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.
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.
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
President: Marian Gandy
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 Wight
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
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 is now retired and has taken on new challenges, in particular with Groomed to Go. Rhonda joined Groomed to Go in late 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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!