Our Governance & Leadership

Peppercorn Services Inc. (Peppercorn) is an incorporated organisation governed by a Board of Governance. It was established by Hawkesbury City Council in March 2001.

Peppercorn is a not-for-profit community organisation and a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.

The Board of Governance holds legal responsibility for the operations and activities of Peppercorn Services Inc. The Board of Governance may also be called the Management Committee or Board or Board of Directors.

The role of the Board is to:

  • be responsible for the governance of the organisation;
  • exercise leadership by setting Peppercorn’s strategic directions and monitoring progress towards the achievement of outcomes;
  • be accountable for the organisation on behalf of the community, and in accordance with the requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act, the organisation’s Constitution, and all contracts that Peppercorn has with funding bodies.

The Board has up to 12 members. Six of these Board members represent stakeholder service agencies, and up to six Board members represent the Hawkesbury community as community members.

Peppercorn’s current Board:

Rob Ewin (Chair)

Rob joined our Board in November 2015 as a community representative. Rob has lived in Kurrajong since 1998 and has spent over 40 years in the banking & finance industry, with the final 15 years as the executive responsible for Westpac’s Western Sydney Region. Rob was the NSW state representative on The Westpac Foundation’s Community Board. Now retired from Westpac, he holds a Bachelor of Business degree and remains active in the Hawkesbury Community.  Rob is a former President and current Board Member of Kurrajong North Richmond Rotary Club.

Meagan Ang (Secretary and Public Officer)

Meagan is the Board’s Secretary and Public Officer and represents the Hawkesbury City Council in her capacity as Community Programs Coordinator.  She has been on the Board since 2011.  Meagan has extensive experience in the Home and Community Care Services sector, and her position at the Council focusses on sector development and support for the Hawkesbury local government area.

Councillor Emma-Jane Garrow

Emma-Jane Garrow was elected to Hawkesbury City Council in September 2016 and then subsequently she joined the Board as a Council representative. Emma-Jane works for Pink Finss Charity and brings a background in community engagement, event management, fundraising and business management.

Amy Bond

Amy joined the Board in October 2018 as a Hawkesbury City Council representative in her capacity as Youth Participation Officer. She has comprehensive experience working on capacity building projects and youth and community development work. Amy works closely with the Hawkesbury Youth Sector in her role at Council, which focuses on youth led engagement and participation and facilitating collaborative planning to strengthen the capability of Council and service providers to respond to the articulated needs of young people.

Chery Feeney

A registered nurse, midwife, child and family health nurse and nurse immuniser, Cheryl has spent most of her working life nursing.  The last 21 years were in community health roles including establising the Building Strong Foundations Aboriginal Child Health Team and antenatal program in the Nepean LHD.  More recent roles include working in rural NSW and the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.  Cheryl is now the Nurse Unit Manager at the St John of God Hospital in Windsor and joined the Peppercorn Board in 2017.

Karen Scherer

Karen joined our Board in September 2019 as a community representative from LINCS Volunteer Scheme. She started with LINCS in 2015 and held the office of both Secretary and Public Officer. Karen has in interest in education, social justice and disability issues and when she joined LINCS she wished to make a contribution to the local community through working with children and families and continues this work at Peppercorn. Karen has lived in the Hawkesbury area for almost 50 years and has worked locally for the Federal and State governments and small business.

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Helen Colagiuri

Helen joined the Peppercorn Board in 2019. Previously she was a member of the LINCS Management Committee and joins Peppercorn’s Board on the novation of the LINCS contract to Peppercorn. Helen has lived in Kurrajong Heights for 13 years. She has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for many years as a coach, judge, educator and administrator. Helen has been on the Boards of both Gymnastics Australia and Gymnastics NSW and she judged at the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games. Her involvement in gymnastics has now decreased and she is a Volunteer Family Support worker for LINCS.

Angela Maguire

Angela has a diverse career in communications and marketing across many sectors including energy, engineering, not-for-profits, telecommunications, financial services, politics, cosmetics, farming, retail and jewellery. She currently owns and runs The Gap Consultancy, a locally based agency that works with large and small to medium-sized businesses to formulate and deliver their communications and marketing plans. Her qualifications include a B. Arts (Soc. Sci) (Hons) and M. Arts (Comms.) from the University of Melbourne. Having been raised in the Hawkesbury, she returned to the area some years ago with her young family. Angela’s daughters now enjoy the same Hawkesbury upbringing that she experienced.

John Baker

John joined the Board as a community representative in September 2019. John was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1972 and practised in the Hawkesbury since 1985. He is now retired. John is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Richmond and continues to serve on the Board of the Club. He has been a Rotarian for 34 years. He served as a director of the Richmond Club for 9 years and retired from that position in 2016. He also served as president of the Lapstone Preschool and Early Intervention Service Inc. for a period of 3 years. He is currently Vice President of the Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Foundation.

Kate Tye

Kate Tye is the Senior Manager Primary Care at Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Kate has a particular passion for working with communities to improve outcomes for people in the community. Kate has a background in health, community services, ageing & disability and has assisted with strategic and operational planning work with councils, organisations, and communities to lead social and system change. Kate was elected to the Board in October 2019.

Andrew Tuck – Executive Officer

Andrew has been the Executive Officer at Peppercorn since December 2016. Andrew has more than 30 years senior management experience in charities, and not-for-profit non-government organisations. Andrew holds a Master of Business Leadership and Graduate Diploma in Human Services. He has served on charity and community services boards for over 10 years. Andrew has demonstrated high-level leadership in the implementation of strategic direction and business plans transforming non-profit organisations into profitable community businesses.

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