Meet our Team

Rachel Connor, CEO

Rachel has a long commitment to Saltbush through her roles as a volunteer, board member, and CEO. She is passionate about the power of holidays, nature, creativity, and connection to help people experiencing hardship and exclusion to thrive.

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Megan Willis, Operations Coordinator

Megan is our exceptional Operations Coordinator, with a hand in all operational tasks at Saltbush. She is the warm and friendly face throughout the entire holiday process, from bookings, to welcoming guests and ensuring they have a wonderful, restful time at Balnarring Beach. 

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Cassie Mills, Communications Coordinator

Cassie is our Communications Coordinator extraordinaire, supporting all the communications functions at Saltbush. Cassie is an enormously valuable contributor to all aspects of Saltbush’s operations, including providing support for the school holiday and other programs.

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Our Board

Prof. Phillip Steele, Chairperson

Prof. Phillip Steele is an Emeritus Professor of Monash University.  He holds a doctorate in Information Systems from Deakin University and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.  Phillip has over 30 years of experience as an IT academic.

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Claire Thorn, Deputy Chairperson

Claire has been involved with Saltbush, Balnarring Beach since 2017.  Claire brings to the Board a deep knowledge of social services gained from community and public sector roles and qualifications in public policy development, management and governance.

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Shelley Iles, Treasurer

Shelley joined the Saltbush board in 2021.  Shelley is a Mornington Peninsula local and a CPA who started her career at Deloitte, before moving into finance and business leadership roles in education. Shelley is active in the local community and is committed to the values of Saltbush, Balnarring Beach.

Keeley Hille

Keeley is a Mornington Peninsula local who works in the digital health sector and has academic qualifications in allied health, education and information technology. She has worked in in non-profit and commercial organisations in a range of industries including healthcare, aged and disability care and local government. Keeley is committed to giving back the local community through pro-active participation.

Charles Reis

Charles joined the Board in December 2022. He has a commercial background leading strategy and corporate functions, with experience in both business and community sectors. Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and an MBA; and most recently led a local campaign to save the historic Flinders Pier.