Meaghan Thompson (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.
Brendan Tam (Vice President)
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
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.
Ashviney Vigneswaran (Secretary)
Ash was born and raised in the vibrant city of Melbourne. She moved to the Goulburn Valley in January 2021 after completing a Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne. Consulting at Graham Hill Eyecare in the heart of Shepparton, Ash has grown very fond of the town and joined the GV Young Professionals committee in 2021. She loves her books, coffee, Indian classical dancing and spending time with her beautiful husky, Maxwell.
She strongly believes in the importance of this organisation and the role it plays in connecting like-minded individuals on both a social and professional platform. Ash is excited to help welcome more people to the Goulburn Valley!
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.
Morgan Dyer (Committee Member)
Morgan was born and raised in Wagga Wagga and moved to the Goulburn Valley in 2019 after obtaining a communications degree in Melbourne. She started out at the The Shepparton News before she moved on to be a Television reporter at Win News.
Morgan loves all things, food, fashion and footy and a red wine or two! Having grown up in a regional area she feels at home in communities like Shepparton and believes regional areas have endless opportunities regardless of whether you want to live there for a week, a month, a year or a lifetime.
Morgan joined GVYP committee as she wanted to give back to the region after she was welcomed into the Shepparton community with open arms.
She believes it's a great way for young voices to be heard in the wider community to ensure regional areas provide opportunities for young people.
Gordon Peardon (Committee Member)
SECRET GARDEN GIG
When: Saturday 24th April
Where: IT's A SECRET!!!
When: Wednesday 26th May
Where: Terminus Hotel, Shepparton
Cost: $5 for Non-Members
When: SATURDAY 12th June
Cost: $75pp Entry & Bus