Food Skil Board

Food Skil elected its inaugural Board at the first AGM in September 2012.

Food Skil Board

Cathy Walker – Chair

Cathy is employed by the City of Greater Geelong as the Community Development Place Manager for Corio and Norlane . The City of Greater Geelong is committed to creating innovative ways to respond to community identified aspirations and support local residents, organisations, clubs, groups and business to better provide for their community.   Cathy is proud to live local and work local.

Before coming to work at Council, Cathy worked and was involved in various community service organisations, working to support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness, family violence and crisis. Cathy was also employed in 2001 by the Salvation Army Geelong to conduct research into the links (and gaps) in health; for women and children experiencing homelessness across the Barwon Region.

Cathy is a member of the Northern Geelong Rental Housing Cooperative, Corio Bay Camera Club and was a founding member of the former public housing tenant groups in the Region; she assisted in the establishment of the Norlane Community Centre, the Coop and was a paid advocate for single young Mothers, when she herself was one.

Paul Buttergieg – Retail representative

 Paul had 25 years experience in the retail food and liquor industry as a licensed supermarket independent owner, and a director of Riteway Supermarkets Limited.  He managed Buttigieg’ s Supermarket in Altona for 20 years, and was owner/director for five years.  He has extensive experience in retailing and marketing during which time he was a director and, subsequently, Chairman of Riteway Supermarkets Limited.  He was a director of the Master Grocers Association of Victoria and of the Retail Liquor Merchants of Victoria.

He has additionally been a property developer in the late 80’s and early 90’s (various completed developments in Werribee and Seymour), new building products manufacturer, administrative manager of a family computer services company, financial services consultant, and as a community television marketing contractor was a director of The Channel 31 Sales and Production Company.

He was also President of the Victorian Catholic Deaf Association and Founding Chairman of Parents Action in Deafness.

Currently, Paul is a Director of About Turn Property which promotes a lease to purchase product for tenants wishing to own their own home and require an investor to be their initial ‘bank’ until they are in a position to purchase the property themselves.

Paul is the President of Geelong Bonsai Club Incorporated and producer/presenter of Digit a gardening  program on 94.7 The Pulse.

Tina Preferment – Sustainability Representative

Tina has a long history working with corporate and public sector clients to improve environmental performance.  Her approach is both strategically driven and practically focused and this is reflected in her achievements as Director responsible for managing the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code.  She has been called upon to share her skills and experience internationally and was a member of the London 2012 Olympics Environmental Advisory Group.  Tina was voted as one of the recycling industry’s Top 100 ‘Movers & Shakers’ 2004-2006.  Significant career highlights include:

Setting the vision – Tina worked with the BBC’s Workplace senior management team to develop an environmental sustainability strategy for their property portfolio.  The team is investigating proposals to spend up to 5% of their portfolio budget on environmental sustainability.  The portfolio comprises more than 500 properties and 7.5 million square feet of space across the UK.

Creating a route map – Tina directed the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code which saw signatories spend £370m on green products, diverting over 900,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, creating/maintaining over 700 jobs and reducing carbon emissions equivalent to powering 30,000 homes in the UK.

Embedding behaviour change – Tina developed an accredited training programme for sustainable procurement which is now available nationally.  She has developed strategic alliances to share learning in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Europe.


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