NESAY Board of Governance

Meet the Board

Meet our amazingly dedicated and diverse Board members. 

Alison Maclean, President

Joined:
2015

Why did you choose NESAY?
NESAY is an important part of our community, and centred on young people, provides support and opportunities for people to have happy, safe and secure lives.  NESAY was born from our community and continues to adapt and evolve to deliver what our community asks of it. Young people and their families at NESAY are treated well, listened to, and valued. I chose to be part of the NESAY team to contribute my Board and Governance skills in a place that matches my professional value set.

What do you enjoy/look forward to, being a part of the NESAY Team?  
Being part of the NESAY team is great!  Working together we have a shared passion and commitment to push the boundaries and find better ways to enable young people and their families to achieve their goals.  Rarely, and on this occasion, you find a place where the team and its culture allow great things to occur.  The next 10 years at NESAY will be transformational! 

What’s the most useful piece of advice you have been given?

The most useful piece of advice I have been given…. found it on Linkedin actually…. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t”.  Thomas Edison

Joined:
2015

Why did you choose NESAY?
NESAY provides a great opportunity for young people to have and maintain a voice in the local community. It has been a solid agent for change throughout its existence and continues to pursue, empower and engage young people and their families. 

What do you enjoy/look forward to, being a part of the NESAY
Team? 
I look forward to the continued the legacy of NESAY and to providing avenues for all young people to be masters of their own decisions and actions.

What’s the most useful piece of advice you have been given
Two pieces of advice I carry around daily:

  • “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito” ~ Dali Lama

  • “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world” ~ Dr Seuss

Nicola Marsh, Vice President
Suz Christison, Secretary of the Board of Governance & Secretary to the Association

Joined:
2016

Why did you choose NESAY?
Because I believe young people matter and that NESAY is an important part of activating community and families to support our young people to be their best.  

What do you enjoy/look forward to, being a part of the NESAY Team? 
I enjoy the moments where it feels like NESAY has made a difference.

What’s the most useful piece of advice you have been given?
I love this Margaret Meade quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”

Joined:
2017

Why did you choose NESAY?
Young people deserve to have support and be cared for, and to feel as thought they are part of the community. Knowing several Board members and valuing their personal integrity and community commitment, I wanted to be around good people with humility, led by an able President with similar values to mine, and a leader (Leah Waring) who was highly regarded in the Wangaratta community by people who matter.  

What do you enjoy/look forward to, being a part of the NESAY Team?
I enjoy hearing the passion, feeling the enthusiasm and being part of a respectful, open and transparent environment in which people come together with the best interests of the organisation at heart and share a common goal. 

What’s the most useful piece of advice you have been given

You will never learn anything listening to yourself.

Simon Crase, Treasurer
Steve Thornycroft, Board Member

Joined:
2017

Why did you choose NESAY?
I have had a long and positive involvement with NESAY in a professional and collegiate capacity (probably 25 years).  Being part of an organisation that has been such a large part of the community and young people’s lives is of core importance to me. NESAY has a bright future in supporting young people and their families.

What do you enjoy/look forward to, being a part of the NESAY Team? 
I love being part of an extraordinary team that is NESAY.

What’s the most useful piece of advice you have been given
Advice I’ve cherished; lead by following.

 

Joined:
2017

Why did you choose NESAY?
I was fortunate to meet our NESAY President, Alison Maclean one day while travelling and we struck up a conversation about the valuable community programs that NESAY delivers. The passion, drive and engagement with the community was very evident and I knew I wanted to be part of the team shaping the future. 

What do you enjoy/look forward to, being a part of the NESAY
Team? 

Creating opportunities and pathways for young people and their families, so they can make the right choices in education, lifestyle, mental health and supporting others I need. 

What’s the most useful piece of advice you have been given?

 

  • Know what you want to be famous for
  • Eat your greens 
  • Be kind to each other

 

 

Amelia Hartney, Board Member
Ann Wearne, Board Member

Joined:
2018

Why did you choose NESAY?

I have known of the work of NESAY over many years and have always been impressed with the commitment and passion the organisation shows towards the needs of young people in our region. It is an area that receives limited funding and I believe NESAY has a strong focus on the key issues facing young people and directs funding accordingly. 

What do you enjoy/look forward to, being a part of the NESAY Team? 

I am looking forward to working with the Board members and staff at NESAY to improve the supports for young people in our area. The Board plays a key role in developing a strategic approach to identifying and implementing services for young people and I am excited to be part of this team.

What’s the most useful piece of advice you have been given
Life changes fast
Life changes in the instant

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