Chris and his family have been involved with Windgap for 50 years, with his brother in Windgap’s services. Chris Brown is also a director of a public listed company and is a commercial lawyer and senior partner in the Sydney law firm Brown Wright Stein, which has provided pro bono legal assistance to Windgap for over 30 years. He holds a University of Sydney Master of Law degree and was awarded OAM in 2013 on the Queen’s birthday list for service to the community, particularly people with a disability. Chris became a Director of the board in 1987, commencing as Chairman in 1997.
Heather is a founding board member of Windgap Foundation Limited since 15 September 1990 and is the Board Secretary and member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Heather has also served on the board of the now defunct Eastern Suburbs/South Sydney Branch of Challenge Foundation from 1980. Heather also has a professional background as an executive assistant, is a Justice of the Peace and received the Rotary International Community Services Award in 1999. Heather was awarded OAM in 2013 on the Queen’s birthday list for service to the community, particularly people with a disability. Heather has a brother who is a member of Windgap’s Life After Work program.
Andrew has been a member of the Windgap Board since December 2013, and is a member of both the Audit and Risk and Investment Committees. Andrew is a Partner and Chartered Accountant at Gunderson Briggs Chartered Accountants and has supported and been involved in assisting Windgap for many years.
Byron joined Windgap with almost 50 years’ in the Construction Industry in both Building and Civil Engineering and has extensive project management experience on major construction projects. Byron has a Bachelor of Building and is currently lecturing at UNSW in the Faculty of the Built Environment. Passionate about serving the community and with a 25-year service medal through Surf Life Saving has been a past Director of Education and Junior activities at Clovelly SLSC.
Madelaine joined the Windgap Board in December 2019. Madelaine is a commercial lawyer and a partner in the Sydney law firm Brown Wright Stein. She is particularly passionate about Elder Law assisting the older members of the community and their families with legal issues unique to the elderly. She has supported Windgap for many years.
Kathryn joined Windgap in December of 2019. She has a background as a registered nurse, working within Sydney’s east. She has a bachelors degree in nursing from Notre Dame with post graduate qualifications in anaesthetics, and regularly teaches upcoming and new nurses within the clinical environment. She has a special focus in quality and improvement projects, and a focused eye for ensuring national accreditation standards are evident in practice.
Andrew commenced at Windgap as CEO in July 2021. Over the past 20 years he has successfully held senior leadership positions in not-for-profit and commercial organisations across social services, health, financial and industrial sectors. This experience encompasses multi-discipline roles including operations, sales and marketing, corporate services and finance.
Having been in the not-for-profit sector during the past ten years, Andrew has a genuine passion and empathy for this sector and the community that it serves. Accordingly he is committed to delivering on the mission of Windgap and execution of a strategic vision and culture, to continue to provide relevant, agile and sustainable services within the intellectual disabilities sector for the future.
Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Joanne has been at Windgap since 1993, starting as a community support worker. Joanne has held various positions across the organisation and has a background in Education, Certificate IV in Disability Support, Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and a Diploma in Community Services Management.
Kelly joins us from a career in banking and finance and has over 10 years’ experience in corporate communications, brand, customer experience and marketing and campaign strategy. Kelly has a Bachelor of Communication in Advertising and Marketing and joined Windgap in April 2018.
Lilly has extensive accounting experience and has been working with Windgap since 2010. Lilly holds a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting from Macquarie University.
Paul Graham, Patron, life member, former Chairman and Director of Windgap was appointed as an Ambassador in 2015.
Paul was Chairman of the Windgap Board from 1986 to 1987 and was reappointed as Director in June 2007. He served as a Director and acted in an advisory capacity relating to Windgap properties and has been involved with the foundation for over 30 years. Paul worked in the event logistics industry for over 25 years which included working on four Olympic Games. He is a British war veteran with over 15 years of service in the Royal Navy and he was appointed as the President of the Royal Naval Association (NSW). Paul was previously the president of Mascot RSL Sub – Branch Club and served as a Deputy Mayor of Botany Council and was awarded Bayside’s inaugural Australian of the Year in 2017.
Paul continues to support Windgap in a great capacity by engaging with the community to bring awareness and with his involvement in initiatives, events and celebrations such as: Windgap Warriors Soccer Team, St Patrick’s Day and Remembrance Day.
“I have great belief of ensuring that clients and supported employees of Windgap have a great chance of succeeding in life” – Paul Graham
Matt King is a former professional rugby league footballer for National Rugby League (NRL) team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs and is former New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative. Matt King joined Windgap Foundation as an ambassador in the beginning of 2014.
Matt King has been a respected member of the Rugby League world and now of Windgap Foundation and we believe he is a great asset in raising awareness and spreading our mission to the community at large.
“Windgap is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I’m always inspired by the achievements of the guys” Matt King
Sue is the manager of Boland Funerals, Maroubra, and prides herself on supporting the local community.
“My passion for the Windgap organisation started when I was a small child, unbeknown to me at the time. My cousin Christine was born with Down’s syndrome in the 1950’s. Unfortunately when Christine was still a young lady, both her parents passed away within 6 weeks of each other. This meant that her older sister needed to take care of Christine’s needs. My cousin, Christine’s carer, sourced a wonderful group similar to Windgap that gave Christine the opportunity to become social and self sufficient. Christine learnt to be independent and lived in shared accommodation similar to Windgap. She could count, shop and clean just as well me!!!
Christine met a gentleman in her group and fell in love. They married and made a life for themselves with their friends in their shared house until Christine passed away from heart complications when she was 60. Christine would not have had the life she did if it wasn’t for the love, facilitation and care that a group similar to our Windgap group gave her. For that I am forever grateful, and because of that I am a proud ambassador for the Windgap Foundation.”
Windgap Foundation was successful in receiving a government grant to build a new kitchen for the School Leavers Supports Program in 2013. Dimitrios (Jim) Krallidis upon visiting Windgap to provide a measure and quote was moved by what he saw, the people he met and was inspired to make a generous contribution.
Jim’s generosity, along with that of his friends and acquaintances turned our kitchen into the ‘DSK Hospitality and Learning Centre’ which is now utilised by the School Leavers Supports Program. Through this facility, Windgap participants have the opportunity to learn hospitality skills, cooking and food preparation through supplying lunches to their peers and staff at Windgap’s head office. The centre was later launched as “The Tukka Box Café’, named by Windgap participants.
We thank Jim for his contribution to the community and support of learning and life skill programs at Windgap.
Announcement Letter May 2021