Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Board

Anthony Griffiths – Chair

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. Anthony previously held the role of Board Treasurer, before moving to the role of Chair in November 2020. He is passionate about local history, environmental and sustainability issues and in his spare time enjoys reading, hunting and collecting vintage machinery.

Linda Griffiths-Brown – Deputy Chair

Linda joined the Board in 2016, and held the role of Chair from 2017 – 2020. Linda 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.

Colin Elliott – Deputy Chair

Colin joined the AVCL Board in October 2019, and became Deputy Chair in November 2020. 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).

Katie Warner – Treasurer

Katie joined the Board in October 2020, taking up the role of Treasurer in November 2020. Katie is the Chief Executive Officer at North East Catchment Management Authority, and has extensive experience in business development, policy and strategic planning. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors, and maintains a strong understanding of organisational governance, risk and financial management, and the operation of government funding at both the state and federal level. Katie is currently a member of the La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board, and is a former member of the Beechworth Health Service Board.  Katie is passionate about the North East and is keen to support and encourage people to develop their careers and build lives in this part of regional Victoria.   Living in Beechworth with her family, Katie is involved in the family farming business which includes beef cattle, sheep and wine grapes. She enjoys getting out for runs on the wonderful North East trails – and occasionally tries to stay upright on a mountain bike!

Leon Carter

Leon Carter is a graduate of the 2018-2019 AVCL program. He lives at Tarrawingee and runs Ag Skills Victoria, an agricultural-based consultancy. Leon has been an advocate for the farming sector for many years and hopes to improve education about our agricultural systems, to help farmers and aspiring farmers to become the best they can, with what they have. Leon brings his skills and experience in financial management, training and assessment and business development to the AVCL Board. He is a member of the Agriculture & Agribusiness Advisory Council, Wangaratta. He is a strong believer that collaboration and teamwork equals success.

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.

David Kidd

David is a graduate of the 2004 AVCL Annual Program, joining the Board in October 2020. David is the Director of Partnerships and Well-Ageing at Northeast Health Wangaratta. He is a future and strategic thinker and innovator, with strong skills and interest in communications, facilitation and improvement. David is passionate about health care awareness and improvement, and leadership development. In 2018, David was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, allowing him to travel internationally, visiting hospitals and health innovation experts to learn from and bring to North East Victoria their knowledge and experience. David lives in Beechworth with his wife and daughter. David enjoys mountain biking, hosting his radio show on community radio and travel.

Judy Charlton

Judy joined the Board in October 2020. Prior to her retirement from local government in 2017, Judy was the CEO at Narrandera Shire Council, and the former Director of Corporate Services at Albury City Council. Judy has since returned home to Wodonga and is working for the Victorian Government. She maintains a strong desire to make use of her combined skills and passion for achieving outcomes within her community. Judy has an impressive track record in the areas of strategy, governance, human resources and finance. She has previously served on the Board of Albury Wodonga Health and Wodonga Regional Health Service. Judy enjoys reading and attending her monthly Book Club meeting as well as spending time with her grandchildren.

Suzanne Vilé

Suzanne joined the AVCL Board in 2021 and is on the Executive of Providing All Living Supports (PALS Inc.) – a not-for-profit organisation that supports individuals with disabilities in the Moira Shire and surrounds.
She has a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Her career has spanned mental health, disability, health, children’s services, academia, education, insurance, local and state government, charities, not-for-profits, quality management, staff development, project management, research and evaluation, policy development and consulting. She has delivered over 35 human service evaluations and projects for the Commonwealth, Victorian, South Australian and New South Wales governments and community organisations. Suzanne recently moved to Wangaratta and completed the AVCL Program in 2019-20. She is currently exploring avenues to contribute to her new NE Victoria community.