Our Structure


The Northern Rivers Community Foundation is a Public Ancillary Fund (PAF) registered as a charity with the ACNC and the Australian Taxation Office and it has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

Our professional Board of Directors donate their expertise and experience to the governance of a well-run, ethical and trustworthy organisation which we hope will give donors confidence that their donated funds will be carefully managed and divested.

The NRCF volunteer team comprises ten Directors as Board members, and several professional advisors who support the working Sub Committees. NRCF is also grateful to be able to employ four part time staff. The CEO is supported by the Administration & Finance Officer, a Marketing & Engagement Officer and our newly funded position Community Impact Officer.

I feel very strongly that we all should give back to our community in some way.

– John Callanan, Patron

Our Patron


John Callanan

John Callanan

Relevant experience: With over 4 decades of international real estate and property experience, John has developed great insight into property trends.
His hands-on, practical approach has enabled him to build a privately funded and diverse property development portfolio. He understands how markets and the commercial world works and applies this to how any good charity should be run.

Why I joined: I love the Northern Rivers and feel privileged to live in such a beautiful place. I feel very strongly that we all should give back to our community in some way. I want to work to create a more balanced region and I love the idea of community and the connectedness we all share.

What I do: Patron of NRCF; Member of the Investment Committee

Our Board click on image for full bio


Lynda Deam OAM
Lynda Dean OAM
Deputy Chair
Cara Austen
Cara Austen
SECRETARY
Ninian Gemmell
Ninian Gemmell
Treasurer
Vicky King
Vicky King
Director
Marc Sofel
Marc Sofel
Director
Allison Henry
Allison Henry
Director
Luke Barker
Luke Barker
Director

Our Team click on image for full bio


Juanita Keen
Juanita Keen
Administration & Finance Officer
Joanne Heath
Joanne Heath
Marketing & Engagement
Kyla White
Kyla White
Community Impact Officer