Our Staff

Peter Mathews FoodShare
General Manager - Peter Matthews

Peter Matthews has been an integral part of the establishment of Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare.

Peter’s consulting business was contracted to write our business plan in 2011, and as the saying goes; “he liked it so much he bought the company”. Well, not quite… he loved the project so much he volunteered his time to help lead the charge and ensure we got off the ground and into action.

We very quickly snapped him up as our manager the minute we secured funds. Why? Well….

Peter has worked in the food industry for over 40 years. He started as a management trainee at Safeway Supermarket. He soon became the manager and then worked in their head office on store design and sales.

Peter then worked for 11 years at a senior level with 7-Eleven and Caltex National Trade Promotions Manager and Ampol as their Merchandise Manager.

Later, Peter successfully ran an independent group of four supermarkets and enjoyed growing their success.

This invaluable experience enabled Peter to successfully establish his consulting business, “Coalface Consulting” in 2000. Since that time Peter has worked for numerous food producers, manufacturers and retailers on such projects as data improvement, customer service strategies, distribution strategies, and product strategies.

He is good with numbers too, with a Diploma of Commerce (Accounting) from Swinburne University.

Peter has an enormous depth of knowledge about the food industry, logistics, systems, and strategy. And he is a super friendly kind of guy that is committed to doing good in our community.

Peter can be contacted by emailing manager@foodshare.org.au.

Katrina Pawley FoodShare
Assistant Manager - Katrina Pawley

Katrina Pawley joined the FoodShare team as Fundraising Coordinator in 2018 and in 2021 began working in partnership with the General Manager to lead FoodShare to meet the emergency food relief needs of the community.

As Assistant Manager, Katrina leads the project management of the development and expansion of FoodShare under the Victorian Government’s Regional Food Hub Project. The new social enterprise model will enable FoodShare to continue to directly support those in the community experiencing financial hardship so that they have access to quality nutritious food and daily necessities though the Community Pantry Program.

Katrina is experienced in managing sponsorship programs and initiating fundraising activities. She also has a background in marketing and communications strategies and identifying opportunities for business growth.

Katrina would love to hear from you if you are able to assist in any of these areas  please email her at funds@foodshare.org.au.

Katrina Pawley FoodShare
Volunteer and Admin Coordinator - Sue Thornton

Sue Thornton joined the FoodShare team in September 2020 to take on the vital role of Volunteer and Admin Coordinator.

After running a successful family business for many years, Sue graduated from the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program with a desire for greater community involvement. 

Sue started volunteering with FoodShare in November 2019 and is a great believer in sustainability, recycling and equal access. 

Sue supports FoodShare by liasing with our network of agencies and local suppliers as well as provides support to FoodShare’s team of incredible volunteers.

Sue can be contacted by emailing admin@foodshare.org.au.

Nicole Eirth FoodShare
Community Pantry Coordinator - Nicole Eirth

With the impacts of the 2020 summer bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic on our local communities, FoodShare introduced a Community Pantry service which enabled the team to provide food hampers directly to those experiencing financial hardship.

Nicole Eirth joined the team in October 2020 and coordinates the delivery of FoodShare's Community Pantry program.  

Nicole is a true local and has over 25 years of customer service from an extensive career in TV, radio, hospitality and travel.

Nicole started volunteering with FoodShare in May 2020 and was very excited to be part of a vital community service.

Find out more about our Community Pantry service or see how you can support FoodShare.

Nicole can be contacted by emailing community@foodshare.org.au.

Warehouse Coordinator - Lydia Crothers

Lydia Crothers has been in the logistics industry for over 34 years and joined the FoodShare team in April 2021 to facilitate the warehouse operations.

Lydia brings extensive knowledge and experience in managing inventory, storage and transportation. Being very customer focused, her goal each day is to make sure every customer feels valued and appreciated.

Commencing her career in the Royal Australian Airforce, Lydia progressed to the manufacturing industry and training sector. She has since worked, trained and supported an incredibly diverse group of people from work teams to refugees, long term unemployed people, VCAL students and redundant workers. 

Living on a beautiful hobby farm, Lydia has many rescue animals and produces as much food as she can. She also works hard to sustainably feed back into her farm through permaculture practices.

Lydia can be contacted by emailing warehouse@foodshare.org.au.