A local resident and proud father of two girls, Michael is an academic who teaches and writes about criminal law, dispute resolution and professional legal ethics, He has facilitated restorative justice processes within the criminal justice system.
Michael’s volunteer work includes being President of the Macarthur Legal Centre, President of the Blackheath Public School Council, founding President of the Blackheath Men’s Shed, member of the Law Society of New South Wales’ Disclosures Committee and co-founder of the successful Campaign Against Unflued Gas Heaters in public schools in NSW. He is currently a long-standing member of the Law Society of New South Wales’ Professional Conduct Committee and Chair of the Board at Able2.
Jo Hibbert’s 45 years working and volunteering in the not-for-profit community development sector illustrate her commitment to working collaboratively to improve equity of access to essential services for those who are disadvantaged.
Her work has focussed on supporting unemployed and homeless young people; women’s services; community legal services, community housing initiatives, community and neighbourhood development projects; disability services and adult community education.
Bronwen has strong administrative, corporate records, and governance skills honed working for organisations such as ABC Radio, ABS and YHA. She was Volunteer Director and Honorary Secretary at the Jump Start Foundation and managed the Due Diligence process for their eventual merger. She has volunteered with local council organisations, schools, ABC radio, and other organisations such as Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Aside from her contribution to BANC, Bronwen gives her time, energy and expertise to Blackheath Theatre Company, Blue Mountains Historical Society, Blue Mountains National Trust, Blackheath Scouts, Blackheath Public School, Dance for Life, Rhodo Revue, Blue Mountains for Primary Ethics.
With over 17 years of professional finance and accounting experience, Yuliya has developed a high level of proficiency in all aspects of accounting, as well as general management knowledge and expertise.
She has a Master of Accounting and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and has also completed extensive professional development through a Production Management course and a range of professional international internships.
Yuliya prides herself on her contribution to the work of BANC as a treasurer from 2018.
Jennifer Ross’ contributions to the social and cultural life of Blackheath stretch back to 1982 when she was one of the founders of the Rhodo Review, now a much-awaited regular event of the Rhododendron Festival. She was part of a 25-year series of successful campaigns (in 1996, 2006 and 2017) to save Blackheath Pool, and founded Friends of Blackheath Pool and Soldiers Memorial Park in 2006. The group has obtained grants to build a new addition to the park and plant new rhododendrons to replace dying ones and has rallied the community to improve and maintain the park with several Park Care Days.
Christine Wheeler is an accomplished musician best known for creating a thriving choral community in the upper mountains. In 2009 she founded The Heathens, a community choir with a philosophy of inclusion, fellowship and continual learning. Now 60 members strong, The Heathens have become a beloved fixture in the Blackheath and beyond.
Formerly a Sydney-based software designer, Henry Lebovic moved to Blackheath in 2017. His passion for creating environmentally sustainable communities and addressing the threats of climate change have influenced many Board decisions.
Gary has over 40 years’ experience in social policy and human services roles in the public and not for profit sectors in NSW. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Masters in Management and is a Graduate of Sydney Leadership. Gary provides strategic management advice and program and service design expertise through Board participation to BANC.