Board & Governance

2022 Governance Documents

The Bower 2022 Annual Report

The Bower 2021 AGM Minutes

Bower 2022 Audited Financial Report

Bower Strategic Plan 2022-27 – Annual review October 2022

Proxy Voting Form 2022

Member Director Nominations – Gaurav Kumar Sharma, Shane Orion Wiechnik, Michelle Sheather (renominating), Catherine Dai

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.

The Bower’s Current Board of Directors

Michelle Sheather – Member Director

Michelle Sheather works in International Development Coordination and has worked on all continents, focusing on environmental and human rights and disarmament initiatives for 30+ years in the international and Australian NGO community. Previously, Michelle held the role of 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 has worked on numerous UN Conferences and treaties; and run global training programs. Michelle is also a permaculturist and permaculture teacher.

Gaurav Kumar Sharma – Secretary

Gaurav is a CPA and works as a Sr. Finance Manager and Business partner for Commercial and Operations matters with over 15 years of experience in the US and Europe listed companies.  His career has been characterized by successfully integrating business and financial requirements during business modernization and process transformation. His passion is continuous improvement and creating a better working environment as well as implementing reuse and recycling, which utilises items to their full potential.

Catherine Dai – Treasurer

Catherine is a highly effective global principal with deep experience across financial service, management consulting, maritime and manufacturing industries. Catherine has held senior leadership roles in both for profit and not-for-profit organisations, driving change and building high-performing teams. Catherine holds a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and a fellow of the CPA.

Angus MacGregor – Independent Director

After emigrating from Scotland in 1995, Angus has had a distinguished career in publishing and online media as a business development and marketing leader. After a four-year stint on the Australian Financial Review, he led the highly successful launch of Money Magazine in 2000 and was launch Advertising director for Wish magazine in 2007, before moving to Perth as Sales Director for the Sunday Times Newspaper. On returning to Sydney, he held Senior Marketing and Business development roles in the online advertising and auctions space for Adstream and Invaluable. Angus has a passionate interest in social equity and environmental issues, and the positive role that business can play in building and strengthening communities.

Rose Dravitzki – Member Director

Rose is a lawyer who has broad commercial experience including across commercial transactions, real property and intellectual property. She graduated from law with honours, has been admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia and has recently completed a Graduate Certificate of Commerce at the University of Sydney. She has experience working with businesses across various industries developing and executing their growth strategies. She is currently Head of Legal Finance at Plenti where she works with hundreds of lawyers across Australia. Rose sees her involvement with the Bower as a way to help reduce wasteful purchasing and help people in need. 

Shane Wiechnik – Member Director

Shane Orion Wiechnik is a conservator/restorer of furniture and wooden artifacts, working on museum/heritage objects as well as pieces of personal significance in Sydney and internationally. He began his career in repair and restoration with the Bower in 2014, helping to establish its woodworking program, run repair cafes, and develop community education programs as their first Woodworks Manager. Since then he has received formal education in the Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects from West Dean College in Southern England, and worked with a variety of professionals around the world. In 2022, he completed a year-long research and development trip as a George Alexander Fellow, travelling across three continents to meet with, learn from, and work with people in the fields of repair, restoration, and conservation. He is very passionate about the important role that reuse and repair have in sustainable living and waste reduction, as well as the power of hands-on-engagement to enrich lives. 

Marcelle Psaila – Independent Director, Chairperson (acting)

Marcelle is a Senior Project Officer in the NSW Government with over 20 years’ experience working in waste, resource recovery and circular economy across local and state government, consultancy and not-for-profit sector in the UK and Australia. Her work has centred on supporting communities to manage waste and resources sustainably and she is passionate about transiting to a circular economy. Marcelle has a background in developing behaviour change campaigns, undertaking research, design and implementation of government programs, strategy, and policy.  Marcelle will support the Bower in its advocacy and community education role, helping to drive positive consumer choices while supporting those in need.

The Bower Governance Documents

2021 AGM

Annual Report 2020-2021

2021 Financial Report

2020 AGM Minutes

2020 AGM

Annual Report 2019-2020

2020 Financial Report

2019 AGM Minutes

2019 AGM

Annual Report 22018-2019

2019 Financial Report

2018 AGM Minutes

Planning Documents

Bower Strategic Plan 2022-27

Business Plan 2016-2021

Miscellaneous Documents

Bower Rules

Bower Conflict of Interest Policy

Co-Operatives Compliance Checklist

Governance for Good the ACNCs Guide for Charity Board Members

Board meeting minutes

Members may request access to minutes in writing addressed to the board. Members can also view or copy minutes at the Bower by appointment (please email the General Manager gm@bower.org.au to make an appointment to view meeting minutes or other Co-operative records).

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation who are the traditional custodians of this land and pay respect to Elders past, present and future and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people.