Fairley Foundation

Fairley Foundation was established in 1965 for the benefit of the people and communities of the Greater Shepparton area. It is a placed based funder with a vision for momentous social and cultural change in the region. Right Lane has been a consulting partner for the Foundation over many years. In 2019, the Foundation Trustees committed to growing their commitment to the Heinze Music Program with a view to improving the social and emotional well-being of the children in Greater Shepparton. Right Lane was engaged to undertake a strategic review of the program, including defining the program’s theory of change, and determining the strategic direction of the program over the short, medium and longer term.


‘We asked Right Lane to help us formulate a vision for what it was we wanted to achieve. We wanted to have an absolutely clear understanding of why we existed and what is was we wanted to achieve. We ended up creating our vision which was ‘Driving momentous, social and cultural change in Greater Shepparton’.

The skills Right Lane brought to the process are firstly extracting the aspirations of board members individually. Then the exciting thing was setting up the pillars for how we were going to achieve that outcome.

It’s absolutely made our thinking crystal clear about what we do and what we don’t do – Is it going to drive momentous social and cultural change?

It’s all about the clarity of purpose. It’s that light on the hill.’

— Andrew Fairley AM, Chair, Fairley Foundation