Our Team

Board of Directors

As a registered charity and public foundation, we are governed by a board of directors. Our directors are all respected members of the Southern Highlands community who generously donate their time to assist with the governance of the foundation.

Hugh Mackay - AO


Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author of 19 books, including The Good Life, The Art of Belonging and his latest, Australia Reimagined. Hugh resided in the Southern Highlands for many years and serves as the patron of the Southern Highlands Foundation.

Shelley Boyce - OAM


Shelley Boyce - JP, PHF, moved to the Southern Highlands in 1979 with her husband Philip, where they have lived, worked and raised their five children. Through her work as a legal administrator and her extensive work in Community Philanthropy and volunteering, she has had association with countless members of the community, government, local authorities and agencies in the Southern Highlands.

Michael (Mike) Walker


With a background in mathematical statistics, Mike initially worked in the field of operations research in the public and private sectors, specialising in optimisation of distribution systems. He later held senior marketing and management roles in the paint industry and the banking industry. In 1984, he commenced his own management consulting practice, specialising in industrial market research, marketing and business planning. He has consulted to a wide range of clients in markets across Australia and New Zealand.

Jim McAlpine - AM


Jim has been a resident of the Southern Highlands since 2001. He has been a teacher, a high school principal of two very different schools, a leader of his profession as President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council and Deputy President of the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association, and an education consultant since failing his retirement.

Jennifer Bott - AO


Jennifer Bott AO is an experienced mentor, arts manager, board member and consultant. She is currently Chairman of the Bundanon Trust and is a Board member of the Australian Museum, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute. Jenny’s career has been in all aspects of the arts, philanthropy and international student exchange.

Peter Barge


After 20 years living and working overseas, Peter Barge returned home to Australia in July 2010. During this period he lived in New York and Singapore twice and Chicago once. His most recent full time role was as Asia Pacific’s CEO/Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle where he oversaw 20,000 staff spread across 60 Asia Pacific offices and 13 countries. Peter has held CEO and leadership positions in the Property, Hotel and Tourism, Education and Technology sectors.

Annabel White


Annabel moved to Berrima in the Southern Highlands in 2012. Annabel has extensive experience in the philanthropic and not for profit sectors in Australia and is a keen supporter of grassroots initiatives. Annabel is passionate about working together with other community organisations, individuals and government, leveraging support to create what is needed for flourishing communities. Prior to her career in philanthropy, Annabel worked in publishing and the media.

David Allen


David is the Practice Manager and a Principal of Haille Paine solicitors in Bowral. David moved to the Southern Highlands in 2007, practicing as a sole practitioner for 10 years, before joining Haille Paine in 2017. David is the President of the Berrima District Law Society, a member of the Highlands Business Circle and also the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Nicole Smith


With a degree in communication, and a sub-major in sociology and PR, Nicole takes a research-driven approach to marketing and business strategy. She acts as a strategic advisor to a select number of clients. At the heart of Nicole’s approach is a strong belief in supporting business to “do well by doing good”.

Bridget Cosyn

Community Liaison and Administration

Bridget is a business women who has lived in the Southern Highlands for over 30 years. Originally having a hospitality and event management background, Bridget become involved with vocational training and education. As a member of Berrima Rotary Bridget sits on the District committee for Rotary Youth Leadership. Bridget is a member of Institute of Community Directors.

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