Board of Directors

PPCG is governed by a volunteer Board of Management elected annually by members.

Gina Fiske

chair | 2017

Gina has a Masters of Organisational Change, and a Bachelor in International Politics and Anthropology.

In a professional career spanning over 40 years, Gina has worked in the community and human services sector in program management and direct service delivery leading improvements in the lives of children, youth and families and promoting health and wellbeing initiatives in the community.

Her involvement with PPCG has been long term dating back to her role as a past elected Councillor of the City of St Kilda (prior to the formation of the City of Port Phillip), and as a member of the Community Consultative Group.

Elizabeth Jennings

Treasurer | 2020

Commencing work in banking, Elizabeth moved into the government and not-for-profit sectors to support her commitment to community organisations and social justice. She was Chief Financial Officer at Victoria Legal Aid, Head of Strategic Finance at World Vision Australia and the Director of Corporate and Community Services at the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Elizabeth has served on a number of boards and currently is a board member of the Donkey Wheel Foundation and the Port Phillip Community Group. She holds degrees in Commerce and Arts, a Master of Assessment and Evaluation from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Business from Swinburne University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Susanne Birks

Board Member | Since 2018

Susanne has a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Master of Health Administration, and Executive Leadership Program at University of Oxford (Said Business School).

She is currently working at Alfred Health as Manager of Community Psychiatry (Mental and Addiction Health). She has been in the field of mental health for over 30 years in direct care, leadership and management positions.

Susanne’s professional interests include social justice, mental health, housing and homelessness, complex needs and risk assessment and management; all of which reflect PPCG’s primary focus in delivering its range of innovative services to people and communities in the City of Port Phillip.

Peter Giles

Board Member | 2018

Peter has a Masters in Communication (Advertising) from RMIT.

Peter is a specialist in marketing and brand development with 20+ years’ achievement in the industry. Peter currently works as Marketing and Communications Manager for Connect Health & Community. Throughout his career, he has built strong brand images, winning awards for his marketing campaign and curating new initiatives to provide solutions for business. 

Claire Edmanson

Board Member | 2018

Claire has a Bachelor of Social Work.

Claire is the Program Manager Youth Services, Salvation Army Youth Services supporting the delivery of a range of client services and case management in both St Kilda and Fitzroy.

Claire has worked at the Salvation Army since 2010 in a variety of roles including after-hours refugee support, and intensive outreach case management. Claire has expertise and experience working in a crisis setting with a focus on high and complex needs of young people and families.

Julie Margetts

Board Member | 2022

Julie has worked as a Human Resources Manager for over 25 years in complex organisations across a range of industries including manufacturing, oil and gas and construction.

She holds an Honours Science Degree from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources and Industrial Relations) from RMIT and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie has a particular interest in social justice and community support.

Philip Egglestone

Board Member | 2023

Philip has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Goulburn Ovens TAFE and a Trust Member of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. 

Philip has a background in Government, Human Services, Education, Legislation, Policy, Landscape Architecture and the Funeral Industry, and has wide and diverse experience across State and Local Government and the private sector.

Philip brings experience in Staff Development, Human Resources and Corporate Governance. He demonstrates effective leadership with an ability to set strategy and direction; to refine and tailor leadership to the business environment, is highly risk aware and is a decisive operator capable of influencing strategy by successfully negotiating with decision-makers.

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