Our Board of Directors
Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney is one of the NSW Lifeline centres accredited by Lifeline Australia and accountable to Lifeline Australia for the governance of its operations.
David Scott – President
David joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in September 2013 and became President in October 2021. David has degrees in Science and Business & Policy and is presently undertaking a PhD in Social Policy at UNSW. Most recently, David was a senior executive at Commonwealth Bank where he had responsibility for group mergers and acquisitions in the group strategy division. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chris Kinsella – Deputy President
Chris joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney in August 2013 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Chris is also an Ambassador for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout and has participated in 9 CEO Sleepouts to raise awareness and funding for homelessness. Chris is a lawyer and chartered accountant with a focus on taxation law. Chris has over 30 years professional experience and has practised in Sydney, London and Singapore. He is a partner in the law firm Minter Ellison. Chris has a Masters of Law from Cambridge University, a Masters of Economics from Macquarie University and undergraduate law and economics degrees from Sydney University. He also holds a diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute (now known as Finsia).
Mark Hedges – Treasurer
Mark joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney in 2016, and has been a member of our Finance Audit and Risk Committee since then. He became Treasurer and chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee in March 2017. His career spans more than 40 years in commercial and financial roles in the listed corporates. He has been associated with community works for many years, having experience on the board of a community hospital in South Australia and an appointment to a community trust established to assist people affected by the closure of a significant industry in regional NSW. He is a member of Turramurra Rotary and was President in 2016-17. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, masters degrees in business administration and also applied finance. He is a CPA, a Fellow of the Finance and Treasurers Association and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Director and Deputy Chair of Hunter United Employees Credit Union and Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation.
Arabella Tuck – Secretary
Arabella joined the board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney in April 2020. Arabella is a lawyer at MinterEllison in the Corporate Tax team and works with large corporates to provide legal and taxation advice on income tax issues. She is involved in the MinterEllison pro bono practice, providing tax and charities law advice to a number of charities and assisting with the registration of charities with the Australian Not-for-profits and Charities Commission. She also volunteers as a lawyer with the Homeless Persons Legal Service, providing pro bono legal advice to homeless people in Sydney, and is a volunteer mentor with the Diverse Women in Law network. Arabella has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Government and International Relations and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.
Barbara Ward – Board Member
Barbara joined the board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney in March 2017. Barbara is the Managing Director of Impact 1 and has a held a variety of senior commercial, customer, strategic alliance and finance roles across the industry, both onshore and overseas. Barbara has a career that spans Government, Corporate, Not for Profit and the Charity sector and is known as a ‘change agent’. Barbara is the current President of Rotary Club of Sydney, Lupus Australia, SHARE (SMR) Inc, Nutrition Australia NSW, and; Immediate past President of the Australia India Business Council NSW. Barbara holds non-executive positions on several boards including the World Lupus Federation, the Royal Rehabilitation NSW Agency for Clinical Excellence. Barbara is the former President of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and is a Fellow. In 2019 she was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, Leadership in International Mental Health, Excellence in Community Service on Australia Day, and is Nominee for the AFR 100 Women of Influence. Barbara was awarded “Ku-ring-gai Local Woman of the Year 2017”, amongst many other awards for her leadership in business and the community. Barbara’s passion for good public policy stems from her experience that a strong economy is the basis of a just society and she works tirelessly at every level to make life better for those less fortunate. She has a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities with a focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Bruce Young – Board Member
Bruce joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney in January 2020. He is also Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee. Since January 2014, he has volunteered as a Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter, and since July 2019 as an In-Shift Supervisor. Bruce spent over twenty years with Ernst & Young (EY), serving as a risk & advisory partner for sixteen years. In addition, he served as National Director of the EY Oceania Technology & Security Risk Services practice, representing EY at a global level. He was the information technology signing partner for major financial services clients, and provided Risk and Advisory services to leading financial services organisations. He held the position of Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Enterprise Services for over six years, covering all Information Technology & Group Operations. He also served as CRO for an additional five CBA Group Support functions, including Group Strategy, Human Resources, Risk Management, Financial Services and Group Corporate Affairs support services for of four years. As CRO, He was responsible for establishing an effective risk function over the Better Risk Outcomes Program (BROP), the CBA CEO sponsored Remedial Action Plan addressing APRA’s Prudential Inquiry report findings in relation to governance, culture and accountability within the CBA group. Bruce has a BSc. (Information Processing, Computer Science Major), B.Com (Honours) Accounting, Master of Commerce in Computer Auditing, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. In addition he holds Higher Diploma in financial markets and instruments, a Higher Diploma in Accounting, and is a member of the ISACA.
Peter Tuchin – Board Member
Dr Peter Tuchin has worked at Macquarie University for over 27 years and is currently an Associate Professor. Peter’s areas of research include the relationship of posture with neck pain, headaches and migraine, chronic pain syndromes, and the relationship of vertebral artery dissection stroke with chiropractic. Peter has been President of the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australia (COCA) and was recently made a Life Member of COCA. Peter is also a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Disability and Rehabilitation committee and has had over 30 papers accepted for WFC Congresses, where he received several international research awards. Peter also conducted one of the largest RCT’s on chiropractic and migraine to date. Peter is a member of the Gala Ball and Golf Day committees and is also a Crisis Supporter.
Guy Amon – Board Member
Guy joined the Board in April 2022. He has been a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee from June 2017 to April 2022, and will be taking on the role of Chair of the Retail & Property Committee. A certified financial planner with degrees in Commerce and Law, Guy is a Director of a financial planning practice founded in 1997. Guy is also a board member on three other not-for-profit boards. He is actively involved in other charitable projects associated with housing victims of domestic violence in Australia and working to educate prisoners in Indonesia.
Marie Soghomonian – Board Member
Marie joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney in October 2022 and is a member and Chair of the Fundraising, Marketing and Media subcommittee, and Chair of the Sapphire Gala Ball Committee. Marie has 20 years professional experience as a General Manager, Director, and Consultant, and has extensive senior leadership experience in business transformation, the Not-for-Profit and Charity sector. She is currently Executive Director at Ausdance NSW.
Marie brings significant experience in philanthropic programmes, community building, and board governance, having been actively involved in several charities as Non-Executive Director and Chair, including Sister 2 Sister Foundation, Armenian Children’s Fund Australia, and Wenona Foundation.
Marie holds a double Masters’ Degree in Not for Profit and Social Enterprise Management and Master of Management from the University of Technology Sydney and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.