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 – 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.

Don Rankin – Vice President

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.

Jerome Walsh –

Treasurer

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.

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. Michael is also on the board of Variety Victoria which he has been for several years. He is married to Nikki Coghill and they have two daughters. Michael has been on the Cottage Board since 1996.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Priscilla Seyfort

Priscilla’s entire professional and academic life has focused on the wellbeing and interests of children.  She has the extensive practical and policy-related experience, particularly in relation to working with disadvantaged children and families, and considerable experience on not-for-profit boards.  Priscilla has a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Priscilla holidayed at Queenscliff as a child, and for 19 years she and her husband, Anthony, have owned a house at Queenscliff where they continue to enjoy holidays with their 4 now-adult children.

Adam Wake – Secretary

Adam is CEO of Cottage by the Sea. He has an extensive career in outdoor education as well as finance. He holds a law degree and has training in mental health first aid, childhood trauma, child protection and a range of professional studies. Adam lives on the Bellarine with his young family.