Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Board

Linda Griffiths-Brown – Chair

Linda joined the Board in 2016 and was elected Chair in 2017. Linda Griffiths-Brown is the Managing Director of TotalHRM, a business that works with other local business to improve their performance and profitability. Linda has over twenty years of business and consulting experience including executive and senior management roles. She has worked in numerous industries including mining, energy, government and transportation. Linda’s community contributions have included five years on school councils and costuming for dance and theatre groups.

Leon Carter, Deputy Chair

Anthony Griffiths – Treasurer

Anthony is a graduate of the 2005-2006 AVCLP program. In addition to AVCL, Anthony’s other community roles include Director of North East Waste Resource Recovery Group, Treasurer of the Greta Valley Landcare Group and one of the Trustees of the historic Greta Cemetery. Anthony works for the Australian Tax Office and jointly operates the family beef cattle farm at Greta West. Anthony previously served as a Councillor with the Rural City of Wangaratta for ten years, including two years as Mayor and was also a Board Member of NECMA for eleven years. He is passionate about local history, environmental and sustainability issues and in his spare time enjoys reading, hunting and collecting vintage machinery.

Colin Elliott

Colin joined the AVCL Board in October 2019. He is a Scientist (Geologist) and Engineer (Civil) currently working as the Regional Manager for Property and Infrastructure Consultants Spiire Australia Pty Ltd. Colin has previously held Board Positions with Wodonga TAFE, Regional Development Australia (Hume), Driver Education Centre of Australia (DECA) Ltd and disability employment services provider The Personnel Group Ltd. He is currently Chair of the Wodonga Hills Advisory Group (City of Wodonga). Colin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course. He also has post graduate qualifications in Project Management, Hydrochemistry and Environmental Auditing. He lives in Wodonga with wife Dianne and two children (twins – one of each).

Clare Kiely

Clare joined the AVCL Board in 2014. Clare has lived in the region for over a decade and is currently the Regional Director of the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP). Previously she has held positions in the region in the Environmental Protection Authority, Department of Human Services and Latrobe University. Prior to moving to the region, Clare worked in international development, refugee resettlement, community health and family violence. She has participated on a number of community Committees of Management, including a women’s refuge, a migrant resource centre, torture and trauma service and student support organisations.

Robyn Farley

Robyn joined the AVCL Board in 2015, and works for the Victorian Department of Education & Training as the Project Manager for the Shepparton Education Plan. Robyn has held a wide range of senior executive roles in the education sector, most recently with Goulburn Ovens TAFE, and Charles Sturt University. Robyn lives near Benalla with her family and enjoys spending free time on their rural property.

Maria Berry

Maria is a graduate of the 2017-2018 AVCLP program and joined the board in 2019. Maria has a nursing background over 20 years, working with older people. As a passionate advocate for older people Maria works for the Older Persons Advocacy Network and is actively involved as a Health Consumer Representative both locally and nationally. Her local community involvement includes Age Friendly North East Victoria Alliance steering committee, Border Rural Ageing Group, Tallangatta Health Consumer Engagement Committee and the Indigo Prevention of Family Violence Working Group. Maria lives at Huon with her family, and her other passion is her community.

Marian Dowling

Marian is a graduate of the 2001-2002 AVCLP program, and joined the Board in 2017.  Marian lives on acreage near Mansfield and is the principal of a landscape design practice.  Committed to her community, Marian led the establishment of the Mansfield and District Community Bank® in North-East Victoria in partnership with Bendigo Bank.  A former Chair of the Bank’s Board, Marian now mentors other Community Bank Board members across Victoria.  Marian’s other community interests include involvement in local social and economic projects that strengthen regional resilience and economic sustainability at a grassroots level.