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Changing of the Guard at Greater Charitable Foundation

Former Lake Macquarie mayor John Kilpatrick today (Thursday May 1) retired after 16 years of service with Hunter-based Greater Building Society.

Mr Kilpatrick stepped down as the chairman and a director of the Greater Charitable Foundation. Inaugural Charitable Foundation director and another former Greater Building Society chairman Ian Nelmes replaces Mr Kilpatrick as Foundation chairman. Current Greater Building Society chairman and partner at the Newcastle, Maitland and Singleton based Pitcher Partners, Wayne Russell, will join the Foundation Board.

Mr Nelmes thanked Mr Kilpatrick for his long service to The Greater’s customers and the broader community. Mr Kilpatrick served as a Greater director for 13 years, three as chairman. He then served as inaugural Foundation chairman for three years.

Mr Nelmes has a total 34 years of service on both boards. He was a Greater director for 31 years, 22 as chairman.

The other Foundation directors are Anne Thurlow, Bruce White and Greater staff appointed representatives Kristy Bagnall and Vicki Rowett.

The Greater Charitable Foundation was established in 2011. It is funded from the profits of the Greater Building Society. The Foundation has already allocated almost $4 million to support 12 charity partners to help improve the lives of families in The Greater’s area of operations. Partners include HMRI, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

Media information: Craig Eardley on 0437 477 493.


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