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.
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.
Stuart grew up on a farm in South Australia and attended a Boarding School in Adelaide for his secondary education prior to gaining a Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the South Australian Institute of Technology.
After nine years working in private industry in manufacturing, Stuart worked for the Federal Department of Transport in Adelaide for four years before transferring to Brisbane, where he spent 12 years working as an Engineer / Project manager for what became the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. During that time he completed his Masters degree in Business Administration.
In 2004 Stuart bought into a Bookkeeping franchise, which he owned and operated for 16 years. He obtained a Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping) and was a Registered BAS Agent until July 2021.
Stuart has been involved in various not-for-profit community organisations over many years, including Pine Rivers Municipal Brass Band (30+ years, currently Treasurer), The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce (16+ years, currently Treasurer), an Aged Care and Community Services organisation employing more than 1500 staff (11 years on the Council including 2 years as Chair, currently a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee).
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.
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.
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