Our Management

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.

Since 1965, the Box Hill Cemetery Trust has been a member of the Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of Victoria.

The current Trust comprises distinguished business professionals and community leaders. The Trust is 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.

Joan Morgan BA (Hons), LLB, LLM, was appointed to the Trust in 2015. She brings an extensive background in compliance, risk management, corporate governance, privacy, audit and legal matters. Joan has served on boards and finance committees for organisations such as the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (of which she is an Honorary Life Member), First Option Credit Union, St Vincent de Paul Society and the Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre.  Joan has also served as a Local Government Councillor for the City of Nunawading. She is an active member of her church and local community and is involved in the protection of the treed environment.

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.

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.

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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.

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, tree care, waste removal, concreting, plumbing and more. Our Operations Supervisor may be contacted Monday to Friday by telephoning (03) 9890 1229.

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