About Us

Our Story

Established in 2008, Groomed to Go Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to help people in need by providing clothing to those in need and support services. Groomed to Go started its journey as Dress for Success Mornington Peninsula, a local branch of the globally recognised Dress for Success organisation, empowering women to achieve economic independence through a dressing and job support service.

In 2018, we changed our name to Dress for Success South East Melbourne, to more accurately reflect the broader community that we serve. In 2019, we recognised a need in the community for our services to support people from all walks of life and circumstances, not just women, thus the Groomed to Go brand began it's official use.


Today we work tirelessly to provide casual and work wear to people who need it. Our primary focus is on people who:

  • are job-seeking or have recently gained employment and need appropriate clothing

  • have recently been released from prison and need clothing and accessories to help make their fresh start a positive experience


We are looking to expand our support to people who:

  • are experiencing homelessness and don't have access to sufficient affordable clothing in good condition

  • are fleeing domestic violence and need clothing, accessories & toiletries quickly

Our Board

President

Robyn Tredinnick

Robyn previously worked 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. She joined the Board in 2018 and was elected to President in 2021.


Vice-President

George Stancu

George leads the Government and Public Services Industry for Cognizant in the ANZ region.

As part of the senior leadership team within Cognizant ANZ, he is driven every day to build trust and solve important community problems across government and public services.


George has over 15 years of customer and citizen centric digital transformation experience driving world's and Australia's leading organisations across Government, Healthcare, Finance, Energy and Products sectors, to transform, adopt and change. He has previously worked for both PwC and Accenture, in ANZ and Europe.


Having joined Groomed to Go in 2019, he is looking to make an impact in the local community, developing people as well as putting his experience to power the Groomed to Go growth strategy for years to come.

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 Board.

Treasurer

William Davidson

Will is a Banking & Finance Lawyer and Project Finance Lawyer working at PwC in Melbourne.

He specialises in property, projects (particularly renewables) and security law. He undertook a Commerce degree majoring in accounting and finance at the University of Melbourne (2011) before completing a Juris Doctor in law at Melbourne Law School (2015). After graduating, Will was an associate to the Honourable Justice Robson at the Supreme Court of Victoria before becoming a private practice solicitor.

Alongside Groomed to Go, Will also volunteers for a charity called Sharing Hope (a charity focused on assisting Karen refugees on the Thai-Burma Border) in their events team and is a Councilor of the Victorian Fly Fishers’ Association.

Past President & Board Member

Marian Gandy

Initially qualified in clinical biochemistry, Marian spent the bulk of her career in the pharmaceutical industry, holding 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 and people leader. Her final role in the industry was Medical Director, Australia & New Zealand for Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia. Marian is passionate about the role that work can play in creating strong, self-confident people with solid self-esteem. She joined Groomed to Go in January 2017 as a volunteer and has been a Board member since 2018 (President Aug 2018 - May 2021).

Board Member

Antonia Makkar

Antonia Makkar is a professional fundraiser with over 10 years experience across the arts and health sectors – raising close to $20M over this time. Known for her relationship management, she has had success in creating and building major gift programs. By day Antonia is the General Manager, Philanthropy at the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute responsible for leading strategy and raising philanthropic gifts of $10K+. Her passion is to raise the culture of philanthropy in Australia. She is the Deputy Chair of the Fundraising Institute of Australia Victoria committee. Having grown up in country South Australia, the spirit of community has always been in her and echoed in her career. She joined Groomed to Go in 2020, to continue this community vein and help the organisation with their fundraising strategy.