Team – CoFounders and Directors

Team – CoFounders and Directors 2018-02-20T08:17:37+00:00

Ian McBurney – Executive Officer

Ian McBurney is an ecological sustainability educator, entrepreneur, facilitator, speaker, MC and author.

His specialty is change practice: how do we inspire others around us?
Ian spent 5 years in the early 2000s at Vox Bandicoot in Melbourne, delivering the famous environmental theatre program to ten thousand students, workplace culture change training to six thousand staff in local government and manufacturing.

Ian was responsible for the expansion and delivery of the Sustainability Street Approach to over 40 local governments around Australia, and cofounded the Bendigo Sustainability Group in 2007, Bendigo – A Thinking City in 2012 and the Synergize CoWorking Hub in 2013. He published Talking ecoLogical in 2014. With his business Live ecoLogical, he has worked across health, manufacturing and social sectors, schools, state government and 60 local governments in four states and two countries.

You can find him on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, or at

Julie Miller Markoff – Governance

Julie is an experienced leader and architect of business and social change. Her aim is to tune in, work through and co-design leading-edge responses with people so that their missions and enterprises prosper through innovation.

She has worked with individuals and groups to cross the thresholds of personal and organisational growth in diverse industries and sectors, and along the lifecycle of start-ups in emerging industries to late adopting, mature organisations. Her business, The Leadership Studio, was established to support and nourish leaders taking up these intensified challenges.

Julie offers and acts with these capacities

  • Developing relationships through empathy, deep listening and challenge
  • Creating strategic value and sense from the mash up of leadership, business and social trends
  • Scale innovation (from the personal >organisation> industry, bridging location, communities, diverse, work cultures)
  • Implementation in complex environments (work through systems lens, creating clarity, momentum and cut through pathways to journeys end)
  • Good governance of organisations, and business and regional consortia

She has often been a pioneer in her work environment, taking on first time roles, creating understanding, support and implementing new ways and technology.

Since moving to regional Victoria, Julie has been involved in regional development, and achieving better environmental, social and economic outcomes for regional communities. She is a non-executive Director of North Central Catchment Management Authority, the Castlemaine Art Museum, and provides governance performance advice to Boards.

Julie is a Founding and Grants Committee member of the Melbourne Womens Fund (Giving Circle), initiator and funder of the La Trobe University JMM Visual Arts Award, and consult to business on achieving smart, collective social impact.



Clare Fountain – Business Development

Clare is an effective communicator, skilled facilitator, coach and trainer who delivers proven results. She is discreet, practical and outcomes-orientated.

Her specialities include:

  • Helping owners and teams in small businesses (with a specific focus on regional small business, including social enterprises); local government associations, organisations and authorities; not-for-profit organisations.
  • Effective system and process review, design and implementation, on time and on budget.
  • Strategic planning, business planning and project planning.

Clare is regionally based and understands the specific needs, challenges and rewards of regional business and community. She has the experience and insight to develop and deliver programs that will support our strategic directives.

Clare is currently Chair of the Murray PHN Community Advisory Council, Chair of the Eaglehawk Secondary College School Council, Board member of ARC Justice and Branch co-coordinator of Bendigo’s Heartkids Group. She also a founding member of Synergize Hub.

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Marcus Turnbull – Technology Development

Marcus Turnbull is a computer nerd at heart.  He started working in the software development industry shortly after Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web.  In a career spanning 20 years and 3 continents, Marcus has been involved in large projects across a range of industries (energy & utilities, trading, property management, agriculture) and technological platforms (desktop, web, mobile, mainframe!).

He relocated to Bendigo in 2010 and by 2014 had set up his own software development company, Turncode Productions, delivering boutique web and mobile solutions to the region.

Marcus is keen to nurture and encourage young tech-talent in Bendigo – he is currently on the board of the Discovery Science & Technology Centre, regularly offers work experience placements to high school students and occasionally mentors at Bendigo Coder Dojo.

Bryley Savage – Strategic Communications

Bryley is a communications professional, specialising in marketing and communication strategy and implementation. She loves researching to create and implement robust plans to achieve to organisational, communication and marketing goals.

Since moving to regional Victoria in 2011, Bryley and her family made a true commitment to embracing and making a positive impact in their community. A passion of hers is to link community organisations (and individuals) together for mutual and collective benefit. Bryley was part of the founding committee of the Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market, and has contributed in various committee capacities (predominantly in communications and marketing roles) for Food Fossickers, the Bendigo Writers Council, and the Bendigo Youth Choir – helping to realise their strategic vision.

Bryley was also a member of Bendigo – A Thinking Community, Co-Founder of Outside the Square, has worked and immersed herself in the Bendigo Theatre Company for the past three years marketing their Ulumbarra Theatre productions, and is founder and editor of I Heart Bendigo. She is a member of the City of Greater Bendigo’s Community Grants Advisory Group.

As one half of Friendly Savage, a communications and marketing consultancy in Bendigo, Bryley works with wonderful clients (and a talented team) to achieve their aspirational and marketing goals. She is truly committed to realise the goals of bHive, Australia’s first platform cooperative, which will be positive and life-changing for people in her community.

Bryley is often on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, but rarely on Twitter these days.