CEO

James Chapman, CEO

James Chapman, CEO

CEO
James Chapman is the CEO of The Food Centre Inc. Officially appointed to the position in May 2017; James has a long and extensive career in the corporate sector. As General Manager for 24 years in both Australia and Ireland working within the Medical Devices Manufacturing and Distribution Industry. James upholds the social justice principals that aim at decreasing or eliminating inequity and social exclusion, promoting inclusiveness and establishing unprejudiced environments that are supportive of all people. During his time James has been a longstanding volunteer and has been a significant contributor to a number of Community serving organisations and held the offices of President, Treasurer and Secretary as well as other non-official roles within these organisations. In his spare time James enjoys a social round of golf and spending time caravanning around Australia or socialising with his family, friends and numerous pets including their two beagles.

Office Holders

Micheal Bell

Micheal Bell

Chairman

Micheal Bell has a background in labouring, machining, teaching, counselling, management and mentoring. He is currently a volunteer in a non-for profit organization, lending a hand to those in need.
Micheal’s background highlights a diversity of skills stemming from the variety of jobs he has had in his life, i.e., Numerous labouring jobs, teller in Bank S.A., spot welder Holden’s, car detailer for Holden’s, Press operator for Chryslers, shed builder and manufacturer for Spic’n’span, teacher, mentor, Flexible learning options coordinator, student counsellor.
Michael’s aim in later life is to help those in need with any assistance they require to make life a happier and rewarding experience.

Wendy Schultz

Wendy Schultz

Vice President

Wendy has a diverse background in management in the Not for Profit sector and various Government Departments which spans more than thirty years. Her career highlights include managing the Anti-Poverty program at the then Department for Families and Community Services at Elizabeth introducing outreach services at the Aboriginal Neighbourhood House, the Housing Trust, the Anglican Mission and the local Courts. Her commitment to consumer protection, developed through her experiences as a Financial Counsellor and as President of the state association led her to take up the role of managing the Northern Region of Consumer and Business Affairs. Her passion for improving workers’ rights led her to SafeWork SA as Communications Manager, educating small business about good management practices. The role expanded to include managing the Help and Early Intervention Centre assisting workers in South Australia by developing and communicating information about safe work practices and workers’ rights.

After leaving Government Wendy went back to work in the Not for Profit sector where she had volunteered as a counsellor before working in Government. Her skill set transferred to her managing both Communications and Human Resources, which included managing the Volunteer Coordinator.

She trained as a Christian marriage counsellor through Relationships Australia and the Lutheran Church and as well as providing Christian counselling she co-led marriage enrichment weekend retreats.

Wendy currently volunteers as a Pastoral Carer and Young Adults Leader at St John’s Lutheran Church Unley and is a Justice of the Peace for South Australia.

Her commitment to helping to increase people’s freedom of choice, access to services, inclusion and participation to shape their own lives drew her to The Food Centre.

Chris Arbon

Chris Arbon

Secretary
Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe

Treasurer

Mike Rowe has been Treasurer and a Member of the Board since 2018.
Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of HLB Mann Judd, an advisory and accounting firm based in Adelaide.

Mike is a Chartered accountant, having qualified in 1992. Throughout his career, Mike has held positions as Board member and senior roles in companies both locally and internationally.

Mike’s involvement in The Food Centre is driven by his desire to give back to the community and to help people live their life with dignity, respect and purpose.

Board Members

Dorothy Turner

Dorothy Turner

Board Member

Dorothy Turner is a member of the Board since 2015 and volunteers as a Staff Supervisor and participates in conducting staff inductions.

Having professional qualifications in Education and Graphic Design, Dorothy has worked as a Primary School Teacher and Art Teacher, and as a Graphic Designer in two education-related businesses. Interested in the disadvantaged, she has worked part-time as a church pastoral assistant.

Voluntary work has included graphic design for Social and Church groups, and telephone counselling for Teen Challenge. She is currently a member of Eldercare College Green Social Committee and teaches English to new arrivals at Glynde Lutheran Church.

Anita Tsamtsikas

Anita Tsamtsikas

Board Member

I am the proud parent and grandmother to 4 grown children and 4 Grandchildren. I reside in Pooraka with my partner George. Recently, I retired from State Government after 20 years, where I worked mainly with the Community Services Sector. 

I have a strong social commitment to work towards empowering families with children, young people and those most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society, including people with disabilities, aged, isolated and from diverse backgrounds, particularly those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities strive to reach their goals and full potential.

I have a sound moral code and passion for social justice with an ongoing commitment to innovation, continuous improvement and better outcomes and increased equity for all South Australians.

Charles Savage

Charles Savage

Board Member

Currently, I also a volunteer with, Meals On Wheels (MOW).

Chairman of Enfield kitchen.

Committee member of the Branch Operations and Services (BOS] Committee.

Member of the South Australian Bridge Association.

Part time voluntary worker with Save the Children.

Vice-President of Australian Singapore Business Council.

I’m disabled with a condition which is genetic and degenerative. But I feel positive, always willing to chip in and assist. I will not give up and continue with my efforts to keep both my body and mind as good as it will ever be. 

With the current state and expected developments in SA and Australian economy there is every reason to believe organisations like MOW and The Food Centre can and should be able to offer goods and services that will enable many people to be part of their communities, remain healthy and eat good healthy food. 

The benefit to both State and Federal government far exceeds their Investment cost I would suggest, but of course I do expect there will be some who will desire to debate this.

I am indebted to The Food Centre as an organisation that is inclusive and open to all. It does not discriminate against people with a disability or race, for your willingness and interest to have me as a member of the Board and not just as a volunteer.

Glenn Schultz

Glenn Schultz

Board Member

Glenn initially trained in Agricultural Science and worked 5 years for the SA Department of Agriculture in Soil and Water Conservation. Then in 1978, he underwent a change of direction and completed a Diploma of Theology from Australian Lutheran College. He has worked in various congregations in areas such as youth work, outreach, small group ministry, ecumenical ministry, counselling, and spiritual life development. He is also trained as a Christian marriage counsellor through Relationships Australia and the Lutheran Church and as well as providing Christian counselling he co-led marriage enrichment weekend retreats.

Glenn also coordinated Hospital and Prison Chaplaincy for the Lutheran Church in SA for over 10 years.

His final position was as Pastoral Support Worker for the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand, providing pastoral care and support to mainly non-ordained church workers throughout Australia and NZ.

In retirement, he has continued active involvement in his local church community with special focus on supporting a strong Young Adult group.

The Food Centre’s aim is to improve the self- sufficiency of individuals and families by forging strong relationships with other community organisations and jointly providing improved community services. The Food Centre operates by the generosity of our sponsors and through the commitment of our local volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering your time at The Food Centre please don’t hesitate to contact us.