New Haven Farm Home has a Board of five Directors. All our Directors are members of New Haven Farm Home Ltd. Each member undertakes their extensive role on a volunteer basis, and all have a professional background in management, finance, law, engineering, accounting, education and health. The members of the Board are elected by the membership at the Organisations’ Annual General Meeting held in October, each year. Our Board has seen through the transitional program and are now at its final stage of implementation. The current Board has been working very hard on our Strategic Plan 2016 -2018, and in particular our readiness for the NDIS.
Warren Chalker is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. He lives locally in the Hawkesbury district.
Warren’s philosophy is, where a person is able to, he or she should contribute to society, and this is why he joined the Board of New Haven Farm Home. Warren is particularly proud of having been involved with the re-development of New Haven Farm Home and the ongoing implementation of the NDIS.
Warren has an excellent knowledge of the local district and has a great capacity to use his expertise and skills within a Charity setting . He has a great capacity to consider issues on their merits, and use his skills to approach them laterally and to view any obstacle as a challenge.
In addition to his Directorship at New Haven Farm home, Warren is also a Director of the Australiana Pioneer Village, at Wilberforce, and the Hawkesbury Race Club Limited. Warren loves watching and, on occasion, participating in sporting activities. He has a particular interest in cricket, rugby league, and horse racing.
Mr. Ian Graham has been associated with New Haven Farm for 54 years. Ian’s association with the farm came about due to his brother being one of the earliest residents at New Haven Farm Home. He has been a member of the Board for 24 years, serving as Chairman for 11 of these years.
Ian is now retired, having worked for EBSRAY Pumps for 43 years. EBSRAY is a specialist designer and manufacturer of Industrial pumping equipment, which has a strong focus on the local and export markets. Ian held various positions in sales and marketing during his time with EBSRAY, where he served as a Director for 29 years. EBSRAY was purchased by “The Dover Corporation”, a large American Engineering group, who he also worked for a time, as per the buyout agreement. Ian holds qualifications in Mechanical Engineering and has a Diploma in Export Marketing.
Ian is a keen skier and bush walker and is also a Board member of Trissana Ski Lodge and the Roseville Returned Serviceman’s Memorial Club.
Former Mayor of Hawkesbury Kim has always been a keen and active community member.Kim has lived in the Hawkesbury for over 45 years. He is a drycleaner and educator. Kim has extensive contact with charitable organisations and service providers throughout the Hawkesbury and Greater Western Sydney region. He was Mayor of Hawkesbury for five years and retired from council in 2016.
Kim is married, lives in Yarramundi and has four children and three grandchildren. His Drycleaning business is in Richmond. He has a passion for tennis, baseball, politics and History.
Christine has broad-based business knowledge and capability, including both strategic and operational experience in business and marketing disciplines with extensive experience as an innovative customer, brand and marketing strategist for corporate, government and not-for-profit enterprises. During her career she has developed business retention and growth strategies while working in industries affected by dynamic market change, including digital disruption and government deregulation. The last eight years she has focussed her attention on the aged care industry and currently works with LASA the national peak body representing and supporting providers of age services.
In addition to her role as Director New Haven Farm Home, Christine has board/executive committee experience formerly as Owner/Director for Jones Davis BBN Pty Ltd and currently as President then Vice President for Riverside Girls High School P&C.
Christine holds a masters degree in Marketing/Innovation & Strategy from University of Sydney and membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Women on Boards (WOB).
A lover of the arts Christine is interested in natural health, improved educational outcomes, innovation and social change.
Rob is a long term Hawkesbury resident who spent 42 years working for Westpac in the Australian Baking & Finance industry. Starting out as a Bank Teller, Rob ‘s career included roles in Staff Training, Project Management (Technology, Change Management, Process Improvement ) before assuming senior leadership roles as a Bank Manager, a Regional Manager and as a State Manager. Rob retired from Westpac in 2015, as a General Manager in the executive leadership team for Westpac’s Retail & Business Banking.
Rob is an active local Rotarian and since retiring from his Banking and Finance career, has supported various local community organisations. He was Treasurer of Hawkesbury Outreach Service ( HCOS ) and was Chair of LINCs and is currently the Board Chair of Peppercorn Services Inc. Rob also Chairs the Westpac Group Alumni Management Committee.
Rob enjoys sharing his diverse corporate experience & knowledge with community organisations, like New Haven Farm Home. He also enjoys time with his family; bushwalking; camping; off road 4WD excursions; music; travelling and weekend BBQ’s with friends at their Hawkesbury rural property.
Joan has extensive experience in aged care at head of finance level and aged care capital developments. She has a passion for working in the not for profit sector so that a positive difference can be made in the lives of others.
She was Treasurer for seven years at Randwick Meals on Wheels NSW and is presently the Treasurer, previously President, of the Good Shepherd Convent PPA in NSW. She is also the Company Secretary for James Milson Village.
Joan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and CPA. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New England and has membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
She loves to listen to music, socialising with friends including assisting with fundraising activities and enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren.
Scott has lived in the Hawkesbury for 30 years. His career has included serving in the NSW Police for 25 years, retiring in 2012 as a Detective Inspector, having spent 20 of those 25 years as a Detective and Police Negotiator. Scott’s service in the NSW Police was mostly spent working in the Western Sydney area, including in the Hawkesbury.
Since retiring from the NSW Police, Scott has worked as an Investigator for NSW Independent Commission against Corruption; NSW Electoral Commission and the Director Operations – Australian Commission Law Enforcement Integrity. He now runs his own Governance/Investigative Consultancy Business.
Scott is also a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia and has post graduate degrees in Corruption and Integrity Management and Intelligence, Cyber Security and Counter Terrorism.
He has had a lifetime involvement in Rugby Union and Cricket. Scott is a former player of Parramatta Rugby Club and current referee coach with NSW Rugby Referees. He also umpires in Sydney Grade Cricket competitions with NSW Cricket Umpires, having played many years in the Hawkesbury District competition. He was appointed to the Board of Parramatta Rugby Union Club in 2018.
Scott is married and the father of 2 adult children.
Jacques is New Haven Farm Home’s Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Director on our board. He commenced his role in December 2014, and since commencement, his main focus of attention has been on the redevelopment of our Service. In this process his efforts have been on the physical and structural redevelopment, but also, the administrative changes, the organisational transformation and the cultural adjustments, necessary to adapt to the new environment initiated by the introduction of the NDIS. Together with the Board and Management Team he is working to have a leading-edge, state of the art service, which provides high quality services to people with disabilities living in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains District.
Jacques is trained as a Registered Nurse, and in addition to his postgraduate Nursing qualifications, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and a Masters Degree in Management. Jacques has worked in the disability sector for more than 20 years in a number of different positions. The last 14 years he was Managing Director of a Registered Training Organisation.