The Bower - Board Minutes
23 April (minutes to be approved and published at next board meeting)
19 March, 2013
12 March, 2013
19 February, 2013
2 February, 2012
Minutes of Board meetings generally will be published within 8 weeks of the date of the meeting. This allows time for the minutes to be approved at the subsequent Board meeting. Board meeting minutes can also be viewed or copied at The Bower by appointment (Please email
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The Bower Directors
As a co-operative and a not-for profit, The Bower is overseen by a group of Directors who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure the longevity of our environmental charity.
The Bower Board Directors are a group as diverse and knowledgeable as The Bower Membership Base, and many have a long standing history with the Co-op. The Board is elected annually by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
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Renowned cat whisperer, Bruce Diekman has been a Bower member for over a decade. Having worked in the environmental not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, he currently volunteers for a range of organizations specialising in administrative and member support, publications and data base management. Bruce also served on the board of Alfalfa House Food Co-operative from 2003-2006. On weekends, he still volunteers as a librarian in the Bower’s eco-library, which he helped set-up several years ago.
Oliver Bradshaw is an accomplished Senior Environmental Consultant working in the fields of solid waste management, pollution control and environmental regulatory policy. With a background in environmental law, business management and environmental management, Oliver brings a wealth of knowledge and industry understanding to the Bower. Oliver has held roles in solid waste and landfill management, pollution and contaminated lands management throughout his career and is currently focussed on implementation issues under Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism. Oliver holds membership with the Waste Management Association of Australia where he provides professional input and advice on a range of technical and regulatory matters for the solid waste industry.
As a cultural planner and creative educator, Amanda Buckland develops innovative and sustainable creative projects with communities. She has over twenty five years experience in forming private and public partnerships across local government, planning, education, health, environmental and not for profit sectors.
Amanda has a strong local government background - working in Cultural Development for four local councils and consulting on strategic planning and partnership projects with many others. As project manager of PLACE – Partners in Learning and Community Enterprise, she currently develops education and enterprise opportunities with diverse communities and agencies across Sydney. She also continues to consult to local government, Sydney Institute of TAFENSW, community and arts organisations on cultural planning, place making, arts management, strategic partnerships, educational initiatives and community enterprise development. Amanda is a passionate advocate for the power of creatively to engage people and transform communities.
My name is Thuy and I am the third longest serving employee with the Bower. I have been involved in environmental campaigns and social justice movements for over 15 years. In the last 5 years, I have actively supported my local and regional Co-op's; as a patron, member, volunteer and/or employee for Co-operatives such as Reverse Garbage Marrickville, Alfalfa House Organic Food Co-op, the Co-op Bookshop, the Blue Mountains Food Co-op and of course the Bower Re-use and Repair Co-op. I am also a founding member of The Social Threefolding Organisation, a group inspired and informed by the philosophical writings of Rudolph Steiner; initiator of Biodynamic farming, Waldorf or Steiner Education, and Anthroposophical treatments and medicine.
I am honored to have been nominated and elected onto The Bower Board of Directors by its active membership base. I would like to see a Bower Re-use and Repair Centre (replica or otherwise) in every neighbourhood and I support all and every type of Co-operative organisation or association established and maintained by the will of the people, to meet the needs of the people.
Robin Mead is a Customer Services Manager working in the field of healthcare quality management, and has particular interest in developmental processes for organisations of all types. With a degree in Business Studies (BSc Hons) and later a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations, after working in aviation Robin has spent his career in a range of roles in public health and also has experience in voluntary roles and committees. Robin supports the aims and ideals of the Bower and its people as a sustainable progressive cooperative with special capacity and contribution to improve community.