Deb Brook


As a young child Deb was involved with charity work helping her Mum with Meals On Wheels and other causes. Her charity work continued on aiding numerous charities over the decades when needed. 

Deb has a management background, largely in marketing (pre children), but is now self employed. Over a decade ago she founded/co-founded the large, long term information and support groups : Special Needs Adoption Australia, Adoption Australia and Singles Adoption Australia, among others. 

Knowing how well-meaning people tend to donate items that are not needed or cannot be used in an emergency situation, and also that many people want to help but don't know where or how, she devised a model that mobilises and educates the community while helping those in need, as organised and fast as possible. 


Anne Nelson


Anne was interested in joining the BCER family, as she had recently downsized her business and was looking for another volunteer role. BCER, being local and such a great cause, seemed perfect.

Anne’s professional background has been in accounting and payroll management roles in several medium to large companies, spanning various industries. 


For the past 15 years, Anne has been self-employed in her bookkeeping practice, looking after her clients’ BAS, payroll and bookkeeping needs.

For the past few years, Anne has been treasurer of Victoria Chorale Inc, a not-for-profit choir, which performs at venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Melbourne Recital Centre.  She really enjoys participating in the creation of beautiful music, the friendships with her fellow choristers, and working with the Committee as their treasurer.


Malcolm Tinkler

Vice President

Malcolm was drawn to BCER to assist those in our communities who need help when facing adversity and vulnerability. 

Malcolm has been an active volunteer with MS Australia and The Smith Family for several years; and was elected to Secretary after joining BCER to assist in managing grants and logistics. 

Malcolm has an engineering and management background from his work in the private sectors in the UK and here in Australia; and provides governance and strategic direction to assist BCER in achieving its purpose as a community driven not-for-profit organisation. 

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Colin Fergeus


After stepping back from full-time work recently, Colin answered the call to join BCER as a way to assist those in our community facing difficult circumstances.

Always keen on “Giving Back,” Colin has been involved in several charitable organisations over the years including; Yooralla, Foster Children’s Association of Victoria, Kevin Heinze “GROW” and teaching ESL to Adult Migrants.  

Colin has a solid construction and business background with strengths in governance, accounting and Business Management and will assist BCER, as a community-driven, NFP organisation, in all areas of compliance.