Meet the team

Michelle Murphy MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Michelle has over 25 years’ experience leading innovation and development in the not-for-profit sector (including across family services, women’s health and family violence services). She holds a Master of Business Administration and has highly developed skills in leadership, community engagement, program design, strategy and operations. Michelle is a proud Bendigonian and is excited to be leading Bendigo Foodshare; helping get food to those who need it, while leading exciting initiatives for social change that lead to more resilient families and stronger communities.

Contact: ceo@bendigofoodshare.org.au

Bridget Bentley

Community Engagement Manager

After managing Bendigo Foodshare for two years during the pandemic and at a time of growth for the organisation, Bridget now has a focus on leading the development and expansion of community programs to increase food skills, particularly in vulnerable communities. Bridget has extensive knowledge and experience in food systems, holding a Bachelor of Agriculture and 17 years of experience in the agricultural, natural resource management, sustainability and emergency management sectors, across disciplines including social and market research, behaviour change, stakeholder engagement, marketing and business strategy, and project management. With a focus on collaboration and extensive connections across Central Victoria, Bridget has successfully developed and implemented innovative local solutions to building food security that involve a broad cross-section of the community.

Contact: manager@bendigofoodshare.org.au

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.

Contact: warehouse@bendigofoodshare.org.au

Sam Kane

Youth Project Officer

Sam is our Youth Projects Officer and oversees our school and youth engagement programs. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Melbourne and has worked across numerous fields including the not-for-profit sector, media, government and education. He is a former City of Greater Bendigo Young Citizen of the Year and holds several community leadership positions. Sam believes in the power of everyday people coming together to make a positive impact in our world, and is passionate about Bendigo Foodshare’s work in tackling food insecurity at a grassroots level through innovative community programs.

Contact: youth@bendigofoodshare.org.au

Kathy Bowe

Accounts

Kathy is a new member of the Bendigo Foodshare team and within the short time she has been there she has been drawn by the enthusiasm and excitement of the organisation. She has worked in the corporate world in roles from Office Manager, Accounts, PA, Bookkeeper and Payroll for many years.  She is married to a business owner and has 4 adult children with the last bird to leave the nest in the next 12 months. Kathy is looking forward to sharing the drive and passion of a much needed resource.

Contact: accounts@bendigofoodshare.org.au

Joe Deane

Admin Officer

Joe started volunteering with Bendigo Foodshare in early 2022 as a way to connect and contribute to his new community after moving to Bendigo from his home town in Tasmania. Recognising his many talents, Joe was brought onto the team as a Business Trainee through West Vic and studies locally at TAFE.  Through the 12 month traineeship, Joe will be immersed across many areas of Bendigo Foodshare’s food relief and community programs work.

Contact: info@bendigofoodshare.org.au

Emma Bourke

Marketing and Fundraising Officer

Emma has more than 15 years experience as a media and communications specialist, working for local government, state government and a large national charity. Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations), and is highly skilled in media relations, community engagement and crisis communication, bringing a broad range of experience delivering awareness and fundraising campaigns.  When she’s not leading our Marketing and Fundraising efforts, you’ll find her giving back to her own local community – on the committee of the Bendigo Community Toy Library and as President of her children’s local kindergarten.

Contact: communications@bendigofoodshare.org.au