We're managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of professionals and business owners from across the Cairns and Far North Queensland community.
Our Board of Directors is a group of committed business and community members who oversee the governance and adherence to compliance for the company, along with providing expertise in a range of fields via sub committees of the board. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis, to ensure financial sustainability, compliance to the Corporations Act 2001 and to set the strategic direction for the company. They consist of the Finance and Risk Management Committee, the Building and Development Committee and the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.
ACHC Directors are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. We’re proud and fortunate to have an active, skilled-based board that have a range of skills and expertise which they generously provide to us on a voluntary basis.
Richard initially started practising as a qualified Surveyor. In the late 1980’s, he decided to make a career change and started studying to become a teacher. After graduating and completing his teaching degree he started teaching in public schools in Queensland and stayed in the public education system until he retired in 2017. During his career in education, he undertook roles of Head of Department, Deputy Principal and Principal in several schools which he thoroughly enjoyed. He later took a secondment to the position of Deputy Director, FNQ TAFE, and his last role of about 9 years, was as a supervisor of school principals (Assistant Regional Director) in the FNQ Region.
He currently works as an organizational effectiveness consultant, as an accredited practitioner and trainer in Systems Leadership.
Robert is a Chartered Accountant and is a Senior Manager at BDO Cairns, providing tax and accounting compliance and advice to clients in the tourism, property and retail industries. Robert brings skills in financial leadership, strategy, technical expertise and risk management. He has been on a number of community based committees including the Safe Night Cairns CBD Precinct Inc and the United Cricket Club. Robert joined the board of Access Community Housing in January, 2019.
Laurie was born in the UK, and went to primary school in Livingstone, by the Zambezi River, dodging crocodiles, hippos and soldiers after 6pm. Emigrated to Australia in 1974. He arrived in Cairns in 1986 and fell in love with the place. Laurie started building in 1991 and commenced building government projects 12 years ago. Laurie was the inaugural chairman of the CTIC (now Construction Skills Queensland), having a keen interest in vocational training.
Director of Laurie Lindner Constructions, LLC are always on the lookout for challenging and interesting projects around Queensland, having built $200m of project in Cairns, Port Douglas, the Gulf and Cape York. The Design and Construct method of delivery has been the general mode of project delivery, assembling the required team of consultants to deliver successful outcomes. Laurie is looking forward to assisting the board in their building endeavours and beyond.
Nathan began his radio journalist career in the mid-1990s receiving his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2005. This then led him to gain employment in Marketing and Communications with both the Federal and State Government for more than ten years. As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person born in Cairns, Nathan has developed close connections to the Cairns Indigenous Community. Since 2018 Nathan has been employed with State Library of Queensland as a Program Officer, based in Cairns. Nathan joined the Board of Directors of Access Community Housing Company in 2017 and brings his community connections and cultural perspective to the Board.
Pat Flanagan is a civil engineer with 40 years experience in the planning design and construction of residential and commercial developments and community infrastructure . Pat brings to the board a background of 30 years of operating one of NQ’s leading engineering and planning consultancies. Pat has a long history of leadership roles in industry , professional and community organisations. He is also currently a member of the St Andrew’s Catholic College Board.
Sonia Smith has been a serving police officer with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) since 1992 and has worked predominately in North Queensland, including Cairns, Kowanyama, Bamaga, Thursday Island and Mount Isa. She was appointed as a Detective in 2006, and has overseen major criminal investigations with regional Criminal Investigation Branches, Child Protection and Investigation Units and Drug Squads.
Sonia was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2016 for her leadership and commitment to the mentoring of others in remote areas.
Sonia completed the Foundations to Directorship program with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is keen to develop in the role of Director. Sonia is currently studying a Masters in Business Administration. She is a qualified Mediator and performs this role internally with QPS. Sonia enjoys outdoor activities such as bush walking and camping.
Mary was born in Hungary and has lived all her adult life in Cairns. She has worked in the public health care system for almost thirty years including in senior health professional with extensive experience in leadership roles, and is currently working as a General Manager for Mind Australia. She has a nursing background and experience working with diverse teams across both the acute health care sector, rural and remote, community as well as primary health settings.
Mary holds financial and post graduate managerial qualifications and has managed large budgets and human resources. She has extensive experience in planning of service budgets, workforce planning and development, service planning and design, contract management and developing business improvement proposals to support organisational strategic priorities. Mary also brings knowledge and skills in corporate and clinical governance and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Amanda Lee-Ross is the former CEO of Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service (2002-2020). She holds a BA (Hons) in Politics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Health Services) and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Amanda has experience working in the public, private and not for profit sectors and prior to emigrating from the UK, she worked as a manager in various healthcare settings in the National Health Service, before becoming Commissioning Manager of the National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment’s medical research programme.
Amanda has served on a variety of Boards – she held the position of Secretary to the Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network (QDVSN) from 2004 to 2012; was a member of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Council on Domestic and Family Violence (MACDFV) 2008-2009; and the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Strategy Implementation Advisory Group (DFVSIAG) 2010-2012. She is also currently President of Cairns Community Legal Centre and a past President of Shelter Housing Action Cairns. In 2020 she was inducted into the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll in recognition of her work in the sector. In her spare time, she runs marathons and plays the drums.
If you are interested in joining the ACHC board, please complete an Board Member Expression of Interest form and submit it to the email address shown on the bottom of the form.
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