Our Board

Andrew Weatherhead


Andrew is a retired Physiotherapist, with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy and a Level 4 certificate in workplace training and assessment.

As a past President of Box Hill Central Toastmasters Club and past Area Governor, Toastmasters International, Andrew received a Distinguished Toastmaster Award.  This is the highest award possible in Toastmasters International and has won numerous speaking contests.

Andrew provides training for the public speaking team and has been a Board member since 2012. Andrew is a devoted husband and father to Erica and Max (deceased).

Ian Zadow
Vice President

After many years managing supermarkets, Ian utilised his skills of sales, marketing, budgeting, pricing & distribution to go into his chosen career path of computerised shelf management (i.e. product placement in retail outlets) across Australia.

Ian joined TCFV almost 6 years ago, after losing his “Little Sweetheart” Lauren-Kay in a tragic incident –  falling from a car – in October 2010.  Since then, he has volunteered in such things as being involved in the Men’s Group, the Speaking Team and running workshops on story book writing amongst other things.

Ian is passionate about building on the strength of TCFV: about being able to support grieving families and helping to educate others on understanding grieving families.

Ian is married to Cathy and has two cats and two Schnauzer dogs.

Daniel Bendel

Daniel commenced his professional career in the mid-1970s as an accountant (FCPA), and has worked for a number of organisations. In the last 30 years he has simultaneously worked as Director/Company Secretary at The Stafford Group, Australia’s largest Men’s Wear manufacturer and run on a part-time basis, a successful accounting practice.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Business (with Distinction) and Graduate Diploma in Taxation.

In 2003 he joined Compassionate Friends after his son, Joshua, died in December 2002. He became Group leader in 2006, then a Board member in 2009.

He has a keen interest in music and likes to play as many instruments as badly as possible (except the harmonica).

Jan Harris

Jan is a Remedial Massage Therapist, a Division 2 Nurse and is a member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists. 

Jan’s career spans working with the Box Hill Hospital in their Health Promotion Unit, the Forest Hill Clinic providing remedial massage therapy as well as providing support to disabled children. Jan also has an extensive volunteering career that includes desktop publishing, caring for a disabled boy and conservation work.

Jan’s daughter Melissa died by suicide at the age of 18, 21 years ago.  Jan joined The Compassionate Friends Victoria 20 years ago and has made a significant contribution as a Public Speaker, Group Leader and Grief Call telephone answerer amongst other things.  Jan joined the Board in August 2016.

Alex Friday

Alex Friday

Alex has a Diploma of Ornamental Horticulture, a Diploma of Business Administration and a General Management Diploma of Sustainability Studies. Employed by the City of Casey as a New Ways Project Officer, her role is to work with the New Ways of Working Team to deliver Casey’s Workplace Strategy and Bunjil Place Relocation Project.

Alex joined The Compassionate Friends after the death of her brother Greig in March 2015 and became a Board member in September 2017.

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Dianne Allison
Associate Member

Dianne has worked with more than 25 not-for-profit organisations providing them with strategic business, program and fundraising services. She is currently the Fair Access Manager for Learning for Life Autism Centre (part time) as well as providing pro bono advice for small not-for-profit organisations. Dianne is also a Director of Blind Sports Australia. Dianne worked as fundraising consultant with The Compassionate Friends Victoria in 2016/17, assisting in grant writing and advising on strategic positioning of TCFV within the sector.

Dianne’s great passion is for collective impact by not-for-profit organisations with strong commitment to healthy governance, best practice and sustainable and profound impact for individuals, their families and community. Dianne joined the Board in April 2018.

Rhonda Galbally AO

Patron of The Compassionate Friends Victoria

Dr Rhonda Galbally has spent more than 25 years as a CEO in non-profit, educational and community organisations including the founding CEO of ‘Our Community’, a gateway of tools, information, advice and training to improve governance and to help Australia’s 700,000 community groups find funds, grants, insurance, business partners and board members.

Rhonda Galbally has received a number of awards in recognition of her work in social and disability advocacy. She was recognised with an Order of Australia in 1991. In 2005, she was inducted on to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and in 2012, she received the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award at the National Disability Awards.