The Board

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

The Board

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Bob Bellhouse

Bob has held positions in the education and community sectors. He has authored educational books, published in Australia and overseas. He is currently a Director of a publishing and consultancy company specialising in education. Bob lives in Queenscliff and has two children.

Paulin

Paulin Walter

Paulin served the Cottage community for 22 years in a part time capacity as the founding General Manager for 7 years, then as Finance and Resources Manager for another 15 years.  She was invited to join the Board following retirement in 2016 as a member of staff and is delighted to continue supporting the Cottage team in this new role.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.