Board of Management

The overall management of Great Lakes Community Resources Incorporated ("the Association") is conducted by the Board of Management of the Association.

We would like to introduce you to our voluntary Board of Management.

Joёl Dunn (Chair)

Joël is a local Veterinary Surgeon and Permaculture Designer.

Joël is a strong believer in community empowerment through collective action, and the role of sustainable, localised food systems in community development. He helped to establish Great Lakes Seed Savers, a community group that facilitates free exchange of planting material, skills and ideas for self-sufficient living, and assisted the design and establishment of Forster Community Garden. Joël has worked on urban Permaculture projects on the East Coast, and a large scale rural Permaculture project in Spain. He has worked as a rural Catchment Officer for Great Lakes Council, facilitating Sustainable Farming groups and working on natural resource management projects.

Appointed to the Board in September 2004.

Anne Sattler (Deputy Chair)

Anne is an Advisor in the Sydney Office of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.Anne is responsible for coordinating Indigenous programs for NSW.  Anne was previously employed by Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council.  Her roles included Projects Manager and Human Resources/Training Manager.Anne brings excellent knowledge of Indigenous affairs, the labour market, government policy and a strategic approach to the positioning of Community Resources.

Served on the Board for many years and rejoined in November 2010.

Gaye Tindall

Gayle is actively involved in the local community including her role as President of the Green Point Community Association and has a special interest in women’s groups and politics.

Gaye operated her own Graphic Design company (1989-2004) and has received over 25 industry awards from Australia and England. Gaye relocated to Forster where she pursued a career change into the health industry as a ward clerk at Forster Private Hospital before recently retiring.

Appointed to the Board in September 2011.

Shaun Fowler

Shaun launched Right Hand Remote Solutions to support rural and remote organisations delivering government funded community programs. Shaun has worked in remote and regional Australia for over thirteen years, specialising in remote services delivery and operational and contractual management of employment programs.

Shaun brings significant knowledge of government policy formulation, processes and funding arrangements, gained through his role as a Director in the CDEP and Remote Employment Branch of FaHCSIA in 2011-2012.
Appointed to the Board in February 2012.

Terese Innes

Terese currently holds the position of Management Systems Manager, Hunter Valley Research Foundation. Terese has also held diverse volunteer roles with Wesley Mission (2006-2008), Hunter Valley Multiple Birth Association (1999-current), Maitland Public School, All Saints College and St Peters, Maitland.

Terese brings expertise in accounting, human resources, policy development, evaluation and compliance.

Appointed to the Board in February 2012.

Melanie Ridgeway

Melanie works as Team Leader Administrative Support for the Aboriginal Health College (Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW). Melanie is a local community member who commenced employment with Great Lakes Community Resources in 2006 as a Business Administration trainee after her former training with The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association.  

Melanie has utilized her administration skills in producing and directing short films on social issues in the Great Lakes local Aboriginal community. Melanie is a founding director of the Community Resources-auspiced Forster Film Festival, and was on the board of the Forster Aboriginal Film Unit. We welcome Melanie’s continued support of the Association through her position as Board Member.

Appointed to the Board August 2013.

Renee Hawkins

Renee holds the position of National Employment Manager, Real Futures Pty Ltd, an Aboriginal Training and Employment Company.

Renee has lived in the Great Lakes Local Area since 2007 and brings a diverse working history in the private, not-for-profit, and Government sectors. Previous roles have included Shareholder and Director for a family owned manufacturing company;  Senior Economic and Social Researcher for the Hunter Valley Research Foundation; Indigenous Projects Officer for Griffiths Skills Training Centre and Local Employment Coordinator for the Federal Government. Renee holds a Bachelor of Business with a Double Major in Management and Marketing from the University of Newcastle.

Appointed to the Board in February 2014.

Christian Fieldhouse

Christian has worked as a School Councellor for the past 20 years and was the Founder of Great Lakes Early Intervention and served as Director for 10 years. Christian comes to us from the Management Committee of Manning District Emergency Accommodation of whom they have recently merged with GLCR for the purpose of delivering the Great Lakes Youth Specialist Homelessness Services package. Christian is a strong advocate for Womens Services.

Appointed to the Board in August 2014