The Board of Directors sets the Strategic Directions for the organisation. These are translated into goals for our work and the Stategic Plan is a roadmap by which we achieve our common vision.

The Strategic Directions are:

  • Leadership & Influence

  • A Growing Quality Organisation

  • Partnerships

  • Accessibility and Inclusiveness

  • Workforce Development and Knowledge Management

Director Vacancies

We currently have no Director vacancies.

Are you interested in becoming a Board Director? We look for people with skills or experience in any of the following areas:

  • Health
  • Governance
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology

CDCH Board Directors can access funded professional development opportunities, gain skills and experience and make a real difference!

We accept and keep applications on record throughout the year. To learn more about the role, download the position description and application information.

For more information, email the CEO or ring on 5479 1034.

Our Board

Rebecca Edwards Board Director
Rebecca Edwards - Chair

Qualifications & Training
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Master of Laws

Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

A lawyer and lecturer with a social justice background and a long term Castlemaine resident.

Recipient of Victorian Government Governance scholarship 2013 and subsequent Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Currently also Chair of Castlemaine Childcare Cooperative and Deputy Chair of the Natural Resource Management Committee of the North Central Catchment Management Authority. Currently completing a PhD in Law at La Trobe University Bendigo.


Jon Anstey
Jon Anstey - Deputy Chair

Qualifications & Training
Masters of Law, Masters of Social Sciences in International Relations, Graduate Diploma, Applied Finance and Investment, Graduate Diploma Law, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts

Jon has 20 years experience executive/professional roles in management, strategy, innovation, governance and law. He has established and lead multi-disciplinary teams in more than twenty countries. Jon holds board roles in environment, art and sport sectors and joined the CDCH board in 2016.

Jon is the Executive General Manager, Strategy & Business Innovation at Coliban Water.


Derek de Vrieze - Treasurer

Qualifications & Training
Bachelor of Business
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Derek has over 30years experience in bankiing, tax and accounting. He is currently on the Bendigo NAIDOC Committee, Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre Advisory Committee, Bank Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan Committee

Derek has a background in community development, accounting, taxation and business advisory.


Glenn Brown - Director

Qualifications & Training
Master of Business
Diploma Engineering
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Glenn is a career Firefighter with the MFB with over thirty years' experience, operating at the Senior Operational level for nearly sixteen of those years. He had over ten years' experience on the Victorian, then Australian Boards of the Institution of Fire Engineers and was instrumental in the move from a colonial system of governance to a modern Australian framework of governance.

Glenn lives locally with his family. He is the CFA Captain at the Redesdale Brigade and immediate past President of the Redesdale Primary School.


Margaret Bainbridge
Margaret Bainbridge - Director

Qualifications & Training
Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Diploma in Education Administration
Graduate Diploma of Special Education
Diploma of Education

Margaret is an experienced leader and manager who has worked as a Senior Executive for the Department of Education and Training. Margaret works with schools and their leaders assisting them to take the most effective evidenced based approaches to improvement and has recently worked with schools in the Mount Alexander Shire and with Castlemaine Community Connect. She currently works as a consultant offering coaching to senior executives and has qualifications in corporate investigations.

She was a member of the Board of West Ed and advises School Councils and Boards on governance, strategy and finance.

Margaret enjoys living in both Castlemaine and Melbourne.

Veronica Budnikas
Veronica Budnikas - Director

Qualifications & Training
Bachelor's Degree - Legal Translation
Masters Online Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Veronica is a digital learning professional with over 20 years’ experience. She runs her own digital learning consultancy, working with clients from the corporate, not-for-profit and education sectors.

Veronica lives locally with her family. She is the Harcourt Valley Primary School Council president and regularly contributes to multiple community projects. She is currently a participant in the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program

Simon Fitzgerald
Simon Fitzgerald - Director

Qualifications & Training
Diploma in Management Practices
Diploma in Training & Assessment

Simon spent 9 years as the Chief Executive Officer of a not-for-profit organisation and has been a Director on two Boards. He has extensive senior management experience in marketing, human resources, industrial relations and training.

He is now semi-retired and lives in Taradale. Simon has a keen interest in music and theatre, gardening, and home renovation projects.