Olivia Barlow (President)
Olivia grew up in nearby Rushworth and attended boarding school in Ballarat before undertaking her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. Olivia has only recently returned to the GV at the start of 2017, commencing as a Graduate Lawyer with Dawes & Vary Riordan.
Olivia volunteers at the GVCLC and also likes to spend her time doing yoga, hiking and playing golf (or at least attempting to). Olivia enjoys the inclusive atmosphere of being in a regional area and believes the GVYP is essential for encouraging young professionals to move to the GV and ensuring they get the most out of their time in the region.
Meaghan Thompson (Vice President)
Meaghan was born and raised in Wodonga and moved to the Goulburn Valley in 2015 by way of Wangaratta. After obtaining her Bachelor Degree in Nursing at La Trobe University, Wodonga she went on to gain a post graduate certificate in Nursing Practice - Rural Critical Care from the University of Melbourne.
Meaghan has been a Critical Care Registered Nurse who worked at Goulburn Valley Health. She is currently a Secondary School nurse with the Department of Education.
Meaghan is a great lover of all things musical theatre and movies, and believes there's nothing better than settling down with a glass of wine and a good book!
Meaghan is a big believer that organisations like the GVYP’s encourage young professionals to live in regional areas and offer easy accessibility to social activities.
Mathew Morley (Treasurer)
Mat grew up in Goolwa South Australia, he then studied Civil engineering at the University of Adelaide. After university he moved to the Goulburn Valley for a job with Girdwood Contracting. He has been with the company since 2016 and is now one of the company’s project managers.
Mat started attending GVYP events when he first moved to the area and found it to be a great way to meet people in his new town. He believes it is a great organisation for welcoming and retaining people in the region and for this reason he joined the committee in 2018.
D'Arcy McDonald (Committee member)
D’Arcy was born and raised in the Goulburn Valley. She attended Deakin University, first in Warrnambool and then Geelong, studying a Bachelor of Law/Commerce. Since returning to the Goulburn Valley, D’Arcy has worked as a lawyer with Morrison and Sawers. D’Arcy is
passionate about yoga, food and books. On the weekend you’ll most often find her drinking coffee, reading or out on the tennis court.
D’Arcy began attending GVYP events to reconnect with other young people in the Goulburn Valley. She believes strongly in community involvement and sees the GVYP as a positivevehicle through which like-minded individuals can meet and make friends.
Brendan Tam (Committee member)
Whilst born in Sydney, Brendan is a Victorian at heart, having grown up in Traralgon, Gippsland. He attended the University of Melbourne, completing both a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Sciences before crossing the globe and embarking upon a Masters in History at the University of Edinburgh.
Since returning to Australia in late 2019, Brendan has relocated to the Goulburn Valley to take up a job as a Planning Officer at SPC. He is an avid reader, board game aficionado, podcaster and casual runner.
Brendan believes that the GVYP has a vital role to play in building and growing connections between young professionals, particularly those who are new to the region, in order to foster a vibrant and thriving community
Bridget Coutts (Committee Member)
Bridget was born and raised in Sunbury before relocating to Shepparton at the start of 2020. Bridget completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/ Bachelor of Global Studies at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Bridget has just completed her Supervised Legal Training at SMR Legal.
Bridget is a keen hiker and enjoys all outdoor activities including competing in tennis for the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club. Bridget also enjoys travelling and eating good food with friends.
Bridget sees the GVYP as an important organisation as the Goulburn Valley is particularly well-known for attracting young people starting out in their chosen fields and this makes the significance of the GV Young Professionals even greater. Furthermore, the group offers an outlet for many to experience social and wellbeing events resulting in an overall better experience living and working in the Goulburn Valley.