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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.

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.

Vanessa Fryer - Director


I have worked in Strategy, Technology, Project Management, Risk and Compliance across varying industries including Healthcare, Education, Financial Services and Manufacturing. My time in both Professional Services and Industry has given me the breadth of experience required for my current role working across the Enterprise (business, finance and technology) to provide assurance over the governance and delivery of strategic projects.


I have a passion for health, human rights and sharing my own experiences to improve employment outcomes for students. My time working and living in Bundaberg was an unforgettable experience and I look forward to contributing to a wonderful community through my appointment to the Board of IMPACT.

Leanne Rudd - Director

Owner of The Money Edge, I provide professional financial services and business advisory services to small and medium size businesses

I am a Fellow member of CPA Australia and a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  I am a registered Tax Agent and hold an Australian Financial Services License.

For the last 26 years I have been assisting business owners with growing their business and taking care of their financial affairs.  I am passionate about the work I do with my clients and love to find innovative solutions to help empower them to find the best outcomes personally and for their business.

I grew up in the Burnett region and have lived in Bundaberg for 26 years.

Involved in a few local boards, I am excited to be part of the Board of Impact to help support the amazing work they do for our local community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Martin Barrett - Director

I'm the Managing Director of ASX listed Auswide Bank Ltd where I head up Auswide Bank's leadership team and am responsible for overseeing the company’s operations and business strategy.

I've been in banking for 33 years and held roles both nationally and internationally - including senior executive roles in retail, commercial, corporate and specialist banking areas.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Murdoch University, an MBA from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance.

I enjoy spending time with family, am a keen bike rider and enjoy travelling and exploring new places.