About Us

Our core values

The core values of Groomed to Go are honesty, compassion, mutual respect, courage, integrity, professionalism and trust. Every person has the right to realise their full potential, and we aim to help all our clients through support services.

Our Mission

By providing professional attire, development tools and on-going support, we strive to make employment pathways a reality through our two operating businesses: Dress for Success South East Melbourne and Smart Blokes.

Our Vision

Inspiring people to achieve their goals

New programs

In 2018 we received a grant from the Victorian Government to extend existing service through Dress for Success South East Melbourne to three new unique programs:

  • deliver a specialised service to transgender women via our Be Who You Are program;
  • deliver adigital literacy program for women and men to provide the necessary skills to get them back into the workforce;
  • dress and provide support for men.

Our Committee of Management

President: Marian Gandy

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Marian recently retired from an extensive career in the pharmaceutical industry. Initially qualified in clinical biochemistry, she held roles in a diverse range of therapy areas and corporate divisions including clinical research, medical affairs, and sales and marketing, both as an individual contributor and increasingly as a team leader. Her last role in the industry was Medical Director, Australia & New Zealand, for Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia. She joined Groomed to Go in January 2017 as a way to give back to the community and to fulfil her passion for people development and the empowerment of women.

Secretary: Robyn WightRobyn web page

Robyn joined Groomed to Go in March 2017. A strategic Executive Assistant with over 20 years experience in managerial and executive support roles across a variety of industries, and currently working for a global Medical Device company, Robyn brings strong process and implementation skills to the committee. She is highly focused, energetic and results orientated, with a ‘can do’ approach. As a volunteer to the not-for-profit sector, she wants to learn while contributing to the growth of this empowering organisation.

Treasurer: Rhonda Idczak

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Rhonda began her career as an agricultural advisory officer, science writer and in various publishing and publicity roles. She then set up her own publishing company, employing a number of people. She worked on contracts for a variety of companies and publishing houses, mainly project management from manuscript to press; rewriting, editing, designing and producing material on anything from gardening, child development, education, sciences to mathematics. She is now retired and has taken on new challenges, in particular with Groomed to Go.

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Karin Hann

Karin is a former Commonwealth Bank Senior Manager and was Executive Officer of the Frankston Business Network. She has worked in the finance industry for 40 years, in business lending, people management and project management. Karin’s role as Executive Officer of the Frankston Business Network addressed local issues that affected both business and residents. Karin also sits on other non-for-profit boards, and is involved with many community groups.

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Robyn was previously in the IT industry with global IT companies. Initially as a business analyst, then programmer, and a project manager. Focussing on project management, she worked in a variety of roles: Asia Pacific field instructor, change management, methods analyst, providing process expertise and developing change management and communications plans. After a stint leading the client business office team responsible for supporting project delivery, she returned to program/project management consulting. Robyn joined Groomed to Go in 2016 to become more involved with the local community.

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Bridget is a Human Resources professional and is People Services Manager with South East Water (Frankston). She specialises in areas of Employee Relations, Diversity, Employee Engagement, Learning and Development, Occupational Health and Safety, and Recruitment. Having joined the Groomed to Go committee in early 2016, Bridget is focusing primarily on supporting the organisation in all matters related to human resources and safety.

Our Program Manager

Sandy Gregory

In late 2018 Sandy Gregory was appointed to manage the execution of our Jobs Innovation Fund grant. Sandy has more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and was most recently General Manager, SIDS and Kids Victoria (Clothing Collections Fundraising Division). Her energy and enthusiasm bring an extra spark to our endeavours!