Board & Governance

The Board

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 of Directors is a group as diverse and knowledgeable as the Bower’s members, and many have a long standing history with the co-op. The Board is elected annually by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Below is the bios of individual board members, and board meeting minutes. The board can be contacted via The Bower’s General Manager.

The Bower’s board of directors

Michelle Sheather – Board Chair

Michelle has been the Australian Greens International Development Coordinator for four years. She has worked on all continents on environmental, human rights, and disarmament initiatives for 30+ years in the international and Australian NGO community.  She has been a previous Campaigns Director for Greenpeace International in the Netherlands with 35 global project; and coordinated their priority campaign projects and field expeditions in remote areas such as the Norwegian Arctic and French nuclear test site in the South Pacific. Michelle worked for Amnesty International on issues relating to Africa and setting up AI’s Crisis Response Unit on large-scale human rights issues such as Rwanda massacres and Chechnya. She worked with the Australia Tibet Council and International Tibet Network; Greenpeace Australia Pacific; Africa Pacific P/L, and the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement. She has worked on numerous UN Conferences and treaties; and run global training programs. Michelle is also a permaculturist and permaculture teacher.

Tony Turri – Treasurer

Tony is an accountant of 30+ years with extensive experience in the commercial sector, holding various middle and senior management roles with responsibilities over finance, property administration and operations across FMCG, Manufacturing and Service industries. Tony is a JP, a Fellow Member of the CPA, a fellow member of the institute of Public Accountants and is the company director & secretary for the local operations of a global NY stock exchange listed company. Tony is committed to environmental sustainability and sees his involvement with The Bower as a practical way he can contribute to social and environmental sustainability of the community.

Helen Cooper – Secretary

Helen is a lawyer who specialises in court advocacy on public interest issues with a focus to changing and improving policies and institutions to improve the health and welfare of the public, and in particular to disadvantaged communities. As a solicitor with Legal Aid NSW, Helen has experience in reading and interpreting legislation, case law, understanding legal rights, analytical thinking and strategic argument. Helen has a passion for the environment and sees her involvement with the Bower as an opportunity to use her legal skills to assist The Bower advocate for systemic change in growing the circular economy.

Margy Vary

Secretary Margy brings to The Bower 11 years’ experience helping to run businesses in Australia, with a focus on developing the business plan and vision and building and growing a loyal customer base from a start-up situation. Her work at Guardian Australia provides us with a sound knowledge of local media, a deeper understanding of creating financial sustainable businesses with a purpose driven agenda, a connection with a network of sustainability organisations and an understanding of digital fundraising for a cause-related organisation.

Linda O’Malley

Linda O’Malley has over ten years of experience in developing stakeholder engagement strategies with not for profit organisations. She has worked on large scale projects and events that serve to cultivate audience relationships and generate long term philanthropic and in-kind support for prominent institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the University of Sydney. Linda has previously led fundraising initiatives in a volunteer capacity with other community groups.

Judy Foster

Judy is the National Membership Director at Philanthropy Australia, for whom she has previously held roles at a state level. She has nine years’ experience working in the philanthropic sector, with a specialised focus on structured giving. In her role, Judy looks after a broad range of stakeholder relationships at both State and Federal Government levels as well as member relationships including trusts, foundations, organisations, families, individual donors, professional advisers, intermediaries, corporates and not-for-profit organisations. Judy is a certified member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a fellow of the Sydney School for Social Entrepreneurs and a holds a Post Graduate certificate in Social Impact with the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW.

The Bower Governance Documents

Board meeting minutes