Our People

Management Committee

Jane Kibble, President

A strong desire for social justice saw Jane work in areas of domestic violence and family support when she finished university. She went on to complete a further education degree after graduating and became a teacher. While teaching on the mid north coast she continued her involvement with support organisations, serving on the management committee of a women's refuge and a youth refuge.

On moving to Tamworth she became involved with TFSS. She has been on the committee for a number of years. Jane values the commitment of everyone involved with the organisation and is proud to play a small role in its existence. Jane has a partner and two grown children. She is the principal of Timbumburi Public School.

 

Emma Trigg, Vice President

Emma Trigg joined the management committee in May 2016. Emma has a background in strategic planning, marketing and community partnership development. She has experience working directly with Boards and Management in the process of change and service improvement.

Emma has held managerial roles in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors and has a Commerce degree with post graduate Honours in Services Marketing. After growing up and studying in the Tamworth region, she spent almost ten years in Brisbane and returned in early 2011 to live and raise her family here. Emma works as a marketing consultant and trainer in business. She brings her marketing skills and qualifications in corporate governance to the committee.

“I am proud to become a member of the Management Committee for TFSS. The staff and management are a credit to this region and I am committed to assisting this great organisation, as part of the Committee, so that it can continue delivering the services throughout our community”.

 

Joanne Stead, Secretary

Joanne Stead joined the management committee of the TFSS in late 2010 and currently holds the position of Secretary. She is a mother of three young children and has spent her working life in Tamworth in the fields of mental health, alcohol and other drugs, economic development and Aboriginal community development.

Joanne’s association with TFSS began when she was working with Community Mental Health in 1998 and thus she has borne witness to much of the growth in the service over this time. “The growth of TFSS and its genuine responsiveness to needs in the community sector has impressed me over many years,” Joanne says.  “As a service it has a solid business model but thanks to the strong leadership within the organisation, the service is built on a sincere, compassionate foundation of giving back and supporting the community. It was an honour to be invited to join the Management Committee in 2010.”

 

Robert Taggart, Treasurer

After completing his schooling in Tamworth, Robert completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Finance) by correspondence study at Charles Sturt University while working as a trainee accountant at Brosie Martin Barnett in Tamworth. After becoming a Chartered Accountant, he left the firm for a short period, before returning in 2007 to become a partner.

Robert has been a member of the TFSS Management Committee for over 15 years.

 

Barbara Mordue, Committee Member

Barbara’s first association with TFSS began in the late 1980’s when her family relocated from the far north coast of NSW to the small township of Manilla. Today, as an employee in the Community Services industry and as an adult and community educator in the field, Barbara is passionate about giving back to the community, and the social inclusion for all people and families regardless of ethnic background, gender, disability or socio economic status.

Barbara states “I am privileged in being able to continue my involvement with TFSS and look forward to continuing to be a member of the Management Committee. I am proud to be involved in its growth in providing services to a diverse and large range of individuals and families, assisting them to bring about positive changes in their lives”.

 

Yvonne Kent, Committee Member

As a mother, grand mother and great grand mother, Yvonne has had a lifelong interest in the wellbeing of local families, women, young people and children.  She is dedicated to serving and representing her community in the areas of social justice, health, education and reconciliation.

Aunty Yvonne is a proud Gomeroi woman, and as an Elder in the local Aboriginal community, has been actively involved in practical reconciliation efforts, including the establishment of an Tamworth Regional Council Aboriginal Liaison Committee.  She has also recently provided an example to young people by completing her Certificate IV in Community Services up at TAFE.

Yvonne currently also serves on the board of the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council, and is an active volunteer at the Coledale Community Centre.

 

Janice O'Connor, Committee Member

 

 

Liz Shelton, Committee Member

Liz Shelton joined the management committee in 2014. Liz’s professional background is in Real Estate, property management and small business. She now holds a role with the State Government helping solve property issues through strategic property development and disposal.

Liz’s first involvement with TFSS came through an invitation to speak at a series of workshops aimed at assisting people to gain and maintain private rental accommodation, circa 2011.

Having been a single mother herself, she has an understanding and appreciation of some of the challenges of raising children in a single parent family.   

When asked for her thoughts on TFSS, Liz says “I stand in continual admiration of the dedicated and compassionate approach with which the staff of TFSS care for their clients and the way they continually strive to improve their service to the communities they work with.”

 

Management Team

Belinda Kotris, CEO

Belinda has over 20 years experience working in the community services sector and has a strong awareness of the evolving context of national, state and local policy in relation to planning, service coordination and service delivery. Belinda began working for TFSS in 1998, initially as a front line worker and then managing the service. Belinda has been responsible for the successful growth of TFSS and its service delivery to clients across the region. She is passionate and committed to the FamS principles and to ensuring that they guide the work that is delivered. Initially TFSS was a single funded organisation delivering services in the Tamworth Local Government Area; currently TFSS has over 21 funded programs which are provided from a variety of locations across the New England region. Belinda is committed to raising awareness and issues specific to rural communities. Belinda says "As a leader, community member and mother, I see it as a priority to ensure that regional communities are supported and valued and that regional issues, including the complexity of issues relating to regional and remote areas and geographic isolation, are understood by all levels of Government, policy makers and funding bodies."

After growing up on a mixed grazing property outside Narrabri, Belinda learned the value of hard work from an early age. "My father taught me many lessons in life, but perhaps more importantly led by example with determination" Belinda says. In her spare time Belinda enjoys gardening on her 8 acres outside of Tamworth which she shares with her partner Ian and children Jack, Joe and Isabella.

 

Julie Green, Stream 1 Service Manager 

Born and bred in England, Julie arrived in Sydney, Australia in 1978 as a young backpacker looking for adventure. A few years later Julie left Sydney and relocated to Tamworth with her three young sons. Julie started out working for Family Day Care and at a local restaurant and later went on to work at the Adolescent Crisis Intervention Service, the Youth Centre, then spent 9 years working with The Smith Family as well as volunteering as a Lifeline Counsellor.

Julie has been with TFSS since 2010 in her role as the Children’s Service Manager, running a number of State and Commonwealth funded programs. She holds Diploma’s in Community Services (Welfare & Case Management) as well as a Diploma in Counselling and Communication. In 2013 she completed her Bachelor in Social Science/Social Welfare.

Julie has been a Director on the board of the Tamworth Community College since 2009 and in 2013 began her role as a member of the Medicare Local Advisory Committee.

Kimberley Smart Stream 2 Service Manager

Lisa Hetherington Stream 3 Service Manager

Lynda Townsend Stream 4 Service Manager

Susan Ring Stream 6 Service Manager