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Tender funerals Mid North Coast

Tender Funerals Staff

Samuel Clowes

General Manager 

Sam brings a strong background in administration, process development, and medical sciences to the table. With qualifications in Mortuary Operations, Medical Science, and Forensic Medicine, Sam’s interest in death and dying has evolved into a passion for promoting education around these topics. He values Tender’s compassionate approach, aiming to bring death back into the caring hands of the community. Sam is dedicated to fostering understanding and awareness of death and funeral processes for everyone

Relle Hart

Director/Administration & Engagement

Relle has held administrative and office management roles in the private and community sector. Relle took a sideways step into more people-oriented roles in the community mental health sector as a program coordinator and manager. She has been involved in the Independent education system as a parent and has held a number of board roles in that system. She has an entrepreneurial streak and has dabbled in self-employment at various intervals. Currently, she is owner/operator of a service offering end-of-life planning and support, digital storytelling, community education and is an advocate/facilitator of DIY funerals. Relle brings a passion for reclaiming death, dying and grieving, alongside a range of administrative, communication and design skills to the table, as well as a healthy community spirit.

Megan Baker

Funeral Director

Megan Baker, a compassionate funeral director, found her calling through personal loss and community service. Seeing the importance of affordable and meaningful farewells, Megan channels her dedication into guiding families through the delicate process of honouring their loved ones.

After experiencing the profound grief of losing her son, Kai, in 2016, Megan embarked on a mission to empower others in navigating the journey of death and grief. With a background in counselling and event planning, Megan supports the crafting of meaningful funerals that reflect the essence of those who have passed and the needs and wishes of families.

Megan provides tailored support to families during their most vulnerable moments. Grateful to work for an organisation with such a vital purpose, Megan is committed to handing the process of death and dying back to the community in the ways they want and need.

Beverley Exell

Funeral Director

BIO COMING SOON….

Tender Funerals Mid North Coast Board of Directors 

Stephen Prohm

Chair

Steve’s extensive military background provided him with solid skills in logistics and human resources. Besides working in the shipbuilding sector, Steve was lucky to find himself working with people to ensure quality, environmental and safety, and then found his true passion for helping through the compensation and rehabilitation scheme for injured workers.

Steve has supported Not-For-Profit organisations including Early Childhood and Equine Therapy programs for “Children at Risk” and vulnerable young adults transitioning into the workforce. Steve was an active volunteer for BlaizeAid which helped him secure a specialised role at Lifeline Mid Coast where he stayed for the next decade.

Through supporting people in crisis, Steve’s core values of providing best practice in suicide support, now exists in his passion for normalising talk about suicide. 

Steve moved into a part time role at Lifeline which saw him assist in outreach, recovery and resilience activities in various bushfire effected communities

Steve is honoured to share Tender Funerals Mid North Coast’s mission. 

Janet Geronimi

Director

Janet has had diverse roles in both public and independent sectors in the areas of education, administration, registration and compliance at executive level for over 30 years.  Janet brings to Tender Funerals qualifications and experience in education, project management, HR, administration management and compliance.

Janet lives on the Mid North Coast and is committed to contributing to her local community, using her skills to assist in positive community engagement and change.

John Oxley 

Director/ Treasurer 

John comes to us with a wealth of professional experience as a Chartered Accountant with a master’s degree in business leadership. Over his career, John has held senior and executive positions in large firms and with taxation in South Africa. John has extensive experience in financial management, corporate tax, business advisory, compliance and loans. Adding to his array of impressive skills, John also brings to Tender Funerals an incredible amount of experience as a board member having sat on a number of boards over the years.  John values openness and transparency and his interest in being part of the Tender board comes down to these values and a belief that funerals should be affordable for everyone.

Neil Brown

Director

Neil has had an extensive career in designing and delivering effective communications across multiple media platforms. Over the past 20 years, he held senior positions in media, PR, marketing and communications for TAFE NSW on the North Coast and as a result has established a good insight into the needs, interests and dynamics of its growing communities. He brings to the board knowledge and experience in strategic communication and effective marketing and PR for small, medium and large enterprises. He has also held company director and board positions for commercial, not-for-profit and government entities.

Kim Dahler

Director

Kim has worked in the Banking and Finance Industry for over 35 years – starting in Sydney and returning to the beautiful Mid North Coast in 2005, where she worked as a Regional Executive until her resignation in 2021.

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 13 years ago, focussed her attention on the local Port Macquarie Parkinsons Support Group which she has led since 2021 and more broadly, created an interest in the NFP Sector.

‘I remember watching a program some time ago about the Funeral Industry and the ‘practices’ of some providers – it was quite a shock and something I’ve never forgotten.

Having a reputable Funeral Business such as Tender, start in my own town, was an opportunity for me to continue my Community contributions and be part of a very special ‘commitment’ to respect and care for, those that we have lost.

Funding Partners

In February 2020 Tender Funerals Mid North Coast received funding from the Vasudhara Foundation to engage a project activator for 6 months to accelerate the process of establishing a Tender Funerals franchise on the Mid North Coast. Denis Juelicher, who has taken on this role, has significant community development and project management experience, working in both voluntary and paid positions, on projects such as The Lost Plot Community Garden, The Green Day Out Inc. and Ekam Yoga Festival. Since that time, Tender Funerals Mid North Coast has incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation with an established a board of directors. The board has, with the support of Tender Australia and Social Ventures Australia, secured finance from Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) and a considerable grant from the Vincent Family Fairfax Foundation. Land in Wauchope’s industrial area has been purchased and a home for Tender Funerals Mid North Coast has begun. Tender Funerals Mid North Coast continues to engage with the community and community services organisations in the region and raise funds to establish the franchise. Tender Funerals has set the goal of being operational in early 2022.