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.

Rae Gâté
Rae Gâté
Vice President

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

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.

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.

Angeline Medland
Board Member

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.

Angeline currently works for the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) as the Campus Lead for USC’s Gympie campus. Prior to working for USC, Angeline worked for YourTown (formerly BoysTown) as a grant writer bringing in millions of grant funding dollars for their services. She has also held positions with the QLD Government working on the Skilling Queenslanders for work program and started her career as a Business Administration trainee at Sarina Russo Job Access.

As an active member of the Gympie community Angeline is also involved with a broad range of community networks and sits on the: Gympie Chamber of Commerce Board – Executive Board member (Secretary) Community Action Inc – General Board member and James Nash State High School Council – Community representative.

One of her favourite quotes is:

“Within our dreams and aspirations, we find our opportunities” (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Stephen Brown
Board Member

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.