Leadership

An effective Board is a vital part of any successful social-purpose organisation. For those involved in change and the development of new and innovative programs, this is even more the case. The Board provides oversight and direction to the organisation, ensuring the Foundation fulfills its mission, lives up to its values and remains financially viable. The Board meets four times a year, reviewing financial and program performance and setting goals for the future.

Patron

board1 Emeritus Professor Ian W Webster AO

As both 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, Woolloomooloo and in 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 NSW’s Shoalhaven area. His research and publications have been in medicine, community health, drug and alcohol issues, mental health, homelessness and issues of social justice. In June 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 the sport, recreation and fitness industries, 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. In Sydney’s north she works with volunteers & local committees and manages the growth of several large recreational venues.

board1 Natasha McGrath

Natasha qualified in 1988 with an Honours Degree in Social Work from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown in Northern Ireland. She has worked in hospital and community settings in Northern Ireland, the UK and Australia. In 2016 she became an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and now works full time in private practice.
Natasha’s area of clinical specialism is oncology, working with and supporting people diagnosed with cancer and their family and carers. She began her career in the regional cancer hospital in Northern Ireland, was the senior social worker in the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital before working in the Central Coast Cancer Centre.
Natasha has extensive experience training and supervising volunteers both in the UK and Australia. 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., AFAMI, CPM

Reg has a background in business, logistics and information systems and brings a depth of experience in corporate marketing to the non-profit sector.

His voluntary work has spanned campaigns on whaling, Fraser Island sand mining, animal rights, south-west Tasmania and the Daintree-Bloomfield. He has interests in social justice, health, culture and finding new social and economic solutions for marginalised communities. He enjoys reading, science, the arts and cycling.

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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