Bendigo Health Fundraising
Advisory Board

The Bendigo Health Fundraising & Foundation team is supported by a Board of dedicated and passionate community members. We thank them for volunteering their time and delivering expertise to help us achieve our fundraising goals.

The Bendigo Health Fundraising Advisory Board is a sub-committee of the Board of Bendigo Health:

Ms Dianne Foggo AM

Chair | Member since 2021
Dianne Foggo AM works as a private conciliator and mediator primarily in industrial disputes. She worked as a teacher in Victoria, SA and the NT. She was President of Australian Education Union and a Vice President of the ACTU. Dianne was a Commissioner at the Fair Work Commission for 19 years and the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University.
She is currently on the Board of Bendigo Health and a Life Member of the AEU and the IR Society of Victoria and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Victoria University in 2011. Dianne was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2015 in recognition of her work in governance and administration in the university sector, the representation of women and industrial relations.

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. 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 and Loddon Shire Councillor. 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.

Ms Kate Mannix

Member since 2020
Kate is the CEO of local accounting firm AFS & Associates. Kate is passionate about client service and employee satisfaction. The move to AFS came after spending 12 years in Melbourne at PwC and Blockbuster Australia. Since returning to our wonderful regional city, Kate has raised a family of three children and helped out in her community. More recently this has included her roles on the Bendigo committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and joining the Bendigo Health Foundation board. On weekends you will find Kate involved in her local tennis club or helping out on the sidelines of her children’s sporting choices. Joining the Bendigo Health Foundation came after a close family member spent several months in the care of Bendigo Health, and is driven by this to be able to give back to this amazing facility so other patients and families can be equally cared for and supported for years to come.

Mr Adam MacKenzie

Member since 2020
Born and bred in Bendigo, Adam spent the first few years of his career in Melbourne completing an Electrical Apprenticeship, before moving across to the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Squadron for the next 4 years as an Electrical Engineer. Adam moved back to Bendigo in 1998, where he worked for Bendigo Toyota as a Business Manager whilst attending night school at La Trobe University to complete studies in Financial Services. In 2001, Adam left Toyota and started Bendigo Lending Services, which later became known as BLS Financial. Adam has been a licensed Financial Planner for many years now and is currently studying for his Masters in Financial Planning through Deakin University and Kaplan.

Adam is married to Leisa and they have three children, he is passionate about giving back to the community and finding creative ways for other people to get involved and support our great town. A great example of this is his recent completion of the Kokoda Trek, along with 18 other Bendigo businessmen, which raised over $100k in support of local charities.

Ms Beth Benbow

Member since 2020
Having already established herself as a humanitarian in many roles and an avid fundraiser with more than 40 years’ experience with the Intensive Care Auxiliary, Beth Benbow is a welcome new edition to the Fundraising Advisory Board.

Raised in a big family where significant value was placed in helping others and being an active member of the community, Beth’s passion for volunteering started young when she witnessed first-hand the impact of her mother’s contribution on the California Gully Auxiliary, and her establishment of the Intensive Care Auxiliary.

Beth has worn many philanthropic hats over her career and has studied both psychology and sociology. With notable experience working for the Police, Child Protection Services, Disability Services and the Australian Defence Force, where she received numerous medals during her six years of service.

Beth is now President of the Combined Auxiliaries for Bendigo Health, a position she has proudly dedicated herself to for the past 13 years.

Dr Skye Kinder

Member since 2021

Dr Skye Kinder is a passionate advocate for rural and other marginalised patients and their communities. In addition to her clinical work as a doctor in the field of mental health, she is a prolific writer and award-winning speaker and health commentator. Dr Kinder seeks to address health inequality through extensive volunteerism, charity work and public advocacy efforts.

Dr Kinder was recognised as 2017 VIC Junior Doctor of the Year and finalist for Australia and New Zealand Junior Doctor of the Year. She was later named 2019 Young Victorian of the Year and 2019 VIC Young Australian of the Year. Dr Kinder has been featured on the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence list and is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree.

Mr Trevor Elliott

Deputy Chair | Member since 2022

Throughout his time in professional practice as a Partner/Director with Strategem, Trevor has provided taxation and accounting services to a diverse portfolio of clients, with a focus on providing specialised support to the medical industry.

He is well respected for his efficiency and attention to detail which lends itself to his vast experience as a Business Services advisor where he provides strategic advice to businesses.

Trevor has previously led the Strategem board as Chairman and his current role as General Manager for Strategem’s Melbourne based office, has provided an opportunity for him to coach and mentor future leaders.

Trevor is a local resident of Bendigo and has been actively involved with many community organisations, holding roles such as; Director of Access Australia and Director of ARC Justice.

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