Our People - Tender Illawarra
Our Community Project General Manager
Moray Ralph has been a leader in community development and organisational management across Australia for over 20 years. Having led and managed diverse organisations, including the Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation in remote Western Australia and Red Cross’s division in Northern NSW, Moray has a focus on strong governance, strategy and team cohesion.
Moray has an MBA from Southern Cross University and a wealth of experience in financial management, compliance and reporting. He leads teams from big to small throughout the community development lifespan – from achieving successful funding submissions, to creating measurable impacts and outcomes, to providing final acquittal statements, financial and annual reports to stakeholders.
In his personal life, Moray is a devoted father of three, husband, avid ocean and mountain adventurer, who has a passion for the natural world and the people who inhabit it.
Tender Illawarra Staff Members
Nadine volunteered with Tender for 12 months in 2017. When Nadine moved to Melbourne she worked as a traditional funeral director before relocating back to the Illawarra to rejoin her family as well as our Tender Community as a Funeral Director.
Nadine is passionate about ritual, symbolism and ceremony and the peace, calm and joy these practices can bring to celebrating our lives and eventual death. Nadine supports families and their community to create the funeral experience that most suits their needs. She also brings her skills in hairdressing and beauty therapy to pamper the deceased in our care.
Amy’s career as a funeral director started in 2008. She has worked as a funeral administrator and traditional funeral director including arranging, conducting and caring for our dead in the mortuary. She truly found her passion working in the mortuary and went on to study Embalming. She is passionate about empowering families and their communities after a death has occurred and loves facilitating ceremonial washings & dressings of the deceased with their family.
Amy joined the Port Kembla community in opening Tender Funerals in 2016 as the starting Funeral Director
Funeral Director/ Operations Co-ordinator
Wes is an Illawarra local having lived in Bulli all his life. Coming from a long and varied career in the public sector he served in the Australian Defence Force and NSW Police Force where he grew his passion for training as an Education Development Officer.
He has a passion for his communities having served on the AIDS Council of NSW board of directors and is a current volunteer member of the NSW State Emergency Service.
Wes has gained experience as a traditional funeral director completing two years with a local Illawarra funeral home; the move to Tender Funerals aligning with Wes’ strong community values.
He has a keen interest in the rich cultural diversity of the Illawarra and Sydney regions and believes in these communities taking back ownership of their customs and traditions to be able to better care for their people after death.
Lauren has worked in the Funeral Industry since 2008. Lauren has worked as a Funeral Director within Family-owned homes and has always provided a caring and nurturing approach.
Lauren joined the Tender Family in 2018 and has recently taken time to complete her Diploma in Counselling to provide Bereavement Support for Families. Lauren has now resumed Funeral Directing with Tender to continue caring for families and strongly believes in the value and importance of healthy bereavement processes and that everyone has the
right to farewell their loved ones in a way that is healing and empowering for them.
Funeral Director / Volunteer Co-ordinator
Jade is a qualified social worker with values that align with Tender’s culture. She has a great passion in assisting bereaved families to create a meaningful and individual experience.
Jade will work to empower families and communities with great transparency and integrity throughout the whole process of arranging a funeral for their loved one.
Ashten began her journey with Tender as a Volunteer in January of 2021 before being hired in March of 2022 as a funeral director’s assistant. She worked within the Marketing industry for over 10 years as a business to business coordination’s manager before making the decision to follow her lifelong passion to work in the funeral industry.
Ashten is currently studying Restorative Arts and Embalming, in the hopes to offer a deeper understanding and care to families who need it.
Her stern passion on the history of the funeral industry and different cultural practices has greatly helped her transition into death care with ease.
Ashten takes great pride in her work and believes there is nothing more rewarding than assisting her families and helping empower them as they care for their loved ones on their final journey.
Sam began his time at Tender as a volunteer, with a background of administration and medical Science. His developed interest in the medical processes of death and dying, leading to his study of Forensic Medicine and Mortuary Science. He holds qualifications in Mortuary Operations, Medical Science and Administration, and loves the care, compassion and culture of Tender’s model in regard to their treatment of the deceased.
It is his ambition to change the culture of the death-care industry, determined to bring the values of compassion, respect and personality back to the sacred art of caring for the deceased.
Sam works primarily as the Network Manager for Tender Funerals Australia, providing support to communities establishing Tender Funerals Services around the country.
Angelique has been working in administration in the Not-For-Profit sector since 2006 and comes to Tender with a wealth of administrative and accounts experience. Angelique grew up and resides in Inner-western Sydney and is enjoying using the commute time to listen to audiobooks.
Angelique is passionate about the betterment of communities and looks forward to applying her organisation and administrative skills to support Tender staff in their work empowering and supporting families.