Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation

Board of Directors

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The Echuca-Moama Beacon Foundation is unique to every other Beacon arrangement in Australia; we have a Board of Management that facilitates the Beacon events into our local schools with the assistance of a project manager from CCLLEN. The Board of Management is made up of business professionals, school representatives and interested members of the community. They are:



Sue Turner (Chairperson) - Company Director, Wesue Group, Group Training Specialists, Echuca
Sue has been a board member since 2011 and is currently pursuing a dream career change, studying a Diploma of Nursing. She has previously delivered training in the local area and more recently at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre (KCLC). Sue sees the importance and value in creating positive opportunities for young people to successfully transition from secondary education into a meaningful career pathway




Mark Thomson (Treasurer) - Associate, Lockwood Partners, Echuca
Mark has been a Beacon Board member since 2003, and offers excellent financial and tax expertise. Mark has been an employee, Director and Associate of Lockwood Partners Chartered Accountants for 25 years and is involved with other community based organisations.



Tod Collins - Travel Consultant, Echuca
Tod has been a Board member since the inception of Beacon in Echuca Moama. He leads The Sponsorship arm of the Board and also assists with his extensive knowledge and connections to local businesses and community groups.


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Simon Wood – Acting Principal, Echuca College, Echuca
Simon is the Acting Principal of Echuca College. He has a strong careers and pathways background; as an Assistant Principal at his previous school he managed the Pathways Team and oversaw the transition of all students into, within and beyond the college. Echuca College has ‘Diversity Our Strength’ as its motto and we are proud that we provide a comprehensive curriculum for our students. Beacon plays an important role in supporting our vocational learning at the College and helping us to prepare our students today for tomorrow’s world.



Jaime Lake - Proprietor, Work Locker, Echuca
Jaime has been a board member since 2011 with a sound understanding of the Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Industry. Jaime is the proud owner of a Family owned and operated business -  Work Locker (Previously known as Numanz Embroidery). Work Locker has built a decade-long reputation based on outstanding personalised service, first-class products and an unwavering commitment to supporting our local community.


Adam Prime, Leadership Team, St. Joseph's College, Echuca
Adam has been teaching for 25 years and has moved from the Yarra Valley To Northern Victoria with his Wife Jevaise 7 Years ago. Now teaching at St Joseph’s and a member of the Leadership team, Adams focus is on enrichment and inclusion

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Matt Brown - Moama Anglican Grammar School, Moama
Matt is a former Army Officer and Adjunct History academic with Central Queensland University. New to the Moama-Echuca area, Matt is currently a Tertiary Supervisor with Newcastle University and serves as Year 9 Year Level Coordinator and HSC Modern History teacher at Moama Anglican Grammar School. Having already been impressed with the strong and vibrant community spirit in the area, Matt is looking forward to helping local young people achieve their potential through the Beacon Foundation programme.


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Peter Nelson - Principal, River City Christian College, Echuca
Appointed to this role in mid-2016, Peter has been Principal in two other Christian schools, worked with young people in various settings plus had an earlier career in the manufacturing industry. Soon after arriving in Echuca he recognised the significant value in the work The Echuca-Moama Beacon Foundation was doing for young people in the region and in the bringing of local schools together, so was keen to begin having River City Christian College students involved In 2017, becoming a member of Beacon in 2018.


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Paul Marshall - Echuca Specialist School
Paul Marshall is the Principal of Echuca Specialist School. Paul has been Principal of the school for six years; however, he has worked in the education & disability field for the past twenty-five years. The vision of the school is to provide inclusive & engaging learning that empowers all students for life. The school community is now preparing for a new building to be erected next door to Echuca Twin Rivers. The schools will be co-located & will work together to provide an inclusive learning environment for students. It is the first time the school has been included in the Beacon Program & the entire school community is excited to be invovled.


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Karen Hagan

I moved to Echuca in 1992, and have worked within the Community Services and adult / early school leaver education sphere for over 30 years in a variety of roles. Most recent as General Manager of Campaspe College of Adult Education (CCAE). I offer my expertise in post-school training opportunities for Beacon students and early school leavers. I am passionate that every student has the opportunity to build their confidence and skills, and to access relevant support services that will enhance their career and employment prospects.



Mia Oberin - Moama Anglican Grammar
I joined the Beacon Foundation as a board member at the start of 2020. I have been an advocate for the program since I first experienced the Beacon program as a leader for Moama Anglican Grammar in Year 9.  I graduated from Moama Anglican Grammar last year in 2019 and am currently employed as the PE trainee for the school during my gap year. I am also an active member of the Campaspe Shire Youth Advisory Group, a project which I have been a part of since its inception. I am passionate about working with the community, for the community. Next year, I have endeavours to study International Security Studies and Law at the Australian National University in Canberra. 



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