Our People

One thing all team members at Linked Community Services have in common is a genuine aspiration to give back and improve the quality of life and independence for people within the community.

The team at Linked Community Services comprise a Board of Directors, over 30 employees and over 60 volunteers with some being a part of the organisation for over 30 years.

Without our people, we simply wouldn’t be able to impact the community in the ways that we do, we are proud to create a place where we can connect people to support each other and provide outstanding services.

Board Members

Alan Watts – Chair

Alan Watts has been a member on the Linked Community Services Board for over 3 years. Alan’s career includes 20 years in telecommunications where he worked closely with stakeholders and customers to design and deliver major service implementations and infrastructure upgrades. His other valuable experience includes business operations management, project management, IT service management and solutions design.

Ian Skead – Vice Chair

Ian Skead has been an active member on the Board for Linked Community Services for over 5 years and has over 35 years’ experience in the NSW Public Sector (YAC, FACS, DoCS). Ian’s diverse skillset extends delivery and management of service delivery (Psychologist), organisational management, workforce analytics, HR and more. Formal qualifications include Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Russell Stockham – Secretary

Russell Stockham has been strongly involved in the hospitality industry since 1998, through his positions as Finance Manager and CEO and his contributions to many industry boards. Russell has managed diverse hospitality clubs across Australia and acted on the Board of Clubs Queensland from 2007-2009 and is currently the CEO of Panthers Port Macquarie. Formal qualifications include Bachelor of Business majoring in Accountancy.

Dianne Gander – Director

Dianne Gander is an active member within the Port Macquarie community, specifically through various volunteer organisations. Dianne has been involved with Linked Community Services for over 15 years and was named Volunteer of the Year at the Spotlight 2019 Volunteer Awards in honour of her dedicated work with Linked Community Services.

Annette Messenger – Director

Annette Messenger has a professional background in several industries including engineering, creative arts, teaching, disabilities, social work and autism therapy. She has served on the Board of Linked Community Services Port Stephens for over 6 years. Annette is currently a carer and NDIS manager for her adult son who has autism and an intellectual disability whilst working part-time as a tutor for young people with learning disorders. Formal qualifications include Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition, Graduate Certificate of Autism Studies, and Master of Education and Professional Studies by Research (Autism).

Christopher King – Director

Christopher King has significant experience in the utilities industry, including as a senior executive, project manager and other roles within the transport industry in NSW. Chris has served on a number of boards and management committees across NSW, where he is currently chairman of Port City Bowling Club and President of Willing and Able Foundation. His skillset strongly lies with corporate governance and financial management.

Susan Judd – Director

Susan Judd is the Managing Director of HR Culture and Dare to Care, and a founding member of The EI Collaborative. She has more than 25 years’ experience in leading and managing people in a variety of organisations spanning financial services, manufacturing and distribution, and retail and business to business sales. For the past decade Susan has operated HR Culture, working with organisations large and small to build their leadership, teamwork, empowerment, and communication skills.

Corporate Management Team

Carlie McWilliams

Chief Executive Officer

David Paff

Human Resources Manager

Wendy Skimmings

Operations Manager

Felicity Staedter

Project Support Officer