Board Members 2018-07-14T06:48:26+00:00

The Magic Moments Foundation Board Members

The Magic Moments Foundation is privileged to have a team of extraordinarily committed volunteers on our board who give tirelessly and generously of their expertise, time, spirit and effort to ensure that the foundation achieves its ultimate annual goals. The board is unswerving in its determination to ensure that almost all the funds raised through MMF are used to directly run programs, host events, support, sponsor, surprise, delight and bring true happiness and joy to the lives of the youth, the elderly and families in need in our community. Our Board members are all successful people in their own right and have made the decision to give back through the Foundation and its programs. Listed below are our current board members, however, we would like to deeply thank all those who came before us and all those who will come after us.

Jules Bowden – Director

Jules has been with Magic Moments almost the start having joined the foundation in 1998, joining the Sydney Basket Brigade and on board as a Director in 1999. She is passionate about helping to raise the conscious level of our planet through growth and contribution. Jules was the driving force behind the Sydney Basket Brigade from 1999 for six years. She moved into helping Australian Youth in 2001 with a vision that is now being achieved for the Youth Leadership and Business Summits. Our Grandies Gifting Program came about because she saw a need in the community and Jules is not the type of person to look the other way when someone is in need. Jules is a prime example of walking your talk and an excellent role model – not just for young people. Professionally she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Jules other passion (apart from her family) is her business. True Colours PEOPLE Solutions has reinvented the recruitment process, using a method which measures sub-conscious strengths, driving over 80% of behaviour, allowing the right people to be hired.

Jules has a background in Business Development, Host Beneficiary and Client Relationship Management, with a successful track record of over 20 years in sales, marketing and coaching. Training in the UK, U.S., London and Israel – and providing excellence in Sydney since 1998. Jules is a Certified Trainer of NLP, a Performance Coach with a strong background in NLP techniques and Positive Psychology.

Jenny Varley – Company Secretary, Treasurer & Director

Jenny joined Magic Moments in July 2016 although she has been aware of the Foundation and its programs over the years through her association with Julie Bowden.  A chance conversation with Jules, when Jenny was considering what she could do to give back, saw Jenny join the Board to oversee Finance and Corporate Governance.  She is passionate about leading MMF to set and implement the Finance and Corporate Governance framework that will allow MMF to remain a viable, sustainable and  scaleable organisation that grows to increase the number of people it can reach and help across all its programs.

Jenny is a qualified accountant and has over 35 years’ experience in finance, corporate governance and HR.  She currently works full-time as Assistant Company Secretary and HR Manager for a global reinsurer.  She is also a Justice of the Peace and a Civil Marriage Celebrant.  In her spare time (!), Jenny loves spending time with family, traveling, reading, sewing and pottering with plants.  Fortunately, she has a VERY supportive husband.

Sharon Finucan – Director

Sharon is the driving force in Magic Moments Youth Development Programs. Passionate is an understatement for how Sharon feels about helping young people to realize their true potential and to be the best possible person they can be. She joined the Magic Moments Board in 2007 as our Youth Program Coordinator and is responsible for the fantastic program we have operating today.

She is a qualified and experienced trainer. As well as working in the training field, she mentors secondary school students who need a little assistance to find their way. As well as doing all this she finds time to run her own small business in retail and is supported by her wonderful husband.

Cory Andrews – Marketing Coordinator & Director

Cory first became involved with the Magic Moments Foundation back in 2003 when she, along with a small group of passionate like-minded friends, resurrected the Melbourne Basket Brigade. Their goal that year was to feed 50 families. By the end of a 42 degree sticky Melbourne day, one week before Christmas, they had fed over 110 families. From here she was hooked.

Since then Cory has coordinated the Melbourne Basket Brigade for 12 years and worked on the Event Managment Team for the Youth Program since its inception in 2009. In 2006 she took on the role of National Basket Brigade Coordinator and in 2007 was asked to chair the foundation, which she did through to 2015. With her own history in being a benefactor from Lions Youth Leadership programs, Cory is passionate about the Magic Moments Foundation Youth Programs and how they can help to develop the leaders of the future.

With a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & International Trade) from Swinburne University and many years of working both in Australia and overseas for large through to small firms, Cory brings to the foundation not only a passion for the projects but a wealth of business experience which she is equally passionate about. As well as being a Director on the board of the Foundation, Cory currently runs 2 family businesses in the Animal Boarding Industry and is supported by a wonderful husband and an amazing young daughter.

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