Administration Team

The Management, Administration and Development (MAD) team provide financial, human resource, information technology, strategy, marketing and communications and quality assurance services to all Community Resources programs and social enterprises.Additional Projects managed by MAD include: Community Resources Wakali Aboriginal Scholarships Fund, Heart to Heart and Studio One.

John Weate  (Executive Officer)

John Weate reporting to the Committee of Management has researched and developed the Association's services from the ground up. Community Resources' strategy in a thin labour market has been to have a hands-on involvement in business and enterprise locally. This has been important not only to develop opportunities for its target groups, which may not have been developed, but also to establish credibility with local business, the community and government.

Throughout the fifteen years of growth of the Association, John has over that time, provided necessary business administration and oversight. This has included strategic direction and policy advice to the board, administration and management systems development, communication and advocacy, networking and relationship building, monitoring, reporting and accountability. These functions have been performed at the micro level, commencing and enterprise or service with one or two staff, to the oversight of the overall Association, which employs over 80 staff.

John has served as a local government Councillor since 1991. Since 1995 he has chaired the Wallis Lake Estuary and Catchment Management Committee. The committee’s achievements won the Thesis National River Prize in Brisbane in 2004.

John is on the board on Midcoast Water, Wateraid (Australia’s Water Industry Charity) and the Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority. Email me.

Corinne Stephenson  (Manager)

Corinne joined Great Lakes Community Resources in early 2011 as the Manager of Homebase Youth and Aboriginal Services, bringing extensive training and staff development experience from the not-for profit sector. Corinne’s formal qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management and Diploma in Training and Assessment. Effectively managing government funded programs and mentoring staff has been an integral part of Corinne's role over the past 4 years. In early 2015, Corinne progressed to a new role split between Manager of Management, Administration and Development unit and Projects Manager of Resource Recovery Australia.

Corinne’s previous career roles include Senior Training Officer with NovaSkill Training Specialists; Compliance Officer / Trainer with JobQuest community not-for-profit organisation and owning and operating a small business business in the Newcastle area.

Corinne is currently studying Bachelor of Sustainability (Social Resilience) with the University of New England. Email me.

Glenn Robinson  (Administration Manager)

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Robinson, commenced employment with the Association in January 1995 as a Mature Worker Consultant casually for three months. Then in May 1995 was employed on a casual basis to do payroll which led to being made permanent as Administration Officer in July 1995. This role continued to grow and develop to the point where he is now Administration Manager and second in charge to CEO, John Weate.

Glenn’s role includes overseeing all the Association’s administration tasks including payroll, accounts, workers compensation, insurance, motor vehicle fleet control, taxation obligations, government regulations, compliance and risk management.

Glenn gained 22.5 years experience in working with the Bank of NSW (Westpac) moving through the ranks and several branches in NSW and ACT finishing up as a Branch Manager in Bellingen prior to commencing employment with the Association. Email me.

Lynda Ritchie  (ICT Manager)

Lynda is one of Community Resources' longest serving employees, joining us back in the year 2000. Since then, Lynda has shown her versatility and ability to learn new skills, undertaking a number of roles from administration, finance, business development, and now as our ICT Manager.

Her role as ICT Manager has seen her manage a huge transition for the organisation into the 'digital age' and her success, as well as that of her team, has been highly valued. In the past 4 years Community Resources has seen a shift to cloud technologies and strategies implemented to increase productivity, efficiency and reduce operational costs.

Professional strengths of Lynda's include extensive administration management, business systems improvement, project and contract management, human resource management, with a keen interest in strategic planning and change management. Studies completed by Lynda include business administration, community mediation, frontline management, training and assessment and information technology.

Most importantly though, Lynda is a pleasure to work with and her attitude and sense of humour lightens up even the most challenging of tasks that her and her team come up against. Email me.

Matt Blanch   (ICT Network Administrator)

Matt joined us in September 2014 as Network Administrator for a period of four months and commenced in a permanent role in January 2015 to assist in delivering a number of IT projects. Matt’s role in the organisation is to provide day-to-day ICT support, maintain our servers and network infrastructure, assist in implementing strategic ICT plans and to work with our staff across all business units to ensure consistent improvements are made across the organisation.

Matt’s background includes working in frontline government roles and systems administration in the not for profit and small business sector. Matt has completed a Diploma in Information Technology (Systems Administration). Email me.

Allie Ciobanescu  (Administration Assistant)

Allie joined us in October 2011, bringing formal the qualification of Certificate IV in Financial Accounting and a strong background in customer service and hospitality. Initially joining Community Resources as a work experience placement, Allie was soon offered a full time Traineeship in Certificate III in Business Administration which she had fully completed one year later.  Allie's other interests include travel (she plans to visit her birth country, Romania), animals and music.  Email me

Toni Paulson  (Administration Assistant)

Toni joined the team in early 2015 as Administration Assistant. Her role involves supporting the Management, Administration and Development team to achieve the goals of the Association. Toni brings 11 years’ experience in Administration including roles with Forster Local Aboriginal Lands Council, Tobwabba Art and Aboriginal Connection Employment Services (ACES). Qualifications and training include Certificate III in Business Administration, Certificate in Business Skills, MYOB Computing Software and Outlook 2013. Email me.