Associate Directors

The Associate Directors of NRCF are passionate about giving back to their community but are also interested in their personal development as well as their business careers. They not only learn about how a successful Not for Profit Board works, but also become an integral part of the Northern Rivers philanthropic community. 

As well as attending regular Board meetings of NRCF, Associate Directors join one of our five Committees with other Board members and take on a range of duties as part of the Committee. In addition, each Associate Director is mentored by a Director of the Board over their initial 6 months.

Michael Murray

Associate Directors

Michael Murray has been a Byron Shire resident for over 30 years. He has been running Byron Property Search since 2000, which is a property buyer’s agency service. Prior to that, he had a successful career in the film industry as a documentary producer and director, producing many hours of international TV programming. 

Active in the community, he has been involved in a number of organisations and community groups. Michael lives in Myocum with his partner Susanna Carman, who is a counsellor and creative industry consultant. They have a ten year-old daughter, Lucy.

Sasha Graham

Associate Directors

Sasha joined NRCF in 2016 as Associate Director. Sasha works in social innovation at Byron Shire Council and has over twelve years experience in social innovation and business development, having previously worked across the corporate, private and not-for-profit sectors. Previous organisations include United Way, Lend Lease, The Hornery Institute, NSW Government and the Art Gallery of NSW.

Sasha was awarded an Innovation Scholarship with the Centre for Social Impact with a graduate certificate from the Australian Business School, University of New South Wales. Originally from Sydney, Sasha studied Social Science at Southern Cross University and has lived inside and outside the Northern Rivers for the past fifteen years. Sasha brings knowledge and expertise in social impact strategy, social impact investment, social enterprise, collective impact and place based community wellbeing, and an extensive network to the Foundation.

Maggie Brown

Associate Directors

Maggie came to live in the Byron region in 1981. She has an eclectic and  diverse background in fashion, advertising and music production, before settling into social planning and community development. She has worked at both community and government levels for over 20 years  and has a good understanding of the importance of networks, partnerships and of working collaboratively. She has recently retired from 9 years at Waverley Council as a community development officer. In 2003 Maggie was awarded the National Centenary of Federation medal for services to the community of Australia in recognition of the development of services for youth in a complex service environment. Maggie joined NRCF in January 2017 and is currently the Chair of Commuunity Partnerships.

Peter Dean

Associate Directors

Peter Dean was born in Nairobi, Kenya and emigrated with his family to Australia in 1961. Peter and Pam were married in 1969 and their family consists of 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. 

Having qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy, UNSW) Peter became a Chartered Accountant with a large audit & accountancy firm in Sydney and Darwin for 14 years. After four years as Financial Controller of a large industrial gas group, in 1989 Peter moved to Ballina to help his brother develop their Tea Tree Oil business. He retired after the business was sold in late 2006 and is now involved in real estate development.

Peter has been involved in community activities since 1976 first with Apex and now Lions Clubs.  He is currently the Ballina Lions Club Secretary and has served on the Lions District Cabinet for sixteen years including being District Governor in 2003-04. Peter was Honorary Treasurer of NRCF for 6 Years from 2009 and is now on the Grants and Investment Committees in the role of Associate Director. 

Luke Barker

Associate Directors

Luke spent his early years in Bangalow and now resides in the northern reaches of the region.

Luke is an experienced Investment Advisor at Macquarie Wealth, the Wealth Management Division of Macquarie Bank. Luke provides investment advice to private investors, retirees, businesses and institutions in Australian and International markets. Luke’s experience extends to  investment analysis, investment portfolio management, risk management and client relations.

Luke has completed a Masters of Business Administration( MBA) with distinction, Bachelor of Commerce and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services.

Luke is a member of the Investment committee , Governance committee the and Finance & Audit committee and is very interested in helping the NRCF grow into a significant fund and foundation within the Northern Rivers Community. Luke is also actively involved in volunteer surf life saving.

Nerida Dean

Associate Directors

Nerida Dean is a small business owner who has returned to the north coast after 40 years living away for work and study. Nerida is now living in Kingscliff and involved in community organisations including Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, NSW Cancer Council,  Kingscliff Visitors Information Centre, Tweed Regional Art Gallery and several other local networks. Nerida is the newest member to NRCF joining as an Associate Director is March 2017.

Our other Associates

Xavier Hanckel-Spice, Simone Dowding & Johan Kortenhorst