Penny has more than 30 years’ experience working with rural communities and has a strong passion for the ingenuity and resilience of people in rural and remote regions. Her professional life has spanned multiple disciplines including social sciences, agriculture, rural education, environment and the business of not for profits. Penny has undertaken the Senior Managers Program through the Melbourne University School of Business and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Agricultural Science, has always taken full advantage of professional development and is a keen student of life-long learning. Penny has a passion for workforces that are healthy, happy, balanced and cohesive. She loves the exuberance of youth and their ability to do almost anything, the people of her generation for their great skills and adaptability, and the elderly for their treasures of wisdom and tolerance.
Adrian is a qualified accountant and financial manager with over 20 years’ experience in providing commercial business, advisory and accounting expertise to various sectors including health, hospitality, agriculture and retail. Having begun his managerial career with Carlton & United Breweries in the early 1990s, Adrian then formalised his commercial accument which led to a professional accounting career and local small business ownership. Adrian has a passion for education and development. He holds a Bachelor Science, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Law), a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting and is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Adrian’s strong belief in social justice has driven his involvement in the Not for Profit sector as well as sitting on the boards of other local charity organisations. Adrian is driven to see others succeed, through support, education and empowerment.
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Darce has proven experience in the community sector with roles in community mental health, employment, disability services, youth, community welfare and social housing. He joined YellowBridge QLD in 2012 where he leads the Housing program. He is a Member of the Toowoomba Housing and Homelessness Coalition, Regional Representative for QShelter and holds qualifications in community services and development, mental health, and social housing. Darce is a strong advocate for equality and social justice, particularly to reduce homelessness in our community.
Jodie has extensive experience in the community services sector with professional roles in aged care, allied health, training, disability management, and lifestyle and leisure coordination. She commenced her career as an Enrolled Nurse in Dalby and holds Diplomas in Community Services Management and Leisure and Health. She joined YellowBridge QLD in 2015 to lead the organisation’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Maria has a broad range of experience within the agricultural, health, aged care and government sectors. She joined YellowBridge QLD in 2010 and leads the Home Services program, which assists more than 4000 people every year. She is an experienced manager and in 2014 was named Manager of the Year at the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Kim has worked in the community services sector for over 13 years and is experienced in disability support provision and coordination and workplace health and safety implementation and management. She holds qualifications in internal auditing, disability services, workplace health and safety as well as a Bachelor of Science (Psychology). Her passion for staff wellness and safety drives her to try and create a workplace that is inclusive of all members. She strives to provide a collaborative environment where management, staff, clients and carers work together to ensure the best outcomes for all stakeholders. Kim prides herself on being able to provide support and constructive advice to all areas of the organisation.
Sandy is an experienced and skilled administrator. She has spent more than 30 years working in a variety of local, state and national organisations including Pony Club South Australia, community psychology and diabetes clinics, RSPCA Queensland and Medicare Local Mental Health. Sandy joined YellowBridge QLD in 2015 where she leads the corporate administration team and provides personal assistance to the Chief Executive Officer.