Ruth Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

Ruth has been the Chief Executive Officer of Mid Coast Communities since 2009 and has been working in the community services sector for over 30 years. Ruth is passionate about…

Carol Malcolm

Executive Manager, People and Culture

Carol has worked as an Executive for a number of large organisations and has over fifteen years’ experience in senior management roles in the Community Services Sector.  Carol has extensive…

Colin Simmons

Executive Manager: Finance

Colin joined Mid Coast Communities as Finance Manager in June 2017. His previous experience includes four years as CHESS Employment’s Chief Financial Officer, five years as Group Accountant working for…

Michaela Holloway

Business Development Manager

Michaela has worked in a variety of roles in the corporate, government and not for profit sector. She is passionate about community development, social justice, mental health, financial literacy and…

Nicki Clarke

Operations Manager

Nicki has worked in a variety of industries in her working life, mainly in operational roles. Nicki was employed at Mid Coast Connect and worked closely with schools, TAFE, Universities…

Terry Robb

Service Delivery and Quality Manager

Terry brings more than 15 years’ experience in the community sector in Australia and internationally to Mid Coast Communities. His previous work with a diverse range of organisations has focused…

Anna Thompson

Program Manager: Ability and Inclusion

Anna is passionate about people being valued, contributing and appreciated members of their community. After running a series of projects including The Big Plan, A Better Life for Kids Research,…

Sue Currie

Program Manager: Families, Youth and Communities

Sue has over 30 years experience in a range of community care and health settings including in leadership roles.  Sue holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, a Certificate IV in…

Candice Ryall

Program Manager: Local Area Coordination Transition Service

Candice brings more than 12 years’ experience in the community sector and holds a Diploma in Community Services and Leadership. Candice is very passionate in empowering and motivating people to…

Coralie Traynor

Workplace Trainer

Coralie is an accomplished training and development professional with experience working for national charities, community services, government and commercial businesses.  Previous roles include: National Learning and Development Consultant (Ronald McDonald…

Paula Dowd

Community Engagement Manager

Paula has over 25 years of experience leading community engagement, marketing, sponsorship, communications, event management, PR and advertising campaigns for not for profit organisations, commercial companies and advertising agencies across…

Melanie O’Dell

Team Leader: Ability and Inclusion

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Newcastle with a major in Family and Community Welfare. Since graduating in 2011, Melanie has developed her experience working with…

Sharnie Cooper

Acting Team Leader: Ability and Inclusion

Sharnie graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Community Welfare and Human Services. Sharnie’s work experience has allowed her to develop her skills and knowledge in child protection…

Tamara Dobson

Team Leader: Ability and Inclusion / Linker

Tamara is a proud Birpai woman and has worked with the Ability Links program since 2014, initially with the Aboriginal Ability links program. Tamara has been working in the community…

Al Norman

Team Leader: Youth and Families

Al moved to Australia from the UK in 2013, where he had worked in Out of Home Care. Since moving to Coffs Harbour he worked for a brief stint at…

Leanne Kilkeary

Team Leader: Local Area Coordination Transition Service

Leanne is the LAC Team Leader for Port Macquarie and has been working in disabilities for 3 years.  Leanne is passionate about disabilities and people and loves that she is…

Robyn Palmer

Team Leader: Local Area Coordination Transition Service

Robyn has over 30 years’ experience working in the Disability Sector in both Australia and New Zealand with a focus on lifestyle planning. Robyn feels privileged when she is invited…

Stacy Pankhurst

Team Leader: Local Area Coordination Transition Service

Stacy has worked in a variety of case management and leadership roles within the health, disability and human services industries and her qualifications include a Diploma of Community Welfare and…

Cath Macaulay

Communications Officer

Cath has been working in Communications in the not-for-profit sector for 18 months. Her background is as a TV and Media Industry professional with 20 years-experience working as a Production…

Justin Gaetano

RESEARCH OFFICER

Justin grew up in the Coffs Harbour area. He lives here with his wife, 3 human and 2 feline children. Justin has a PhD and 1st class Honours degree in…