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NIKITA KING

President

Nikita has a strong passion for the community.  Having grown up witnessing her parents volunteering countless hours for various causes and groups.  This has inspired Nikita to volunteer for and promote that which she feels strongly about.

Nikita is a proud Gunditjmara and Ngarigo woman with strong ties to her culture and country.   Who has lived in and around Nambour since 1994 and loves the spirit and warmth of the area. 

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KEITH MAJOR

Secretary

Keith joined the Committee in 2019, soon after  moving to Queensland. Having been a corporate lawyer for most of his working life and retired in 2018, and recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors directorship course.  Keith is keen to give back to the community and believes he has useful skills and experience to contribute to the governance of the NCC.  He is constantly amazed at the amount the NCC achieves in so many areas in it's vision of standing beside people working towards a better community.

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Jacqui Austin

Treasurer

Jacqui joined the NCC board in 2019, to help the Nambour community achieve the vision of being a just, safe and tolerant community that embraces equal opportunity and participation for all people.

She is a CPA qualified accountant with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector and public practice.  Her mission is to use her accounting knowledge and skills to ensure NCC remains sustainable and continues to prosper.

Chris Leck

Chris leck

Vice President

Chris is a practical and results-oriented Human Resource and Organisational consultant with over 30 years’ experience in achieving significant business outcomes for clients through designing and implementing enhanced remuneration, organisational, governance, management, people strategies and systems.  Chris joins the Management Committee of NCC as a skills-based Director and is currently on two Boards – RSL’s Remuneration and Nominations Committee, and he is also a volunteer Director on the Rural Lifestyle Options Australia Board - a major Disability Services charity based in southern Queensland and northern NSW.

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LYN HARDING

Committee Member

Lyn has an extensive background in health and community services. Working in the non-government Community Sector, Local Govt, State Government and on Federal Government initiatives. Social Justice campaigns and social policy is a personal passion.  She has taught and facilitated tertiary curricula at Batchelor College in the NT specifically focused on Business Planning and Submission Writing. Predominately all of  Lyn’s work has been set in Multi-Cultural communities, working extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organizations. She has insight into both the generation of Submissions and the Government processes of grants. 

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AMARA BAINS

Committee Member

Amara has more than 20 years’ experience working in community development and social justice. The breadth of her experience extends from working directly with communities to working with the highest levels of government in Australia and abroad.  After moving to the Sunshine Coast almost five years ago and spending a short time working with the council on the development of Nambour, Amara is keen to continue to support the thriving Nambour community through one of its most valuable assets, Nambour Community Centre.

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TORSTEN BECHT

Committee Member

Torsten is an experienced corporate HR professional with strong commercial acumen and more than 15 years’ experience in HR governance, risk, strategy and execution, superannuation, employee benefits, occupational rehabilitation, health and wellbeing. Torsten holds qualifications in physiotherapy, business, rehabilitation counselling and project management and recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Director’s foundations of directorship course. In addition, he has been appointed as a director of the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia and was elected as the board’s vice president.

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MELANIE COOK

Committee Member

Melanie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and an extended Applied Major in Public Health. Since graduating in 2018 she partakes in building and strengthening the prevention system through partnerships and evidence based policy making to promote good health, preventing illness and redressing inequities. Melanie is passionate about advocating for the importance of a multidisciplinary approach for health and wellbeing as well as exploring how a place based approach can improve health outcomes at a community level. 

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DAVID MORGAN

Committee Member

David is a recent addition to the Sunshine Coast, having moved from Sydney in 2020 with his wife. He is a senior manager who has worked across multiple industries and companies throughout his 30 year career. With a background in IT, David is focused specifically on risk management, financial viability and asset management. David was also previously vice chair, treasurer and head of capital projects for Evergreen Life Care. With the move to Queensland, David is keen on returning to roles that engage the community, supporting those requiring additional help in their daily lives and protecting the more vulnerable members of society.