Our Board

Mr Don Seccombe – Chairman

Don SeccombeMr Don Seccombe is the former Mayor of Redland Shire (2001-2008) and founder of the Redland Foundation.

As Mayor he left the local Arts world two fine legacies in the new Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland Art Gallery.

He offers a substantial background in government and big business that includes a role with Incitec Limited where, as National Sales Manager for the $700M company he was responsible for 400 employees.

Through his many community involvements Mr Seccombe has made substantial and enduring financial and other contributions to the Redlands community. He was Patron to around 45 community organizations in his time as Mayor

He currently chairs the Boards of Clubs Queensland, Sheldon College, Redlands Sporting Club Inc and Redland Foundation. He is also a Board Member and Vice Chairman of Clubs Australia.

Throughout this long association with Redlands Sporting Club, Mr Seccombe has contributed specific expertise in strategic planning, feasibility studies, building and expansion plans, and project management. Key projects he has driven includes a $12.3M expansion completed in 2007, which was fully funded from cash reserves. The Club remains debt-free under his leadership.

Mr Seccombe has been the recipient of a number of significant Awards including the Australia Day Sports Medal (1983), the Centenary Sports Medal for contribution to cricket (2000) and the Centenary Medal in recognition of service to Local Government (2003).

Mr Ian Neil – Vice Chairman

Mr Ian Neil is a dispute resolution lawyer who practises principally in the Planning & Environment Courts and Land Courts and Supreme Court of Queensland.

He is also the Director in charge of the Litigation Department of McCarthy Durie Lawyers.

Mr Neil is a Life Member and Past President of the Redland City Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Board Director of Sheldon College.

As well, Mr Neil is immediate Past President of the Carmel College P&F Association, former Board Member and long-time Honorary Solicitor to the Queensland Muscular Dystrophy Association, Executive Member of the Redlands Institute since 2008 (inaugural Honorary Secretary), and a life-saver with the Coochiemudlo Island Surf Lifesaving Club.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws.

Ken Ewald – Secretary

With an extensive background in financial management and business coaching, Ken Ewald offers more than 32 years in the Financial Planning industry including roles in general and sales management.

In addition, Ken offers substantial business experience gained through the ownership of a farming enterprise from 1992 to 2013.

Since retiring in Nov. 2012 he has been actively involved in the local community as a volunteer committee and board member for several organisations including: Young Life Australia, Churches of Christ Queensland, and Star Community Transport (where he is a volunteer driver).

Ken is married with five children. He is a keen competitive squash player.

Jim Baldwin – Treasurer

Mr Jim Baldwin is a qualified Chartered Practicing Accountant offering more than 40 years’ experience in a range of management functions.

Formerly the Operations Manager, Consumer Products Division and Inventory Management Facilitator for chemicals manufacturer, Incitec, Mr Baldwin has been widely involved in a range of community organizations throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

He is a Life Member of the Border Hockey Association where he served as an Executive member for 32 years and held positions as Registrar, Secretary and Treasurer (1957-1989)

As well, he is a Life Member of the Redlands Sporting Club Inc where, since 1990, Mr Baldwin has held the position of Treasurer, contributing to the efficient management of this highly successful organization.

Mr Baldwin also spent 13 years as Treasurer of the Murwillumbah High School P & C (1973-86), and five years as Treasurer, Redlands Spring Festival (2005-10).

Mayor Karen Williams

Karen WilliamsCouncillor Karen Williams officially took the helm as Mayor of Redland City on May 15, 2012 with a commitment to enhancing the cultural, social and economic capital of Redland City.

Born and raised on her family’s farm in Capalaba, Cr Williams was formerly the Councillor for Division 9 (Capalaba) where, over two consecutive terms (2002-2012), she worked hard to deliver vital community infrastructure including the Capalaba Skate Park and disability housing.

With a background in business, finance and entertainment, Cr Williams also offers a long association with RedFest (formerly the Redland Strawberry Festival) and was part of the executive that saved this vital community event from extinction.

She also established and facilitated a volunteer mentoring program for students at risk of disengaging from school. This has now been rolled out to other regions.

As Mayor of Redland City, Cr Williams is Patron of 18 community organizations including: Redland Sinfonia, Wynnum Redlands Cycling Club, Redland Hospital Auxillary Inc, Redland Cricket Inc, Redlands PCYC, Connect 2 Group, Brisbane German Club, University of the Third Age, Cancer Council Queensland – Redlands Branch, Cooee Indigenous Elders, and both the Point Lookout and Coochiemudlo Island Surf Life Saving Clubs.

She is an Honorary Member of the Bay Islands Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club Cleveland Inc and Rotary Club of Capalaba Inc.

She is Honorary Vice President of the Wellington Point Cricket Club Inc (2012-13).

Mr Peter Marer

Peter MarerMr Peter Marer is an insurance specialist who has worked extensively with major international insurance broking companies for more than 20 years.

In 1999 he established his own general insurance consulting service and has since consulted and worked within a wide variety of industries including real estate, medical indemnity, utilities and primary health care.

Mr Marer is a Past President, Paul Harris Fellow and past leader of a Group Study Exchange Team with Rotary Club of Cleveland. He is also a Member of the Board of Autism Queensland.

He holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Insurance) Broking. He is a Senior Associate of ANZIIF and a Certified Insurance Professional.

He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA). He is presently the Director of Insurance House.

Mrs Lee Cottam

Mrs Lee Cottam is currently the Discharge Coordinator at Mater Private Hospital.

Lee has spent many years working for the Redlands community. She has extensive experience as a nurse, a business owner of a health and aged care consultancy, a volunteer and an advocate for the ageing population of the Redlands.

She considers growing up in the Redlands as a privilege and has a passion to maintain our present unique qualities and lifestyle whilst ensuring local growth and opportunities for our children and appropriate services to our ageing population.

Ms Bronwyn Hope

Ms Bronwyn Hope offers nearly 30 years experience as a marketing and public relations professional with specific expertise in the creation and delivery of targeted communication campaigns.

A founding member of the Redlands Institute, Ms Hope has contributed widely to many local and other community organizations including the Yurara Art Society, Ormiston College, the Wynnum/Bayside Community Visitor’s Scheme, the Redland Bay Tennis Club, Redlands Football Club, and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (State Committee). She is a former Member of the Board of BlueCare (Australia’s largest aged care provider) and carried the Olympic Torch in 2000.

From 1995-2000, Ms Hope was the Queensland Manager of the AMP Foundation, distributing financial gifts on behalf of finance giant, AMP to charitable associations and community organizations throughout Queensland.

As a freelance consultant, she currently assists a range of aged care organizations based around Australia to achieve millions of dollars in recurrent funding from the Federal Government.

Ms Hope holds a Master of Business (Communication) and a Bachelor of Business, both from QUT.

Ms Kim Sabatini

Kim SabatiniMs Kim Sabatini is a highly skilled administration professional offering more than 35 years’ experience in office and secretarial functions within both business and government organizations.

With specific expertise in customer support, research and reporting, Ms Sabatini is proficient in a wide range of operational activities including human resources, marketing and documentation.

In addition, she offers capabilities in survey design and database management, event organization and dataworks management.

Corinne Tomasi

Ms Corinne Tomasi is a small business owner whose family has served the Redlands community over five generations.

Through her family business, Ms Tomasi has worked with a variety of small retail and hospitality operations including Whepstead Manor and Clevetown Motel in Ormiston.

As a mother of four, Ms Tomasi has also had a long association with the Wellington Point Primary School P&C.

She is a gifted singer and entertainer who has volunteered her talents to assist a range of organizations including Zonta, the Cerebral Palsy League and RedFest.

Ms Tomasi also played a pivotal role in fundraising for the Cleveland Ambulance and its construction of the ambulance station at Dunwich.

Lauren Andreatta

Mrs Lauren Andreatta offers an extensive background in sports and recreation with a focus on funding and community infrastructure. Lauren is the Redland Foundation’s Community Grants Officer and key point of contact for organisations seeking our support.

A former Redlands College student, Lauren began her career as part of the Sleeman Sports Centre events team, responsible for marketing and management of major events and galas, before moving to a marketing coordination role with a number of multicultural groups in Logan.

Lauren is currently the Redlands Sporting Club’s Sports and Funding Coordinator and began her role under the Department of National Parks, Racing, Sport and Recreation’s Local Jobs Program until securing the role with the Club. In this role, she supports 10 Redlands sporting clubs in governance, funding, committee and policy management, successfully achieving $750 000 in funding through a range of funding programs over the past three years.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Leisure Management (majoring in Community and Cultural Development) from Griffith University and is set to complete the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy through the University of Queensland.

Laraine Dillon

Laraine Dillon offers a wide background in theatre, radio and television as the former Vice President of Bay FM and presenter of the Peter Dick and Laraine Dillon Show.

Laraine also brings significant experience in sales, marketing publicity and promotion, having held a variety of roles working for organisations such as Wellcome Australia, F H Faulting and Grace Brothers in a variety of roles throughout Australia, New Zealand, London and Paris.

She also offers substantial writing skills both as a successful novelist (The Easement, Chasing George, The Pitts in Paradise and Condemned) and as a radio script writer.

From 1991-94, Laraine branched into the small business and hospitality industry, as the owner/operator of a la carte restaurant ‘Glutton’s’ (winner Brisbane B105 Best Little Restaurant Award).

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