Our Board

Cathie Steele, Chair

B BScApp (Physio), MSc, MBus

Cathie has more than 30 years of experience in the health sector, clinical service, and management. She has been a Clinical Associate Professor with Melbourne and Monash Universities and has served on a variety of boards in the health and research sectors. Cathie also led the successful establishment of the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health in Melbourne

Peter Goffin, Secretary


Peter is an experienced General Counsel and Company Secretary with a strong focus on corporate governance. He is currently employed by Australian Medical Association (Victoria) and in his recent career, has held positions with World Vision Australia and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. He has worked overseas previously as a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International in Fiji and Tonga and is currently undertaking a remote assignment with Fiji Cancer Society. Peter has lived in Bendigo since 1996. He is an experienced Board member on local not for profit organisations and undertakes various pro bono legal work and other local volunteer roles including with the Bendigo Winter Night Shelter.

Steven Abbott

Steven Abbott is a forward-thinking leader with expertise in all aspects of corporate governance, social infrastructure, urban planning, policy development, and stakeholder engagement.
He joined the board in 2021 bringing extensive public sector experience across local and state government. Steven also brings experience in the development of small businesses, community organisations and residential and commercial property development.
Steven enjoys engaging with people to understand community needs and aspirations, supporting fit-for-purpose and equitable services in varied situations, and leading change that delivers tangible positive outcomes within the community.

Helen Musk

T.P.T.C., Grad Dip Spec Ed., M. Ed

Helen Musk joined the board in 2018 after many years working with organisations working with refugee and migrant families in Bendigo. Helen trained as a teacher but worked as a regional officer until retirement when she began a new career in medical education. She was the original Executive Officer for the consortium that developed training for the region’s GPs. Later, she trained interns and overseas doctors for the hospital. She is committed to developing healthy and sustainable food options for people in need.

Margaret Keech OAM

BScApp (Physio), GradDip SpSc

Margaret Keech joined the Board in 2019, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the health, sporting and community sectors. A retired physiotherapist, working in the public and private sectors, Margaret has worked with sportspeople across Australia and is currently the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Bendigo Academy of Sport. Margaret’s not for profit sector committee experience includes much committee work at Girton Grammar in the past, including President of the Parents & Friends Association; is a Leader of both youth and adults locally in the 1st Strathfieldsaye Scout Group, Bendigo District Scouts, as well as at a State level. Margaret greatly enjoys her role as manager for the Forever Young Rock Choir and also sits on the Board of the Ulumbarra Foundation. Margaret is also an active member of Dragons Abreast Bendigo.

Sue Clarke AM

FAICD, ANZSoG Fellow, Grad Dip (Business),Grad Dip (Social Science CD)

Sue has held senior positions in health and community services for over 40 years including community health, local government, state government and the private sector. Sue’s experience extends across primary healthcare, philanthropy, governance and community engagement. She has a strong interest and experience in clinical governance and consumer and community engagement. Sue has previously held Board Director positions with Bendigo Health, Murray PHN, Ambulance Victoria, and was the Chair of Loddon Mallee Housing t/as Haven; Home Safe, and Patron of the Community Foundation for Bendigo and Central Victoria.   Sue joined the Board of Bendigo United Friendly Societies Pharmacies Ltd in July 2019 and Central Victorian United Friendly Society Limited in September 2019 and is the Chair of the Quality, Safety and Risk Committee and a member of the Member and Community Committee.

Paul Somerville


Paul has had over 30 years’ experience working as a Chartered Accountant in public practice, industry and the
not for profit sector. Paul is the Chair of Amicus Community Services and is the Chief Financial Office of Haven; Home, Safe
and has had extensive experience in the areas of corporate governance, financial strategy and the not for profit sector generally.
Paul is an advocate for community based organisations being locally governed and responsive to the needs of the communities that
they serve.

Our Staff

Bridget Bentley


Bridget’s passion for food security and her care for community inspire and drive her to create innovative grassroots community initiatives and stakeholder partnerships that are action focused, empowering and engaging to benefit the community and to meet Bendigo Foodshare’s objectives and values.

Annie Constable

Warehouse Coordinator

Annie was a contract bookkeeper before commencing at Bendigo Foodshare, with 25 years of experience gathered across a diverse range of fields, including accounting, allied health, beauty, and construction. Looking to reengage with the community after a break from work, she began volunteering. Bendigo Foodshare has given her a purpose and an opportunity to contribute back to the community, first as a volunteer and now, as our warehouse coordinator. This role has provided her with some of the most stimulating challenges of her working life and has been her most rewarding endeavour so far.

Jessica Elsley

Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Specialist

Jess joined the team in March 2021 to manage Bendigo Foodshare’s fundraising and marketing efforts. With a background in the media and marketing landscape, and having run Give Me 5 for Kids for a number of years, Jess was excited to further develop her skills with Bendigo Foodshare. She has been running the Mission Possible campaign to help Bendigo Foodshare find a new home and is excited to see this project succeed. Jess has a passion for helping others so when the opportunity arose to be part of the team, she simply had to take it!

Nicole Porter

Grow a Row, Pick a Branch Coordinator

Nicole coordinates our Grow a Row, Pick a Branch project. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Photography a Diploma in Sustainability, and a Certificate in Workplace Training and assessment, putting her in the perfect position to inspire and teach others to grow their own food. Outside of Bendigo Foodshare, Nicole has been working for both the North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Environment Protection Authority, while also running Bendigo Community Fruit.

Sam Kane

Project Officer – YouFoods

In January 2019 Sam joined the Bendigo Foodshare team as the organisation’s Youth Ambassador, and has since become our Project Officer of YouFoods. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts, is a former City of Greater Bendigo Young Citizen of the Year and holds several community advisory positions. Sam is passionate about Bendigo Foodshare’s work in fighting food poverty, and making sure everyone, especially young people, has access to fresh, healthy food. Sam believes in the power of everyday people coming together to make a positive difference in our world.

Amy Sattler

Community Services Coordinator

Amy recently joined the team as our Community Services Coordinator. She has come from McAuley Community Services for Women in Footscray, which is an organisation supporting women and children who have experienced family violence and/or homelessness. Here she developed and ran their Food for Life program, which grew and fostered skills in growing and cooking food for the women and children in the service. Amy has joined us to lead our community-based projects, including YouFoods, Grow a Row and Cafes for Covid. She will help us to develop our new enterprises within our new community food hub, including the social supermarket, café, kitchen and food garden.