The NREF Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Grasby | Chairperson

Andrew joined the foundation Board in February 2018 and was elected Chairperson in August 2020. Andrew is a founding Director, and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Super Gardens Pty Ltd for the past 30 years. His reputation, business acumen and empowering leadership style has seen him appointed as a Director of numerous Boards and driver of various committees, including his current role as President of Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers. Andrew has trekked since 2007 and has completed over 30 trekking expeditions. Andrew is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is committed to utilising his directorship proficiency and knowledge to deliver best practice governance, long-term financial growth and innovation to the foundation; therefore ultimately advancing the foundation’s capacity to deliver more services to remote and rural communities.

 

Julia Zhao | Treasurer 

Julia joined the Board in April 2021, as a Director and Treasurer for the foundation. Julia is a Certified Practicing Accountant, and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Julia has over 20 years’ experience in chartered firms, corporates, charities and not-for-profit organisations. Julia is currently the Finance Manager of Kokoda Track Foundation and has been with the foundation for approximately four years. A trip to Cambodia as a volunteer accounting and finance coach for a local NGO school, was the start of Julia’s commitment to international development, which was later reinforced by her experience walking the Kokoda Track in 2017. It is Julia’s passion for international development and her financial, compliance, governance and business expertise that will advance the foundations long term financial sustainability and diversification of income.

 

Peter Miller | Director

Peter is a founding Board Director of the foundation and continues to serve on the Board. He is the Managing Director of No Roads Expeditions Pty Ltd since 2003 and operates over 70 expeditions per year, employing over 200 staff in six different countries. Peter has over 18 years of trekking experience and has completed over 60 expeditions. His strong leadership, brand and reputation are prominent in the sector, as the Papua New Guinea Government invites Peter to run workshops for local operators, to improve in-country tourism, safety and industry standards. It is Peter’s noted expertise in expeditions and operational travel management that ensures the foundation's expeditions are professionally and safely managed; and respectful and culturally appropriate mission work occurs.

 

 

Joanne Bergman | Director

Joanne joined the NREF as a founding Board Director in various roles and continues to serve on the Board. She is a registered nurse and has over 35 years’ experience in the education and health sector in clinical nursing, management and research including co-author of eight published research papers. Joanne is also Australian Medical Assistance Team trained for international disaster relief deployment. She has eight years of trekking experience, having trekked over 14 expeditions. It is Joanne’s foremost clinical experience and knowledge, noted reputation in the health sector and compassionate leadership style that advances the foundation to develop and deploy life-changing health expeditions to remote and rural children and adults; who are neglected of basic human rights in the areas of health.

 

 

Stewart Kreltszheim | Company Secretary

Stewart was a founding Board Director of NREF and currently serves as the Company Secretary. Stewart’s professional career with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) has spanned over 30 years. His expertise is in safety, logistics and leading teams in complex emergencies in remote and arduous environments. Stewart has held senior positions on several Boards, and currently sits on a number of emergency services and community committees in his CFA role. Stewart has trekked since 2007 and has completed over 30 trekking expeditions. His experience and passion for developing the capacity of communities in Victoria to protect themselves in times of emergencies, transitions well into creating resilient remote communities in the work of the foundation.

 

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