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’.
JOHN LYNCH OAM – Chairman (Since November 2020)
Director (since 2018)Retired, former CEO Royal Flying Doctors service central operations
Born, bred and educated in Broken Hill and with over 32 years working in the Not for Profit sector, John shows a commitment to building lasting transformation through his strong leadership.
Grandson of Paddy O’Neill, the uncrowned king of Broken Hill and the founding father of the Barrier Industrial Council, John is the son of Mick and Eileen Lynch.
John currently resides in Adelaide with his wife Anita (also locally born, bred and educated) and travels back to Broken Hill frequently to attend Foundation Board meetings, West Football club events, St Pat’s and Silver City Cup race meetings and many other social gatherings.
His working life saw him commence with the Zinc Corporation, then to the family company of Ridley’s Mitre 10, the Mines Dental Clinic and then to the Royal Flying Doctor Service where he began as Finance and Administration Manager.
John, Anita and their two sons, Daniel and Jake moved to Adelaide in 1991 with a transfer within the RFDS eventually leading to John being appointed CEO of Central Operations in October 2000, serving in the role until his retirement in 2018.
In January 2020 John was awarded an OAM for his services to the Community through emergency response organisations.
In retirement, as well as spending his time on Foundation Broken Hill, John is also a Director on the Board of SA Local Health Network for Flinders and Upper North and currently The Chairman of the Country Fire Service Foundation.
Professional memberships include: Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Society of Association Executives, Life Member of the Broken Hill Football League, West Broken Hill Football Club and West Torrens District Cricket Club.
CHRISTINE ELLIS – Director (since 2002)
Retired businesswoman, author, broad involvement in regional development
Christine Ellis has a background in media, marketing, journalism, public relations, management and regional development. Participation in regional development included various roles across 13 organisations.
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 17 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 and was a recipient of a Broken Hill Australia Day Award in January 2020.
KARREN HOWE – Director (since 2010)
Company Secretary (since 2016)
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. Kevin is also heavily involved in Rotary and has been Chairman of AgFair 2000. He was also Chair of the Outback Development Foundation and sits on the Broken Hill Regional Event Centre Board.
CHRIS DOUGHERTY – Director (since 2014)
Chair of DGR Committee (Since 2020)
Retired Broken Hill Educator
Chris Dougherty has more than 37 years experience in education with 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) and 6 years experience in special education. 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 Chris has continued his involvement with community organisations and is currently Vice Chairman of Foundation Broken Hill, a board member of Broken Hill Rotary and the Country University Foundation. He also has a voice on the BHCC Community Round Table, Perilya North Consultative Committee, Broken Hill Alliance Group and other organisations assisting Broken Hill’s economic growth.
When not working with Committees, Chris volunteers as a Sunday School Teacher at St James Anglican Church– as well as maintaining sporting interests such as swimming, gym training and golf.
LINDY MOLESWORTH – Director (since 2016)
Chair of Media and Marketing Committee (Since 2020)
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 has been 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 on the committee of a number of local community groups.
SIMON MOLESWORTH – Director (since 2016)
Chair of Governance Committee (since 2020)
Queen’s Counsel (AO, QC)
Simon is a practising Queen’s Counsel, specialising in environmental, planning, heritage, natural resource and climate change law. He was a Judge of the Land & Environment Court of NSW from January 2017-May 2019 and 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. Simon has been a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University and previously was an Adjunct Professor of La Trobe University’s La Trobe Institute for Social & Environmental Sustainability.
Simon has been appointed a fellow of six professional institutes, including being a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Leaders and Management, reflecting his leadership experience on numerous boards and management committees, including 16 corporations, of which 3 were listed on the ASX. 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 President of Landcare Broken Hill, Patron of the Broken Hill Historical Society, Committee Member of Broken Hill Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee and Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee. Previously he was 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.
MICHAEL MCIVOR – Director (since 2020)
Michael and his family relocated to Broken Hill from Geelong, Victoria in 2010 when they purchased the Broken Hill Tourist Park and have since added the Sturt Motel and Away Tours Broken Hill.
Michael has worked in the caravan and camping industry for the last fifteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Business and Tourism and Masters in Business Administration. He has worked in the United States with a wholesale tourism operator and was recipient of the Victorian Caravan Industry Younger Achiever and Finalist in the Future Leaders of the Caravan Industry of Australia Award.
Michael is currently the Chair of the Future Leaders of the Australian Caravan Industry, representing individuals under the age of 40 within the manufacturing and tourism sector, and previously held roles with as an Advisory Board Member for G’day Parks representing the interests of 280 parks throughout Australia, and Chair of 25in25 Broken Hill.
Michael was recently awarded The Thyne Reid Foundation scholarship, as the participant The Australian Rural Leadership Program #27 – a group of industry, business and community leaders seeking to actively contribute to the greater good of rural, regional and remote Australia. The program is designed to provide a dynamic experiential learning program focused on the development of leadership for individuals and collectives who are contributing to the future prosperity of rural and regional Australia.
GAYLE BALL – Executive Officer (since March 2020)
Gayle lives in Broken Hill with her husband and their young children. Gayle studied public relations and event management and has a strong background in media and marketing, having worked as a print journalist for a decade, and in radio for six years. Gayle has also developed her own media communications business.
Gayle is passionate about the opportunities which exist in the Far West and believes more people need to know it is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Gayle enjoys working with local businesses and organisations, and the expertise of the Foundation Broken Hill Board.
TRAVIS NADGE – Project Officer (Since August 2021)
Travis was 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 Tronnox 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. Most recent role was that of Commercial Manager for local mining and contracting company, Consolidated Mining & Civil.
Travis has recently entered full-time into the business he runs with his wife, Outback Astronomy, a local tourism business. Previous community involvement has included the OACC development board and the community group Patton Village.