

Mr Danny Clapp

Member since 2009
Danny saw the opportunity to join the Bendigo Health Foundation board as a way to help make a difference in his local community. Danny, owner of The Good Guys Bendigo since 2001 has lived and immersed himself in the community for most of his life. He is married to Tammy and has four sons. Danny loves spending time on his property at Bridgewater with family and friends and is a life member of the Kangaroo Flat Football Netball Club.

Ms Michele Morrison

Member since 2014
Michele is the Chief Executive Officer of Exemplar Health which is responsible for the delivery of the new Bendigo Hospital Project. In 2013 Michele was nominated for Telstra Business woman of the year in recognition of her exceptional commercial, legal and business acumen and ability to manage multiple priorities and projects concurrently.

Mr Nick Papaz

Member since 2014
Nick has a background in business and development spanning 35 years for major organisations in Victoria. In 2010 Nick moved to Bendigo to commence as Director of the Telstra Business Centre and Telstra Bendigo stores. He has a strong belief in giving back both time and money to the community and supports many groups across the Loddon Mallee region.

Mr Peter Faulkner

Member since 2015
Peter is the Executive Director Bendigo Hospital Project, Executive Director Surgical Services. Peter holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and a Master of Health Administration from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a contract management in public, private partnerships certificate from Melbourne University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Ms Sonya Kuchel

Member since 2015
Sonya is a long term member of the Bendigo Business Council, Bendigo Young Professional Network (founding member), Bendigo Tourism and woman.i.s.e. She is a key figure in the development of the multi award winning Foundry Hotel Complex. Sonya has significant experience in community engagement and events, with strong organisational capability and is an outstanding communicator with highly developed interpersonal skills.

Mr Neil Beattie

Member since 2015
Neil has been farming his Boort property for 45 years and is a committed member of the regional community where he has held the position of Loddon Shire Mayor since November 2015. He holds Life Memberships with Apex and North Central Football League and is a past President of NCFL and Boort Football Club. He is current Chair of Lake Boort Management, Boort Park Management and Boort Cereal Growers Co-op. Neil played football for Boort for 20 years and has been member of the Barraport Fire Brigade for 45 years. In 2013 Neil became Victoria’s highest fundraiser for Dry July which saw $40,000 provided to the Bendigo Health Foundation to assist in the upgrade of cancer patient accommodation units.