Throughout my previous roles and almost 20 years in NSW State and Local Government, I’ve learnt it takes the collaborative effort of many to achieve great success. I will be working with local, state and national bodies to ensure the urgent need for more affordable housing, the investment in prevention and early intervention programs, the provision of rapid rehousing options for women and children escaping domestic violence and the need to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the homelessness system is heard.
As a born and bred Coastie, I can honestly say that Coast Shelter is an organisation I have long admired. I have been inspired by the strong advocacy of the organisation on homelessness issues and the unwavering commitment of staff and volunteers to the provision of quality services. I have some enormous shoes to fill and I am committed to continuing the work Laurie has done here on the Coast for the past 26 years and leading Coast Shelter into the future, applying my energies and skills to help achieve the mission of ending homelessness and domestic and family violence on the Central Coast.
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC is the 39th Governor of New South Wales, commencing her five year tenure on 2 May 2019. Prior to her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the State and national level.
Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, in 1993 she was made a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, the first woman to sit exclusively in that Court. In 1996, she achieved the distinction of being the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, subsequently, as the first woman to be appointed as its President. She served, on a number of occasions, as Administrator of the Government of the State of New South Wales.
Her Excellency brings her deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice to the role in service of the people of New South Wales.
Responsibility for the management of Coast Shelter rests with 10 members of the Central Coast community who have been elected to the Board of Directors of Coast Shelter, which is a Company limited by guarantee.
The President, Margaret Portass has the support of Directors who bring a wide range of experience and skills to the Board Table. It is this expertise and the willingness to voluntarily invest their time and energy in managing a changing organisation that has enabled Coast Shelter to grow and introduce innovative programs. Coast Shelter is the largest provider of crisis accommodation services to homeless people on the Central Coast due to the leadership offered by the Board of Directors.