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About IMPACT

Our board

IMPACT's Board of Directors are dedicated local advocates who ensure we all work towards meeting our vision, mission and values. The team of nine represent a valued cross-section of the Bundaberg community who regularly volunteer their time and expertise to an organisation that they believe is strongly connected to the local people.

Councillor David Batt MAICD - Chair

I was previously employed as a Police Officer for over 23 years rising to the rank of Sergeant before being elected to the Bundaberg Regional Council in 2008. I hold a Dip of Local Govt (Admin), an Advanced Dip of Public Safety (Emergency M’ment) along with a Dip in Policing and an Advanced Dip in Investigative Practices. I was the Manager of the Bundaberg PCYC for several years before my election to Council. In 2012 I was elected Deputy Mayor in my second term of Council and in 2016 was re-elected for my 3rd term and currently have the portfolio of 'Sport, Recreation, Venues & Disaster Management'. I am the Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group and was the Local Recovery Co-ordinator for the January 2013 disaster events within the district. I have a passion for Sport and Recreation and the local community and am involved in several other Community Organisations along with Impact including Bundaberg PCYC, Bundaberg Netball Association, Across the Waves Sports Club Shalom College Board and Branyan Road State School committee.

Neil McPhillips - Deputy Chair

I own and operate a number of businesses across a diverse range of industry sectors. My main interest is in working with communities to develop the economy in a balanced and sustainable manner. I sit on a number of private and not-for-profit boards and am accredited in board Board and business governance. I originally moved to Bundaberg to perform a 12-month contract in business development - that was in 2003 and I have been extremely happy to fully relocate to this marvelous region. My involvement on the Board of IMPACT allows me to extend my community involvement in a region that I choose to live in.

Grant Hutchings - Treasurer

An accountant by profession with a Masters degree, and Fellow member of CPA Australia, I have worked for over 30 years in the public accounting field, specialising in small business and individual income tax. I have lived in Bundaberg for more than 25 years, and have had extensive community involvement with local sporting clubs, school boards and other not-for-profit organisations such as Lifeline, the Bundaberg Enterprise Centre and YMCA.

Gayle Job - Secretary

I have been privileged to enjoy a rewarding and challenging career, which has spanned over 39 years with AUSWIDE Bank (formerly Wide Bay Australia Ltd). In this time, I have acquired many skills including recruitment, staff training, product development, regulatory licensing and compliance, and documentation of operational policies and procedures. The appointment in 2013 to my current position of General Manager, Human Resources and 2016 to Chief People Officer has allowed me to focus on the improvement of our people's engagement and development. I have a strong belief in community-based enterprises and my continued appointment to the Board of IMPACT allows me to broaden my community involvement.

Professor Helen Huntly - Director

As Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Vocational Educational & Training (VET) division at Central Queensland University, I oversee our vocational training, industry engagement and access education programs and delivery. I have worked in the regional university sector for over 25 years, after working for Education Queensland as a secondary teacher. I am a Life Member and was a founding board member of the Bundaberg YMCA, and a long-time committee member of the Bundaberg Family Day Care Scheme. I am a passionate regional Queenslander who is interested in ensuring there are equal education and training opportunities for regional people. I am a strong believer in the capacity-building work of organisations who focus on improving the health, education and employment outcomes of regional Queenslanders, and so I am proud to contribute to the mission and vision of IMPACT Community Services.

Cameron Bisley - Director

Cameron is currently the Branch Manager, Commercial Business and Economic Development with the Bundaberg Regional Council. The focus of this position is to manage a small team responsible for airport, tourism and economic development operations and to deliver on the actions and priorities contained in Council's Economic Development Strategy 2014-2024. Cameron has previously held senior management roles in a number of regional and community development agencies and has a strong focus on stakeholder engagement and client outcomes. Cameron is passionate about the Bundaberg Region being a great place to “Live, Work, Play, Invest and Study”, and providing opportunities for all community members to be the best they can possibly be.

George Martin - Director

My wife and I have been Bundaberg residents since 1983 and have a strong affinity with this community. For 16 years I was a secondary school teacher before undertaking planning roles for several Queensland Government departments - in the fields of natural resource management, land- use planning and community development. I have been a member of the Bundaberg Lions Club since 2001, with a focus on youth activities.

Anne McWhirter - Director

I am a social worker who has had an extensive career working in community development, management and direct service delivery in the fields of disability, domestic violence, employment and training, and children and family services. I have strong connections to Bundaberg through my work as principal development officer with Bundaberg Community Development for over 6 years. I worked with UnitingCare Community for 7 years in a variety of management roles, working both locally and across Central Queensland. I am now a service manager with Churches of Christ Care focusing on supporting vulnerable families to safely care for their children. I continue my commitment to the community through my work on a number of community networks and boards, including IMPACT.

Talitha Best - Director

With experience in research, clinical practice, industry research and development, and not-for profit advisory boards, I am passionate about bringing science, people and business together to support community and business development. A psychologist by profession, I bring an innovative focus in areas of health, nutrition, lifestyle and business to contribute to IMPACT, and I look forward to upholding the wellbeing and development of the Bundaberg and Wide Bay community.