Our Team

RICHARD MEREDITH

Chairman

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Richard has been in governance as a board director and a specialist committee member with not for profit organisations, tourism and arts organisations and SMEs for more than 25 years, most recently with the Alternative Technology Association, Valley of the Arts Tourism Association and Good Shepherd Youth and Family.

In an eclectic career he has worked variously as a small business owner and marketing and public relations executive, editor and journalist, educator and facilitator and as a creative practitioner and theatre director.

 

LESLEY PORTER

CEO, Director and Youth Worker

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Qualifications: Diploma Horticulture, Cert IV in Youth Work, Cert IV Training and Assessment

Lesley opened The Good Life Farm in Chum Creek in 2005. She is strongly committed to educating people on environmental, social and life skill programs, as well as the benefits of animals interacting with at-risk youth, special needs, and celebrating all differences.

In 2012, Lesley received the Pride of Australia Medal in recognition of her work.

 

TENNILLE PORTER

Director and Youth Worker

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychological Science (honours), currently undertaking Masters in Professional Psychology

Tennille completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science (honours) in 2014 and has now commenced her postgraduate studies in a Masters of Professional Psychology with a passion for working with children and youth.

Her experiences outside of psychological studies include equestrian performance and environmental care.

Tennille shares The Good Life Farm’s vision for improving the health and wellbeing of youth through social engagement and animal care.

 

SHANNON WIGHT

Director

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Nursing & Graduate Diploma Critical Care, Critical Care Nursing

Shannon is Operations Director/ Director of Nursing Kingston Centre & Satellites, Monash Health. She is a passionate advocate for quality patient care and works with a focus to engage and empower nurses and provide them with a sense of self-worth and professional value.
 

FRANK DIXON

Director

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Frank Dixon has worked closely with local communities in senior local government roles for more than 30 years. His most recent positions were Chief Executive Officer at Maroondah City Council and Launceston City Council.

Frank has received recognition for his efforts to support disadvantaged people in their development and played a key role in the establishment of the Hume Global Learning Village.

 

PRUDENCE DAVIE

Director

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Hons), currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Pru is a consultant and soon-to-be lawyer, with a strong passion for helping disadvantaged and underrepresented groups within our community. She has been working with The Good Life Farm since late 2016 and is determined to help the Good Life Farm achieve its potential and help as many at-risk young people as possible.