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 
Chair and Secretary   


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


Rajah is recently retired and has held senior executive roles including that of General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and Chief Risk Officer within the retail banking and financial services industry. A Chartered Accountant, he has extensive experience in general management and administration, finance, accounting, budgeting, company secretarial and corporate governance, risk management and compliance, auditing (both internal and external), financial performance and statutory reporting, strategic planning, policy and product development, project and business change management, services contract negotiations and fraud investigations. He has also served as Council President of the Worthing Road Primary School. 

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.  

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.

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Paula Y Appelhans
General Member 


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 Sandy Beach 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 Viet Nam. 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. Paula is excited for the future of Sandy Beach Centre. 

Peter Bean 
General Member   

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.

Elizabeth Hardy 
General Member   

Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Professional Communication.

Elizabeth has held marketing positions in a number of companies with planning and management of marketing budgets, developing new businesses and product development.

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