GRP Managing Director
Gayle is Team Leader for the Mission Catalyst Team at the Baptist Union of Victoria, and Managing Director of GRP, working collaboratively with the team to encourage fresh thinking in flourishing communities, to celebrate existing good examples and to pioneer new possibilities. She commenced her career working for the Albury/Wodonga Development Corporation in Community Development and has pioneered new initiatives in education and community engagement for the Mercy Health Service, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence. She has been in pastoral ministry for the past 16 years and brings experience and knowledge of pastoral leadership from a range of contexts, including a regional large church, revitalisation of a suburban church and now pioneering a missional church in the inner city of Melbourne. Gayle’s background has been in counselling, community development, palliative care and adult education. She has degrees in community development and master’s in counselling and theology.
Placemakers (Woodlea Estate, Aintree, VIC)
Jono has more than a decade of experience in NFPs and community work, with a particular interest in community organised place based food systems, food growing and community empowerment. Jono’s experience has been in small rural communities and regional centres which has seen him work with youth and families in public housing estates, in primary schools and football clubs in areas of welfare and wellbeing, and leading Churches and missional communities.
Jono is currently placemaking in the new Woodlea Estate in the suburb of Aintree, in Melbourne’s North West growth corridor. He is the Founder and Managing Director of We Love Aintree Ltd. – a local community development non-profit which also operates a social enterprise cafes, Aintree Cafe & Garden, in the neighbourhood. He has extensive experience in community gardening and food growing and brings a wealth of knowledge to GRP in this area.
Simon and Kaylene Reeves
Placemakers (Norlane, VIC)
Simon is passionate about creating healthy, sustainable and inclusive neighbourhoods. He has been working in community development and place making for the past 18 years and holds a degree in social work and master’s in social change and sustainability.
Kaylene is an experienced community development practitioner and has spent more than 13 years living and working in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Her roles have include managing social enterprise cafes, case management and piloting various innovative food-based initiatives.
Kaylene and Simon are joint CEO’s and have been leading the team in Norlane since 2012. They currently live in Norlane with their three children. Simon is passionate about growing wonderful vegetable gardens and playing soccer.
Michelle and Brett Mitchell
Placemakers (Olivine, Donnybrook, VIC)
Michelle and Brett Mitchell have been pioneers establishing a church plant in Craigieburn twelve years ago which is now thriving, as well as community-based initiatives for parents of children with special needs, playgroups, and community food supply. Brett is on team with the Mission Catalyst and has experience in finance and governance. Michelle’s experience comes in the areas creating community-based activities. They are passionate about living in the north and envisioning a community that is connected and thriving. So committed to Olivine, they have purchased their own home there and have made impressive contacts and activation of community initiatives already.
Our Consulting Team
Geoff and Sherry Maddock
Geoff and Sherry live and work in the inner city of Melbourne (Australia). Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city’s four and a half million residents the Maddock’s seek to love and serve those left behind and cultivate a sense of place for all city dwellers.
Between 1998 and 2016, Geoff and Sherry lived in the inner city of Lexington, Kentucky with their son, Isaac (born 2003), they worked as urban farmers with a focus on neighbourhood outreach and service. Their wider involvement in transformation committed them to service in neighbourhood associations, non-profit boards, city government committees, and local food economy initiatives. For many years they operated an urban farm on the lot next to their home —The 4th St Farm. This 1/10 of an acre property was home to raised beds for vegetables, chickens, bees, and more than 20 fruit trees.
They are authors of “Sowing Seeds of Shalom in the Neighbourhood” (available on Amazon for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Sowing-Seeds-Shalom-Neighborhood-Briefing-ebook/dp/B00E9T226I/) It is the first briefing paper from the Summit of the International Society for Urban Mission (ISUM) and offers theological frameworks, principles, disciplines and practical suggestions for Christians who long to practice neighbourliness.
Derek is the founder and managing director or Now and Not Yet (NaNY). He is passionate about developing healthy flourishing communities combined with social enterprise. NaNY now has a reputation as a community café that is committed to people and place. It works extensively in the community of Warrandyte and has worked closely with GRP and Mirvac to deliver the soon to be opened shared cup in the Olivine estate in Donnybrook. He also consults to multiple social enterprises and has a proven track recorded of developing viable, sustainable and community impacting social enterprise businesses.
Skills of those that are very interested in the community garden placemaking role for Smith’s Lane
We currently have two families who have we believe the skills and commitment to be our Placemakers at Smith’s Lane. One couple live in the area and their children attend Casey Grammar School Clyde North (just behind Smith’s Lane). From a farming background they are currently pastors at a local church but have real desire to re-engage in the farming and community space. The second couple live in Bacchus Marsh but are so captivated by the concept they are prepared to relocate to Smith’s Lane. The potential placemaker has been undertaking urban gardening projects in Bacchus Marsh is undertaking Architectural Landscaping training. Both are committed to place and cultivating flourishing communities.