Board & Staff
Foundation Broken Hill has a highly competent Board of Directors, with an appropriate mix of financial, legal, industry, small business and marketing expertise. The Chair and eleven Directors all work for the Foundation on a voluntary basis and no Director’s or ‘Sitting’ fees are paid.
The Board comprises a mix of local residents and people who have moved to live external to Broken Hill, but maintain their passion for (and ties to) the local community. The Board is also balanced in terms of long-standing and ‘new’ members, which helps to sustain enthusiasm and generate ‘fresh ideas’.
VINCE GAUCI – Chairman (since 2000)
Retired, Former Managing Director MIM Ltd
A respected sportsman before leaving Broken Hill in 1984, Vince built an outstanding career in the mining industry, culminating in his role as Managing Director of MIM Ltd.
Following a period as non-executive director roles in a number of Australian public companies, Vince is now retired with his wife Leonie and based in Brisbane.
Vince was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003, a Legend of the Mining Industry in 2008 and Broken Hill Citizen of the year in 2015.
CHRISTINE ELLIS – Director (since 2002)
Businesswoman, Broad involvement in local economic development
Christine Ellis has a background in media, marketing, journalism, public relations, management and economic development. After six years as Manager Public Affairs for Pasminco NSW Mines, Christine established her own Adelaide-based consultancy business in 2002, providing communication and strategic planning services for more than 15 years to a broad client base including government departments, industry and small business. Now retired, she has maintained her passion for the work of the Foundation.
During her time in local and regional economic development, Christine worked with thirteen separate organisations including the Far West Regional Development Board, Regional Consultative Committee, Broken Hill Proud and Future of Broken Hill Task Force.
PAUL EDWARDS – Director (since 2007)
Employee Relations Consultant
Paul Edwards brings over thirty years of experience in managing major developments within the Mining, Energy and Construction Industries within Australia and Internationally. As a self employed Employee Relations Consultant, Paul has provided specialist advice to many of Australia’s leading companies and appears as an advocate in both the State and Federal Industrial Relations Commissions.
Prior to establishing his consultancy he held senior operational and corporate roles with Pasminco and was that company’s Group Employee Relations manager based in Melbourne with responsibility for the company’s Australian and International Mining and Smelting Operations.
Paul was born and educated in Broken Hill and resides in the city with his family. A keen sportsperson, he has represented the city at Basketball and Baseball and is a life member of both organisations. He also serves as a commissioner on the Broken Hill Football League.
KARREN HOWE –Director (since 2010)
General Manager, Barrier Social Democratic Club
Karren was raised and educated in Broken Hill and, apart from 3 years in Wagga, has lived in Broken Hill for most of her life and raised four children. Karren has a background in finance and accounting and was also a small business owner for 5 years.
Karren is currently the General Manager of the Demo Club and has been with the Club in various roles for over 15 years. Karren also holds an Advanced Diploma in Club Management and is now undertaking a Bachelor in Business with Southern Cross University.
KEVIN TAYLOR –Director (since 2011)
Managing Director, Shannon Electrics (BH) Pty Ltd
Born in Broken Hill and educated at Burke Ward and Broken Hill High, Kevin completed an electrical apprenticeship at the Zinc Corporation before working for an electrical contractor and then starting his own air conditioning and electrical contracting business in 1975.
Kevin purchased Shannon Electrics from Harry Shannon in 1985, and celebrated 25 years of ownership in 2010. Kevin is also heavily involved in Rotary and has been Chairman of AgFair for the past 12 years. He was also Chair of the Outback Development Foundation and sits on the Broken Hill Event Centre Board.
PAUL KEADY – Director (since 2011)
Now semi-retired and studying in Adelaide, Paul was a prominent solicitor in Broken Hill for more than twenty-five years, taking over from Buckworth and Buckworth in 1987 and selling to Slater and Gordon in 2006. He remained as consultant to Slater and Gordon until 2010 and continues to hold Practicing Certificates with the NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia, with a Master of Laws from Adelaide University.
Paul has demonstrated significant commitment to Broken Hill over many years through organisations such as Apex, Legacy, and Broken Hill Lifeline – and has a place in local history for, amongst other things, Chairing the Save the Broken Hill Gaol and Save the Children’s Shelter committees.
CHRIS DOUGHERTY – Director (since 2014)
Retired Broken Hill Educator
Chris Dougherty has more than 37 years experience in education and 23 years in the role of principal at local schools – Morgan Street (12 years), Railway Town (7 years) and the Barrier Special School (4 years). Chris is a life member of the NSW Primary Principals Association (NSWPPA) and was the inaugural secretary of the Broken Hill PPA in the early 90’s.
Chris’ formal educational training was from 1973-1976 at Sydney University where he successfully completed a Bachelor of Education (Phys). He was appointed to Karonga School for Specific Purposes (Sydney)in 1977 as a Physical Education teacher.
In retirement Mr Dougherty has become involved with volunteering at the Broken Hill Golf Course and maintained his link to education by volunteering as a classroom helper at his granddaughter’s school – as well as maintaining sporting interests such as swimming, gym training, golf and tennis.
TRAVIS NADGE – Director (since 2016)
Group Commercial Manager at Consolidated Mining & Civil
Born and has lived in Broken Hill all his life.
General management and hands on business experience across mining, energy, utilities, information technology and small business. Having worked locally as the manager of the local water authority Essential Water for 4 years, administration manager for Bemax Resources (now Cristal Mining) for 4 years, and a diverse role at the previous electricity and water provider, Australian Inland, in energy trading, information technology and management roles.
Previous community involvement has included the OACC development board and the community group Patton Village.
LINDY MOLESWORTH – Director (since 2016)
A past resident of Broken Hill, Lindy returned to the region in 2000 where she now manages the family sheep station.
With a BSc(Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Lindy has worked in the geological, archaeological and environmental fields for mining companies, government agencies and environmental organisations. Consultancies to State and Federal governments have included both natural resource and heritage projects. She was also member of the Victorian Government’s Mining Consultative Committee. Subsequent tertiary training in environmental horticulture led her to pursue a focus on botanical research and sustainable land management. She is a current member of the Far West Regional Advisory Committee of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Lindy has a keen interest in the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Broken Hill district and is a member of a number of local community groups.
SIMON MOLESWORTH – Director (since 2016)
Professor, Queens Council (AO, QC)
Simon is a Queen’s Counsel, specialising in environmental, planning, heritage, natural resource and climate change law. He has served as a Senior Legal Member of both the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Victoria, and the previous Victorian Planning Appeals Board. He has also been the Victorian State Mining Warden. Since June 2013, Simon has been a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University. Previously he had been an Adjunct Professor of La Trobe University’s La Trobe Institute for Social & Environmental Sustainability.
Simon has been appointed a fellow of five professional institutes, including being a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. With an experience extending over 40 years of community leadership and corporate governance, In 1994 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 the Australian Government awarded him the Centenary Medal. In 2012 Simon was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to conservation and the environment, to heritage preservation at national and international levels, to the professions and natural resource sectors, and to community health organisations”.
Since acquiring a rural property in the Broken Hill District, Simon has been active in regional community affairs. He was, in partnership with others, instrumental in the nomination of the City of Broken Hill to the Commonwealth’s National Heritage List, which was achieved in January 2015. He is Patron of the Broken Hill Historical Society, Deputy Chairman of the Far West Regional Advisory Committee to the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service and a member of Broken Hill City Council’s Living Museum and Perfect Light Steering Committee.
KIMBERLEY FELL – Manager (since 2008)
Kimberley moved to Broken Hill in 2003 from the Blue Mountains and lives here with her husband and two sons. One reason for Kim’s move to the Silver City was a fascination for her with its unique culture and historical significance gained over past visits.
Kimberley has a strong background in Financial Services and runs a number of small businesses when not fulfilling her role at the Foundation.