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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 am the current State Member for Bundaberg and was previously employed as a Police Officer for over 23 years rising to the rank of Sergeant - Manager of the Bundaberg PCYC before being elected to the Bundaberg Regional Council in 2008. In 2012 I was elected Deputy Mayor in my second term and in 2016 was re-elected for my 3rd term where I had the portfolio of 'Sport, Recreation, Venues & Disaster Management'. Before being elected to State Parliament I was the Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group and the Local Recovery Co-ordinator for the January 2013 disaster events within the district. I was honoured to receive Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow for my leadership shown in the 2010/11 Flood events when I was the Acting Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group.

 I am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and I hold an Advanced Dip of Public Safety (Emergency M’ment), a Dip of Local Govt (Admin) along with a Dip in Policing and an Advanced Dip in Investigative Practices. 

 I have a passion for sport and recreation and all things community and am involved in several other local community organisations along with Impact including Bundaberg PCYC, Across the Waves Sports Club and Shalom College Board.

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 40 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 Provost of the Tertiary Education Division at Central Queensland University (CQU), I oversee our vocational education and training (VET) and higher education course development and delivery. I have worked in the regional university sector for nearly 30 years, after working for Education Queensland as a secondary teacher, and in the TAFE sector. 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 that 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.

George Martin - Director

I have been a Bundaberg resident for over 30 years and have developed a strong affinity with the community as a result of varied family and community responsibilities.

 For 16 years I taught at Bundaberg State High before undertaking planning roles for several Queensland Government departments, local government and non-government organisations - in the fields of natural resource management, land-use planning and community development.

Since 2001 I have been an active member of the Bundaberg Lions Club, with a continuing primary focus on youth activities."

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.