Our Management Board:

New Lake Peer Support Ltd. is managed by a voluntary Management Board, which overseas the strategic operations of the organisation. The Board is elected from the members of the organisation each year at the Annual General meeting.

Day to day decision-making is delegated to the Management team.

New Lake Peer Support Ltd. Board members have a wide range of skills and experience, as well as experience in the disability service sector.

Our Board is made up of:

Maureen Potter – Chairperson

Maureen has been an active member of New Lake Peer Support Ltd. for many years and has served as Chairperson since 2007.

She has extensive administration and accounts experience. She has been involved for many years with schools and organisations that provide services to people with disability both as a parent of a son with Down Syndrome and committee member. Maureen is a member of the Risk Sub Committee.

Lorraine Smyth – Vice Chairperson  

As a parent of a daughter with Down Syndrome, Lorraine has first hand experience of issues facing people with disability and families. She was appointed to the management committee in 2013 and has extensive experience in administration and education (both in administration and Teacher’s Aide Special). Upon Lorraine’s retirement, she received a medal of excellence for 25 years of service to the Education Department. As an active member of the community, Lorraine’s tireless community work includes representation on many community and school committees; sport and community clubs; a past member of Raymond Terrace Lioness Club; and Secretary/Editor of Newcastle Rover Owners 4WD Club.

Kay Talty – Treasurer 

Kay brings a wealth of experience to the committee, having joined the Management Committee in 2012 transferring from the Alice Ferguson Management Committee. Kay has previously been employed in Local Government and was involved in planning, provision and support of the local community services sector including community-based management. She was responsible for administering funding programs provided by the State Government for the community sector which included review of budgets in addition to developing and monitoring the annual budget for the section of Council she managed. She has extensive knowledge of the broader community sector and is aware of the importance of the organisation to meet legislative and funding requirements. Kay has formal qualifications in social science.

Pauline Boyce – Secretary  

Following a career in health administration (medical records), Pauline has adapted her skills to community management work. Pauline has formal qualifications in the Arts (Honours). She has also worked as a volunteer as a Museum Guide and within the Library. She has a strong history of community involvement and has served on Disability, Church, School and Education Committees. These include Hunter Carers for Intellectual Disability; Newcastle Temporary Care; Carers Action Network; New Lake Peer Support Inc.; and some ADHC Committees. She also served on committees for Glendon and Merewether Schools; and the Catholic Social Justice committee. Pauline is also the parent of a young lady with disability. Pauline was appointed to the board in 2004.

Judy Vandenberg – Committee member 

Judy is a parent of a young man with an intellectual disability who has accessed New Lake Peer Support for many years. In 2017 Judy joined the committee of New Lake Peer Support. Judy worked as a Tour Leader in travel for 26 years.  During this time Judy also has been involved in the fundraising aspects for many community groups which included Living Proof – a dance group for people with disabilities and Special Olympics – giving people with disabilities the change to participate in sport.  Judy now still actively helps with the fundraising for Kids with Cancer which is run though the John Hunter Hospital. Judy was appointed to the board in 2016.

Colleen O’Sullivan – Committee member

Colleen has a wealth of experience in the secondary education sector, including administration, IT support and office management. Colleen implemented a number of innovative IT solutions, streamlined procedures and refined business processes to ensure effective office management.  Colleen also has experience working in a not for profit organization that facilitated employment for persons living with a disability. 

Colleen is passionate about persons living with a disability being supported to ensure access and meaningful participation in the community. Colleen has had the opportunity to pursue this passion through a number of voluntary roles over the past 35 years.  As a parent of a son who lives with disabilities, Colleen has actively advocated to ensure disability services and funding for young people are maintained. Colleen was appointed to the Board in 2016. 

Edna Jefferson – Committee member

Edna is the parent of a young man with Down Syndrome. Her son accesses New Lake Peer Support Ltd. services. Edna has been involved with New Lake Peer Support Ltd. for many years and was appointed to the Board in 2008. Edna has an administrative background.  She has a strong commitment to improving the lives and outcomes of people with disability and their families.




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