Board

NCNS are privileged to have an enthusiastic, hardworking and ethical Board, made up of the following people:

Belinda Giblin

Belinda Giblin is an Industrial organiser, born and raised in Western Sydney. Belinda has served as a volunteer in many community organisations within the Penrith area over the years with a strong belief in the positive changes these organisations can make to a community. In her professional life she has worked as a trade union official for more than 18 years, she is passionate about ensuring fair, safe and inclusive workplaces. She is committed to fair wages and conditions that enable all workers to have a quality standard of living. She advocates for a fairer and more equitable society with the provision of public services, in the areas of education, health care, housing and welfare.

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

Janis Donnelly-Coode is an Estate lawyer. In her professional life she is passionate about helping people get through a tough time and access the legal system. 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 hopes 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 Impiombato

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

Leanne McCarthy is a Wiradjuri woman. Her bloodlines run through the Central West Region of NSW. For over 25 years she has worked in a variety of health roles including NSW Health. She is a recent Aboriginal Population Health Trainee graduate which required her to do major projects within Public Health and Population Health whilst completing a Master of Public Health. Leanne is currently working with the University of New South Wales as a Senior Project Officer with the Ironbark Standing Strong and Tall falls prevention program for older Aboriginal people. She is now a PhD candidate, and her research is on falls and hip fracture prevention for older Aboriginal people. Leanne has worked on a variety of projects with Aboriginal communities and values the power of our strength, resilience and lived experiences.

Mary Rigby

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.

Sharon Williams

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.

Vince Scarcella

Vince is a proud Murri whose family is from Gubbi Gubbi country and he was born and raised in Western Sydney, living in Blacktown and surrounds since 1992. Vince has worked with Aboriginal Communities all of his working life starting off at Metro Land Council in the late 80s before moving into Government with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Heritage Office before spending that last 19 years as Boral’s National Aboriginal Affairs Manager. Vince is vastly experienced in working with Aboriginal Communities on land and environment issues and employment development programs.
Vince has also managed major infrastructure projects, and Education programs on a national scale. Vince has been on a number of high-level boards. He has chosen to re- focus his time on an organisation in is his own local community, and we are really fortunate that he has chosen NCNS and YYAC to contribute his governance expertise, and wealth of networks and connections.

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