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.

NCOSS Strategic Plan: 2019-2022

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NCOSS Strategic Plan: 2016-2019

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NCOSS Constitution

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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.



Ying Zhang is a seasoned financial executive with more than fifteen years experience in Multi-National Corporations and Listed Companies across a variety of industry sectors. She has considerable experience in financial, commercial, operational and strategic management. Ying is a fellow CPA and a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Having migrated from China, Ying is passionate about multiculturalism and diversity.



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.

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).

David Fisher is CEO of HousingPlus. David has more than 25 years of experience in the Australian and UK community housing sectors at senior executive positions including one of the largest care providers in the UK. David has led and established a number of successful housing organisations’ diversification into new markets, including the provision of specialist aged care services at national and regional levels, and has expert knowledge in relation to governance, risk and financial planning.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel is the Rabbi and CEO of Jewish House Crisis Centre, an independent, not-for-profit charity providing crisis intervention and prevention services. Rabbi Kastel has been providing Rabbinic expertise to the Sydney community for over 20 years. He has deep community and social welfare experience, and believes in collaborative approaches. Rabbi Kastel is well recognised for applying innovative best practices to the provision of expert crisis services in the Sydney community.

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.

Samantha Simmons is Manager - Education at Aboriginal Hostels Limited. She is of Wiradjuri descent with 20 years’ experience in Indigenous Affairs roles in policy development and delivery of social and economic programs in rural, remote and urban settings. She has held senior management positions in the public service, higher education and community sectors and is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their respective cultures to fully participate, contribute and prosper in Australia.

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.

Dr Pauline Manley is a director at the Older Women's Network , delivery well-being services, community development and political advocacy for the older women of NSW. Pauline facilitates workshops for mature women, carers and those with mental health issues. She has 25 years experience as a performing arts academic and is now employing her creative skills to promote feminism and therapeutically assist those in need. 

Robin Heath is CEO of Dorrigo Plateau Local Aboriginal Land Council, and sits on the boards of the National Parks Advisory Council  and the Aboriginal Culture Heritage Advisory Council. He is committed to better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in NSW, including social disadvantage, community development, suicide prevention, domestic violence, homelessness, and environmental issues.

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