Leadership

A dynamic and effective Board is a vital part of any successful social-purpose organisation. For those engaged in change and the development of new and innovative community-based programs, this is even more the case. Providing oversight and direction to the organisation, the Board ensures that the Foundation fulfills its mission, lives up to its values and remains financially viable. The Board meet a minimum of 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 the Shoalhaven area of NSW. His research and publications have been in medicine, community health, alcohol and other drug problems, mental health, homelessness and issues of social justice and social issues. In June 1995 he was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia.

 

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 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 B.A. MAICD

Warren’s professional life began as a teacher. For most of his career he has operated at CEO level in the not for profit sector and provided project consultancy services to charities and private companies, such as Learning Links and the Federation of P&C (NSW). As a chief executive, he led peak membership, direct service delivery and educational organisations and drove sustainable growth through the strategic development of innovative, evidence-based programs; the development of revenue streams across retailing and commercial enterprises, government grants, corporate partnerships, donations and fundraising and the building of organisational capacity.

He is committed to personal integrity, social justice and continuous improvement.

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