BREED Taskforce is a not-for-profit association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act of 2009.  Ultimately the responsibility of the governance of BREED rests with the Board.

The Board’s primary role is to ensure that BREED activities are directed towards achieving its vision and that the mission is achieved in the most efficient and effective way possible while preserving and promoting the BREED reputation.

The Board fulfils its responsibilities by:

    • Formulating BREED’s Strategic Plan in conjunction with the Managing Director (MD) and Staff
    • Selecting, appointing, guiding and monitoring the performance of the MD
    • Ensuring optimal succession planning is in place for the role of MD and Board members
    • Monitoring management’s progress in achieving the strategic plan
    • Monitoring BREED’s financial performance
    • Ensuring the integrity of internal control, risk management and management information systems
    • Ensuring BREED’s financial viability, solvency and sustainability
    • Ensuring stakeholders receive regular reports, including financial reports
    • Ensuring the organisation complies with relevant legislation, regulations and contracts
    • Acting as an advocate for BREED whenever and wherever necessary.


Berice Miller, Chair

Berice Miller is the Chair of BREED. Her career in education has spanned 30 years.

Berice commenced employment with TAFE in 1975 as a teacher in Psychology/Sociology, then moving to head teacher, Senior Head Teacher, Head of Branch, Head of Studies, Deputy College Director and was the Institute Manager at Western Sydney Institute Blacktown College.

Previous roles include, Publications Clerk at the Commonwealth Sub Treasury, Psychologist for the Department of Labour and Industry and Managing Law Clerk for Schrader and Co Solicitors. Berice holds a BA (UNSW), MA (SYD), B.Leg.S (Macquarie) and Dip Ed (UTS).

Nathan Burbridge, Vice Chair

Nathan has worked in Local Government for over 15 years. He has experience in and specialises in town planning and economic development policy.

As the Economic Development Strategist at Blacktown City Council, Nathan prepared the Economic Development Strategy for the City. This strategy includes a program to attract investment in the Blacktown City Centre. He also plays a lead role in advocating for new and improved infrastructure for Western Sydney to meet the demands of a growing population.

Nathan wants to make a difference in people’s lives and believes a multi-disciplinary approach to policy development is essential and why he values his role as a board member of BREED.


Steven Brown, Secretary

Steven is a highly experienced lawyer with an extensive knowledge in all aspects of commercial law, with an intimate knowledge of the Corporations Law, having an insolvency and securities law practice.

Steven currently lectures:

  • in the Master of Finance for FINSIA in the areas of securities and insolvency and contract law and law, regulation and ethics; and
  • for the Property Investors Association of Australia in security law and practice

Steven has published a number of articles on commercial subjects. Steven lectured for the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1989-2008, and lectured in the Master and Doctorate courses at UTS in corporations, finance and securities law from 1989-1995; and Masters of Commercial Law at Macquarie University, 2003 to 2006 in banking and finance law.

Dr Jim Taggart, Treasurer

Adjunct Professor Jim Taggart, has been a business and education leader, academic, author, radio broadcaster, teacher, and motivational speaker in the Western Sydney community, for over 30 years. Professor Taggart has a strong emphasis on creating and delivering excellence to inspire people to perform at their peak.

Professor Taggart started his career as a teacher and then went on to be a Deputy Principal of the Nagle Girls Catholic High School.  In 1997 he established a business in the financial services industry sector, which serviced up-to 5000 clients and provided advice on financial planning, general insurance, and finance and leasing.

Community has always been an important part of Professor Taggart’s career and he is sought after to serve on not-for-profit boards and fund-raising committees. The community organisations that he is involved with range from charities, sporting organisations, Chamber of Commerce’s to the education sector.

He is a co – author of two books and regularly writes for industry publications and he is a sought after public speaker. He regularly speaks to business groups as a motivational speaker and has addressed offshore conferences in Switzerland, New Zealand and USA.

Professor Taggart is a recipient of the highest community awards, including: the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the community in 2010, the Baulkham Hills Shire Australia Day Community Service Award in 2006 and the Association of Financial Advisers of the Year Award in 2005.

Professor Taggart received his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in 2009 and was presented with an Adjunct Professorship of Notre Dame University in 2012.


Stephen Frost, Director


Shane Dooley, Director


Samantha Rankins, Director