ABOUT US

Both centres provide social, educational and recreational activities for all the community in a warm welcoming environment

Encourages learning at all ages for employment, interest and self-fulfilment. In participating in learning experiences individuals will meet new people and form new connections with their community. Both Centre is open and flexible in its curriculum and will respond readily to the community as needs change and new interests develop. We aim to provide low-cost activities thereby enabling the whole community to participate.

We value Learning / Inclusion / Integrity / Innovation / Commitment

HIGHETT NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

Highett Neighbourhood Community House began as Highett Community Association over 30 years ago. Its original purpose was to provide programs and activities for the residents of a local government housing estate. Later the direction of the group changed to a broader community focus and the group was relocated to the old Scout Hall in Livingston Street. A new constitution, policies and procedures were adopted, along with a name change to represent its now wider community base. In 2010 HNCH joined forces with Highett Seniors Club and Highett Greek Seniors in the refurbished Seniors Club across from the old scout hall.

HAMPTON COMMUNITY HOUSE

In the 1950‘s Miss May Ivison, together with other community-minded people formed the Hampton Advancement Society that subsequently became the Hampton Community Welfare Society, forerunners of what would become the Hampton Community Centre. Concerned at the lack of recognition of community needs in Hampton, Miss Ivison stood for and was elected to the Sandringham Council. She was the first woman to be elected to the Sandringham Council and the first to be appointed Mayor during 1967/68 and 1973/74. She successfully campaigned for the construction of a Community Hall in Hampton and in 1966 the Community Centre was opened. While Council provided funds for the building, it was left to the Committee of Management under the dynamic leadership of May Ivison to raise the necessary funds for fitting it out.  This started an extensive program of fundraising through street stalls, a Community Arts Festival and many craft shows, exhibitions.  READ MORE 

THE BOARD

MARLENE JOHNSON

CHAIR | SINCE 2014

Marlene has been a board member since 2013. Marlene has a Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate Certificate in Training Consultancy and Post Graduate Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems.

Marlene’s expertise and experience are underpinned by 40 years in Education and Training across teaching, administration, policy implementation as State and Federal level as well as a decade in private consultancy to government and providers of education and training.

My passion has always been driven by the belief that education is the ladder to achieving one’s goals in life, be they personal or professional. The Neighbourhood Community House sector is an environment where such growth and connection can happen.

DR ADRIAN BERTOLINI

SECRETARY | SINCE 2014

Adrian has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Engineering and PhD in Engineering.
Adrian’s experience and expertise includes leadership development, education, and governance. In 2007 Adrian co-founded Intuyu Consulting, an educational consultancy, whose mission is to empower and enable all learners (adults and young people alike) to flourish.

While he has taught at several universities, worked in the not-for-profit sector, and run his own business, his passion has always been empowering communities to thrive.

MELANIE TIGHE

MANAGER | SINCE XXXX

Melanie Tighe, our manager, has university qualifications in both Community Development (MSc) and Economics (BEc). Her effective and friendly communication skills allow her to facilitate the operations of HNCH while promoting our brand and presence within the community.
Outside of HNCH Melanie is a member on the Board of the The Side Door Social Justice Hub which is a community initiative that promotes social justice causes and community development through sharing, networking, events, community organising, and activism.

NIGEL DSOUZA

BOARD MEMBER | SINCE XXXX

Nigel has been a bayside resident and contributor to Bayside community life since 1974. From being President of the Highett Youth group to volunteering and now serving on the HNCH board, Nigel has always looked out for the interests of those in need in the local area.

Nigel is a retired IT professional where he held senior executive management positions in both commercial, private and NFP companies. His strengths lie in creative solutions and people management with an eye to the bigger strategic picture.

MARIE LOUISE CZECH

BOARD MEMBER | SINCE XXXX

As a resident and community member, I have lived in Highett for the majority of my life and take an active interest in community events and activities. As a Board member, I strive to promote community engagement and inclusion, whilst supporting governance activities.

I am an HR Professional with over 20 years of experience across many HR and Finance functions, specialising in Remuneration and Benefits and delivering company-wide employee Remuneration programs. I have demonstrated ability to work consultatively across internal teams and external providers to deliver global employee benefits programs, and in meeting associated legislative and tax compliance requirements and hope to bring my governance lens and community passion in my role as an HNCH board member.

TIANYANG (RYAN) ZHOU

TREASURER | SINCE 2019

Ryan has a Masters Degree in Accounting and Business and is a member of Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia.

He has worked in his field for over 10 years and helped many commercial projects to achieve their financial objectives across different industries such as media, hospitality, agriculture export and information technology.

He and his young family moved to Highett in 2017, he was seeking volunteering opportunities that can help with the community development. In 2019 he was elected as the treasurer of HNCH and HCC. He thrives on helping HNCH and HCC to maintain their strong financial positions which pave the way for implementing the board's strategic plan.

DORA DENK

BOARD MEMBER | SINCE XXXX

Dora is a marketing strategist who brings an extensive international background in full lifecycle marketing solutions. She has ten years of experience in product management, business development, events, and sales & marketing. This complements her strong brand development skills, honed by her experience helping small to medium-sized companies to successfully rebrand.

Dora’s passion for making an impact on the bottom line has shifted her focus to digital marketing, for start ups and small businesses. Her expertise helps HNCH to effectively reach the local neighbourhood and reposition its brand.

HAYLEY TAYLOR

BOARD MEMBER | SINCE 2019

Hayley has a broad range of expertise in Account Management, procurement and data analytics. One of Hayley’s strengths is aligning best practices and efficiencies throughout global teams to help achieve business objectives.

Hayley’s experience and passion lies within community involvement and supporting local small businesses, being a small business owner herself. She has held large community fundraising events and has volunteered for many years in different organisations in her local area.
Hayley hopes to see people supporting one another within their community.

LAN PHUNG

BOARD MEMBER | SINCE XXXX

Lan Phung came to Melbourne in 2013 as an international student. She has been living in Highett since 2018 and is deeply in love with the friendly neighbourhood. Lan is a qualified English teacher in Viet Nam and Australia and with a master’s degree in Education from RMIT University. Highly motivated, results-driven and education enthusiast with over 10 years working in the education sector, she possesses high competency in planning study programs suitable for individual student’s needs and coaching students through the structured learning process towards the objectives of the curriculum.

ROBYN QULLIAM-TAYLOR

BOARD MEMBER | SINCE 2019

Robyn joined the Board in December 2019, having lived in Bayside for over 35 years. Robyn holds a Bachelor of Education and Advanced Diplomas in Legal Practice & Management. She is a member of the Association of Age Care Professionals. During a varied career across education, law and aged care, Robyn has gained skills in executive management, business development, leadership, customer relations and stakeholder engagement.

Robyn is passionate about quality governance and social wellbeing. She looks forward to sharing her energy and expertise for the betterment of the people in the community.

How to make a complaint

If you have a complaint please contact our Manager via email or read the “Complaint handling procedure information” below and complete the form and forward this to the President of the Board.

THE TEAM

MELANIE TIGHE

MANAGER I SINCE XXXX

Melanie Tighe, our manager, has university qualifications in both Community Development (MSc) and Economics (BEc). Her effective and friendly communication skills allow her to facilitate the operations of HNCH while promoting our brand and presence within the community.
Outside of HNCH Melanie is a member on the Board of the The Side Door Social Justice Hub which is a community initiative that promotes social justice causes and community development through sharing, networking, events, community organising, and activism.

KATE KNIGHT

EVENTS COORDINATOR I SINCE XXXX

JO JAMES

ADMINISTRATION, HIGHETT | SINCE XXXX

ANGIE HOSMER

ADMINISTRATION, HAMPTON | SINCE XXXX

HELEN MARTIN

FRONT DESK, HAMPTON | SINCE XXXX

EMELIA PORTER

SOCIAL MEDIA, WEBSITE & MARKETING COORDINATOR | SINCE 2019

KIM NORDEN

OUTREACH | SINCE 2020

RUBY MARTIN

PROJECTS | SINCE 2019

HAMPTON COMMUNITY CENTRE

14 Willis Street,
Hampton VIC 3188

Phone: (03) 9598 2977
Email: adminhcc@highett.org.au

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm

LOCATION

HIGHETT NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

2 Livingston Street,
Highett VIC 3190

Phone: (03) 9555 3797
Email: office@highett.org.au

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm

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