Governance and Funding

Governance and Funding 2018-05-22T13:06:15+00:00

The Buttery is an independent,  community-based not-for-profit organisation located at Binna Burra near Bangalow in Northern NSW,  Australia. A non-discriminatory organisation, not affiliated with any political or religious group, The Buttery serves people according to their need.

A company limited by guarantee, The Buttery has been operating since 1975. It relies on government funding and philanthropic support to fulfill its life-changing mission. As a Deductible Gift Recipient, donations to The Buttery are fully tax deductible. As well as acknowledging the generous philanthropic support of donors, The Buttery acknowledges the continuing support of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, NSW Health and the NSW Department of Liquor, Racing and Gaming.

The Buttery is governed by volunteer Directors who receive no remuneration for their invaluable services.


 Sandy Lockhart – Chair

The Rev Matthew Smedley – Deputy Chair

Mr Tim Limbert – Treasurer

Ms Kara Goodsell – Company Secretary

Mr Jonathan Dunlop

Mr Sandy Lockhart

Mr Ian Murray

Mr Ian McKay

Ms Rosemary Warnock


Acting Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Company Directors and has day-to-day responsibility for the management of The Buttery.

Zac Dawkins

The Buttery Sydney Committee

The Buttery Sydney Committee helps raise funds for programs and capital expenditure. Its long-term objective is to raise funds to construct a new facility which will double the number of people able to undertake The Buttery’s residential rehabilitation program. All members volunteer their time and receive no remuneration.


Adriana CecereAdriana Ceccere

Adriana is the Director and Principle Consultant at Consulting Australia, which provides Management Consulting services to SME across Australia. The client’s range from start-ups to highly regarded well-known brands. In the last 22 years, Adriana enjoyed starting, buying, building up and selling over 10 self owned businesses in various industries. Her strengths are in identifying and commercialising opportunities, with the ability to develop, coach and mentor people in all aspects of a business. Adriana has committee experience as President, Chair and Treasurer. Most recently Adriana published her first book, which hit #1 Amazon Best Seller.

Adriana is married to her long-term life partner, they have 2 young children. She enjoys to spend time with her family, continued learning, keeping fit and taking holidays with family and friends. Adriana joined the Advisory Committee for the Buttery Foundation, with the aim to use her commercial skills as required to help develop a greater awareness in the community of the Buttery Foundation and the great help it offers to those seeking help from addictions.

Graham John Cowley

I am 71 years of age and am a retired lawyer.

I have been on various company, statutory and charity Boards some of which I was Chair of including Epilepsy Action Australia.

I founded Cowley Hearne Solicitors and it became a fairly large commercial legal firm and whilst there I spent a number of years as a Vice Chair on a worldwide group of law firms now known as Mertitas.

I believe that what The Buttery does is very important and am keen to do what I can to help.

My day to day interests are doing what my wife instructs me, travel, reading and tennis.

Jonathan Dunlop

Jonathan has worked in professional services for 30 years, and has been a partner at KPMG, a global advisory and accounting firm, since 1997. Jonathan specialises in working with corporate and private equity clients undertaking acquisitions, divestments and fund raising activities.  Jonathan also has worked as an Investigating Accountant on a large number of significant IPO and rights issue transactions.  Within KPMG, Jonathan has held a number of senior management positions and led several strategic initiatives. Jonathan is married with three sons aged from 10 to 20.  Jonathan enjoys keeping fit, rugby, indie music and reading novels set in either Scotland or Australia. Jonathan joined the advisory board of The Buttery during 2013 with a belief that he can contribute by bringing enthusiasm, energy and experience to bear to assist the advisory board create a greater awareness in the Sydney community of The Buttery and its great work and with raising funds to support expansion objectives to enable The Buttery to increase its capacity to help those seeking rehabilitation from addiction. Jonathan is also a member of The Buttery Board of Directors.

Kevin Eley – Company Director

Kevin’s management and investment experience covers a broad range of industries, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. He has substantial experience in management, financing and investment. He has worked for a major international accounting firm, two investment banks and was CEO of HGL Limited (ASX Code: HNG) until his retirement in 2011 where he remains as a non-executive director. He is also a non-executive director Milton Corporation Limited (ASX: MLT), Equity Trustees Limited (ASX: EQT) and Hunter Hall International Limited (ASX Code: HHL) where he is also the Chairman.


Justin Herlihy

Justin has spent most of his career in funds management. Since 2013 Justin has been involved in services to a number of successful start-up ventures; consulting, mentoring, providing financial capital and support.  His background is mathematics and finance. A trip to the Riverina in 2014 opened Justin’s eyes to the challenge of addiction in communities that offer little support for those impacted, both those afflicted and those impacted by the addiction. He is committed to support the efforts of The Buttery with passion, empathy, a proven record for delivery on complex projects, time, and to reach a group of potential supporters who are currently unaware of the amazing work that is undertaken by the organisation.

Richard-Herlihy-resampled-webRichard Herlihy OAM

Richard is a retired medical practitioner. He has accumulated almost 50 years of service as chairman, director and committee member on behalf of four not for profit organisations. One of these charities has considerable experience in assisting professional men and women with alcohol or drug addiction in addition to other life crises.
Richard graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1968. Half of his career was spent in general practice and half in the field of workplace injuries and illness. He lives in Leura with his wife with whom he shares 4 children, 7 grandchildren and a love of mountain bush walking and travel. In 2017 Richard was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of his service to the medical profession and to charities.

Sandy Lockhart – Partner at Next Capital

Sandy Lockhart is a partner at Next Capital, a Sydney based private equity firm, which provides growth capital to emerging Australian and New Zealand businesses. Prior to setting up Next Capital in 2005, he was a director of Macquarie Bank Limited, where he was responsible for the banks direct investment activities from 1987 to 2004. Sandy is currently: chairman of Discovery Parks, the largest owner and operator of caravan parks in Australia; chairman of Vitaco, a New Zealand based complementary medicine business and is a director of Onsite Rentals, a Sydney based equipment rental business. He is a graduate of Harvard University and attended Harvard Business School.

Sandy is a regular visitor to Byron Bay, where his son lives and has been involved with the Buttery since 2009. Sandy is also a member of The Buttery’s Board of Directors.

Paula NassifMs Paula Nassif

Paula is an experienced commercial lawyer with extensive domestic and international experience, having worked in London, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne and spent time in New York in both private practice and in-house institutions. Currently a senior associate at international law firm, King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne, Paula practices in finance and commercial law, acting for a large number of Australian and international financiers and corporations. Paula has also acted as in-house legal counsel for global institutions including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has a good understanding of commercial issues and how to structure and advise on complex transactions, including infrastructure, property and structured and general corporate finance.

Commercially astute, Paula understands how to get projects off the ground and brings sharp corporate governance skills to her role, having recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. With a passion for helping people, Paula joined the Foundation Committee of The Buttery to use her skills to assist those in greater need and build awareness of the work of The Buttery.

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Nick is C-level executive, currently with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. Prior to joining Austrade, he was the CEO of NSW Lotteries Corporation and led the state-owned corporation through privatisation and its eventual sale to Tattersalls. He’s also held C-level commercial and marketing roles at McDonalds Australia and Foxtel.

He is privileged to be associated with The Buttery as it seeks to expand the great work it does in the community to support people with addictions, through The Buttery Foundation. In his own community, he see the effects addiction has on individuals, their families and loved ones. He hopes to be able to use his governance, commercial and marketing experience to assist the Foundation achieve its aims.

Mr Adrian Slater

Prior to his retirement from Fuji Xerox Australia’s leadership team , Adrian was responsible for their independent partner channels, dealers and agents across Australia in the ICT sector.

A member of the Ethics Society, graduate of the AICD course and seeking to contribute time and effort to an organisation that clearly demonstrates its value to society, Adrian has recently become involved with the Buttery’s Foundation Committee . He hopes that he can use his experience to help them increase their already very successful support for people with addictions.

Trying to stay physically and mentally fit with a daily swim in the sea and by studying French at Alliance Francaise, Adrian also enjoys cooking, travel, theatre, films and reading.

rita2Rita UechtritzAdministrator, The L & R Uechtritz Family Foundation (Philanthropic)

Rita is a 4th generation PNG Australian, born in Rabaul, New Britain.  She has an extensive life background in clinical practice management and private family and philanthropic enterprises.  She is a professionally qualified Counsellor who continues to dedicate her personal time to a national 24hour crisis organisation, managing a range of mental health disorders including depression, and drugs and alcohol addiction. This work also includes assault, domestic violence, and suicide intervention management.

She has worked as a journalist and a documentary filmmaker. Rita serves on the executive committee of the Oceanic Art Society.

Through her work with the L &R Uechtritz Family Foundation she consults in humanitarian programmes focusing on women and children’s health and education in developing countries.

Rita has a particular interest in applying the significance of architectural design as a cornerstone of healing for the proposed new Buttery facility.

Rosemary Warnock 

Rosemary Warnock is a Principal of The Adelante Group, an executive mentoring partnership with a client base in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.  Formerly CEO of Castrol Asia Pacific based in Singapore, Rosemary enjoyed a 23 year career with BP to global leadership level,  in Australia, London & Singapore.  Upon returning to Australia, she completed a six month assignment as Interim CEO of the Clean Energy Council in 2008, followed by an appointment as a panel member for the independent review of the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.  Rosemary is an Independent Director of Steel & Tube Holdings  New Zealand.

Rosemary is also a member of The Buttery’s Board of Directors. Rosemary spends three months of each year in Byron Bay.


The Buttery gratefully acknowledges the support of our Patrons, David and Gillian Helfgott.


















The Buttery gratefully acknowledges the funding it receives from the Commonwealth and NSW State Governments and philanthropic funding from individuals, community and church groups, foundations and businesses. Donations to The Buttery are fully tax deductible and can be made using this secure link:

The Buttery’s Therapeutic Community is funded by its residents  who contribute 80% of their social security benefits (e.g Sickness Benefit) to meet food and accommodation costs. The Community is also funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and generous donors.

The Buttery’s The Maintenance to Abstinence Program is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health.

The Buttery’s INTRA outreach program is funded by the Department of Health (Commonwealth) and the support of generous donors.

The Buttery’s b.well outreach program is funded by the Department of Health  (Commonwealth) and generous donors.

The Buttery’s Gambling Counselling Program: financial assitance for this project is provided by the New South Wales Government from the Responsible Gambling Fund.

The Buttery’s free family counselling program is funded wholly by philanthropic support. The Buttery gratefully acknowledges the generous individual  donors, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Milton Corporation Foundation, the Northern Rivers Community Foundation and Angel Fund, all of whom contribute to the program.