Board and Staff

ANHCA is governed by elected members from its State and Territory peak organisations and representative bodies.

Board Executive

Jane Chilcott, President (WA)

Jane is the Chief Executive Officer of Linkwest, the peak body for community centres in Western Australia and has worked for Linkwest for 7 years in a number of roles.  Jane originally qualified and worked in HR management and training and has worked in a number of countries and in very varied roles including full time mum and teacher of English as a second language to adults and children.  As an extensive user of Neighbourhood Centres in a number of countries while her children were growing up, Jane is passionate about this very important sector and the role it plays in reducing isolation and bringing people from all walks of life together.

John Hooper, Treasurer (Tas)

John is the Chief Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania, the peak body for Neighbourhood Houses in Tasmania. He has spent the last 23 years working in community organisations focused on community development and has seen first-hand how true place-based community development can transform individuals’ lives, and that of their families and communities. He is particularly passionate about the role Neighbourhood Houses play in supporting people to transition back into work and learning, improve their confidence and wellbeing, as well as take on leadership and voluntary roles in their communities.

Gretchen Young, Secretary (NSW)

Gretchen is the President of the Local Community Services Association (LCSA) and has been actively involved in the LCSA for close to a decade. Gretchen has worked in the community and government sector for over 15 years and is currently the General Manager of the Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre in Evans Head, Northern New South Wales- a multipurpose Centre which has had enormous success with a variety of social enterprise ventures and has a strong focus on working with the local indigenous community which has been influenced by her own Indigenous heritage. Gretchen has been a vital part of the highly successful Consortium of Neighbourhood Centres Far North Coast (CONC) and brings an array of service provision and community development knowledge.

Board Members

Nicole Battle (Vic)

Nicole is the Chief Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and has over ten years experience working in local government, and has held senior roles within Community Development, Youth Services, Emergency Management and Governance. She has also held a number positions within the not for profit sector, and currently lectures in politics at Melbourne University. Nicole is passionate about social justice and is particularly interested in gender equality and Indigenous rights. Nicole has been a longtime supporter of Neighbourhood Houses and the important role that they play within local communities.

Can Yasmut (NSW)

Can is the Executive Officer of the Local Community Services Association LCSA, the peak body for Neighbourhood Centres in NSW. In his previous roles he has worked for the Upper Mountains Youth Services, the St. George Migrant Resource Centre, the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, the Mountains Community Resource Network and for ANTaR NSW (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation). Can believes that neighbourhood centres play a vital role in our civic society through community management, their ability to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and through engaging their community in shaping their future.

Greg Ferrington (Vic)

Greg has been a board member of Neighbourhood Houses in Victoria and Queensland over the last 20 years.  He also manages Wyndham Park Community Centre in the south western suburbs of Melbourne. He is currently President of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and a member of the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Regional Council for North and West Melbourne.  Greg holds a Bachelor of Social Science from Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma of Frontline Management from Victoria University

Kate Beer (Tas)

Tomas Passeggi (Qld)

Geoff Roberson (Qld)