Meet the passionate team who power FareShare. 

With a ratio of around one staff member to 35 volunteers, FareShare runs small but effective teams in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Leadership team

Marcus Godinho

Chief Executive Officer: Marcus commenced volunteering with FareShare in its early days and within a couple of years became its first CEO. After varied roles in the corporate sector and heading up Environment Victoria, he led FareShare on a journey from using surplus food to bake pies in a small, rented kitchen to cooking millions of free, nutritious meals every year in Australia’s largest charity kitchens. Marcus shared a vision with the board to set up dedicated FareShare facilities and by collecting more surplus food and mobilising more volunteers, cook more meals for people in hardship. He has played a major part in FareShare’s continuing impact and expansion ever since. 

Fiona Maxwell

Executive Director, Queensland: leads the development of FareShare's Brisbane kitchen and partnerships. Fiona’s career has spanned the non-profit, government and university sectors in Australia and the USA, including leadership positions at Philanthropy Australia, Brisbane Powerhouse, Next Wave Festival, and Artsupport Australia. Through these roles and as a board member of numerous organisations, Fiona has gained extensive experience supporting philanthropists, non-profits, advisors and intermediaries, and helping them build stronger, more sustainable relationships with supporters. When she isn’t developing key partnerships for FareShare Brisbane, she puts her expertise to good use as Deputy Chair of DVConnect, a state-wide domestic violence crisis service, and as a fellow of the Australia Council Arts Leaders Program.

Kellie Watson

Director of Special Projects: responsible for the development and oversight of FareShare's major projects. After a varied career spanning mining, scientific writing, and high-volume catering, Kellie joined FareShare in 2010, moving to Brisbane in 2018 to design and develop FareShare's new kitchen facilities. While at FareShare she has developed and overseen many projects including the kitchen gardens, the First Nations ‘Meals for the Mob’ project and the new range of extended shelf-life meals which is currently in development. Kellie has served on non-profit boards, food waste advisory groups and currently sits on several grant advisory panels.

Operations and volunteering

Crickette Derjeu

Production Manager: leads our Melbourne kitchen team responsible for cooking thousands of nutritious meals every day.

James Fien

Production Manager: heads our Brisbane kitchen established in 2018 to provide nutritious, cooked meals for vulnerable Queenslanders.

Patrick Lanyon

Logistics Manager: oversees transport, logistics and warehousing in Victoria to rescue food and distribute free, nutritious meals to charities.

Peter Robertson

Finance and Corporate Services Manager: manages our finances, information technology, human resources, and regulatory compliance.

Isabel Menssink

Garden Program Manager: leads our kitchen garden teams and plans our vegetable crops and harvests across three sites in Melbourne.

Rosemary Kelly

Volunteer Programs Manager: leads our Melbourne volunteering program including corporate and school programs.

Dev Bala

Community Manager: manages volunteering in Brisbane including our corporate volunteering program.

Jason Mollenhauer

First Nations Officer: coordinates our meal program for First Nations communities from our Brisbane kitchen.

Our board is made up of committed, experienced members of the Australian community who kindly donate their time and experience to help FareShare feed as many people as possible.


David Harris OAM

President: David is a director and part-owner of the TIC Group and is involved in a number of other private companies. A Certified Public Accountant, he has been a long-serving member of the FareShare Board. He joined FareShare when it was known as One Umbrella and production in the kitchen was just 1000 meals per week. During his tenure he has watched our staff and volunteers in awe as production has risen to more than 60,000 meals a week. In addition to his formal involvement, David has been a regular participant in the the annual Upstream Challenge, a sponsored walk, raising significant funds for FareShare. David was also a member of the Foodbank Victoria Board for 12 years, retiring in 2017.

Sandra Dudakov OAM

Vice president: Sandy Dudakov was a building project manager before joining One Umbrella, the forerunner to FareShare. In her time she has seen the charity grow from collecting food in private cars to now having nine refrigerated vans driving around Melbourne, and from having to cook in borrowed kitchens to operating Australia’s largest charity kitchens in two states. Sandy is especially pleased to have been around to see the Wrongs & Other Acts 2002 passed in Parliament which by offering legal protection encourages businesses to donate safe food to charities.

Paul Conroy

Paul Conroy is the CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation. He has extensive experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. This includes practising as a corporate lawyer in Australia, Asia and the UK, working as Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Fosters' Group Ltd and Treasury Wine Estates Ltd as well as a number of executive and chief executive roles in Australia and the US, and serving as Chairman of the Summer Foundation, which supports and empowers young people with disabilities.

Rilka Warbanoff

Rilka is an entrepreneur, food writer and broadcaster with a long history of community service. She serves on the board of The Hospital Research Foundation and the Centre for Creative Health among other charity commitments. Author of Rilka’s Feasts, she is known among Melbourne and Adelaide radio listeners for regular segments on food and culinary culture.

Chris Campbell

Chris is the CEO of Citywide Service Solutions Pty, a leading physical services company in Australia. Prior to this, he had more than 30 years’ experience in the resources sector, including with BHP Billiton, in various senior executive roles. More recently, Chris has acted as a non-executive director, including with the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Partnership, and for innovation company Breakthrough Technology. He has been a ‘friend’ of FareShare for a number of years, participating in volunteering opportunities himself, and also with colleagues and teams from Citywide.

Margot de Groot AM

Margot founded de Groots wills & estate lawyers in Brisbane in 1986 and in Sydney (2007) and Melbourne (2013). Margot also founded the Queensland branch of the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and was a founding member of the Queensland Law Society Succession Law Committee. She has also served as Chairman of Law Australasia, a National Association of law firms and has been a Director and Chair of several other companies and foundations.


Charles Goode

Our Patron: Mr Charles Goode is the Chairman of Australian United Investment Company Ltd, Diversified United Investment Ltd and Flagstaff Partners. He retired in February 2010 as Chairman of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group after serving as a director for four years and as Chairman for 15 years. He retired in July 2007 as Chairman of Woodside Petroleum Limited after serving as a director for 19 years and as Chairman for eight years. Mr Goode has a wide range of community interests, including chairing The Ian Potter Foundation, one of Australia's largest philanthropic foundations, for many years. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2001.

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