Board of Directors

The Board of Bridges Connecting Communities Ltd is committed to the establishment and management of volunteer organisation for the benefit of the citizens of Knox and surrounding areas. Bridges CC provides an extensive range of services and programs for frail aged and people with a disability.

The Board is composed of people who have an understanding of the local community and the needs of the community. The Board members have a range of interests and skills to facilitate the smooth and effective governance of the organisation. Members must adhere to the Code of Ethics and operate within all legal requirements.

A new company has been established to purchase and manage a property in Knoxfield.   The new entity is 6-18 Rushdale Ltd and has its own Board.   At present the members of Board of Bridges are also members of the new Board but will operate separately.

Chairperson- Janette Etherington

Senior  manager and director with experience in the Retail and Vocational Education & Training sectors

Bachelor of Arts degree and Graduate Diploma of Management


Currently a volunteer director with Bridges and the Bendigo Bank, and a volunteer with FareShare - rescuing food, fighting hunger

Member of the Rotary Club of Nunawading

Committed to working and volunteering in the not-for-profit and community sectors, helping individuals and communities to build capacity - in particular overcoming disadvantage and barriers to employment, food security and living independently 



Board Member- Philip McNaught

Joined Bridges as a volunteer in 2015 and joined the Board in the same year

Early positions held with the then Country Roads Board (now Vic Roads)

Worked in Real Estate from 1980 for several years then self-employed in a newsagency and Tattslotto agency for 25 years.

Looking forward to being part of Bridges future in the community

Secretary- Ruth Johns

Joined Committee of Management in 2007, and volunteered with the organisation before that

Previously employed in the finance and insurance industry for 34 years

Deputy Chairperson- Charles Carew

Retired from Australian Chamber of Manufacturers after 15 years as Manager – Membership Recruitment

Owned Health Food Store in Mornington with wife

Cert IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)

Responsible Serving of Food, Responsible Serving of Alcohol, Responsible Gaming

Held TAB Operators Licence

My aim is to see Bridges grow in client numbers and stature

Board Member- Hendrikus (Henk) Morren

A retired CPA

Been associated with Bridges and associated programs for since 1974

Involved with dog obedience in the City of Knox and grows orchids as a hobby Treasurer of 3 organisations and a director on two other Boards including Bridges


Board Member- John Schlafrig

A retired engineer, retired in 2009

Has worked with aged care and the retirement village industry since 1996

Previously an energy and water services consultant

Has spent almost 20 years as a volunteer with not-for-profit organisations

has been with KCV then Bridges since 1999 as a volunteer driver



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