Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program

Vision, Mission



The Team


Our Board

  • Anthony Griffiths
  • Lisbeth Long
  • David Guy
  • Graham Nickless
  • Emma Avery
  • Jemma Galvin
  • Lisa Manglesdorf
  • Dr Natalie Shepard
  • Chris Mirams

Anthony Griffiths - Chair - (AVCLP 2006)

Anthony GriffithsAnthony is a graduate of the 2006 AVCLP program, joined the AVCLP Board in 2011, and became Chairperson in 2012.

In addition to AVCLP, Anthony’s other community roles include Treasurer of the Greta Valley Landcare Group and one of the Trustees of the historic Greta Cemetery. Anthony works at the Tax Office in Albury and jointly operates the family beef cattle farm at Greta West. Anthony previously served as a Councillor with the Rural City of Wangaratta for ten years, including two years as Mayor and was also a Board Member of NECMA for eleven years. He is passionate about local history, environmental and sustainability issues and in his spare time enjoys reading, hunting and collecting vintage machinery.

Lisbeth Long

Lisbeth LongLisbeth joined the AVCLP Board in 2013. Lisbeth and her husband Tim own and operate Silent Range Estate wines near Glenrowan. Lisbeth has a Bachelor of Economics degree and prior to joining Silent Range Estate, worked in senior executive roles for a number of ASX top 100 mining, manufacturing and petroleum companies in Australia with long term postings as diverse as Broken Hill, Roxby Downs and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Now passionate about North East Victoria, Lisbeth currently serves on the Goulburn Ovens TAFE board, and since moving to the region in 2006 has served on a number of regional business and tourism advisory committees. In her spare time Lisbeth enjoys gardening, outdoor activities and family activities.

David Guy - Treasurer (AVCLP 2008)

David GuyDavid is a graduate of the 2008 AVCLP program, and joined the Board in 2011. David is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner, and works as a Private Client Adviser for the Shadforth Financial Group in Wodonga. David is Deputy Chairman of the Albury/Wodonga Financial Planning Association and is a Wodonga Chamber of Commerce member.

Graham Nickless (FLP 1997)

Graham NicklessGraham owns and manages a sheep and cropping enterprise near Glenrowan. Graham has extensive experience at a management level in Local Government, most recently working for the Rural City of Wangaratta. He previously worked for the former Delatite Shire and prior to this worked with the Upper Murray Development Committee in Corryong. A founding Board member of AVCLP and graduate of the inaugural Fairley Leadership Program, Graham has been actively involved in a range of local and regional initiatives across the Alpine Valleys for many years. Graham has been formally recognised for his work and commitment to the Alpine Valleys Region with a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Awards.

Emma Avery (AVCLP 2011)

Emma AveryEmma grew up and studied in North East Victoria and considers herself a local. She joined the AVCLP board in 2013 in an effort to expand her knowledge and experience, and to become involved with community organisations at a strategic level. With a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Ecology from La Trobe University Wodonga, Emma currently resides in Wangaratta and is developing a career in Environmental Sustainability.

Emma is involved in many community based committees including the Wangaratta Toastmasters Club and the sustainability focus for the Yackandandah Folk Festival.

Jemma Galvin – (AVCLP 2014)

Jemma GalvinJemma joined the AVCLP Board in 2014 after graduating from the 2013-2014 Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program. Jemma began her professional life as a teacher, and has since found her niche in the administration of the performing Arts.

Jemma has held positions at the Arts Centre Melbourne, the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre and at Wodonga’s Cube, specialising in conference and events management. Jemma lives in Albury and is currently an inaugural Committee member of City2City- a proposed charity fun run that will benefit border health services.

Lisa Manglesdorf (AVCLP 2009)

Lisa ManglesdorfLisa joined the AVCLP Board in 2011, after graduating from AVCLP in 2009. Lisa recently completed her Master's in Business Administration and works in relationship management with various sectors of the community.

Lisa holds experience associated with marketing, communications, public relations, and event and staff management. Her community involvement has included membership of the North East Young Professionals Network and support of a number of charities in the Albury/Wodonga area including the Border Ball Committee, Relay for Life and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dr. Natalie Shepard

Dr Natalie ShepardNatalie joined the AVCLP Board in 2012. She lives in the Albury/Wodonga area and is the Principal of a successful consultancy. Her business delivers workshops, training and individual mentoring, in communication, behavior and leadership, to small business, and the corporate and government sectors.

Natalie is a member of numerous groups and associations, including: the National Speakers Association of Australia, the International Coaching Federation, The Entrepreneurs Group Melbourne, the Albury-North side Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Network Australia, and Executive Women Australia.

Chris Mirams

Chris MiramsChris is an agricultural consultant based in Albury. A graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, Chris is passionate about empowering rural and regional communities to create their own vibrant future.

Chris joined the AVCLP Board in 2012, is a Board member of The Scots School Albury Board and the Holbrook Landcare Network and sits on a number of agricultural advisory committees.