MSN Chair, Jon Chin, was recently interviewed by Grace McLean of NFP Connect.  Watch the video.

Annual Reports

Year on year, we strive to improve the services and support that we offer. Our current Annual Report outlines our yearly performance highlights for the last financial.

Our Team

Mentor Support Network is lucky to have a strong management team with a very comprehensive skill set.

Jon Chin – Chair
Jon joined the Mentor Support Network team in January 2017, and 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 the prestigious Life Membership of ClubsNSW award, for services to the club industry. Jon was a White Ribbon Ambassador and Chair of the Hunter White Ribbon Committee.
Jon is a committed fundraiser for many not-for-profit organisations and played a significant role in recruiting 3,000 volunteers for the Special Olympics held in Newcastle in 2013.  In 2016 Jon was recognised as Newcastle Businessman of the year.

Coral Baldwin – Vice-Chair
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 team leaders. Membership Officer and Events Officer.

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.
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.
Jennifer Flinn
Jennifer is a legal practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in private practice, industry and government organisations. Throughout her career she has mentored many young lawyers, supporting them to achieve success in a challenging profession. Jennifer is passionate about providing opportunities for disadvantaged youth to obtain access to higher education.

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.

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.


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.