About the Board


David Richmond - LMPA Chairman, Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Business Law), Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning), Graduate Diploma Chartered Accounting

David is a partner at local accounting firm RSD Chartered Accountants. David has been working in public practice for the past 16 years, where he works predominately with businesses as a strategic taxation and accounting advisor. David is committed to  making a difference in the community by applying his skills for the benefit of volunteer and not for profit organisations  within the community. David believes strongly that education will shape the future for our next generations, and a great preschool experience will be key to our children’s success in future years. In addition to LMPA Pty Ltd, David is also a member of the Maiden Gully Primary School Council, and is a director of the Bendigo Business Council.

Jag Dhaliwal, BSc(Hons) Podiatry, Advanced Diploma Business Management

Jag joined the LMPA board in 2012 upon moving to Bendigo. Jag is a senior manager in a primary health care organisation spanning a large portion of central Victoria in to New South Wales. Jag has extensive management experience in the profit and not for profit health sectors and has previously managed early childhood education and care services. Jag is committed to the rights of the child and the importance of quality early childhood education.

Marc Blancs, Bachelor of Arts, Grad Diploma (Computing) Grad Diploma (Education)

Marc is a Senior Project Officer for the Department of Education and Early Childhood, working in the Learning and Teaching Division.  He has experience as teacher and leader in both the primary and secondary school context and worked as a consultant and adviser for the Regional and Central offices.  Alongside this he has experience in teaching pre-service teachers at the tertiary level.  Marc is a proud supporter and advocate for the opportunities that the provision of high quality education can provide for children and the communities in which they live. 

Pam Jenkins, MC Nurse, Grad Dip Mgt, Master of Business, Graduate Aus Institute of Company Directors.

Pam, who is now retired, joined the LMPA Board in 2012 upon returning to Bendigo after spending 12 years in Queensland. Her career spanned 30 years in Local Government and her roles focused on the community, corporate and business areas spending over 20 years with the City of Greater Bendigo. The remainder was spent in Queensland with the Maroochy Council as General Manager Corporate and Community Strategy and Director Lifestyle and Environment with Pine Rivers Council. Pam has always had a passion for the wellbeing of children and hopes that any contribution she can make to the LMPA Board will be reflected in the quality of life for preschool children in the region.

Russell Barnier B.Juris, LL.B, FCIS, FGIA (Life), MAICD

Russell Barnier is a commercial lawyer, admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Melbourne.  Following articles at a major city law firm, he entered the corporate arena and commenced practice as in-house counsel.

What followed was a career that began as a corporate lawyer then company secretary to a major Australian bank.  That role was followed by 10 years as general counsel and corporate secretary to a major health care network in Melbourne.

Following a consulting position where corporate and governance advice and guidance was provided to organisations across many business sectors, a preference for a country lifestyle was developed through a three year contract position as general counsel and corporate secretary to a major government services authority in regional Victoria.

Living in Bendigo now for just over four years, his legal practice was formed three years ago to provide the Bendigo business community with quality corporate legal advice and assistance in developing practical internal governance procedures that enhance business performance and transparency at all levels from Boardroom to shop floor.