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Executive & Board

Sandybeach Community Co-operative Society Limited trades as Sandybeach Centre and is owned and managed by the community under the stewardship of a seven-member Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers.

The Directors are responsible for board portfolios; business viability, finance, governance, human resources, legal matters, risk management and board administration. Sandybeach Centre is a not-for-profit entity with community shareholders. No dividends are paid to shareholders.


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Chris Hill


Chris is an experienced leader with 30 years working in the community, educational, hospital and health care industry. He brings extensive skills from working in Community and Non-profit Organisations, Prevention, Clinical Supervision and Strategic Management. He is passionate about the role of local community services in inclusion for all and supporting people to achieve their full potential.

Rajah Ramanathan 


Rajah B. Commerce and Economics (Melbourne), CA, Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.


Rajah is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in General Management, Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, Auditing (including internal and external auditing),  Risk Management, Finance and drafting of corporate policies.  Rajah has spent the last 31 years working in the banking and finance industry.

His interests include his family, the Glen Eira Gryphons and Melbourne Football Club.

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Stephen Hay 
Finance Director 


Bachelor Business, Accounting; CPS; Leadership Prog, Finance, Leadership Development

Stephen Hay is a qualified accounting professional with broad organisational experience working in global FMCG, Manufacturing, Engineering and local construction industries. He brings to the Board a track record of applying financial and problem solving skills to provide business support and contribute positively to ensuring the long-term viability of businesses. This has included system implementation, enhancements and business acquisitions.

Sue Coburn
General Member   


Master of Business Administration (Technology Management).  Graduate Diploma of Electronic Data Processing, Bachelor of Science.


Sue is recently retired from the Commonwealth Public Service, with broad experience in various management roles across one agency over 37 years, specialising in Project Management and Corporate IT Systems.  Her strengths are:  project governance and audit; business systems analysis; staff development and training.


Sue also has experience as a volunteer with a number of community organisations including School Council at Gardenvale Primary School, and management committees for two Community Child Care Centres.  

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Paula Y Appelhans


Bachelors Degree, Business Administration, USA; Juris Doctor (law degree), USA; PgDip, Health Care Law and Human Rights, Essex, UK; Solicitor, Victoria, Australia

Paula came to Sandybeach Centre with a history of commitment to her communities wherever she has lived throughout the world.  After a career in commercial and corporate health care law in the US, Paula now works with non-governmental organisations and not for profit health and disability organisations throughout the Asia Pacific region with her last post in Vietnam. Paula is a published author with American University's Institute on Disabled Public Policy reviewing disability rights based on the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities implementation in Myanmar, Laos PDR and Singapore. Most recently, Paula published a children's book depicting how a child might go through a health care episode through the eyes of her dog, Milos. 


Paula firmly believes in Sandy Beach Centre's approach to providing quality, community focused services and programming to the Bayside community. 

Peter Bean 
Deputy Chairperson  

Bachelor of Business (Local Government), Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management, Masters of Business Management.

Peter has worked in managerial positions for metropolitan Melbourne and North Eastern Victorian Councils for over twenty years including long term planning and capital works programs. ​He has a particular strength in advocacy and community relations.

Cameron Gregson 
General Member   

Bachelor of Business, Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting.

Cameron Gregson is a resident of Hampton and works in property fund management, specialising in retail property.  He is focused on an assets ability to generate local traffic and relate to its local environment.  He holds a bachelor in business degree and a post graduate diploma in accounting both from Monash University and amongst other things is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Property Council of Australia.  He is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Physiological Sciences

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Hilary Buxton
General Member   

Bachelor of Business (Marketing)


Hilary is a marketing communications professional and an experienced leader of multi-disciplinary teams. During her 35-year career, Hilary has worked in many industries, including science and technology, consumer protection, finance, natural health, and manufacturing. Her experience extends across private sector industries, and the public sector at state and federal levels.

Hilary values inclusion and collaboration and has a passion for people, communication, the environment and her community.

Hilary is a resident of Black Rock and enjoys the Bayside lifestyle, particularly walking her dogs along the coastal tracks. Currently completing her qualification in Counselling, Hilary also volunteers in the community through Delta Therapy Dogs.

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