Meet our

Board Members

 
 

Chairperson

Judi Higgin

CEO, New Horizons Enterprises


Judi Higgin is currently Chief Executive Officer  of New Horizons Enterprises Ltd and has been employed in her current role since 2010.  Prior to this role, she was General Manager at New Horizons and has been employed with the organisation since 1999.

She has an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Technology Sydney, and a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Habilitation from Charles Sturt University.   She is a respected leader with more than 30 years of experience in the Australian community services sector. Responsible for the strategic vision, direction, and overall operations of the business, Judi’s collaborative approach ensures she remains connected, relevant and at the forefront of a changing and diverse industry.

Judi knows what it takes to keep a growing, diverse and highly-skilled team of almost a thousand people motivated, connected and focused on being the best in the business. Whether it’s Aged Care, Disability, Homelessness, Indigenous, Justice, Mental Health, or Youth, Judi credits much of her success to having the right people on board.

As well as managing New Horizons, Judi remains an active member of several industry peak bodies including the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC); Judi also sits on the Boards of the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and Ostara Australia.   

 

Vice Chair

Peter Gardiner

CEO, Samaritans Foundation Diocese of Newcastle


Peter has over 35 years work experience in the Human Services arena across both Government and Non-government sectors.

Peter began his professional career as a Social Worker within the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Area Health Service and worked extensively in therapeutic roles with children and families before moving into more senior administrative positions culminating in the role of Director, Community Health Services.

Moving across to the Non-government sector, Peter worked as the Director Welfare Services and then Chief Operating Officer for ANGLICARE Sydney for a six year period, during which time he completed a Master of Business Administration at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).

Peter then moved back to NSW Government Disability Services in Executive Director, Regional Director and Acting Deputy Director General roles before returning to the NGO Sector to assist CatholicCare Sydney prepare for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Peter is passionate about social justice issues and supporting people to have a fulfilling life within communities of their choosing. Peter joined the Samaritans Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in February 2016.

 

 

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Treasurer

Gareth McKeen

CEO, The CRAM Foundation


Gareth has been the CEO at Cram Foundation since 2012 having moved across from a CEO role in the community education sector. Prior to these roles, he had a 20 year career in sports management from regional to national level organizations. Arriving in Australia in 1985 to attend the University of Wollongong, Gareth completed his degree before undertaking his Masters of Management 22 years later. A Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors he has held committee and volunteer roles with the Illawarra Housing Trust, Legacy, Vinnies and as Chair of the Illawarra Olympic Fundraising Committee. A keen mountain biker, Gareth is often found overseas competing in multi day endurance events in far flung places such as Mongolia, Africa and Portugal.

 

 
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Secretary

Tim Curran

CEO, LiveBetter


Tim has been the Chief Executive Officer of LiveBetter for a decade, during which he led the organisation through a sustained period of rapid growth, diversification and change. Prior to joining LiveBetter he worked in various roles across a number of sectors including in IT at BHP and in management positions and consulting roles for small not-for-profit organisations. Tim has a longstanding interest in social and affordable housing and served on the Board of Compass Housing for seven years. Tim possesses a Bachelor of Computer Science, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Social Change and Development, and he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

 
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Director

Margaret Bowen

CEO, The Disability Trust


Serving 30 years in the Chief Executive role, Margaret Bowen has remained refreshed and energised by reinventing both herself and the not for profit organisation “The Disability Trust”. Passionate about social justice, Margaret has overseen The Trust's growth from a disability advocacy organisation, with four staff to a sector leader employing more than 1000 people. Margaret, who is constantly inspired in her role, says she believes strongly in creating inclusive communities and is thrilled to see that the NDIS will put choice and control in the hands of the people that The Trust supports. Through her person centred use of government funding and entrepreneurial approach to social enterprise The Trust has evolved from advocacy to that of a well respected and quality service provider that offers everything from group homes, in-home care support, employment placement services, day activities, holiday options through to supported employment and children's services. Margaret is also pleased that The Trust now provide a suite of clinical and therapeutic services including speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing and exercise physiology.

“I'm continually delighted at how hard our people work to make good things happen for our client group. Our mission of inclusion operates at all levels and is a key to our success.”

 
 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the biggest change to delivering disability services in decades. It is a new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers across all of Australia. By the time it is fully rolled out it will provide 460,000 Australians with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

 
 
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