The Board of the DBF is made of entirely of volunteers with a broad range of skills and life experience. Providing governance and strategic guidance to ensure the ongoing success and prosperity of the Foundation is critical to ensure that the good work undertaken by the Foundation continues for many decades to come.
In addition to this the Board have a hands-on role in fundraising, communications to supporters, educators and other key stakeholders. One of the most important roles performed by the Board is the task of mentoring students.
Mark Burgess - Chairman
I have been fortunate to be on the Foundation Board since returning from overseas in 2008. It has been incredible to see the number of students who have progressed and been helped by the foundation both financially and through mentoring. Having made great sacrifice, shown personal courage and drive to achieve entry to University, their desire to succeed in life from difficult circumstances is inspiring to all of us.
Each year in many ways I hope that we do not have as many applications as we do, as it represents the need in the community, but the Foundation is a least able to support some outstanding students to achieve their goals and improve their circumstances.
I was privileged join the DBF Board of Management at its inception. To have the opportunity to not only represent the next generation of the Burgess Family as David’s eldest son but to work alongside some extraordinary friends and business colleagues of David was particularly humbling.
I am currently the Chairman of the Board having taken over from the inaugural Chairman Kath Watson in 2001 who led the DBF with great distinction and foresight. It is an honour and life changing experience to work with such a dedicated group of volunteers and to be able to assist inspirational young Australians to build a future for themselves.
The Foundation started out as a fitting way to honour the memory of our father who contributed tremendously to society. The focus very quickly shifted to the students. I think all of us involved since the inception of the DBF have been surprised, humbled and incredibly impressed by the resilience, courage and strength of the many fabulous young Australians we've had the honour to assist. This Foundation is unique and provides a very important role in giving needy students an all important leg up in life. It's an honour to be a part of it.
I've been on The Board since the inception of the Foundation and it's been a privilege to have helped so many wonderful young people to achieve what they may not have been able to do otherwise. I only wish we could help more students as there are so many more who deserve that chance..
We are constantly overwhelmed by the great hardship and unimaginable difficulties that many young people grow up having to face … and we are constantly in awe of the resilience, determination and generosity of spirit these students show in their triumph over adversity.It is nothing short of inspiring. What an honour is has been to be involved with the DBF throughout its journey and great privilege it is to support our scholarship winners as they embark upon their own
I have been fortunate enough to be closely associated with the Burgess family for over 40 years, and when I was invited to join the Foundation I didn't hesitate. Being a Board member, and especially a mentor, allows me to use my experience in education and life in a meaningful and positive way..
I've have been on the Board for four years and I am constantly encouraged by the resilience of the applications through the stories they tell of their life journey to the last year of secondary schooling. I am also impressed by the commitment of their teachers who have supported them and encouraged them to look beyond their adversities and aim for their future.
I have been on the Board for 20 years and have been involved in the interviewing process for all of this time, first as one of the panel and for the past twelve years leading the panel. I've enjoyed interviewing and meeting many wonderful students over this time. My husband was a work colleague and friend of David Burgess for a number of decades.
I have been on the Board of the DBF since its inception. Each year I never cease to be both saddened and impressed by the applications submitted: saddened to realise that so many young people are faced with such complex and disturbing difficulties while completing their VCE, and impressed by the resilience, sheer determination and concern for others they demonstrate while endeavouring to overcome these. It is an honour to be trusted with their stories.
I have followed and supported the DBF since its inception and was delighted to formally join the Board in 2009. I am constantly moved by the stories of the kids applying for our scholarship, and are thrilled to be able to help them achieve their future goals in some way.
Robert Goodridge (Equity Trustees representative)
Robert's current role at EquityTrustees is that of Senior Client Manager which encompasses key client relationships with many large, wholesale not-for-profits, charitable foundation co-trustees and advisory panels, and private clients.
His has held previous roles within ANZ Trustees include constructing investment portfolios for clients, co-managing Common Funds, performance analytics and preparing quarterly investment reports. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Pure and Applied Mathematics, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and a Diploma of Financial Services.
Lori Andrews (Box Hill TAFE representative)
I have been on the Board of Management as a representative of Box Hill TAFE since 2009. I am a Social Worker and value Social Justice principles. I am immensely proud of the David Burgess Foundation and their commitment and support of young people in pursuit of their education.
The DBF gives young people, regardless of their circumstances, hope for the future helping them pursue their aspirations and achieve their goals. I have been impressed by The Foundation’s work in providing the necessary practical assistance and the much needed emotional / social support to keep young people engaged.
I joined The David Burgess Foundation five years ago.
I really appreciate the opportunity to meet with and, through mentorship, include TDBF awardees as significant young people in my life. It is most rewarding to know that my experience can offer some small support to the early adult life of these inspirational young adults as they search to define their journey forward.
The determination and courage that all of the scholarship winners exhibit is truly amazing, not to mention the many other students who easily could have been awarded scholarships. Assisting the DBF over the past decade has been and is such a privilege and a great opportunity to support these young people take the next step in their lives.
Late last year (2012) I was honoured to be asked to join the DBF Board. I am Grandpa Burge’s eldest grandchild and am privileged to be the first of the third generation of Burgess’s to have a formal role in the Foundation. I was only three months old when he passed away but have been helping both Granny and my Dad with Foundation tasks since I was young. Being in my early 20’s I am looking forward to providing a ‘younger’ view to the Board and being able to help as many students as I can with the rigors of University which I am currently dealing with myself.