Board of Directors

The Co-op Board is made up of seven voluntary active members. Election of directors occurs at the annual general meeting held in October or November.

Board meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month in the Co-op Office at 6:15pm. If you’re curious and would like to come along or if you have a question for the board, please contact us at hello@bmfoodcoop.org.au a week prior to the scheduled meeting to let us know you’d like to come.

Join the board

Would you like to be on the board of the Co-op? If so, we’d love to hear from you

Volunteer Board vacancies 

The board of the Blue Mountains Food Co-op, in consultation with management, is responsible for the delivery of the Co-op’s aims, to set its strategic direction, and to uphold its values.

Qualities we look for in a director are:

There are currently three voluntary board vacancies for which the Co-op is seeking nominees with the following skills:

The benefits of being a director are:

For more information contact hello@bmfoodcoop.org.au and we will send you a directors nomination kit.

Read The Rules of the Co-op here.

Directors

Georgia Page – Chair

Georgia is an actor and teaching artist and runs a successful local business, Blue Mountains Drama. She joined the Co-op board at the 2008 AGM and has been Chair of the board since February 2010.

Georgia has a strong rapport with staff and directors and extensive knowledge of the Co-op’s operations and recent history. During her time on the board, the Co-op has worked through and resolved some significant communication issues, addressed its operations to ensure that staff and directors are supported in their roles, created and filled the Co-op Manager and Marketing and Community Education Manager roles, opened the second shop and enjoyed a strong period of financial and social stability.

Georgia’s experience as an actor and teacher gives her strong communication and listening skills along with organisational and strategic thinking skills. One of the strengths she brings to the board is the ability to facilitate open and focused discussions that encourage robust debate and generally come to clear and unified decisions.

Georgia is passionate about supporting the Co-op as a wonderful resource for our community, believes strongly in the Co-op’s mission and aims, and enjoys the challenges and surprises being a Director throws her way. Her goal is to see the Co-op continue to grow as a successful and healthy co-operative and a gathering place for our community.

Narelle Wilson

Narelle became environmentally aware in the late 80’s, back then it was challenging taking your own containers and difficult to source organic produce. She moved to Katoomba in 96, embraced the Co-op, a shopping dream come true and first became a director in 97. Her life is enriched by growing hundreds of kilos of food annually with help from her partner, their pet pigs and chickens. Currently Narelle is the Co-op’s BAS Agent (governed by the Tax Practitioners Board) reporting to Halin the Co-op’s manager. On a monthly basis, she reports to the ATO, prepares adjusting account journals and provides the board with financial statements.

Sonya Byron – Secretary & Staff Representative

Sonya holds the staff board position. In her past life Sonya was a farmer in the US so supporting local growers and encouraging sustainability is a matter close to her heart.

Sonya is a Naturopath who is working towards establishing her own practice. She loves being a part of an organisation that provides fresh and healthy produce to our community.

Louise O’Halloran – Treasurer

Until 2018 Lou was an independent adviser on environmental, social and community investment, sustainable finance and philanthropy- most recently for Bendigo Bank and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.

Lou has a BA in with a major in journalism, an MBA (philosophy and ethics) and has devoted three years to a PhD in responsible investment. She is a Governor of WWF.

She has experience in management roles in top level arts organisations and has extensive experience on boards.

 

 

Rowan Druce

Rowan was born and raised in the Blue Mountains. He loves its wild places and wholehearted community.

He has worked as a team leader in big industry but has now returned home to live a life devoted to sustainability. He has built his own eco-home and permaculture garden and is now retraining to be a Psychologist.

He believes the Co-op is a cornerstone of the Blue Mountain’s community and hopes to serve the organisation that contributes so much to life in the mountains.

Ursula King

It all started with green bread, thanks to the sprouts Ursula’s folks grew on the kitchen sill. Whole foods have been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.

After a decade in community development, Ursula became a medical doctor, with side hustles in academia and service sector consultancy. She made the Blue Mountains home in the early 1990’s. A professional facilitator, with a masters and PhD in public health, Ursula is also an experienced not-for-profit board director.

She currently co-leads an Australian National University sustainability collaboration that researches food provisioning systems, particularly community-led sustainability initiatives, offering co-benefits for planet and people.

Luke Reeves

Luke is a barrister, and is secretary and director of Edmund Barton Chambers, a barristers’ cooperative. Prior to being called to the Bar, Luke worked as an editor, graphic designer and studio manager in tertiary education institutions. Over the past 20 years, Luke has called Glenbrook, Warrimoo, Springwood and Hazelbrook home, and feels that now he is about halfway up the mountain and halfway to being a local! Luke is keen to serve on the Board of the Co-op, a thriving organisation that offers locals and visitors a community-led good food shopping alternative.