About Us

Barwon Health Foundation Future Fund Board

 

Dan Simmonds - Chair

Joined the BHFFF Board in October 2014.

Dan Simmonds is chair of the Barwon Health Foundation Future Fund and partner of legal firm Harwood Andrews. He is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist in business law, and by Family Business Australia as a Family Business Advisor.

Dan is Chairman of the judging panel of the Powercor Business Excellence Awards and Chairman of the Salvation Army Geelong Region Area Advisory Committee and Chair of the Committee for Geelong. He is a committee member of Deakin University School of Law Academic Advisory Committee and a member of the University Vice Chancellor’s Community Leaders Group.

Dan also holds positions on Kardinia Health Limited, the Geelong Chamber of Commerce Public Finance Committee, St Laurence Community Services Inc, Ace Radio Broadcasters Pty Ltd and the Geelong Regional Committee for Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In addition to his role of Barwon Health Future Fund Chairman, Dan also serves as Chairman of the Special Projects Committee.

 

Brian Cook

Joined the BHFFF Board in September 2014.

Brian is a Scottish-born Australian businessman and former Australian rules football player and coach who is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Brian played for a number of different clubs in several Australian states and territories, including the Box Hill Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA), the Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and the East Perth and Subiaco Football Clubs in the Western Australian National Football Legal (WANFL), and later captain-coached the Ainslie Football Club in the Australian Capital Territory Football League (ACTFL).

After his retirement from coaching, Brian occupied positions with the Australian Sports Commission and the West Australian Football Commission, before being appointed CEO of the West Coast Eagles in 1990. He quit his position in 1999 to take up the same role with Geelong. Brian has a Master of Education at the University of Western Australia.

In June 2017, Brian was appointed as Chair of Barwon Health.

In addition to his role as a Future Fund Director, Brian is also a member of the Finance, Risk, Audit, Investment & Nominations (FRAIN) Committee. 

 

Rory Costelloe

Joined the BHFFF Board in June 2017

A longtime Geelong resident, Rory has been an active and passionate advocate on behlaf of business and broader community as well as being a tireless champion of the region's potential as a major centre.

His involvement in the Greater Geelong community has been marked by a characteristic combination of boundless energy, ideas, creativity and a broader persepctive.

Rory is Executive Director of Villawood Properties, a company he founded in 1989. In that time the company has grown to become one of Australia's largest privately owned property developers.

In addition to his role as Future Fund Director, Rory also serves on the Special Projects Committee.

 

Robert Costa

Joined the BHFFF Board in October 2014.

Robert holds a number of directorships including, Chair of Costa Asset Management Pty Ltd (CAM) a private investment house; Director of Costa Group Holdings, Australia’s largest grower and distributor of fresh produce and is Chair of Unigrain Pty Ltd, a leading miller and distributor and exporter of high quality grains, seeds, pulses and potatoes.

Robert holds several community appointments at both federal and state level including Chair of Global Reconciliation, an international reconciliation program under the auspices of both Monash and RMIT universities in Melbourne; Chair of Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund and Director of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust.

In the past Robert has held the office of Mayor of the City of Geelong West and Chair of Geelong Area.

In addition to his role as a Future Fund Director, Robert allso serves as Chair of the Finance, Risk, Audit, Investment & Nominations (FRAIN) Committee.

 

Ray Frost

Joined the BHFFF Board in September 2014.

Ray was the inaugural Chair of the Barwon Health Foundation Future Fund.

He was the founder of the Ray’s Outdoors business which started with one retail store in Geelong, with a single staff member, to a network of 40 retail stores and a large wholesale business, employing over 800 staff.

Since selling the business in 2010, Ray has concentrated on expanding his property and investing portfolios. He was also a judge in the Geelong Business Excellence Awards in 2013 & 2014 and has provided mentoring and advice to a number of Geelong businesses.

In addition to his role as Future Fund Director, Ray also serves on the Special Projects Committee and Finance, Risk, Audit, Investment & Nominations (FRAIN) Committee.

 

Maria Hamilton

Joined the BHFFF Board in October 2014.

Maria commenced her working life as a teacher, was Head of Wilderness Girls Junior School in Adelaide and then Director of Development, completing her MBA at the University of Adelaide.

Maria was Director of Community Relations/ Executive Director of the Geelong Grammar Foundation for 10 years, retiring in 2008. She was responsible for all areas of fundraising, communications and marketing, alumni relations, public relations and media, and major events.

Maria has consulted in change management, strategic planning and fundraising to a number of independent schools and organisations in Melbourne and Geelong.

In addition to this role of Barwon Health Future Fund Board Member, Maria also serves as a member of the Fundraising Committee.

 

John Miles

Joined the BHFFF Board in October 2014.

John Miles had a distinguished career at Marcus Oldham College spanning 30 years. His roles included Company Secretary and Deputy Principal Business and Development for the College. John studied accounting at the Gordon Institute and is a member of the Australian Society of Accountants and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

John was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 1997 and is on the Victorian Chapter Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Selection Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Geelong Advertiser Music Trust. John joined the Geelong Community Foundation Board in 2011.

In addition to his role as a Future Fund Director, John also serves as a meber of the Finance, Risk, Audit, Investment & Nominations (FRAIN) Committee.

 

Peter Serra

Joined the BHFFF Board in October 2014.

Peter is a Director at Select Architects and holds a BA Honours Architecture. As founder and Director of Select Architects Peter brings over 15 years of professional and international expertise to the practice.

Peter designed both overseas and across Australia before starting his own business, formerly ‘Select Architects’ from the laundry of his home in 2006. Today, that business has since outgrown the laundry to become Select Group and managing over 50 dedicated employees across three offices.

With strong design experience in retail, mixed use, residential and commercial buildings, Peter success lies in his natural ability to connect with his clients.

In addition to his role of Barwon Health Future Fund Board Member, Peter also serves as a member of the Special Projects Committee.

 

Kylie Steel

Joined the BHFFF Board in June 2017

Kylie is a business generalist with a professional specialisation in environmental science.

With over 15 years experience as a business owner and director, Kylie currently has a niche consultancy recognised as an industry leader and has board experience in the not-for-profit sector and is currently acting chair of the Great Ocean Road Cost Committee.

As a professional working mother, Kylie aspires to be a good global citizen, someone who cares about making a difference and steps up to the responsibilities of ensuring sustainable outcomes that meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.

In addition to her role of Barwon Health Future Fund Board Member, Kylie also serves as a member of the Fundraising Committee.

 

Dr. John Stekelenburg

Joined the BHFFF Board in October 2014.

John is a Graduate of Melbourne University and is a practising General Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience as a medical doctor in the Geelong Region. John is the Practice Principal and Manager of a busy Family Medical Practice offering a full range of primary care services.

Dr Stekelenburg was appointed to the Board of Barwon Health as Chair in July 2011, retiring from that position in June 2017.  

John also owns and manages a private manufacturing business in the metal finishing industry. John has a strong commitment to the community as evidenced by his service to local organisations, and his chairmanship and committee responsibility with a number of sporting clubs.