Gary Adsett – Chairman
Gary Adsett has spent the majority of his career (27 years) working in the not-for-profit sector in areas ranging from sports administration, event management and most recently community service. For the past 5 years he has been the Group Manager, Social Impact, YMCA of Brisbane. In this role he manages a school which enrols secondary aged students who have disengaged from mainstream education; community housing; mentoring program; disability programs and Queensland’s largest Schools’ Breakfast Program. His main focus in the not-for-profit sector is providing services and programs which promote a positive social outcome, are sustainable from a financial and human perspective and create pathways for growth. For the past seven years he was the P&C President of the School that his children attended. He still is a very keen hockey player and currently working with a group of people to create a Uniting Church presence in the Ripley Valley, Ipswich.
Susan Poole (Sue)
BA (Queensland University) 1986, Grad Dip Teach (Primary) 1987
Sue is a retired school Principal. Her last school was Calamvale Community College, a large P-12 college in the State Education system.In that role, she developed policies and procedures required to open this new College. In her role as Principal she worked in a team to deliver outcomes for the students.This included strategic planning, understanding and implementing the curriculum, researching best practices, communicating with all stakeholders, budgeting and managing all aspects of the school.
As an innovative educator she sought to cater for developmental individual learning which included gifted education, development of programs for music, the arts, sport, support programs for students who needed that extra support. She encouraged leadership, creative thinking, problem solving throughout the college. She also introduced Chaplaincy into the college. Since leaving her profession amongst other things, she has enjoyed studying Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging) and is now a teacher of that art.
She is also Secretary, Treasurer or committee member for several community groups. Sue is an active member of the Indooroopilly Uniting Church and is on the chaplaincy committee of Yeronga State School.
Rev. Kathryn Behan
Bachelor of Education (JCUNQ) 1990, Grad Cert (Language & Literacy - UOW) 2004, Bachelor of Theology (CSU) 2008, Grad Cert (Christian Leadership - ACD) 2017
Kath has been an ordained minister in the Uniting Church since 2009, ministering as a hospital chaplain at the Wesley and St Andrews hospitals, Brisbane; congregation minister at Ipswich City UC; community chaplain in the Ripley Valley; and currently Director of Mission Engagement for the UCA, Qld Synod.Prior to ministry, Kath taught primary and secondary education, in state and independent schools, across Qld, NSW and Vic.
Kath has spent the past 35 years engaged in volunteer roles with the church and local community, working with young people, families, aged care, new communities, and the creative arts.Kath is passionate about speaking of faith and spirituality in the public space, and helping people to connect their experiences of life and faith, with authenticity and hope.Kath is also passionate about helping the church build strong relationships with the wider community in which the church is located, in order to seek the common good for all.
Kath is an accomplished pianist, enjoys gardening, walking, travelling and time with family and friends.She relocated to North Lakes in 2019, and is currently involved with the Qld Community Alliance, as well as being a member of North Lakes UC.Kath is excited about being part of The Lakes College community.
Bachelor of Commerce (Queensland University) 1992. Bachelor of Law (University of Queensland) 1995, Master of Law (Queensland University of Technology) 2003, Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist (Property).
Aaron is a partner of Thynne + Macartney Lawyers and heads the Property Team. He has a particular focus on the not for profit sector and an understanding of their particular requirements. He brings over 20 years of commercial experience acting for a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations and has a commercial approach to identifying and managing risk and opportunities. He enjoys running and has two middle school aged children.
PSM, M.Ed.St. BA, Dip.Ed (Monash University)
Melva’s professional career spanned both formal and community education across Victoria and Queensland. She was a geography teacher in State High Schools for some 30 years including Head of Department (Geography/Social Science) and later Social Justice HOD.
She was involved for many years with the Qld Board of Senior Secondary School Studies Geography Syllabus Sub-committee and the Geography Teachers Association of Queensland as a committee member, President and a Life Member. She has continued her interest in all things geography accompanying the Australian Geography Team to the International Geography Olympiad in Beijing in 2014.
In the early nineties, Melva was seconded to DPI as Queensland‘s Inaugural Landcare Education Officer, working with Landcare groups, teachers and Teacher Associations, across the state to have landcare education embedded in the Queensland curriculum. The Public Service Medal award, Australia Day Honours 1995 was a tribute to the passion of landcarers across the state.
Life after teaching, was a move to the public service as Principal Extension Officer, Department of Natural Resources and then General Manager, Information and Communication Services, DPI.
Leaving the Public Service in 2006, Melva successfully ran for Mayor of Redland City, where good governance, (administrative and financial), community engagement, integrity and ecologically sustainable development were key values.
Church music has always been a central part of Melva’s life, playing the pipe organ at age 12, appointed Chapel Organist at MLC (Melb) in Year 11, through University and first year teaching in Geelong, with subsequent appointments in Melbourne and Brisbane until she took on the role of organist and then choral director at Cleveland UC until retirement in 2012.
Melva is active within the Sunshine Coast Community as President of the Organisation of Sunshine Coast Association of Residents (OSCAR).
Kym is a proud Goa, Gungarri, Wakka Wakka woman, who has lived in Brisbane for most her life. The majority of Kym’s professional career has been spent working as an account or business manager within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and construction industries.
Kym’s current role as Operations / Site Manager for Raymont Residential College and the Uniting Church in Australian Qld Synod (UCAQ) is her first management role within the not for profit sector. The move to not for profit was a deliberate choice for Kym and more particularly a church-based organisation. She is grateful for the opportunities UCAQ have afforded her and looks forward to exploring further ways in which she can make a positive impact to the lives of others. However, during her recent Diploma of Theology studies Kym had a comforting revelation, in that she had failed to recognise God’s presence within the secular organisations she had worked.
Kym enjoys music, opera, swimming and hiking and has enjoyed singing in many choirs. She has two daughters, both of whom are musicians.
Kym is a member of the UCAQ
Covenant Action Plan Working Group, which is exploring how a one church
approach to engaging with first peoples in deliberate and meaningful ways might
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