Staff

Annie Parker: BOOSH Coordinator

Brook Saunders: BANC Access Service Delivery Officer

I originally came to work with BANC Access as a Community Support Worker and then moved into the administration side of service delivery earlier this year. Before commencing work with BANC, I completed a Diploma of Community Services at Wentworth Falls TAFE. Along the way, I have worked as a volunteer in both Mid Mountains and Springwood Neighbourhood Centres.  Prior to this I have spent approximately 30 years working in Early Childhood as an educator in a variety of roles.

I feel very passionately about the community that I live in and enjoy all things mountains, particularly in music and the arts. I am invested in ensuring equity in any way I can and I feel very grateful to be working in such a harmonious disability service with a great crew of team members and participants.

Cathy Rood: Neighbourhood Centre Coordinator

Cathy manages the Neighbourhood Centre and its diverse projects such as NILS, Blackheath Cares, Cyber_Shed and other community events and activities.

Cathy has worked in the community sector for over 10 years, has a B. Applied Social Science majoring in Counselling and her hobbies include bushwalking and craft. 

Cornelia Gartner: HUFF Coordinator

Elouisa West: Administration Assistant

Jade Hudson: Neighbourhood Centre Worker

I have a Diploma in Community Services and I am currently studying for a Bachelor in Social Work at Charles Sturt University.

My interests at the Neighbourhood Centre lie in emergency relief, and combatting food insecurity and loneliness in our community. At BOOSH my focus is on creating a loving, inclusive and trauma informed approach to caring for children, whilst holding a keen awareness of their developmental needs.

My interests in the wider community are very similar to my work as I gain a lot of meaning and personal connection from identifying and responding to the needs of the people I encounter and care about. I hold a deep and abiding love for the Blackheath area community and feel extremely privileged to live and work here.

Jane Byers: BANC Access Service Coordinator

I have been working at BANC Access since 2016 in this role coordinating services and supports for people with disabilities and mental health diagnosis to live the lives they want in their community.

I previously worked at Catholic Health Care at both the Stanmore and Waterloo offices in Sydney as a Team Leader of Support Workers and also a Day Program Coordinator with both the Homeless and Housing and Dementia units.

I moved to the Blue Mountains in 2012.

BA Health Science (Leisure & Health) completed in 2015

Diploma of Community Service completed in 2012

Cert IV in Allied Health Assistance

Johanna Davies: Community Development Worker

Lee O’Dowd Austen: BANC Access Manager

Leah Godfrey: General Manager

Over 30 years’ experience in service provision, social policy and executive roles in the public and not for profit sectors in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.

Bachelor of Social Work from University of NSW and Masters in Social Policy and Planning from Charles Sturt University. Currently Treasurer at Thrive Services.

I love working at BANC, in a community where people care about each other and about the place they live; with a team of staff and volunteers who give so generously of their skills and creativity; led by a dynamic Board of local residents with a vision for what BANC can achieve.

Michelle McKenzie: BANC Access Plan Management Officer

Michelle joined BANC Access in March 2019 to assist with administration and finance matters.  She has had a long career in administration, information technology, public relations and accounting around Australia.

With restructuring at BANC Access, Michelle is now the NDIS Plan Management Officer where she manages our client’s NDIS funds ensuring all is compliant and bills are paid in a timely manner.

Michelle is a founding Member of the Blackheath Theatre Company and a long time performer in the Blackheath Rhododendron Revue.  She and her family are the current Blackheath Rhododendron Festival Royal Family, a position they were awarded for their tireless contribution to various community events and causes.

Nicky Roxburgh: BOOSH Educator

Peter Karsten: Administration Assistant

Saffron Harris: BANC Access Support Coordinator

I have been working in Community Services in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow area since 2002. This has given me a good knowledge and understanding of services in our local area and what they can offer to the people within our community.

I have a Diploma in community services. I have extensive specialist case work and support coordination experience gained from working in the housing and homelessness sector, in the general stream as well as the families and the aged care sector.

I bring a high level of experience or working with and supporting people with disabilities and mental health diagnosis to my current role as an NDIS Support Coordinator at BANC Access. I work within an ethos of social justice and use client centred approach with the aim of empowering people to achieve their own goals.

It is great to be part of the team at BANC and to provide service to the local community. I have lived in the upper Blue Mountains for over 20 years and enjoy exploring the national parks as well as being part of a diverse artisan community in my down time.  

Simon Hare: Cyber_Shed Coordinator

Simon’s formal education skittered across life sciences & fine arts, before alighting finally on a Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Sciences (Adult Education).  His specialist study area was online education. 

His professional skills include public broadcasting, tertiary education tutoring & social science research.  And he briefly ran an independent website development company c.1999 (now there was a baptism of fire!). 

Simon has been a firm supporter of BANC since his migration from Bondi 20 years ago. Firstly as a management committee member, later a volunteer, and latterly as Coordinator of CYBER_SHED. 

He has been a passionate advocate of digital literacy since the inception of the World Wide Web in the 1990s. In 2010 ‘Broadband for Seniors’ offered BANC the opportunity to draw these threads together. The resources were meagre – they consisted of two PCs, a desk & two chairs. However, CYBER_SHED was born. Covid-19 has proven, all too starkly, how critical it is, especially for isolated, vulnerable people, to readily access & use online resources. 

Simon is a firm believer in lifelong learning, needless to say

Trent Kennaugh: BANC Access Support Worker


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