Jon Chin speaking with Grace Maclean of NFP Connect.

Annual Reports

Our current Annual Report outlines our yearly performance highlights for the last financial.

Our Team

Patron In 2019 Dr Bernie Curran AM was appointed MSN Patron.

Dr Curran played a central role in The University of Newcastle’s community for over 40 years. He’s been a student, rugby player, academic and teacher, community leader, mentor, donor and researcher. A boy from the bush, he established Evatt House, a residential college for country students. Dr Curran was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 2018 for significant service to tertiary education, particularly through higher learning opportunities for young people in rural areas. On being appointed Dr Curran said: “Scholarships for disadvantaged students and support for refugees, these are things that need financial support as well as moral support and genuine interest, and my job is to lead from the front.”

Management Team


Jon Chin - Chair     Jon brings with him 25+ years of experience, having held long-term positions as Secretary of Hexham Bowling Club, State Councillor of ClubsNSW for the Newcastle and Hunter regions, and Director and Chair of the Northern Settlement Service Board.  He holds Life Membership of ClubsNSW award for services to the club industry.  Jon serves on and was Chair of the Hunter White Ribbon Committee.  He is a committed fundraiser for many not-for-profits and played a significant role in recruiting 3,000 volunteers for the 2013 Special Olympics held in Newcastle.  In 2016 Jon was recognised as Newcastle Businessman of the year.

Bob Purser Bob began his career as a journalist. He later founded Purser Corporate Communication and worked with major international and national companies as well as many local interests. Bob is a Director of The Business Centre (Newcastle) and The Business Incubator Centre, and is a Member of Marketing Committee of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Chris Cull – Treasurer  Chris has worked in rural communities and run projects with Indigenous communities and has been a long-time member of Amnesty International.He also has a strong background in leadership, mediation and corporate governance.  Prior to coming to Newcastle Chris lived in Armidale where he practiced as a business consultant and was a director on several boards.


Lyn McBriarty – Secretary and Public Officer  Prior to retirement in 2018, Lyn was Director, Research Services, at the University of Newcastle, and had worked in universty research management for over thirty years.  She has a strong background in leadership, governance and strategic planning.


Jane Kift – Chair, Scholarships  Jane has mentored in all her roles (Child Care Centre Director, Dental Specialist Practice Manager and Palliative Care Volunteer). She mentored at Rutherford High School with the Planet-Youth Program from 2015 to 2017.

Trish Blatch     Until retirement in 2018 Trish was Client Services Coordinator, Library, City Campuses for the University of South Australia.She has expertise and experience in project management, strategic planning and change management.
 Paul Battle  In 1966 Paul began in the rail industry as apprentice Fitting and Machinist at Cardiff Maintenance Centre and continued until 2002. Through training apprentices Paul’s interest in helping and mentoring young people grew. This led to his involvement in school mentoring programs and he was one of three who formed Men’s Shed Youth Mentoring to present the “Youth Frontier Program” at Lake Macquarie High School.

Helen Doust  For 37 years Helen worked in NSW beginning as a teacher in a small rural school to outdoor education schools to appointment as Assistant Principal. With school leadership came the opportunities of consultancy positions across the Hunter providing professional learning and mentoring to schools, principals and staff.  After retirement, Helen worked part time basis as a teacher mentor/ instructional leader until 2016. Her work mentoring students at a local high school led to her involvement with MSN.  


Suzie Messner  After a long career as a para-legal and legal practice manager Suzie took up a role of Executive Assistant to Father Chris Riley at Youth Off The Streets.  That role spanned many years with an ongoing volunteering commitment. When Suzie moved from Sydney to the Hunter Valley she took up a role managing community relationships and the charitable foundation for a prominent engineering and mining company for about 10 years prior to retiring.  

Pat O’Flaherty After a career as a chemist, Pat completed doctoral studies in education and has also been Learning and Development Manager for Thales Australia. He mentored for two years with the Smith Family, and currently provides advice to small manufacturing operations and start-up companies.