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…

Colin Simmons

Chief Financial Officer

Colin joined Mid Coast Communities as Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. His previous experience includes Chief Financial Officer of a large not-for-profit community organisation, Group Accountant for an ASX-listed corporation, and working within his own business. Having trained in the…

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…

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…

Yvonne Briggs

Communications Manager

Yvonne joined Mid Coast Communities in August 2018. Yvonne has more than 25 years of experience working in the media and communications industry, managing television operations on major global events…

Sue Currie

Program Manager: Families, Young People 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

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…

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

Program Manager: Ability Links

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…

Sharen Philp

Team Leader: LOCAL AREA COORDINATION

Sharen has worked within diverse sectors including within the Disability, Community, Aged Care and Youth sectors. She has an Advanced Diploma in Community Service Sector Management, an Advanced Diploma in…

Leanne Kilkeary

Team Leader: Local Area Coordination

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…

Stacy Pankhurst

Team Leader: Local Area Coordination

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…

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…