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Peer Support Australia is a not for profit organisation situated in Brookvale. A Board of Honorary Directors oversee its management.
Lorraine Walker BA DipEd, Grad Cert Religious Education – Chair
Lorraine was appointed to the Board in 2008. She was elected Deputy Chairman on 1 November 2010 and appointed Chair on the 20 November 2014. Lorraine has extensive experience in education, particularly in the Catholic Sector over a period of twenty years as a teacher of History, English and Religious Education. From 1990 to 2000 Lorraine was the Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care at a large Catholic School with an enrolment of 1,500 students. Lorraine retired in 2009 as State Coordinator – Student Welfare Programs with the Catholic Education Commission NSW. Since retiring she has established a small education consultancy.
Cheryl Hayman BCom GAICD – Deputy Chair
Cheryl was appointed to the Board in 2007 and appointed as Deputy Chair on the 20 November 2014. Cheryl brings extensive experience in marketing with a variety of corporations, primarily through her role as Marketing Director. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Hayman Strategy which specialises in strategic marketing, social media branding and business consultancy. Cheryl is a professional non-executive Director on several Boards including Clover Corp (ASX-listed), Agrifood Skills Australia and JIMACO Ltd (public limited by shares), as well as the Basketball Australia and St John Ambulance (NSW) Boards. Cheryl also works in an advisory, teaching and mentoring capacity with numerous organisations and individuals.
Phillip L Cox DipComm
Phillip was reappointed to the board in 2011. Prior to retirement Phillip was the Finance Director, Shared Services, for Unilever Asia, Africa, Turkey and the Middle East. In his time with Unilever, he has worked overseas in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Asia. He has extensive experience in financial management.
Rhonda Dunn FRCSA MAICD
Rhonda was appointed to the Board in 2013. She brings with her extensive business management experience having owned her own highly successful company for many years. With strong HR and IR knowledge, she has proved invaluable to the other Boards she is associated with.
Timothy Kitching BA (CSU), DFS, JP
Tim was appointed to the board in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience across both the Private and Public Sectors as a senior leader. Tim’s background is in General Management with expertise in Sales Leadership and Support, Operations, Project Management, Risk Management, Compliance and Law Enforcement. Tim sits as a Director of the Ravenswood School for Girls Foundation and has strong ties to his community with 15 years service as a unit leader in the NSW State Emergency Service before moving into less physically demanding ways to support our community.
Dr Michael Nelson BSc, PhD, MAICD
Michael was appointed to the Board in 2014. A management consultant with over 17 years of global consulting experience across the public and private sectors, Michael specialises in improving, innovating and empowering his clients. Michael also has experience as a teacher in both academic and corporate settings, as an advisor to educational institutions, and as a consultant in education, and educational policy, organisations. Michael is a member of an Industry Advisory Board at UNSW focussed on educating the next generation of Australia’s Information Technology leaders.
Christine Van Toorn MCom (Hons), CPA, CISA
Christine was appointed to the Board in 2015. She brings with her broad industry experience in the fields of Information Systems, Information Technology and Accounting, as well as extensive experience in these areas across academia; she has made a valuable contribution to the other Boards she is associated with. In her current role as an academic at the UNSW Business School, Christine is also responsible for the management of the Business School’s prestigious IS Co-op Scholarship Programs, a role which complements her vast experience across both industry and academia. Christine’s research interests span across the areas of CIO skill sets and competencies and contemporary approaches to eLearning. Her research has been published in leading journals and conferences.