Leadership

An effective Board is a vital part of any successful social-purpose organisation. The Board provides oversight and direction to the organisation, ensuring the Foundation fulfills its mission, lives up to its values and grows strong financially. Meeting regularly, the Board bring a depth of experience and a diverse range of skills from finance and management through to community development, social work, research, education and training, to lead and inform our innovative work in social support and supportive care programs.

Patron

board1 Emeritus Professor Ian W Webster AO

As a medical statesman and social activist, Ian Webster has worked for over thirty five years as a physician in free clinics for homeless people at the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo and Sydney’s Exodus Foundation.

With a deep commitment to social justice, Ian was foundation Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of NSW and has held senior appointments at Monash, Sheffield and Sydney Universities. He has played a key role in developing new clinics and community health services to the homeless, indigenous, poor, and drug or alcohol affected.

In 1985 he chaired the national consultation leading to the National Campaign Against Drugs. He was Chair of the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council from 1998 to 2015 and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at University of NSW. He has also chaired a number of Commonwealth and State Government inquiries and reviews in disability, health, mental health and alcohol and other drug problems.

Ian continues to practice as a consultant physician in the NSW Shoalhaven district. His research and publications have been in medicine, community health, drug and alcohol issues, mental health, homelessness and social justice. In 1995 he was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia.

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Board

board1 Samantha Connor B. Human Movement (ACU), Diploma in Business

Samantha’s background is in sport, recreation and fitness, including management of fitness and recreation centres and work with medical practitioners on programs for patient fitness, diet and nutritional programming. She has also facilitated workshops in fitness and health and developed state-wide sporting and fitness competitions. She works in Sydney’s north with volunteers & local committees and manages the growth of several large recreational venues.

board1 Natasha McGrath

Natasha qualified in 1988 with a degree in Social Work from the University of Ulster, and has worked in hospital and community settings in the UK and Australia. In 2016 she became an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. Natasha’s area of clinical specialism is oncology, working with and supporting people diagnosed with cancer and their family and carers. She was the senior social worker in the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital before working in the Central Coast Cancer Centre. She is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, a clinical and board member of the Cancer Counselling Professionals and a member of Oncology Social Work Australia. Her great passion as a social worker is supporting people in a holistic way to navigate the changes that cancer brings with empathy and understanding.

board1 Reg Woodleigh B. Comm., FAMI, CPM

Reg has a background in business, information systems and logistics and brings a depth of experience from corporate marketing in transport and advertising to the non-profit sector, from terms in mental health, wildlife rescue and youth-at-risk. His voluntary work has included campaigns on whaling, Fraser Island, south-west Tasmania and the rainforests of Daintree-Bloomfield, with interests in social justice, health, science, the arts, bushwalking and the search for meaning.

board1 Phil Brunner

Phil is an experienced advisor to employers on workplace relations issues including development of management contracts, collective agreements, discrimination and disciplinary issues. He has represented parties before Fair Work Australia, the Federal Magistrates Court and the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

Phil also provides corporate and commercial advice to farmers and agribusinesses, and prepares commercial documents for sales of businesses, product licence agreements, constitutions and partnership agreements.

board1 Warren Johnson BA, GAICD

For most of his career Warren has operated at CEO level in the not for profit sector. As a chief executive he has driven growth through the development of innovative, evidence-based programs and revenue streams across  government grants, corporate partnerships and fundraising.

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