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Coastlink is governed by an independent Board of Directors.

Our team of strategic leaders are all members or graduates of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). A strong skills-based Board, the members govern using contemporary methods with expertise in risk mitigation, governance, and strategic planning to ensure Coastlink continues providing best quality service to people who are ageing or living with disability on the Central Coast.



Appointed October 2014

As Chief Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia Central Coast, John leads our Board with a passion for building a strong, prosperous and resilient Central Coast for all residents in our region.

He brings to the Board over 25 years of senior management experience in the public and private sectors, including a decade at Gosford City Council where he worked as  Manager Customer Services & Communications, Manager Arts, Heritage & Culture and Council's Executive Officer.

- Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Final Year of MBA studies)
- Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Appointed October 2019

With a demonstrated history of Executive Leadership in the public sector, Stephen offers his experience working with varied regional and rural communities, proven expertise in the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects and a background in Civil Engineering to the Coastlink board.

Working as the Director of City Services for Gosford City Council (now Central Coast Council) for 13 years, Stephen brings with him vast experience in project planning and management, governance and strategy, and extensive local knowledge.


Currently a community representative on the Central Coast Planning Panel, Stephen works to give greater accountability and transparency to our regional planning system, while making decisions on sensitive, complex and high value development applications for the benefit of our broader community.


Other qualifications include:

  • Graduate Diploma in Local Government, Engineering, at University of Technology, Sydney
  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) Civil Engineering, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary), University of Newcastle



Appointed October 2010

Lisa has focused her special interest in social responsibility, and financial and corporate governance of not-for-profit organisations, as a Director on numerous not-for-profit and NSW government boards.

Currently Head of School at the Avondale Business School within Avondale College of Higher Education, Lisa is also a conjoint appointment at the University of Newcastle, Faculty of Business and Law. Lisa has also been appointed to the Advisory Board for the Australian Academy of Business Leadership, and is Deputy Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Australian Curriculum & Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) -- an independent statutory authority responsible for the development of a national curriculum, a national assessment program, and a national data collection and reporting program that supports learning for Australian students


- Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
- Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Fellow CPA (FCPA)
- Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
- Fellow Taxation Institute of Australia (FTIA)
- Fellow Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA)
- Chartered Accountant (CA).



Appointed May 2005

Steven’s keen interest in working in the not-for-profit sector was sparked during his 20 years in the accounting and finance industries working at a large London university, and as the principal of an accounting practice.


Steven is currently employed as the CFO of Coffs Harbour Support Services. Steven resigned as the CEO of Community Transport Central Coast Ltd in February 2019. 

- Chartered Accountant
- Bachelor of Commerce



Appointed October 2003 

A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Helen brings a wealth of experience in disability, aged care and transport services from her roles on the Community Transport State Peak Body Board and other local not-for-profit boards. 


Helen retired as CEO of Community Transport Central Coast Ltd after 28 years where she oversaw the merger of the Community Transport projects in the Gosford and Wyong areas. 

- Community Transport Manager
- Australian Institute of Directors’ Company Directors Course.



Appointed October 2017 

Having spent 30 years in statutory planning for local government and managing his own Town Planning Consultancy, Tony offers the Board a broad spectrum of wisdom in development, planning, due diligence, environmental impact and negotiation.


- Post Graduate Diploma Urban and Regional Planning
-Post Graduate Certificate Local Government Management
-Associate Diploma Health and Building Surveying.



Appointed October 2019 

Having developed the Better Access Map as part of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s Access and Inclusion program, Ainslie offers extensive knowledge and experience in successfully promoting accessible and inclusive businesses to people with disabilities, their friends and families.

Ainslie’s current role and former experience working with Central Coast Council and the Central Coast Disability Network has enabled her to partner with a range of businesses, community organisations and government stakeholders to formulate policy and planning for a more accessible and inclusive community.  Ainslie’s key achievements include launching the Better Access Map smartphone app, and the development and implementation of council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan and Planning Accessible Events Guide. Ainslie continues to advocate for increased opportunities and improved access and inclusion for all people living with disability.


Other qualifications:


  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Statewide Business Training   
  • Diploma Education (Secondary), University of Newcastle                  
  • Bachelor of Arts (major: Psychology, minor: Sociology), University of Newcastle  


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Appointed December 2020 

Brok has held executive leadership roles at the Australian National University, CSIRO, and in the private sector. Currently, he is the Dean, Central Coast campus, and leads the University of Newcastle’s strategic relationships with community, industry and business in the region. He has prime responsibility for the establishment of the Central Coast Clinical School and Research Institute. 


- BSc (Hons), University of London

- PhD, University of London