Toni Wakefield

Board Chair
Chair of Nominations and Membership Sub-Committee

A lifelong and passionate Gippslander, Toni is the Commercial Services Manager and co-founder of the 2006 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, Safetech Pty Ltd – an award winning business employing more than 100 around the country.

Safetech is the largest Materials Handling Company in Australia. It is internationally recognised for its designing and manufacturing lifting products that are manufactured in Gippsland and sought after around the globe.

Headquartered in regional Victoria with its base in Moe, Safetech has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. It has a strong track record of training and employing people from a diverse range of backgrounds, particularly in regional Victoria.

Toni is nationally recognized for her commitment to raising the profile of small business and her support for education. Toni actively contributes to a range of business and education initiatives, including as a member of the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee. Toni is a current Telstra National Business Awards judge and also a past member of the Victorian Small Business Advisory Council.

Jon McNaught

Deputy Chair

Member of Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee

Jon is a Gippsland born and bred mechanical engineer, beginning his career at Australian Paper, Maryvale, before joining GHD in Melbourne in 2002 as Gippsland Manager and Principal Mechanical Engineer. Jon has recently been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of ViPlus Dairy Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s leading nutritional milk developers and manufacturers located in Toora, South Gippsland.

Jon has worked on projects across Australia, Asia and the Middle East, including defence facilities, large agricultural ventures, as well as transport and energy developments.

Jon is also a member of the Gippsland Regional Plan Leadership Group.

Tim Weight


With a degree in Agricultural Science from Melbourne University over the years Tim’s career has shifted from living and working on the land to being instrumental in its development.

Tim now runs his consulting business Tim Weight Consulting from East Gippsland and has been involved in agricultural systems and economics, regional economic development and property development.

Tim also has extensive experience in the management and governance of property development and property investment ventures.

Tim is currently Deputy Chair Regional Development Australia – Gippsland and Chairman of Kings Cove Club.

Sean Dignum

Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee

Sean is Principal of the advisory firm SDA Strategic and is a strategic communication adviser and issues manager with extensive experience in corporate affairs projects and public education campaigns.

His strategic perspective is informed by extensive experience at the senior level in mainstream media and on diverse boards.

Sean is a former Director of Latrobe Regional Hospital and currently President of Neerim and District Health Service. He has a dairy farm in Neerim South and is an active member of Landcare and environmental advisory committees within Baw Baw Shire.

David Mawer


Having held senior management roles internationally within the electricity and gas industries, both in the public and private sectors, David is a former Managing Director of Gippsland Water and is currently of The Performance Attitude.

Previously David has been the Managing Director of Westernport Water as well as a former State Manager for BHP Billiton.

David was also a director of the gas market regulator of NSW for four years, as well as a former Director of the Savewater! Alliance.

Rochelle Wrigglesworth


Rochelle is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. Rochelle is also a member of the Institute of Company Directors with experience across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

After working at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then at Crowe Horwath for many years, Rochelle was the founding Director of DMG Audit and Advisory, part of DMG Financial.

Rochelle is experienced in risk management, internal and external audit, financial management and strategic planning.

Wayne Osborne


With a Bachelor of Business Wayne is currently the Managing Director of Victorian Livestock Exchange.  Wayne has worked in various positions throughout his career including positions in the beef industry working up and down the east coast of Australia, as a Senior Stockman with JBS Australia, an Agribusiness Analyst with the National Australia Bank and has served in the Australian Army obtaining rank of Corporal and service as a peace keeper.

Wayne has been on agriculture study tours to China, New Zealand and Indonesia and believes agriculture plays a large part in Gippsland.  It intrinsically supports and is supported by so many aspects of the Gippsland Community.  Given agriculture’s role in Gippsland, it is felt that it would be beneficial that there is representation on the Board of C4G.

Michelle Brooker


Michelle has over 18 years in the banking industry working in business finance and management roles as well as 15 years in the construction Industry.  She currently jointly owns Brooker Builders with her husband.  Michelle is responsible for the financial and strategic direction of the business.

Michelle is also on the Nagle College School Advisory Board and Finance Sub Committee, is the Treasurer of the Bairnsdale Tennis Club and is on the East Gippsland Council Economic Advisory Board.

Michelle is a life long supporter of the Gippsland Region and passionate in supporting the region to grow in an economic and social sense.  Michelle believes it is vital that we create a vibrant future for our young people and she sees the opportunity to become involved with C4G at Board Level a positive commitment to achieve this goal.