NESAY Board of Governance

Meet the Board

The NESAY Board of Governance are currently not seeking further recruitment. For more information, please phone the office on (03) 5720 2201, or email us – info@nesay.com.au 

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:
2019

Why did you choose NESAY?
I want to contribute positively to an organisation that makes a difference in young peoples’ lives and NESAY is well regarded for this. The NESAY Board and Management have a strong and
genuine social responsibility and a proven track record in delivering programs to support our youth. 

What do you enjoy/look forward to, being a part of the NESAY Team?
In my first year I am excited to be taking a lead role on the Youth Advisory Committee, working closely with the representatives to determine priorities and actions to drive change and make a difference.     

What’s the most useful piece of advice you have been given?
Quint Studer ‘Culture outperforms strategy every time; and culture with strategy is unbeatable’. 

Jason O'Keeffe, Vice President
Amelia Hartney, Secretary of the Board of Governance & Secretary to the Association

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

 

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

Ann Wearne, Treasurer
Rebecca Bourke, Board Member

Joined:
2018

Why did you choose NESAY?

I joined NESAY because I believe all of our young people deserve an opportunity to be a part of a community that helps them thrive.  NESAY empowers young people to broaden their outlook and provides opportunities to engage in building life skills, this not only improves the life of the young person, this benefits whole communities.

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

The team at NESAY are so passionate by what they do that it is inspiring to be a part of.  As I work in small business, NESAY also provides insight into how other sectors work particularly around balancing community needs and the resources that are available. I love the interaction with people both on the board, and members of the NESAY team who have different experiences and perspectives, there is always so much to learn.

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

That at the end of the day it is the little things that make us happy.

 

Joined:
2020

Why did you choose NESAY?

As a young person who grew up in the North East region, I know the importance of the programs and services NESAY provides to young people and their families. My philosophy of valuing community and collaboration aligns with NESAY’s approach to their mission to assist young people to achieve their goals and aspirations.

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

I am looking forward to contributing to the success of NESAY and the positive impact they have on the local community. In a time when innovation and reimaging the way things ‘have always been done’ is extremely important, it is exciting to be joining a team who is striving to improve and outperform their organisational size.

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

“When they go low, we go high” – Michelle Obama  

Erin Ritchie, Board Member
Chris Dwyer, Board Member

Joined:
2020

Why did you choose NESAY?

I have been involved in several committees in the past.  NESAY is different to that I have no previous involvement with the organisation, but hopefully can use my broader knowledge to help this important organisation.

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

Meeting new people and understanding the important work they do throughout our community.

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

Measure twice, cut once. 

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