Here at NFP Connect we offer support, connection and education through various events, for those working for and with local charities and not-for-profits.
Our NFP Connect Breakfast is predominantly for not-for-profit employees, owners, leaders and anyone related to the field or interested in the monthly topic.
We also run peer to peer mentoring, coffee catch up and planning workshops throughout the year.
It’s a summer we will never forget.
Natural disasters happen. The media noise and hype have manage to confuse and worry us – so with a little help, I wanted to bring together a group of inspirational humans involved in the different stages of responding to our latest natural disaster.
I am so proud to present these three speakers who can answer questions around the part they played and will continue to play in ensuring we rise from the ashes.
For our first breakfast – Season 8 of the NFP Connect Breakfast Series we present the following panelist.
About our Panelists:
Craig Bateman – District Operations Officer for Central Coast (CC) District Fire Control. CC District Fire Control district covers over an area of over 2,400 square kilometres and population of over 530,000 between the Hawkesbury River and the Hunter.
A civil engineer who owns his firm, Craig Batemen is currently in the middle of building a retirement village in Cooranbong – a more than full-time role. But when he’s not engineering streets and project managing the development, he volunteers his time with the RFS. Craig has been a volunteer member of the RFS for 24 years, joining the RFS in Narrara Brigade 1996 before moving to Peninsula RFS brigade (near Morisset) where he still currently volunteers.
He has attended most significant wildfires across the state and also interstate deployments. As well as being a member of the local brigade he teaches Level 2 Fire ground management Control, Operations and Planning, and volunteers for the Central Coast District training panel.
When the fires flare, his role transforms into the operations officer in charge of fire ground operation. “We could have up to 300 trucks and/or 1500 crew at any one time to manage, across multiple fire grounds”.
Mary O’Leary is the Executive Manager, Corporate Services of Samaritans Foundation, is responsible for 1200 staff and volunteers delivering $70m of community services in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter, Central Coast, Mid-North Coast and Western regions of NSW. Mary’s role includes responsibility for the Samaritans response to disaster recovery. This is a coordinated response when activated by the Department of Communities and Justice and is assisted by an army of committed volunteers.
Mary’s work aligns with her vision for connecting the worlds of business and social justice. She attributes her passion for equality through education and community collaboration to her rural childhood in Ireland and an especially passionate celtic matriarch!
Mary has a background in the finance, media and education sectors. Her role at Samaritans allows her to continue her journey in developing diverse teams that connect with purpose.
Home these days is the beautiful Hunter Valley where Mary and her family enjoy the wonderful privilege of living in a village community, not unlike that of her childhood. She would like to be considered a gardener, … perhaps one day.
Catherine Turner – Executive Manager, Commissioning for Hunter Primary Health Network: Hunter New England and Central Coast (HNECC) is a not for profit organisation funded by the Commonwealth government to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the primary health care system. HNECC priority areas include disease prevention, chronic disease, potentially preventable hospitalisation and health system improvement. Priority groups for HNECC are Aboriginal Health, Mental Health, Aged Care and Healthy Start at Life.
HNECC commissions approximately $54 million of service delivery across the region including a Health Grants program. Catherine is currently the Executive Manager for Commissioning at HNECC. She has degrees in Nursing, Midwifery and International Health Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Catherine is currently leading HNECC’s response to the Bushfire Recovery across the region and will be discussing both initiatives in train and is interested in hearing from the community about ways that support, particularly in response to trauma that could be provided.