Peter Knife | Chair / Treasurer

Appointed 1 October 2015

After an initial seven years in Civil Engineering, Peter joined the embryonic IT industry in 1976 as a programmer. His extensive software experience includes 18 years in the hospitality industry, two years with Macquarie Bank and 14 years in the advertising industry. Raised in Swan Hill, he has lived most of his life on the East Coast and for six years in the USA. He and his wife Margaret fulfilled a long-held ambition to move to Port Lincoln at the beginning of 2010. Peter is President of the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society, and has published a history of the railways on Eyre Peninsula. He takes a keen interest in issues affecting Eyre Peninsula, especially transport and water. He also takes a keen interest in governance and accountability. He retired (from paid employment) in 2014.

Leonie Wanklyn | Deputy Chair

Appointed 4 October 2018

Born in Leigh Creek, Leonie was raised in Mount Gambier until leaving to attend Teachers College in Adelaide. Leonie graduated and began her teaching career at Point Pearce Aboriginal School on Yorke Peninsula before being transferred to Port Lincoln in 1977. Marrying and raising a family in Port Lincoln, Leonie has continued to enjoy teaching and completed a Masters of Education/ Studies of Asia through Flinders University.

She is currently teaching an Indonesian Languages/ Studies of Asia role at Port Lincoln Junior Primary School and keen to broaden the horizons of young students.

Through caring for family members as they travel through the aging process Leonie has firsthand experience and knowledge of care packages, Palliative Care, the Eyre Peninsula Home Hospice Service and other services available on the Eyre Peninsula, and an interest in Grants and Programmes that the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation offers and supports.

Ken Maynard | Director

Appointed 7 July 2016

Ken was born in Adelaide and raised in Clare; Ken was employed in the health industry for nearly 40 years in various roles culminating in undertaking the role of Chief Executive Officer, for the Ceduna and Districts Health Service.

Along life’s journey Ken has been involved with many organisations and sporting bodies including Apex, Whyalla Hockey Association, Ceduna Bowls Club, Thevenard Sports and Community Club, Ceduna Community Radio, Red Cross Volunteer, Thevenard Residents and Rate Payers Group, Commissioner for Far West Football League and Member of the Ceduna Health Advisory Council.

Ken is currently the Mayor of Ceduna having previously served two terms as an elected member of the District Council of Ceduna.

Margaret Knife | Co-Treasurer

Appointed 7 July 2016

Margaret (Maggie) was born and raised in Melbourne, spending most of her adult life in Sydney. She worked in administrative roles for accountants, stockbrokers and financial planners over a period of more than 45 years in Melbourne, Sydney and Port Lincoln, retiring in early 2016. 

Over the years, Maggie has been an office-bearer with the support groups of the Girl Guides and various school auxiliaries and was the volunteer co-ordinator for a home therapy program for a brain-injured child in Sydney. Since moving to Port Lincoln in early 2010 she has been the Treasurer of the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society.


Barbara Schmidt | Director

Appointed 7 June 2018

Barbara has retired from the challenging world of Agricultural Merchandise Retailing and now enjoys the quiet life of farming with husband David on their 1500-acre farm at Kimba where she spends a lot of time with her six grandchildren and horses. She volunteers for local organisations and supports many clubs, cooking for cake stalls and selling raffle tickets etc and has recently been awarded Life Membership of the Kimba Racing Club.

Barbara and David have now appointed a Manager for their business at Kimba and are still shareholders and sit on the Board of Directors for two other retail outlets spread across EP.

Barbara attended schools at Ungarra, Lock and Port Lincoln and then nursed at Cleve and Whyalla, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1974.  After working as a Theatre Sister for two years she and David moved to Kimba and set up their business in 1976, firstly as a Spare Parts, Tyre and Battery Outlet, then progressing onto Agchem and Fertiliser in 1986.

They became shareholders of a corporate buying group and travelled extensively throughout Australia and sometimes overseas attending field days, conferences and seminars, where they were often recognised for their commitment and achievements with many state awards.

Barbara is passionate about the wellbeing of the Kimba Community where the population is declining and farming is becoming more challenging.  Businesses are struggling and service groups are battling with fewer volunteers and there is a lack of employment for the local school leavers.

Greg Barry | Director

Appointed 7 May 2020

Greg grew up on Eyre Peninsula before heading to Adelaide to complete a degree in Education majoring in Geology and Mathematics. After a long career in teaching mainly working in regional SA he retired as the Principal of Port Lincoln High in 2019. During that time he worked as a regional consultant assisting schools with curriculum development and assisting Eyre Peninsula schools moving towards an online learning environment.

As a member of the SA Secondary Principals Board he represented the view and concerns for regional education and supported several education department initiatives around using relevant information technology and software in schools.

Greg is committed to support young people’s educational and employment opportunities on Eyre Peninsula and contributes his skills and experience in strategic planning and program managements to the foundations activities.

Rob Donaldson | Director

Appointed 2 April 2020

Rob retired from a 38 career in local government in late 2017 and after fulfilling some major travel plans is again based in Port Lincoln, focussing on roles where his skills, knowledge and experience can add value to communities and organisations.

Rob brings management skills with extensive leadership and governance experience, providing strategic and critical thinking to maximise ‘joined-up’ approaches and solutions across a diversity of operations and initiatives.

As a qualified town planner, Rob’s local government career spanned urban and policy planning, strategic planning, senior leadership and CEO roles, with both urban metropolitan and regional councils. He is well-regarded as a positive and professional contributor who can engage, pinpoint key issues, find consensus and lead constructively for results.

Rob continues to contribute his skills and experience to support and add value to the good work of community and not-for-profits, and to optimise specific project results.

Garry Downey | Director

Appointed 23 November 2023

Having lived on Eyre Peninsula for over 25 years I have a deep affinity, affection and commitment in ensuring our region remains resilient and robust and a wonderful place to live, work and enjoy the Eyre Peninsula.

Long term experience in banking, small business ownership, community sector management and currently working within the Justice system provides me with a diversity of skills that complements other board members. I have been involved with several community organisations on Eyre Peninsula including the Port Lincoln Football League Umpires Association, Port Lincoln Primary School Governing Council, Mortlock Shield and in previous times the Community Builders program in Streaky Bay and Regional Coordinator for Mentoring EP and Wheels in Motion.

I have been a director of the Foundation for 9 years, 2 years as Chairperson before retiring as required by our constitution. I have re-joined the Board with the goal of developing a successful regional Bequest program for the long-term benefit of Eyre Peninsula communities.


Jamie Siviour OAM | Director

Appointed 6 June 2024

I have grown up on the Eyre Peninsula in the Lock/Murdinga district. After completing my schooling I pursued a career in agriculture, taking over the family farm in 2000 and together with my wife Anne expanded our farming enterprise. We have two sons, Matthew (School Teacher) and Damon (Physiotherapist).

I have always been community minded holding positions within various community organisations and sporting clubs both at club and association level. Of particular interest has been both the physical and mental health of our rural and remote communities. I was Chairman of the Lock Health Centre Advisory Committee for 19 years as well as holding positions on the Port Lincoln Hospital Board and the Port Lincoln Health Advisory Council. Since 2019 I have been a member of the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network Board.

I became a Justice of the Peace in 2006. In 2020 I completed and became a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and maintain my GAICD qualification. In 2018 I was the recipient of the District Council of Elliston Citizen of the Year Award and later that year was honoured to receive the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to community with emphasis on rural health.

The EP Community Foundation makes an outstanding contribution to the lives of so many here on the Eyre Peninsula and I am proud to be a Board Director.

Join the Board

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation is actively seeking new Directors to join the Board. We encourage Eyre Peninsula residents to consider joining our existing Directors in helping the Foundation reach its full potential. Amongst other criteria, we would particularly welcome a wide geographic spread of Directors across Eyre Peninsula to ensure that Board discussions include a broad range of local perspectives, but that should not discourage interested Lower EP residents from becoming involved as well.

From the Foundation’s Governance Manual:

“The nature of a Board’s membership is critical to the role and function of a community foundation. EPCF Board members need to know and understand the Eyre Peninsula community very well. They should understand the needs and challenges faced by both the rural and township sectors of the Eyre Peninsula and have empathy for the diverse range of proposals that may be suggested to move the community forward.

“Ideally, Board members will be visionary, lateral thinkers and ‘movers and shakers’ in their own right and be willing to embrace unconventional strategies if they are needed for the long term betterment of the community. Importantly, Board members should be committed to philanthropy as a means of providing sustainable community benefits.

“Board membership involves considerable responsibility. Board members have the normal fiduciary duties of company directors and are ultimately accountable for the financial and overall performance of the organisation. The directors of the EPCF Board must therefore be independent of influence and have the highest possible levels of integrity and ethical conduct.”

The Board must comply with the ATO requirements for a majority of “responsible persons” as directors. Nominations are encouraged from those meeting any of the criteria below. Other nominations may be considered, but priority must be given to those meeting the ATO requirements. The “responsible persons” criteria are:

  • School principals, judges, magistrates, justices of the peace, clerks of the court, religious practitioners, doctors, dentists and legal professionals, mayors, councillors, town clerks and members of parliament.
  • Marriage celebrants, nurses, pharmacists, bailiffs, bank officers or officers of a building society or credit union with 5 or more continuous years of service.
  • Individuals who are accepted as having a degree of responsibility to the community as a whole are known to a broad section of the community because they perform a public function or they belong to a professional body which has a professional code of ethics and rules of conduct.
  • Government employees with 5 or more years of continuous service.
  • Teachers employed on a full-time basis at a school or tertiary education institution.
  • Individuals who have received formal recognition from the Government for their services to the community (for example, Order of Australia or Imperial honours recipients).

The nomination form can be downloaded here:

EPCF Director Nomination form

We recommend the ACNC Guide for Board Members to those who would like more information about nominating for Director.

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