The Board


We are a children's charity located in Queenscliff, Victoria

Cottage Board Members

Cottage by the Sea has a Board of Management who oversee the operations. All of the members kindly volunteer their time, skills and knowledge to help steer the organisation in the right direction.

dennis smart

Dennis Smart - President

Dennis has an honours degree in Chemical Engineering Science and throughout his career gained technical, engineering, production and marketing experience, with the last 30 years as a Managing Director of the Woods Auto Group. Now retired, Dennis and his wife Sue are spending more time involved with their 5 young grandchildren, travelling and enjoying their Queenscliff beach house and the local community. 

Narelle Board

Narelle Sketcher - Vice President

Narelle is the Principal of an independent school with over 25 years of experience in the education sector. She has two children and has strong family links with the Cottage. Her grandparents retired to Queenscliff in the early 1980s and became involved in the Cottage. They established the successful Annual Fete. Her grandmother served as the President of the Queenscliff Branch. 

don rankin

Don Rankin - Treasurer

Don is a chartered accountant and founding partner at a middle market specialist accounting firm, Pitcher Partners and is also chair of the Pitcher Partners National Association. He is a business advisor to middle market businesses and sits on the Advisory Boards of a number of private family businesses. Don and his wife Megan have had a house at Pt Lonsdale for 30 years and spend as much time as possible there. 

Scott Chapman

Scott Chapman

Scott has held chief executive, senior leadership and board positions in the private, public and not for profit sectors over many years during his exciting professional and voluntary career. Scott has been with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria since 2010 and holds the position of Chief Executive. .  Scott currently holds the position of Chairman for Doutta Galla Aged Services, is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and heads the Committee for Melbourne Not for Profit Taskforce. He also sits on the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board.


Amanda Cordner

Amanda is the Founder and Director of Sea Salt Marketing and has more than a decade of experience in the industry. Throughout her career she's had a number of senior marketing roles and has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and Diploma of Digital Marketing. Amanda grew up in Point Lonsdale and visits every other weekend, so the Cottage has a special place in her heart.  


Natalie Hickey

Natalie is a barrister at the Victorian Bar specialising in commercial law and intellectual property. She was formerly the partner of an international law firm. On the Cottage Board for over 16 years, Natalie is delighted to give something back to a community that means a great deal to her. She is an ‘alumni’ of Pt Lonsdale Primary School. 

Michael Randall Board

Michael Randall OAM

Michael has been in the securities industry for over 30 years. Michael is a founding Director of the Financial Services Foundation which has helped raise substantial funds for children’s charities, with the Cottage as a major beneficiary. He is married to Nikki Coghill and they have two daughters. Michael has been on the Cottage Board since 1996. 


Jerome Walsh

Jerome is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of FINSIA with over 20 years in the finance industry. He has experience in leveraged and corporate financing across a variety of industries and currently working in Corporate Banking with National Australia Bank. Jerome is married to Alison and has two children.

David Wells

David Wells

David has extensive senior management experience in the food, wine and financial industries, both in Australia and overseas. He is a Founding Executive Director of Falcon Corporate Advisory Ltd, and Chairman of Hyde Park Great Western Vineyard Ltd. He has been on the Cottage Board since 1998.