NCNS are privileged to have an enthusiastic, hardworking and ethical Board, made up of the following people:
A/Prof Bradley Forssman (NSW)
MBBS; MPHTM; FAFPHM
Bradley is a Public Health Physician, a GP and a Director of Public Health at Nepean Blue Mountains LHD. He has skills and knowledge in population health and clinical aspects of HIV/STIs, adult education, population health policy and research.
He is a Chair of the STIPU GP & Sexual Health Working Group and sits on NSW Health’s HIV & STI Strategies Implementation Committee and Blood-Borne Advisory Panel and the Clinical Council of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network.
Janis Donnelly-Coode is a local lawyer, in her professional life she is passionate about providing a good service to family law and estate clients. These clients are usually stressed or upset or under pressure from family members, and need someone who understands that this is an emotional time for them. She is also passionate about increasing awareness about domestic violence in our society, and starting a dialogue so that real solutions can become available to these victims. Janis joined the board of NCNS this year to utilise her professional skills, experience and networks to contribute positively to a local organisation that is making changes and turning around the lifetime trajectories for the most at-risk children in our community.
Joy has been the Managing Director at NCNS since 2009. Prior to this she had various roles in the community sector. She is motivated by working with local communities to address disadvantage and inequity through practical, local actions. She has a particular interest in the development of professional organisational and practice standards for the industry.
Leanne McCarthy is a proud Wiradjuri woman, who has lived and worked on Darug land most of her life. Her whole working career has been dedicated to the health industry, across an extensive variety of roles. These roles have included Private Specialist Secretary and Office Manager, Department Secretary and Ward Clerk on various wards across Mount Druitt and Nepean Hospitals. Other roles include Executive Assistant to General Manager and Director Nursing and Midwifery Katoomba and Springwood Hospitals, as well as Research Office Assistant. Leanne has recently completed a three year Aboriginal Population Health Traineeship program and is now acting Manager, partnerships and healthy places for Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.
Leanne, believes that health care is a never ending educational journey and is realistic and empathetic towards our people navigating the health system, whilst being mindful of the history and complexities that can often lead to obstacles in positive healthcare experiences. To further support this, she has completed Cert III Assistant in Nursing, Cert IV Frontline Management, Diploma Leadership and Management and recently a Master of Public Health.
As an Aboriginal woman navigating the Western Health Model, Leanne advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led projects, programs, research, evaluation and policy development. She strives to provide positive input and commitment to service that works towards holistic health care delivery and hopes to inspire and encourage new and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care workers.
Mary has been a board member at NCNS for nearly 30 years. As a South Penrith resident, Mary has an interest in local services for older people. Mary is also a valued volunteer at South Penrith Neighbourhood Centre where she helps with our Golden Oldies Group and runs the popular Community Library.
Patricia Formosa a long term Board Member at NCNS. Pat is a Penrith resident, and works at Graceades Cottage – a small Neighbourhood Centre in Mt Druitt.
Patricia has an interest in Community Development and Aboriginal program delivery. She is an advocate for small to medium organisations and their ability to be localised, flexible and adaptive in their service delivery.
Born and raised in West Wyalong, NSW, Sharon Williams is a proud Koori woman whose connection and roots are with the Wiradjuri Nation, central NSW. Sharon’s ancestors are the Galari people who lived along the Lachlan River and her totem is the wedged tail eagle. Sharon has identified as an Aboriginal person all her life. Her professional career with the State Public Sector has spanned close to 40 years. During this time Sharon worked in mainstream and identified positions with the Rural Bank (later known as State, Colonial State, Colonial, Commonwealth) and NSW Health. Sharon is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people into meaningful employment, ongoing professional development, education and training.