Garry is a mining engineer with extensive professional experience in the development, operation and planning of metalliferous and coal mines. He has held a range of executive positions on Parent and Citizen Committees, is a long term member of Australian Red Cross and is a member of the Red Cross Newcastle Emergency Services Team.
Vice-President - Vacant
Secretary & Public Officer - Terry Hardman
Terry recently retired as a Crown Prosecutor after working for 42 years in the NSW Court system. He is married with three adult children and has been resident of Newcastle since 2000.
Treasurer - Luke Hughes
Luke built a career in corporate management and policy with the Australian Government and has worked locally and internationally in foreign trade, marketing, finance and business. He is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and holds a Master of Social Change and Development, a Bachelor of Finance and a Graduate Certificate in Business. Luke is currently driving reform in audit, risk and compliance within the not-for-profit sector.
Gwenda is a Principal Psychologist and Co-Director of The LifeWise Centre. Gwenda works mainly with adults. She holds a Master of Psychology and Bachelor of Arts degrees, with a diploma in Social Science, Diploma in Education and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Gwenda is a Registered Psychologist and Accredited Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. She also has accreditation with Medicare, WorkCover and Victims of Crime. As well as providing consultancy and supervision for other people in the helping professions, Gwenda supervises Provisionally Registered Psychologists during their pre-registration period.
Gwenda's areas of special interest and experience include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, post traumatic stress, pain management. She mainly uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hypnosis and EMDR (especially helpful for trauma) and undertakes regular ongoing professional development and supervision.
Irene has worked extensively in marketing and communications for government agencies including health and transport. Most recently she worked for NSW Health in health promotion, business development and community engagement where she developed health promotion and education strategies, and engaged with community groups, CALD and Aboriginal populations. With qualifications in marketing, human resource management and business management, Irene has over 15 years marketing and communication experience covering a broad range of industry sectors including research and innovation, water, health, government, education and professional services sectors.