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 – Deputy 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.

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).

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.

Jane Hillsdon – Director

Jane Hillsdon is a passionate award-winning marketer dedicated to helping small businesses in regional Australia create high impact marketing campaigns with a small budget.
She is the founder and CEO of Dragonfly Marketing, author of How To Do Marketing – A Comprehensive Guide For Small Business and host of The How To Do Marketing Show. Jane created the book and the podcast to help business owners employ smart strategy and creative thinking to help ensure that their marketing delivers a healthy return on investment for their business.

A passionate and committed advocate to the marketing profession, Jane is a Certified Practicing Marketer, Chair of the Australian Marketing Institute NSW Committee, a Mentor in the Australian Marketing Institute Emerging Marketers program and a judge for the Australian Marketing Institute Awards for Excellence.

Corporate Management Team

Carlie Comer

Chief Executive Officer

David Paff

Corporate Services Manager

Wendy Skimmings

Operations Manager