Our Board Of Directors
WE’RE LEADING THE CARE REVOLUTION.
Meet our Board of Directors. We asked them a single question; ‘what motivates you?’ These are their responses.
My work on the Management Committee and now the ComLink Board has been very rewarding with many highlights, and the close working relationship with the CEO, while necessary, has motivated me to strive to be better. Together we have witnessed many changes to ourselves and to ComLink Limited.
Mr Warrell has been with ComLink since March 2003 when he joined as a volunteer driver. Later that year he was elected to the Management Committee. He was then elected Secretary in December 2004, a position he held until October 2010 when he was elected Chairperson. Mr Warrell brings extensive experience in financial management, project management and quality assurance to ComLink following his 44 year career in the engineering and construction industries.
Issues of injustice and inequity are my fundamental motivators. I think Jesus’s ‘Golden Rule’ is one of the most profound and succinct statements ever written, and the principle is universal. The Islamic equivalent is ‘None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself’, for Hindus it’s ‘This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you’. Most religions have their own version, but personally I like the Jainist version, ‘Humans should wander about treating all creatures as they themselves would be treated’.
I do my best to live by this principle. It applies just as equally to people seeking refuge, chickens in cages, how we treat our environment, and to issues of racism and sexism. Importantly it applies to how we treat our elderly. I hope in old age that I am treated with dignity, kindness and understanding and I want to work with an organisation that wants to treat older people in that way. That’s really the essence of why I’m so happy, and so proud, to join the Comlink Board.
John Pearson is a business owner and proud member of the ComLink Board. He is driven by a need to address injustice and disadvantage and he believes fundamentally that we should treat all people as we would like to be treated ourselves. It is on this foundation that he has built a group of well-known companies on the Sunshine Coast which provide training, project management, recruitment & labour hire and social justice services.
John’s story is an inspirational one. After ten years in Senior Public Service he began volunteering his nights and weekends to help Indigenous not-for-profits meet their governance and compliance obligations. Requests for his volunteer support grew rapidly and it was not much longer before he established his first business to cope with the demand. Ten years later, John has successfully established six companies now known as the JPC Group.
John also holds various degrees and accreditations which complement and support the ComLink Board as well as being awarded recognition as ‘Australian Institute of Management State Winner, Owner Manager category’, Chambers of Commerce ‘Sunshine Coast Business Person of the Year’, and Australian Small Business Champion of the Year.
BAppSc, BTeach, GCertPubSecMan, PGDipSocRes, MLead, MScBusPsych, FAIM, MABP
Customer satisfaction and appreciation.
Mr Connolly started with ComLink as a committee member in 2008. He brings with him over 36 years of knowledge and experience in banking and finance, administration and Human Resource Management.
He is a past board member of SCILS (Sunshine Coast), been in various community groups such as Rotary and Lions Clubs throughout Queensland and overseas. He initiated a school leavers programme throughout Queensland schools, teaching young people the basic fundamentals of banking and obtaining credit. He currently operates a Skin Cancer Clinic in Caloundra servicing all areas of the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas.
My motto. You get out of life what you put into it.
Kennedy is currently a Consultant Solicitor with Fox Taylor Mildwaters, Caloundra. Born in Nambour, he attended Nambour Primary School and Brisbane Boys Grammar School.
He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1977 and was the senior partner in Fox Mildwaters Solicitors which was established in 1913 by his grandfather until his retirement at the end of 2014. After practicing in many areas, he lately practiced in the Commercial, Wills and Estate areas and had considerable contact with the elderly. Kennedy now provides presentations and talks to Aged Care Groups and is a Board Member of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and Bloomhill Cancer Care Limited.
A sense of community, fairness and equality is my motivation. I strongly believe in ‘being the change you want to see in the world’ and to do that, you must stand up for what you believe in and play an active role in society. I’ve lived and worked in many regional areas and I’m always in awe at how people rally together when it’s needed the most. I hope my work on the Comlink board goes in some way to helping the lives of the elderly and most vulnerable in our community.
Dante is a journalist and television producer with experience in regional and metropolitan newsrooms. He holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from RMIT University. Dante has spent time on youth advisory boards including for the Queensland Government.
Sharee Webster joined Holmans in April 2007. Sharee manages the Holmans Maroochydore office, which was opened in April 2008. Sharee is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, a Chartered Tax Adviser from the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Registered Tax Agent.
Prior to joining Holmans, Sharee was based in Sydney for almost 20 years. During this time, Sharee was a partner in a chartered accounting practice, as well as holding the position of senior manager in both small to mid-tier accountancy firms. In these roles, Sharee provided strategic advice and specialised business solutions to suit the tax and accounting needs of a wide variety of privately owned businesses.
At Holmans, Sharee specialises in business structures, taxation advice, superannuation and in particular Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs). She has extensive experience in providing strategic tax advice to private clients, owner-operated family businesses and large corporate entities.
Sharee is passionate about being part of the Sunshine Coast Community and about giving back to the community. She is the current Treasurer of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network. In addition, as a Buderim local, she is proud to hold her position on the Board of Directors of the Buderim Community Enterprises Limited, trading as the Buderim Community Bank ® Branch of Bendigo Bank.
For me satisfaction is being involved in effecting positive and meaningful change to people’s lives. I strive to make a positive difference in my community, our country and hopefully one day throughout the world by supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities. Tim’s area of expertise is corporate governance for the non-profit sector.
Over the past 10 years, Tim has advised the senior management and Board of Directors for numerous non-profit organisation.
Additionally, he has also supported the establishment, development and expansion of commercial enterprises, including the establishment of five enterprises that he is a partner in.Tim has experience in large scale project management, developing small businesses, and providing business and corporate governance advice to not-for-profit community organisations, businesses and government agencies.
In addition to his role as the Managing Director of a Queensland wide consulting, training and recruitment company based on the Sunshine Coast, Tim has been an actively involved in community and projects and volunteering. He is currently an Executive Director of the not-for-profit Indigenous organisation Five Bridges Ltd, has been the Regional Chair of the Sunshine Coast Advisory Committee for the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and previously a committee member and Vice-President of the Kawana Chamber of Commerce.
Tim is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, he holds a Masters in Commercial Law, Bachelor of Business and Diploma of Project Management.