Give Where You Live Inc is the legal entity of GROW and employs the lean GROW staffing team.

GROW is a joint initiative of Give Where You Live Foundation and G21 – Geelong Region Alliance. These two organisations together form the backbone for the GROW regional Collective Impact initiative. The backbone function in a Collective Impact maintains overall strategic coherence and coordinates and manages the day-to-day operations and implementation of strategy.

GROW Patrons and Champions

GROW Patron

  • Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University

GROW Champions:

The GROW Strategic Directions Group was established to assist with the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and to offer recommendations regarding social procurement, investment and employment brokerage in Geelong and Colac. Members include:

  • Brent Lyons-Lee (Baptist Union of Victoria)
  • Brett Luxford (General Manager, Investment and Attraction, City of Greater Geelong)
  • Justin Giddings (CEO, Avalon Airport)
  • Keith Fagg (Director, Fagg’s Mitre 10)
  • Kylie Warne (President, Geelong Chamber of Commerce)
  • Leanne Barnes (Regional Director, Department of Justice & Regulation)
  • Lisa Line (CEO, Gordon Institute of TAFE)
  • Mike Hirst (CEO, Bendigo Bank)
  • Peter Dorling (Chair, Northern Futures)
  • Uuni Menon (Regional Director, RDV)

Terms of reference.

Copies of meeting notes:

GROW Executive:

  • Peter Anderson (Chair)
  • Elaine Carbines (CEO, G21 Region Alliance)
  • Lenny Jenner (G21 Board)
  • Bill Mithen (CEO, Give Where You Live Foundation)
  • Todd Devine (GWYL Board)
  • Kerri Erler (Regional Development Victoria)

GROW Operations:

  • GROW Director Anne O’Brien
  • GROW Engagement Officer Liz Everist
  • GROW Evaluation and Data Analyst Kerry Farrance