Kyeema is led by a voluntary Board of Management consisting of a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson and five Directors.

Cathi Bawden – Chair
Cathi has worked as an experienced partner to business leaders in identifying, designing and implementing people strategies to build capability, engagement and the bottom line. She was in corporate roles in Human Resource Management for 25 years in Melbourne and Sydney, including as Executive Director of HR at international law firm King & Wood Mallesons, before moving into an external consulting role. Cathi is also a certified coach through the Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership and is accredited in numerous leadership and management development tools.

She has been on the Board of Kyeema for 3 years and became Chairperson at the end of 2019.

John Keller – Deputy Chair
Born into a farming family in the Mallee, John trained as a Civil Engineer and in his career worked across 6 councils in Victoria in various roles, from engineer to senior management. He worked with the Glenelg Shire following his move to Portland with his family in the early 2000’s. His experience includes business management, contract management and finance.

John has been involved in a number of community organisations during his life. He has had a close association with Kyeema for many years, as both a Board Director for 7 years and a father to a Kyeema participant, so brings dual perspectives to his contribution to the organisation.


Di Burch – Director
Di worked for many years with the Education Department prior to her retirement and joined the Board of Kyeema in 2007. Her involvement with Kyeema goes back to the late 1970’s when she worked at Kyeema in the early days of its operations. She has a sister who attends Kyeema and is a strong advocate for all participants as well as her sister.

In 2019, Di was co-recipient of the Glenelg Shire Citizen of the Year Australia Day Award for her community work both in the Shire and internationally, as well as receiving an Australian Government National Volunteer Award.

Di’s community roles include the Mission to Seafarers, Captain of the Headquarters Fire Brigade, Leader of the Portland Days4Girls project, Narrawong Mouth2Mouth Carnival and Glenelg Council 2040 Community Reference Group.


Paul Thornton – Director
Paul retired as Senior Operating Manager at the Portland Alcoa Aluminium Smelter after more than 11 years, and 36 years with Alcoa in total. Responsible for all operating areas of the smelter Paul also played an instrumental role in executing the ongoing contractor restructuring activities and in coordinating Alcoa’s Community Sponsorship team. Paul was heavily involved in major workforce restructuring at Alcoa over many years including significant industrial relations work.

Paul has been on the Board of Kyeema for over 4 years and is also a member of the Point Danger Coastal Reserve Management Committee.


Lynda Smith – Director
Lynda has over 15 years’ experience in preventative health, supporting and mentoring organisations to instigate population health initiatives and projects across the Great South Coast, using a collective impact approach. Currently the Population Health Coordinator for the South West Primary Care Partnership, Lynda has over 7 years’ experience as a Board Member for Kyeema and also holds a position on the board of South West Sport.

In 2018 Lynda was one of 15 participants who completed the Vicsport female leadership program. Lynda’s current position supports the shires of Warrnambool, Moyne and Corangamite, whilst residing in Portland. As an Accredited Partnership Broker, Lynda is committed to strengthening community development across the Great South Coast. She is a Leadership Great South Coast Program 2013 alumnus.


Shelley Bourke – Director
Shelley has a Masters in Human Resource Management and is an experienced Human Resources Coordinator currently working with the Glenelg Shire Council. Skills include Workplace Relations, Human Resources, Human Resource Development, Corporate Communications, Dispute Resolution, Governance and Personnel Management.

Shelley has worked in South West Victoria for over 18 years and has been on Kyeema’s Board since 2017.


Stephen Crossley – Director
Stephen has over 15-years’ experience as a school principal of primary and secondary schools in the district and is currently Principal of the Portland Bay School, a special development school catering for students with intellectual disabilities. Steve has been a director of Kyeema for 4 years.

Steve is an executive member of the Glenelg Principal’s Network. His community involvements include Heywood Consolidated School Council (parent member), the Apex Clubs of Hamilton, Casterton and Heywood, Western District Umpires and was the inaugural chairperson of the Casterton Working Dog Auction committee.