Board

Our Board members bring a diverse range of skills and experience in business, government and the community sector.

They are incredibly passionate about the Centre and its work in supporting and connecting the local community.

Dr Christopher Scarf
Chair
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Dr Christopher Scarf
Chair

MBBS, MHA

Joined 2014 

Chris has worked in the health and community services sector for over 40 years, with roles in research, hospital and community services management and policy development.

He has been an advisor to governments, multilateral agencies and service providers in the public and private sectors in Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Africa and Europe.

Chris is an active contributor to the design and implementation of innovative local community development projects.

Virginia Udy
Director
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Virginia Udy
Director

BEd, MA (Hons), MBA, GAICD

Joined 2019

Ginie is an experienced executive and non-executive director in the fields of education and services to children and families.

She is passionate about community development, inclusion and sustainability of not-for-profit organisations.

She is also a director of Playgroup Australia, a Board member of Act for Peace, an ecumenical international aid and development organisation, has recently been appointed to the Governance, Audit, Risk and Finance Committee of Phoenix House and is a volunteer at her local Vinnies Op shop.

Ted Wziontek
Director
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Ted Wziontek
Director

BE, BCom, BEcon, CPA, GAICD

Joined 2013

Ted is a non-executive director with over 20 years board experience in public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

He has been a CEO and senior executive in the industrial, infrastructure and resource sectors, restructuring operations within Australia and establishing platforms for growth internationally in North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Ted’s expertise is in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, operational excellence, government relations, logistics, finance and risk management.

He is Chair of an energy start-up, Chair of the CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay and a Director of Growing Potential Ltd and Results International (Australia).

 

 

Nicola Atmore
Director
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Nicola Atmore
Director

BA (Hons), MA, MBA, MAICD

Joined 2019

Niki is a non-executive director whose experience includes more than 20 years’ senior management in the human services sector and local government in Australia, and overseas community development work.

She is outcomes focused with skills in strategic planning, governance, human resources, risk management, community engagement and operations management. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Results International (Australia).

Niki’s broad interests include permaculture and sustainability.

Pastor Joshua Dowton
Director
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Pastor Joshua Dowton
Director

BTh (Hons)

Joined 2018

With a background in local church ministry, theological education, and international aid and development, Josh came to Crows Nest in 2015 as a local church Pastor where he works closely with the community.

Josh has experience in eLearning development and partnership brokering, and a passion for systems thinking, strategic planning and organisational change through the unconventional lens of permaculture.

Alice Martin
Director
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Alice Martin
Director

BEcSocSci, MEL

Joined 2018

Alice is a senior responsible investment professional, with over 13 years experience in the finance, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Currently working in superannuation, Alice’s areas of specialty include strategy, governance, risk, change management and sustainability.

She is also a mentor with the Harding Miller Education Foundation.

True Swain
Director
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True Swain
Director

BCPM, MProDev, ProfCertArb, JD & MBA, GAICD

Joined 2017

True is an experienced senior executive manager and non-executive director, with skills in strategic planning, risk management, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement in the public and private sectors.

As a property and construction professional, True has provided strategic property project advice to executive boards and has implemented risk management strategies on construction and development projects throughout Australia.