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

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.

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).

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.

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.

Michelle Hudson

Michelle Hudson is a graduate of the 2013-2014 AVCL program.  Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in communications, marketing and engagement, providing value to commercial, government and community organisations at both strategic and operational levels.  In 2015 Michelle founded the City2City Run/Walk and is currently chair of the organising committee.  The City2City is a passion project that continues to achieve significant outcomes for Albury Wodonga Health and the extended Border community.

Shane Crispin

Shane is a graduate of the 2018-2019 AVCLP program and joined the board in 2020. Shane has strong skills in the community services sector with over 20 years’ experience helping challenged clients. He is passionate about helping young people’s voices being heard, to build their work readiness capacity through his work at NE Tracks Local Learning Employment Network. He is highly regarded as a leader in experiential learning locally and nationally. His community involvement includes Hands On Trades Career Expo, Beechworth to Bridge and Reagan Milstein Foundation amongst others. Shane lives in Wodonga with his family, loves supporting his children in their sporting or musical pursuits and helping others in the community who face challenges.