BOARD OF GOVERNANCE
Most not-for-profit, community-based organisations rely on the expertise and generosity of local community members who bring a range of specialist skills and experience to provide governance and support employees. At Central Coast Community College, these volunteers give freely of their time, knowledge and skills to develop the College’s strategic direction and policy and to ensure that the College complies with its legislative and regulatory responsibilities.
We acknowledge and thank the following members of our community, who are currently serving on the College’s Board:
John Halling was elected to the Board in 2008, and in 2011 the Board chose him to fill the leadership role of President. Throughout his working career John held a number of senior management positions in government and private organisations in finance, management and administration. John is currently a Fellow of the Certified Practicing Accountants in Australia, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was previously an active member of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Public Administration.
John’s strong commitment to community is evident through his history of appointments as chairperson, Councillor, treasurer, secretary and committee member for a range of community organisations and industry bodies. He has continued his voluntary activities in retirement.
Monique Webber was elected to the Board in 2010. Monique was elected to the role of Vice President at the AGM in March 2013. Monique works with ADSSI Home Living Australia in the role of General Manager. She holds a Masters of Business Administration, is a keen advocate for adult education and accessible community courses across a wide spectrum of subjects, and firmly believes that learning is a lifelong process.
Monique has have extensive governance experience in the non-profit company limited by guarantee structure, and has been involved in constitutional reform, board policy development, financial reporting and strategic planning.
Appointed to the College Board in 2010, Ron Thomsen’s capability and experience soon saw the Board elect him as its Vice President in 2011. At the 2013 AGM Ron stepped down from the Vice-President role due to the pressure of other commitments; however he has taken on the role of Chair of the Risk and Finance Subcommittee.
During his working career Ron was a corporate financier with a banking career spanning forty years, including 22 years with Westpac Banking Corporation. Ron has held executive management positions and build up an enviable track record as a senior corporate banker and administrator of banking divisions.
Ron holds a Banker’s Institute Diploma and a Certificate in Management. Now in retirement, Ron gives freely of his time to the Central Coast community through his role on the College’s Board, and in his other voluntary positions on the boards of Coastlink Respite Care, Camp Breakaway Inc, Evergreen Life Care Ltd, Community Transport Central Coast Ltd, Peninsula Community Centre Inc and Central Coast Meals on Wheels Inc.
Appointed to the Board in 2011, Denise Harris is a skilled and experienced educational leader and administrator. Denise holds the Master of Educational Administration; Diploma of Education; and Bachelor of Arts. In 2000, Denise won the ACEA NSW Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Post Graduate Studies in Educational Administration. She is a member of the Australian College of Education and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. Denise works as an educational consultant on projects, with clients including the NSW Board of Studies and the NSW Association of Independent Schools.
Brian was appointed to the Board in November 2012. Although Brian is now retired, he holds a BAgSc, MSc, and PhD. His career has encompassed high school teaching of Agriculture and Science; Senior Research Horticulturist for NSW DPI; he has managed his own horticultural consulting and export business servicing North America, Europe, and Asia; and acted as Regional Manager Asia Pacific for a Dutch International company which is the world leader in delivering post-harvest solutions to the international cut flower industry.
Brian has always nurtured a strong interest in continuing education which he believes is vital for building excellence in our communities. He has served the local community in the capacity of Terrigal Rotary President in 1995 (member for 6 years); Gosford Apex (6 years); Program Chairman, Flowers 2000 International Flower Conference; NSW Air Freight Export Council, Inaugural Chairman, 3 years. He has also been guest lecturer at various TAFE colleges in NSW.
Anthony was appointed to the Board in November 2012 and has extensive senior executive/ management experience across Sales, Channels & Marketing. He has over 20 years’ experience in leading Information Communication Technology organisations, which will provide the Board with a view and understanding of the opportunities and challenges posed by the NBN and fast changing communications technology landscape. Anthony also brings to the Board strong negotiation, lateral thinking, and influencing skills, a track record of executing business strategy across sales and marketing environments and transformation and change management experience. He holds a Master of Management Enterprise from the Newcastle University.
This is Anthony’s first Board appointment, which he has sought due to his strongly held belief that the ability of a community to offer affordable and varied education options provides local residents the opportunity to acquire new skills and knowledge. This engenders personal fulfilment, which is itself directly reflected in a greater sense of understanding, tolerance and overall wellbeing.
Melissa Bordogna, Dr
Melissa was appointed to the Board in January 2013. Melissa holds an MA/PhD in Human Communication Studies and a BA in Public Relations. Her career in teaching, training and coaching adults has made her a passionate advocate for adult education.
As well as being a business owner who understands the operational and personal challenges of managing a medium sized business, she has also a corporate background in marketing/digital marketing and public relations.
Executive Director/Company Secretary
Jonathan Davis has joined Central Coast Community College as the new Executive Director.
Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in the VET sector, the majority of that time spent in a leadership and management role. Jonathan has moved to Australia from the UK to take up the position having previously been Chief Executive Officer of Ludlow College in Shropshire.
Jonathan previously worked in Australia between 2006 and 2009 as the Manager for Business, Communications and Service Industries at Wodonga TAFE and then as Director of Operations at the Cancer Council, Victoria. He returned to the UK in 2009 to take up the position of Principal/Chief Executive at Ludlow College where he led a major review of the curriculum resulting in the introduction of new provision in Hospitality and Tourism as well as overseeing major capital development in Science, Sport, Hospitality and Tourism.
The cutbacks in government funding affecting vocational education and training in the UK led to a strategic decision to seek a merger partner. Jonathan led this process and oversaw the eventual merger of Ludlow College with a nearby further education college in Herefordshire.
Jonathan holds a Bsc (Hons) in Business Administration and a Further and Adult Education Teachers’ Certificate.
If you would like to know more about how you can become a Board Member, please phone the Executive Director on (02) 4348 4300, or email: Jonathan Davis