Meet Our Team


Gary Liddle AO

Chair/Acting Treasurer

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Gary along with his wife Meredith is one of the two founders of the Children of Cambodia Foundation.


He is a former Chief Executive of VicRoads and has worked in other senior roles in Victorian Government agencies. He is a qualified engineer and has held a number of other board roles. He has significant international experience both professionally and as a tourist including in Cambodia. 


His interests include cycling, surfing and music.

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Geoff Shanks

Deputy Chair

Geoff is a former General Manager with VicRoads and Principal Consultant of his own consulting business. He has post-graduate qualifications in Education. 


Geoff  has travelled and worked extensively in developing countries throughout Asia, South America, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He has had  volunteering experience with The Smith Family and Vision Australia.


His  interests include cycling, theatre and being a member of a leading Melbourne choir.  

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Meredith Liddle

Meredith is one of the founders of the foundation. She is a qualified draftsperson with significant experience at VicRoads and Thomson Perrett Golf Course Architects.


Her interests include crafts, musical theatre and  movies. Meredith has volunteering experience with Camcare, a community  service agency associated with the City of Boroondara in Melbourne.

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Pam Shanks

Following a career in Commercial Real Estate Pam went on to work in the Middle East as well as teaching English through the Smith Family programs and volunteering at  the Salvos Stores. 


She enjoys travelling, walking her dog Peggy to the local coffee shops, spending time with her grandchildren and the creative pursuits of weaving and knitting.


Visiting Cambodia and the schools we support is always an amazing experience for her.

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Emma Saddington


Emma attended Korowa Anglican Girls School in Melbourne and is Nurse Unit Manager in Alfred Health. Holding Masters qualifications in Nursing (Emergency Care), Public Health and Health Administration.


Emma has travelled and worked in South East Asia, including in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. Emma has an interest in the education and development of children, particularly within Cambodia.


Emma’s other interests include spending time with family and friends and long weekends away.


Bec Liddle

Bec attended Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne and is passionate about education which is evident in her role as a Clinical Support Midwife at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. 


She has travelled extensively in South East Asia including Cambodia and has a strong  interest in assisting the children of that wonderful country.


Bec’s other interests include snow-boarding, surfing and long walks along the beach with her dogs.