Management of the WHCG Foundation's Funds

The WHCG Foundation's capital investments are managed by a skills based volunteer Board of Trustees from our community. As a charitable trust, the Foundation manages funds for maximum return and security in accordance with the Trustees Act 1958.

The systems and processes are compliant with current Public Ancillary Funds (PAF) legislation.

L-R: Tony Schneider (resigned 30 September 2018), Graeme Hardman (Chair), Sue Frankham, Penelope Manserra (Deputy Chair), Brenda Whitworth, Alison Butler.

Graeme Hardman (Chairman)

Graeme Hardman

Graeme is a retired solicitor having practiced for some 40 years with Horsham law firm Power and Bennett. Graeme acted as honorary solicitor to the Foundation until his retirement in 2018. He has been a trustee since the Foundation was established in 1989.




Penelope Manserra (Deputy Chair)

Penelope Manserra

Penelope is a Certified Financial Planner and Partner of Hillross Financial Services and joined the Wimmera Health Care Group Board of Trustees in 2010. Penelope is actively involved in many other community pursuits focusing around her children and business interests.



Alison Butler

Alison Butler

Alison joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 bringing extensive experience across Insurance, Finance, Welfare and Employment industries. Alison enjoys learning about holistic and healthy lifestyle choices, volunteering in community activities and raising her family with her husband, Phil.



Tony Schneider - resigned 30 September 2018

Tony Schneider

Born at the Dimboola & District Hospital Tony has continued to maintain a close association with his local community. In 2012 he was elected to the Hindmarsh Shire Council and has enjoyed making a contribution to the local area in many ways. Tony joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 which enables him to directly support the Dimboola campus of the WHCG, and the community of the wider Wimmera region.



Sue Frankham

Sue Frankham

Sue first became involved with the Foundation in 2008 when she was employed as Wimmera Health Care Group’s Community Liaison Officer, which incorporated the role of Foundation Administrator. Sue is passionate about the Foundation and the important role it plays in supporting the Wimmera Health Care Group and joined the Board of Trustees in 2013. She is currently employed in the Mayor’s office at Horsham Rural City Council.



Brenda Whitworth


Brenda grew up in the Otway’s, before moving to Horsham in 1990. Brenda spent 15 years as a primary teacher before a career change saw her move to Horsham. A role with 3WM, MixxFM and The Weekly Advertiser saw her develop a real love for the Wimmera and its people. In recent years Brenda has been an active member of the FOFz group, helping to raise much needed funds for the Wimmera Health Care Group. This, together with helping and supporting family here in Horsham and her partner are a worthwhile way to spend retirement.