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.

Rosie Koop – Deputy Chair

Rosie began her career as a journalist, writing travel features for magazines and newspapers in Australia and Asia. In 2002 she put away her passport, settled in Sydney and stepped sideways into book publishing and marketing, leading a team responsible for publishing around 60 new fiction books each month. Four children and over 400 books later, Rosie and her family relocated to North East Victoria to run a prime lamb and cropping business. As well as farming and parenting, Rosie is an AVCLP graduate (2016), a Board member of Tourism North East, a member of the Advisory Committee for Arts, Culture and Heritage for Wangaratta Council, and an independent Theatre Producer and a part owner of the Plough Inn, Tarrawingee.

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.

Kirsten Williams

Kirsten joined the AVCL Board in 2014. Kirsten works for Victoria Police as a senior advisor and moved to the region from Melbourne. Kirsten has experience as a strategic analyst in intelligence, strategy development and risk management. Since moving to the region, Kirsten has become involved with her local tennis club and the Bundalong Action Group as well as mentoring emerging analysts in her professional field.

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.

Carolyn Sammon

Carolyn (Caz) joined the AVCL Board in 2017.  A graduate of the AVCLP 2015-2016 program, Caz and her husband are the proprietors of North East Survey Designs, a successful Land Surveying business based in Wangaratta.  Caz is passionately involved with a number of community organisations across the Wangaratta district, in particular contributing much of her spare time to supporting her children’s school and the North East Roller Derby Association.

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.