Meet the Board of Directors

Tulgeen’s Board of Directors are all volunteers drawn from a cross section of the local community. They are generous with their time and knowledge and provide governance to Tulgeen and set its Strategic Vision and Focus for the future. All Directors are active on a number of Board mandated Sub-Committees to actively implement good governance and risk management strategies across the Company.

grattanGrattan Smith – Chair

Grattan Smith has lived in the Bega Valley for almost twenty years and has been working at local icon Bega Cheese as a senior executive since 1997.

Grattan holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney and has completed a number of Executive development programs at the Australian Graduate School of Management.  He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

He is a fan of motorcycles and can often be found enjoying our winding coastal roads.

Grattan chairs the Board’s Audit & Finance Sub-Committee.



GaeGae Rheinberger – Director and Company Secretary

MStJRN, BA (Ad Ed), Diploma Teaching, Grad Dip OHS; Cert IV TAE; Dip Management

After working as a Registered Nurse for many years, Gae broadened her qualifications to encompass aged care, disability services as well as health and safety and has been facilitating skills, knowledge and attitude development in those areas for many years in a variety of workplace settings; including some 12 years teaching Aged Care, Disability, Child Studies and Nursing at TAFE.

As an accredited trainer with WorkCover NSW, St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) as well as several RTOs, Gae has been presenting accredited workplace based training across many areas in NSW as well as Victoria and the ACT.

Initial motivation for joining Tulgeen Board in 2000 was to facilitate organisational accreditation in line with State and Federal government requirements as well as engender a culture of quality and continuous improvement. Having served as Chair of the Board since 2006 and retiring in 2015,  Gae has seen Tulgeen develop into the strong organisation it is today.  She works with the Board and Management to prepare for the challenges of transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Gae is a member of the Board’s  Community Engagement, Marketing, Promotions & Fundraising and the Risk Management Sub-Committees.

Chris Van

Christine Van Den Berg- Director

Chris joined the Board in 2015. She moved to the Bega Valley from WA in 2003 with her family. Chris has worked in health care for many years, and has held senior management positions in regional and rural locations, currently within the primary health care sector. She holds post-graduate qualifications in health services management and business administration. Her interests are in access to high quality health care for rural and remote communities, to vulnerable populations, and good mental health.

In down-time, Chris enjoys walking the dog, reading, and with her husband visiting their two sons interstate, including catching an AFL game. She is pleased to be able to serve on the Board of Tulgeen, and is looking forward to learning a great deal about the service and in supporting it during its evolution to the NDIS Chris chairs the

Board’s Risk Management Sub-Committee.



 Peter Hughes, Director

Peter is the latest addition to the Board.  Peter has lived in the local region for many years.  Peter has had a long professional history in the job creation and job services sector, regional development and as a small business owner. On the employment services front he was formerly Regional Trainer for CES Illawarra and South Coast, Manager for the Bega branch of the Commonwealth Employment Services and Manager of Employment National in the ACT.

Regional development roles have included time at Bombala Shire Council as Economic Development Manager and as Project Manager for the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee.  However, in the local area, he’s probably best known as the former owner of Candelo Post Office.

Liam O’Duibhir,  Director

Liam is co-Director of 2pi Software, is a software engineer who never gets to write code anymore. His passion is to build a unique software development team on the Far South Coast of NSW that matches and exceeds the capabilities of any comparable metropolitan-based companies. Allied to this goal is a strong commitment to increase the number of knowledge service-based businesses operating in the region.

Previous to his move to the coast, Liam had been the Open Source Programme Manager at Fujitsu Australia Software Technology (FAST). He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry spanning roles in senior technical, sales and managerial capacities with leading companies throughout Europe and Australia.  Liam has directed his considerable energy into IntoIT Sapphire Coast, a networking group linking together the increasing numbers of tech-skilled sea-changers enjoying the lifestyle dividend of Far South Coast NSW. In 2014, he co-founded one of Australia’s first ever regional Digital Co-Working Spaces, CoWS Near the Coast, located in downtown Bega. Liam was also the driving force behind Australia’s first ever Regional Innovation Week held in 2016.

Liam  is a member of the Board’s  Community Engagement, Marketing, Promotions & Fundraising and the Risk Management Sub-Committees.

John has worked predominately in the automotive industry since 1978.  After working as a diesel mechanic he gained a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting and Finance from Edith Cowan University in his home town of Perth.  After a short stint in a Chartered Accounting firm, John joined the Ford organisation as a graduate trainee in 1989 and qualified as a CPA Accountant in 1992.  John worked in the Ford organisation for 16 years in various management positions including an overseas posting to WHQ in Detroit, Michigan. After 8 postings in 16 years with Ford it was time to settle down so John and his family decided to move to the Bega Valley in 2005.John is best known locally as part of the Gudrun and John team that own Tarra Motors. John is also on the executive of the Bega Chamber of Commerce and President of the Bega Squash Club. Like our Chairperson, he is also a keen motorcyclist. John is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Invitation to join the Tulgeen Board of Directors

The Directors welcome and value additional participation from our local community.  If you are interested in joining the Board or participate in Tulgeen’s governance in another capacity, please contact the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jen Russell