Box Hill Cemetery Trust
Corporate governance of Box Hill Cemetery has been the responsibility of dedicated community representatives since 1873. The Box Hill Cemetery Trust is a statutory board, responsible to the Government of Victoria for strategic oversight and on-going stewardship of the cemetery. Trust members are volunteers appointed under the Victorian Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003, by the Governor in Council and on recommendation of the State Minister for Health.
In 1965, the Box Hill Cemetery Trust became a foundation member of the Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of Victoria. The Trust remains an active participant and is now recognised for innovation and leadership among Victoria’s Class B cemeteries.
The current Trust comprises distinguished business professionals and community leaders committed to overseeing the highest standards of contemporary funeral and memorialisation opportunities for bereaved families and to conserving this vital community asset for future generations. All Trust-members have completed recognised training in cemetery governance and operations.
Eric Collyer retired as Deputy Principal of Templestowe Heights Primary School in 1993 following a 36-year teaching career. Prior to his teaching studies, he attended Box Hill High School. Eric was appointed to the Box Hill Cemetery Trust in 1984 and has served as Chairman since 2001. He is currently President of the Doncaster-Templestowe Historical Society, a member of the City of Manningham’s Heritage Advisory Committee and a member and organist of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Box Hill. His interests include classical music, gardening, local and family history and vintage machinery. He co-authored a family history, published in 1989, for which he received the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies’ ‘1990 Alexander Henderson Award’. Eric has overseen several major cemetery projects, including establishment of the mausoleum, new administration complex and updated works depot. In 2018, he received a Menzies Community Australia Day Award and a City of Manningham Civic Award, both in recognition of his outstanding contributions.
Vicki Goodall CertAppSocSci(LibTech) has worked in university, tertiary and public libraries with responsibility for acquisitions and budget control. Vicki was appointed to the Trust in 2000. She is currently engaged in voluntary roles in the Whitehorse community with the Whitehorse-Manningham Regional Library Corporation; the Box Hill Historical Society; Scouts Australia and is a member of both Australian Scout Fellowship and Scout Heritage Victoria. Vicki’s endeavours have been recognised with a Caroline Chisholm Award 2003, Silver Arrowhead Award 2004, and Whitehorse Community Achievement Award 2009.
Stuart Baird BA LLB GAICD is a lawyer who practices in Blackburn. Stuart has a particular interest in commercial law and corporate governance. He acts for a range of clients from private individuals to multi-national companies in many different areas of the law, including commercial, employment, financial and personal legal matters. Stuart also maintains an interest and involvement in the local community and was initially appointed to the Box Hill Cemetery Trust in 2013.
Donna Goldsmith BN(Hons) MClinN MBA is the Executive Officer of the Australian & New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group. She has an extensive background in intensive-care nursing, medical research administration, presentation and publishing. Appointed to the Trust in 2018, Donna lives in nearby Mitcham. Other community activities include voluntary roles on Monash Medical Centre’s Consumer Advisory Panel, a school council and a Scout group for young people with special needs.
Our professional team is dedicated to excellent client service and to providing the highest standards of care to visitors, graves, memorials and our very special cemetery environment. Our people are trained in a range of disciplines, including customer service, bereavement care, business management, administration, landscape management, horticulture and grave-safety. Our office staff are pleased to help with funeral bookings, location details and any other enquiries.
CEO Dr Philip Bachelor OAM BAppSc MBA PhD FIML FAICD, Australia’s ‘master of cemeteries’, is a leading bereavement care researcher, administrator and educator. A social behaviourist and business administrator, he has led commercial and community enterprises, including a range of cemeteries in Victoria and interstate over almost four decades. His extensive national client research established an evidence-based foundation for today’s cemetery services. He has reviewed operations around the world, published leading texts and numerous journal articles, addressed international conventions, consulted to authorities throughout Australia, and led various community and professional groups. Since 2011, he has led turnaround of Box Hill Cemetery from impending insolvency to the now financially-secure vibrant community enterprise. Also postgrad course director and lecturer in cemetery practice at Deakin University, he is an Order of Australia recipient for ‘services to the community, the environment and to cemetery management’.
Our professional Administration Team is pleased to assist with funeral bookings, grave and niche selection, applications to erect monuments, location enquiries, management of interment records and a broad range of client support services. Regular staff are complemented by professional consultants in a range of vital areas, including database management and computer services, accounting and security. Our Administration Manager and team are available Monday to Friday by telephoning (03) 9890 1229.
Our expert Operations Team cares for our unique memorial environment, including landscape and facilities management, and also assisting mourners and other visitors. We strive to meet the diverse practical and cultural needs of bereaved clients through supporting funerals, arranging interments and monitoring memorial works. We care for the cemetery buildings and monumental areas, memorial lawns, gardens and the general cemetery landscape. Regular staff are supported by dedicated contractors providing a range of vital services, including engineering, design and construction, grave digging, tree care, waste removal, concreting, plumbing and more. Our Operations Supervisor may be contacted Monday to Friday by telephoning (03) 9890 1229.