Pathfinders is governed by a Board of Directors

Tony Gargan – Chairperson

Tony has a background in senior executive and leadership positions in the public and private sectors, with specific roles in corporate performance and management, policy development and service delivery/implementation management. His most recent experience has been in consulting work with assignments at the Department of Social Services, NDIS Commission
and Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He has recently worked as a consultant with Deloitte and Price Waterhouse (PWC).

He has also worked on major cross Government initiatives, including: as an Advisory Committee member on the 16 th  Review of the ABS Consumer Price Index; a Steering Committee Member on the Australian Government Management Advisory Committee
Review into Public Sector Innovation; and as a Program Manager and Steering Committee Member of the Joint Centrelink CSIRO Human Services Delivery Research Alliance.  Tony currently works as a technology advisory consultant with procurespot.com

Patricia Schultz – Director

Pat joined the Committee of The Youth Refuge inc (now Pathfinders) in 1989, and in 1990 I accepted nomination as chairperson.

In 1995 Pat stepped down as chairperson on the resignation of the manager and accepted the position as temporary manager for a period of 10 months.

In this position Pat carried all duties of the manager including staff management funding applications and policy writing.

On the employment of a permanent manager Pat returned to the position as president. The landscape for NGO funding was changing, we took a strategic decision to grow the company to avoid being taken over by the large organization. Pat worked closely with the manager to grow the company.

During this time we moved from being an incorporated organization to a company. To reflect the diversity of services offered the name changed from The Youth Refuge to Pathfinders. After 15 years of service I decided to move on to other interests.

In May 2019 Pat returned to the board as a director.

In Pat’s career she worked as a nurse, moving to community services 30 years ago. Pat has worked with intellectual disabilities, women, youth and mental health in a variety of positions including case worker and manager.

Pat has now retired and enjoy bushwalking and travel.

Frances Grindlay – Deputy Chair

Frances has a longstanding interest in societal, community and individual well-being, and in the importance of quality leadership, quality organizations, service provision and need and impact assessment. She values sustainability, ethics, evidence-based decision-making, inclusiveness, respect for diversity, social justice, democracy and quality engagement of people in matters that affect them.

Frances has experience in several sectors including more than ten year’s experience as Social Planner for two large Local Government Authorities in Melbourne. Each of these local governments were demonstrated leaders in community well-being policy, program development and service provision across their local populations of more than 130,000 people each. In addition, both these local government areas were two of the most highly diverse communities in Australia, comprising many multicultural and Indigenous Australian communities.

Projects Frances has been responsible for or involved in include:

  • Advising on cultural, social, land use and economic issues through researching topics, community and other consultation, advocacy and program implementation;
  • Coordinating inter-agency Leadership at CEO level;
  • Establishing and co-ordinating inter-disciplinary processes and groups for social, cultural and land-use projects;
  • Designing and implementing needs research, consultation processes and impact assessment associated with programs and services;
  • Understanding issues related to specific age-groups and population sub-sectors such as aged, young mothers or at-risk youth;
  • Responsibility for inter-disciplinary, organisation-wide and inter-agency consultation, policy and programs related to population health and well-being and issues associated with community safety;
  • Responsibility for inter-agency and inter-Governmental consultation and engagement in policy, programs and advocacy related to Indigenous Australians; and
  • Understanding/ responsibility for financial and other management procedures such  as staff management and development, WHS, risk-management, strategic planning, budgeting, Compulsory Competitive Tendering processes, grant acquittal, advocacy, and inter-governmental and inter-agency funding arrangements.

Frances’s qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Design Anthropology which specialized in developing approaches and techniques related to individuals, groups and small population sectors, with an emphasis on the values of integrated (social, cultural and economic) sustainability and participatory design in programs and services.

Korrina Schultz – Director

Korrina has had a long career with the Department of Family and Community Services and is now employed by an NGO. Korrina has a wealth of knowledge in the provision of community services. She has held positions of manager, case worker and NDIS
representative for her workplace. Korrina has extensive experience supporting management, clients and families in NDIS applications and package management.

She is currently Health and Safety Representative, Union Delegate, and the Woman’s Officer for her workplace.

Korrina has Certificate IV in Business (Frontline Management) and Disability Work. She is currently studying a Diploma of Community Services.

Craig Hunt – Director

Craig has over 35 years community welfare experience where he has worked in the Sydney metropolitan areas and 25 years in Northern and Northwest NSW areas. Craig has worked as a caseworker in child protection and out of home care, as a Casework Manager for Department of Communities and Justice, a casework specialist and as the Regional Coordinator for the Northern/New England Joint Investigation Teams.

Craig has recently established East Coast Management Solutions, a company that supports small business and not for profit organisations in the areas of Work Health and Safety, Policy development and compliance audits. Over the last 10 years he has also participated in supporting Pathfinders by participating in clean up and maintenance days at the Tilbuster property, Armidale Youth Refuge and various Pathfinders residential homes. He has actively participated in the growing, picking and delivery of pumpkins in the now famous Pathfinders Pumpkin Run.

Board member of Pathfinders since 2019. Member of the Risk subcommittee. Craig regularly supports Pathfinders core workforce directions and strategies by participating in workplace practice meetings such as Pathfinders Disability directions, OCG Audit processes, COVID-19 responses and Information and Technology directions.

Leeah Daley – Director

Leeah has extensive experience in Local Government specialising in Management and Human Resources.

Working in smaller rural remote local government areas as a senior manager Leeah has experience in Strategic Planning and Organisational Development. Leeah has specific skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Strategic management
  • Economic development
  • Social Services
  • Aged & Disability Services
  • Youth & Children’s Services
  • Risk management
  • Financial management
  • Leading complex and diverse teams
  • Community engagement – building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Volunteer engagement and management
  • Organisational change
  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resources) – USQ
  • Company Directors Course – Australian Institute of Company Directors

Leeah appreciates the challenges of working and living in a rural remote Australia. She chooses to make her home in the small rural village in the North West where she lives with her husband and three sons. She has an interest in initiatives that will enhance the quality of life for children and young people living in rural areas. Leeah has a passion for life-long learning and people development.

Rosemary Curtis – Director

Rosemary is an Aboriginal Elder currently living in Glen Innes where she volunteers with the Pathfinders program – Open Door.

Raised in Tingha and Mungindi NSW, Rosemary has experienced a unique, colourful and gifted life to date. During the early stages of her long and accomplished career Rosemary helped to form the Tingha Aboriginal Corporation, providing local Indigenous families with housing. As well as this Rosemary volunteered with the Health Commission to eradicate tuberculosis amongst Indigenous people living in Tingha and surrounding regions. Rosemary has served with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and on the Aboriginal Development Commission (previously known as ATSIC) as well as serving on numerous other boards and committees.

Rosemary is a Justice of the Peace and has worked as an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer and has worked with the Department of Community Services for many years as a District Officer. Rosemary has also worked as a manager in CDEP and as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer with the Department of Education and foster carer. Through all this experience and much more, Rosemary has acquired a great understanding of Indigenous issues as well as the issues faced by many youths today and is a valuable member of our organisation.

Rosemary currently works with assisting Indigenous people living with disabilities in her local area on top of her many hours serving as a volunteer for Open Door and as a Director of Pathfinders.