About Us

 

Every person has the right to realise their full potential, and we aim to help all our clients achieve this through our support services.

Our Story

Established in 2008, Groomed to Go Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to help people in need by providing appropriate clothing and support services. Groomed to Go started its journey as Dress for Success Mornington Peninsula, a local branch of the globally recognised Dress for Success organisation, empowering women to achieve economic independence through a dressing and job support service.

In 2018, we changed our name to Dress for Success South East Melbourne, to more accurately reflect the broader community that we serve. And then, in 2019, we recognised a need in the community for our services to support people from all walks of life and circumstances, not just women.

Our Vision
People achieving economic independence in style.

Our Mission
To provide appropriate clothing to support people in need.

Our Core Values
We believe in honesty, compassion, mutual respect, courage, integrity, professionalism and trust.

Our Board

President: Robyn Tredinnick

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

 

Vice President: George Stancu

George is an IT professional with over 15 years global experience, currently with PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) as a Technology Consulting Director. George specialises in transforming organisations, adopting and recognising the benefits of the latest technology solutions across industries. During his career, George has led and delivered over 40 large scale transformations, with responsibilities across delivery governance, solution architecture, operations and people management. Having joined Groomed to Go in 2019, he is looking to be more involved in the local community, developing people as well as putting his experience to power the Groomed to Go growth strategy for years to come.

 

Secretary: Robyn WightRobyn web page

Robyn joined Groomed to Go in March 2017. A strategic Executive Assistant with over 20 years of experience in managerial and executive support roles across a variety of industries, she currently works for a global Medical Device company. Robyn is highly focused, energetic and results-orientated, bringing her strong process and implementation skills to the committee. As a volunteer to the not-for-profit sector, she is looking to learn while contributing to the growth of the organisation.

 

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. Marian joined Groomed to Go in January 2017 with the purpose of giving back to the community, and fulfilling her passion for people development and the empowerment of women.

William Davisdson

Will is a Banking & Finance Lawyer and Project Finance Lawyer working at PwC in Melbourne.
He specialises in property, projects (particularly renewables) and security law. He undertook a Commerce degree majoring in accounting and finance at the University of Melbourne (2011) before completing a Juris Doctor in law at Melbourne Law School (2015). After graduating, Will was an associate to the Honourable Justice Robson at the Supreme Court of Victoria before becoming a private practice solicitor.
 
Alongside Groomed to Go, Will also volunteers for a charity called Sharing Hope (a charity focused on assisting Karen refugees on the Thai-Burma Border) in their events team and is a Councilor of the Victorian Fly Fishers’ Association.
 

Antonia Makkar

Antonia Makkar is a professional fundraiser with over 10 years experience across the arts and health sectors – raising close to $20M over this time. Known for her relationship management, she has had success in creating and building major gift programs. By day Antonia is the General Manager, Philanthropy at the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute responsible for leading strategy and raising philanthropic gifts of $10K+. Her passion is to raise the culture of philanthropy in Australia. She is the Deputy Chair of the Fundraising Institute of Australia Victoria committee. Having grown up in country South Australia – the spirit of community has always been in her, and echoed in her career. She has joined Groomed to Go in 2020, to continue this community vein and help the organisation with their fundraising strategy. 
 

General Manager

Sandy Gregory

Sandy has over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit sector, most recently as General Manager for SIDS and Kids Victoria in their Clothing Collections Fundraising Division. Sandy joined Groomed to Go in late 2018, appointed to manage the execution of our Jobs Innovation Fund grant and has since been appointed General Manager of Groomed to Go. Her energy and enthusiasm brings an extra spark to our endeavours!

Download our Annual Reports 

2018 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report