Martin Turrell grew up in North West Brisbane and has been engaged in the local community in one way or another for over 40 years. He understands the importance of community organisations and services and seeks to support the operations of Picabeen through participation on the Management Committee. Martin has been a member of the Management Committee for 4 years and has been President since 2014. Martin also assists volunteer Anna Gillbard with policy reviews.
A previous employee at Picabeen, Martin is very familiar with the association’s aims and objectives and aware of the challenges faced by staff and volunteers. With the growing demands on services and the increasing diversity of needs within the community, resources and finances are stretched thin yet the staff and volunteers at Picabeen continue to provide high level support and services that reduce the burdens faced by many in our community. Martin wishes to acknowledge this effort and hopes to assist through his participation on the committee.
Bert grew up at Injune in western Queensland. In 1963 he came to Brisbane to board with his grandmother and attended Newmarket State High School. He was a founding student of NSHS.
In 1966 Bert joined the Bank of New South Wales Roma and stayed in the bank for seven years. In that time he was conscripted into the Army and did two years full time service. After leaving the bank he went of a trip overseas and spent most of the time in UK and Europe. On returning in 1975 Bert attended USQ in Toowoomba and completed a Bachelor of Business Degree.
Since graduation he has worked for a number of commercial organisations in the role as Accountant. In 1996 Bert brought into an accounting practice in Bundaberg and worked there for four years. The business was consolidated into another firm however Bert moved to Brisbane in 2001 and acquired an interest in an accounting firm at The Gap. Bert is still in a partnership in an accounting practice in The Gap. Over the years Bert has served in Lions, Rotary and been Treasurer of various non-profit organisations.
Bronwyn joined Picabeen in 2018. Currently Bronwyn works at TAFE QLD in a teaching role and has international Community Development experience. She has worked with socially disadvantaged children and women, particularly in the areas of education and empowerment.
Anna started at Picabeen in 2014 as a student on placement while studying a Masters of Social Work at QUT. Anna then continued at Picabeen in a volunteer capacity and in 2016 joined the management committee. Anna has a passion for research and policy development, and currently undertakes research in the family violence field.
Tiffany has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Business Management, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Masters of Law. Tiffany is a Senior Legal Counsel at one of Australia’s largest not for profit health and aged care providers Tiffany joined the Management Committee in 2017, and has been providing invaluable advice and input.
Luke is currently completing his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts. He currently works in youth homelessness and has experience working with youth in residential care settings. Luke is the newest member of the management committee and is interested in learning an organisation’s functioning from a governance perspective. Luke is eager to assist Picabeen to grow in any possible way.
With her involvement on the Management Committee Pauline is keen to support staff and operations that serve the community. She has qualifications in social work and has worked in a number of roles such as health support with homeless young people, a community legal centre, mental health work with adults and young people, program development, developing and funding services and team management.
Corey is a First Nations man and a descendant of the Gubbi Gubbi of the Sunshine Coast area and the Wakka Wakka Tribes of the central Burnett region. Corey has 30 year’s experience of working with First Nation communities from Youth Homelessness, Youth Justice, Community Development and Community Capacity building to education and Outdoor Adventure Based learning programs in a direct programming role and training role respectively.
Coreys focus as a management committee member is to support and develop Picabeen’s First Nation service delivery and increase First Nation inclusiveness at Picabeen Community Centre and at Committee level.