WHO WE ARE

Bayside community centres – Highett Neighbourhood Community House and Hampton Community Centre – aim to engage the community in social, educational and recreational activities. Our activities cater for people of all ages and backgrounds, and at a low cost, so there are no barriers to participation. We value learning, inclusion, integrity, innovation and commitment. These values are at the forefront of all we do.

HIGHETT NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

Highett Neighbourhood Community House (HNCH) began as Highett Community Association more than 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 1950s, Miss May Ivison and other members of the community formed the Hampton Advancement Society that subsequently became the Hampton Community Welfare Society, forerunners of what would become the Hampton Community Centre (HCC). Miss Ivison, who was the first woman to be elected to the Sandringham Council, successfully campaigned for the construction of a Community Hall in Hampton, and in 1966, the HCC was opened, run by Miss Ivison and volunteers. After Miss Ivison’s passing in 1979, a new Committee of Management was established. In the early 1990s, the HCC was funded in part by the Neighbourhood House Program and the newly formed Bayside Council.

THE BOARD

MARIE LOUISE CZECH

CHAIR

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.

DR ADRIAN BERTOLINI

VICE PRESIDENT

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.

TIANYANG (RYAN) ZHOU

TREASURER

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.

HAYLEY TAYLOR

SECRETARY

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.

NIGEL DSOUZA

BOARD MEMBER

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.

MELANIE TIGHE

MANAGER

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 HCC and HNCH while promoting our brand and presence within the community.
Melanie is also a member on the Board of Community House Network Southern Region which fosters and strengthens the Neighbourhood House movement across seventy two NH's in ten Local Government areas in Victoria. She is also a recent (Covid) devotee of the Ukulele.

THE TEAM

MELANIE TIGHE – MANAGER
KATE KNIGHT – EVENTS COORDINATOR
HELEN MARTIN – ADMINISTRATION, HAMPTON
KIM NORDEN – PROGRAM COORDINATOR, HAMPTON
RUBY MARTIN – ADMINISTRATION, HIGHETT
EMELIA PORTER – SOCIAL MEDIA, WEBSITE AND MARKETING COORDINATOR
KERRY ANDERSSON – OUTREACH