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:
Marc Worner, Chair
• Chair, Central Coast Community College (April 2016)
• Board Member of Maritime, Mining and Power Credit Union (2010)
• Member, R&R Technical Committee, NSW Environmental Trust (2011)
• Member, Management Committee, Hills Community Care (2013)
• Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
• Fellow, Australasian Mutuals Institute
• Former Chair of Gosford City Credit Union
• Former Director, Landscape Contractors Assoc of NSW and ACT
• Former National President and Chair, Australian Institute of Horticulture
• Former NSW State President, Australian Institute of Horticulture
Marc holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics; a Graduate Diploma of Banking and Finance; is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course; a Diploma of Horticulture (landscape design); Diploma of Marketing; has a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training; and, is currently studying online for a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.
Marc is also an active Ambassador for the White Ribbon Organisation.
Brian Yates, Vice Chair
Brian Yates is currently the CEO of a not-for-profit disability employment agency and has been involved in the employment and VET sectors for over twenty years. Brian has had a long history with the Central Coast Community College, having been a facilitator in the business training arm and later the Training Coordinator for the College. He has experience in a number of not-for-profit boards and has held the position of Chairman on two occasions.
Brian has a background in Sales and Marketing, Training and Business Management, and holds qualifications in all these fields. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brian Freeman, Director
Dr. Brian Freeman was appointed to the Board in November 2012 and was elected to the role of Vice Chair at the AGM in March 2014. In March 2016 Brian became Chair due to the retirement of the then current President. Although he has retired twice from business, Brian is currently a Business Advisor and Mentor with the Central Coast Business Enterprise Centre (BEC).
Brian holds a BAgSc, MSc and PhD, and his career has encompassed high school teaching of Agriculture and Science; Senior Research Horticulturist for NSW DPI; and he has managed his own horticultural consulting and export business servicing in North America, Europe and Asia for 25 years. More recently, Brian was 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. In this role he expanded the business across 10 countries.
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; and NSW Air Freight Export Council, Inaugural Chairman (3 years). Brian has also been a Director on two other not-for-profit Boards on the Central Coast. Brian sees the opportunity to build a stronger Community College on the Central Coast through recognition of its past achievements and the potential to embrace new methods of teaching in a rapidly changing technological environment.
Mark Holton, Director
Mark Holton CPA has more than 30 years' experience in the financial services industry as an Accountant and Tax Agent in practice. Mark is the Managing Director of Dynamic Taxation and Training Services, and a Director of Smithink.
He is a respected consultant in taxation and business management, in particular value added services implementation and administration.
Mark holds a Master of Commerce Degree as well as several post-graduate qualifications in accounting and management. He also has a degree in adult education and an advanced diploma of financial planning.
Mark is the 12 year Founding Chairman of the Central Coast Academy of Sport and the Board Treasurer of Ronald McDonald House Westmead, a role he has held for 20 years.
Stephen Patterson, Director
Stephen has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of NSW and is a Fellow of the Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA) and a qualified Company Secretary. He has completed the Global Strategic Management Program at Harvard Business School. Stephen is the Chief Financial Officer for the Australian Medical Association – NSW and a member of the NSW Government Audit Committee for the Land Services Council
Stephen has significant corporate finance and secretarial experience both in Australia and in the Asia Pacific region. He has held senior finance roles with a number of large Australian listed organisations such as Australian National Industries, Optus Communications and Goodman Fielder. This experience has been both at corporate head office level and on an Australian and international divisional basis with considerable involvement in acquisitions and restructuring covering a broad range of industry segments such as media and communications, heavy engineering and the food and beverage industries.
Stephen has further government and not-for-profit experiences, initially working for Australian Hearing as Chief Financial Officer and a winner of the Australian Financial Review CFO award for the Government sector. Stephen was then promoted to Chief Operating Officer directly responsible for a number of large scale projects including the National Support Office relocation to the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University, as well as the negotiation and tendering of the Hearing Aid and Earmould contracts, which are the largest tenders of their type in the Southern Hemisphere and recognised as one of the largest tenders globally.
Julia Ridout, Director
Julia is an experienced executive with over 20 years senior leadership practice, across a range of industries in Australia, Asia and the UK. Her roles have included training, information technology, construction, retail, research and media.
In Julia’s consulting work, clients are impressed with her professional competency and exemplary client management skills noting her desire for challenge as an asset. Her technical background has enabled her to quickly assess presented challenges, demonstrating effective skills in change management by introducing simple but key processes to new teams for both projects and operational environments.
As an advocate for change and improving mental health, Julia is focused on opportunities that combine psychology studies and previous voluntary work in the community delivering practical solutions.
If you would like information about how you can become a Board Member for Central Coast Community College, please phone the HR and Executive Support Officer, Michelle Hurford, on 02 4348 4300, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org