A NSW free from poverty and inequality


The NCOSS Board guides and monitors the business and affairs of NCOSS on behalf of the members. The Board is elected from the membership at the annual general meeting and is accountable to members.

Candidates for the Board are drawn from a wide cross-section of expertise within the social and community sector in NSW.

Annual Report 2015-16

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NCOSS Constitution

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NCOSS Strategic Plan: 2016-2019

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Current members of the NCOSS Board are:


Tony Davies is an experienced executive with over twenty years experience at senior management levels in government agencies, the non-government sector and private enterprise. Tony is the CEO of Social Futures, an organisation which envisages communities in which people are equally valued and included.


Vice Presidents

Adam Farrar

Adam Farrar is Principal Policy Officer at Shelter NSW. Before this he was the Executive Director of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations; and recently has served as the Chairperson of National Shelter. Adam is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has provided strategic planning consultancy service over a number of years.

Cecily Michaels is the Executive Officer at leep. She is the Secretary of the Springwood Neighbourhood Cooperative and previously worked with Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA as the Program Manager in the Middle East and Mekong Region Union. She is passionate about working with communities and the role volunteering has to play in strengthening communities and building social capital.


Christine Truong is the Director at VFD Consulting. Christine is a Finance Executive with over 12 years’ experience working in private and publicly listed entities across various industries. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and an affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also currently serving on the board of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia as a Non-Executive Director. She has extensive experience in providing financial management and oversight into strategic, business and operational development. 


Ben Carblis is the State Director NSW/ACT for Mission Australia delivering specialist support to disadvantage Australians through youth services, aged care, family support and homelessness, affordable housing, mental health and employment and skills development in both metro and regional NSW. Ben has over 20 years’ experience in the sector and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Suellen McCaffrey is the General Manager People and Group Services at SGCH, one of Australia’s largest Community Housing Providers. Suellen is a registered psychologist and accredited coach, working for over 25 years in human resources and organisational development roles in the financial services sector, professional membership, educational environments and the not-for-profit sector, with a strong focus on leadership, culture and change management, employee relations, communications, performance and strategy.

Ngila Bevan

Ngila Bevan is the Human Rights Advisor and Manager of Advocacy and Communications at People with Disability Australia. Over 10 years she has worked in various roles in the social justice field in Europe and has considerable knowledge around the interpretation of international human rights law. She is a management committee member of the Australian Centre for Disability Law.

Eamon Waterford

Eamon Waterford is the Director of Policy at the Committee for Sydney. Previous to this he was the Director of Policy and Advocacy at Youth Action NSW. He sits on the board of the Sydney Community Foundation and has served as a board member of the Sydney Alliance, the Multicultural Youth Affair Network NSW and as a Consumer Consultative Committee member at the ACCC.

Kellie Checkley has been working in the social services sector for over 15 years. During this time she has worked at a number of not for profit organisations and sat on many Boards. She is a Juvenile Justice specialist and has a strong background and interest in social policy and young people. Currently Kellie is the Executive Officer of Project Youth.


Marianna Brungs is a Director at Noverak, and an Associate Director of Community Hubs and Partnerships at Futureye. She has held a range of senior roles with nfp, government and private sector organisations in Australia, China, Thailand and the UK, including with Avaaz.org, Girls Not Brides (The Elders Foundation), Crisis Action and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has significant experience working with coalitions and membership-based organisations on human rights and social policy issues.

Gillian Cohen is the General Manager of Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM), a secular charity working to prevent and address domestic violence. With 25 years’ experience in Government, non-profit sector and consultancy, Gillian has expertise in leadership, strategy, program development, evaluation and translation of evidence based interventions. Gillian has a Master’s in Public Health from the Sydney Medical School and has made significant contributions to address wicked problems of homelessness, Indigenous disadvantage and domestic and family violence. 

Ben Gallen is Director of Organising with the Finance Sector Union, NSW Branch. Ben has spent over 15 years in the Union movement working across various industries including the public sector, social services and airlines before working with employees within the finance sector. He has represented the interests of low paid workers on various issues such as equal pay, secure work and the casualisation of employment.

Tony Davies
Vice Presidents
Adam Farrar
Cecily Michaels
Christine Truong
Ben Carblis
Suellen McCaffrey
Ngila Bevan
Eamon Waterford
Kellie Checkley
Marianna Brungs
Gillian Cohen
Ben Gallen

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