Kerry Flinn


John Studdert

Vice Chairman

After retiring as a successful businessman John became a valued member of the Board of Directors in 2005 and became the Chairman of Country Hope in 2006. 

Married to his wife Carol, he and his family reside in Wagga Wagga.  John is passionate about ensuring that our regional families are supported when going through hardship.  Through his generosity and compassion he continues to deliver the mission of Country Hope to children diagnosed with cancer of other life threatening illnesses in Southern NSW and North Eastern Victoria.

John Weir


After life in Sydney, John moved to the Riverina in 1999, and has been an active member of the local legal sector since then. He is a partner at Pennicott Weir Lawyers in Wagga Wagga. After long admiring the operations of Country Hope, he joined the board in 2015.


General Director


As former Managing Director of 2WG Radio Wagga Wagga and retired business woman, Yvonne is one of the founding members of the Board of Directors for Country Hope.  She dedicates her time to Country Hope by promoting its imperative Vision. 


General Director

Former Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga.  Owner and operator of Pascoe Constructions, Kerry is a dedicated member of the Board of Country Hope since 2012.


General Director

What started as an idea "wouldn't it be cool to order a coffee on your phone" between two mates has turned into a global tech company, with the flagship the order ahead Apps that can be white labelled and franchised.

Now Simone spends her time growing her business and building more 365 products while also giving back to her community. Through mentoring, speaking and most recently becoming a board Director with Country Hope.

Simone is also a published author with her book Kidney Kidnections sharing stories of Australian Families whose children have Kidney Disease. Simone's son Josh had a rare kidney disease and underwent successful transplant surgery in 2012.

In 2015 Simone will oversee a complete re-structure of 365cups as the business continues to grow releasing more products and delivering more custom tech projects.


General Director

Pat and his young family reside near Mangoplah and he works as a solicitor at Walsh and Blair Lawyers in Wagga Wagga.

In 2010 Pat was introduced to Country Hope through his role on the Wagga Wagga Picnic Races Committee, which has donated over $300,000 to Country Hope since it was established in 2003.


General Director

Dianna Somerville is the founder and director of Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services. Her passion for regional Australia coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit has seen Dianna become a voice for innovation in the bush.

Dianna is also the founder of Regional Pitchfest, Agrihack, Bush Angels and the ROPE program. Born and bred in the Riverina, she has a sound understanding of the regional community. She currently resides with her husband and two children on their sheep and cropping farm in the Riverina.




General Director

Sally is the finance manager of Wagga RSL Club. She is a CPA and registered company auditor. Sally is a Riverina local and has worked in the Wagga Wagga accounting and financial industry for over 25 years. Sally joined the Country Hope Board of directors in 2017 and has the position of Treasurer. Sally lives with her husband and three sons on a farm in the Mangoplah area.