Our current Annual Report
outlines our yearly performance
highlights for the last financial.
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.”
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.
Katherine Heinrich – Secretary and Public Officer Katherine has had an international career spanning 30 years; as Professor in Mathematics
at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver and Vice-President Academic at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. Returning to Australia in 2007, Katherine
volunteered as Director of Back to Back Galleries and is currently secretary of ADFAS Newcastle.
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.
Coral Baldwin Following a career position as a company representative, Coral has spent over 15 years volunteering as a mentor in local
schools. She was a member of the Department of Education Mentoring Strategy Committee for five years and has run a public speaking program with school
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.
Nick Killin Nick has held many senior positions, such as Business Development Manager with GHD, and Senior Business Development and Marketing positions involving
regional research for the Hunter Valley Research Foundation and advanced manufacturing and export-oriented companies. Nick has a keen interest
in regional development and has served as Chairman of both HunterNet and the HunterNet Group Training Company.
Tony McLaughlin Tony taught at all levels in the K-12 system before becoming a Priority Schools Consultant for the Hunter Central Coast.
He then established his own consulting and couselling company "Big Steps Education" whicle also working as a Literacy Consultant to the Callaghan College
Collegiate, a trio of creative and innovative high schools.
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.