Board of Management

Jeff Davies

Jeff is a long-term Gympie resident and is highly motivated to make a significant contribution to the community both personally and professionally. 

Jeff has a Graduate Diploma and Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work (Professional Qualifying).  He has worked for a range of Gympie-based services throughout his career in human services, including Endeavour Foundation, SkillCentre, Red Cross, Choice Support Service and Probation and Parole.  

Jeff currently works as a Case-Manager for Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuHIN) in the Gympie and Cooloola areas. Jeff in the role of President of the Board is fully committed to the organisation’s strategic objectives.

Angeline Medland
Vice President

Angeline was born in Gympie, returning in 2008 after leaving the region in her teenage years. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Management) from Melbourne University, and has 20 years of experience working in education, employment, government and not for profit organisations.

As a Gympie local Angeline brings an extensive knowledge of the local community along with a broad range of experience in community engagement, strategic planning, complex budget management, and project planning, development, and delivery. Her work experience includes 10 years of working for the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) as the Campus Lead for USC’s Gympie campus, along with several years working for YourTown (formerly BoysTown) as a grant writer, and a variety of roles working for the QLD Government and employment agencies. 

Angeline is passionate about helping people overcome adversity and working collaboratively across the community to improve social and economic outcomes for the region. 

Stephen Brown

Steve is a Family Law Solicitor with Masters Law in Gympie. He became a solicitor in the United States in 2002 and immigrated to Australia with his wife (a native of the Sunshine Coast) and children in 2012. 

Since 2014 Steve and his family have called Gympie their home and are proud to be active members in this amazing community. Steve was previously a board member with several community-based organisations in the United States. 

Steve is passionate about helping the most vulnerable in our community and is proud to be a part of an organisation such as Community Action who share this same goal.

Andy Nethercott

Andy works in the Foster Care industry, providing support to many of the valued Foster Carers in Gympie and the surrounding area. 

Andy has previously worked for Department of Communities in both Child Safety as well as Disability Services. He has also worked in Disability Support, Disability Employment, and Mainstream Employment positions in the Gympie Area.

Andy has a Bachelor of Human Services and is passionate about supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and groups.

Rae Gâté
Board Member

Rae is semi-retired with a wealth of experience working in the community.

Rae is currently serving as Chair/Director of Gympie & District Financial Services Ltd, (Community Bank Gympie & District Bendigo Bank) and President of Gympie & District Women’s Health Centre.

Abbie Grant Taylor
Board Member

Abbie has had a long and varied career within the Australian public service working in portfolios including employment, education and training, youth affairs and family and community services, sixteen years of which was based in Gympie.

She holds a Master of Social Policy and Planning and a Bachelor of Arts with study areas in Australian Government, Political Economy, Public Administration and Journalism. Abbie has a Diploma of Government (Contract Management) and has also completed numerous short courses over the years, including Train the Trainer, the De Bono Institute’s Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking.

Since retiring from the paid workforce, Abbie has been actively engaged in community services and is a strong advocate for the Gympie community. She is the Chair and Convenor of the local Homelessness forum and Chair and Core Group Member of the Gympie Region Local Level Alliance and a long-serving management committee member for Gympie Community Place.

As a foundation member of the Community Action Board, Abbie has been invested and participated in the governance of Community Action for over ten years. Abbie served on the management committee of the Cooloola Youth Service for eight years, prior to the organisation amalgamating with Cooloola Housing Service and Erin House to form Community Action Inc.

Shaji Joseph
Board Member

Shaji is an Anglican Minister who loves people and has an affinity with rural and regional Australia. 

Born in Kerala, southern part of India; Shaji moved to Australia in 2000. The first ten years of his life was lived in Port Lincoln on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia including Woomera and Roxby Downs. Shaji then moved to Rockhampton for nine years and loves living in Gympie for the past several years. 

Shaji has a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts and Degrees in Philosophy and Theology. In Australia Shaji has worked Parish, School, University contexts and has a great passion for caring for the homeless and children in vulnerable situations. He was involved with CQUniversity, Board of the Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton (Bishop-in-Council) Anglicare Central Queensland and currently supports the work of Anglicare Gympie. 

From a multicultural perspective, he helps and supports migrants and refugees through community-based settlement. He continues to be part of the Gympie Homelessness Forum and School Breakfast Club, Chaplin to RSL club Rainbow Because, whilst carrying out the Pastoral and Spiritual responsibilities of the Anglican Church in the region. 

We are all called to love our community and to build relationships. There is a beautiful Greek proverb: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”