About Us

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.

Our Core Values

We believe in 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 achieve this through our support services.

New Programs

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

  • Be Who You Are: a specialised service for transgender women
  • Smart Blokes: a dressing and support service for men
  • Digital literacy program: workshops providing the necessary skills required in today’s workforce

Our Board

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. 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.

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.

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, before setting up her own publishing company. She has worked on contracts for a variety of companies and publishing houses, including project management from manuscript to press, rewriting, editing, designing and producing material on anything from gardening, child development and education, to sciences and mathematics. Rhonda has taken on new challenges, in particular with Groomed to Go. Rhonda joined Groomed to Go in late 2016.

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Vice President: 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 roles. 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 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.

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.

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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. Joining the Groomed to Go committee in early 2016, Bridget is primarily focused on supporting the organisation in all matters related to human resources and safety.

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!