The NoosaCare Board is made up of eight Directors that volunteer their time and expertise to represent the residents and future of NoosaCare.

The Board are nominated in accordance with the requirements of the NoosaCare constitution and are elected by NoosaCare members to accept the appointment at the Annual General Meeting. The Board attend monthly meetings chaired by the President and further committee meetings are held quarterly or as required. All Directors are encouraged to attend the monthly residents meetings at both Carramar and Kabara to provide residents with a platform to discuss any issues or topics directly with the Board.

The organisation’s governing body promotes a culture of safe, inclusive quality care and services and is accountable for the delivery of such.

President, John Spence Thomas

John brings a wealth of commercial and business experience to the Board. After a career in the international steel industry, he settled in Australia and led a team responsible for restructuring Australia’s Antarctic operations. He then set up a marine engineering and project management company, selling this on to New Zealand interests before joining Gibson Associates, a Queensland based consulting group. As a consultant, he advised both government and the private sector on operations management, efficiencies following takeovers as well as export and business development. He was Managing Partner of Gibsons and also ran his own practice specialising in assisting new start-ups and supporting business growth and economic development in regional areas. He was involved with the start-up and growth of companies such as G&S Engineering and Macs Engineering. John has held non-executive directorships and advisory roles in both Australia and NZ. He retired in 2019 and occupies himself in pro bono business mentoring and time with his family, all of whom live and work in the Noosa area.

Vice President, Johanne Wright

Johanne recently retired after 22 years running a boutique consultancy firm working across Australia and the Asian Pacific Region with a focus on organisational development and strategic change management. Johanne’s clients included governments, national and local service providers in Aged Care as well as many other not-for-profit community based organisations. Prior to moving to the private sector, she worked as a senior and executive public servant primarily in health, disability, and human resource management. Her professional background is in clinical and organisational psychology. She has significant board experience both as a board member and helping boards to develop long term strategies. She has two Masters Degrees and has completed the Institute of Company Directors course. Prior to her retirement, Johanne was a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

Treasurer, Gary McLennan

Gary is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), a registered tax agent, a SMSF auditor and director of Russell & Wood Pty Ltd.  Gary has over 30 years’ experience in accounting, taxation, audit, self-managed super funds and business services/advisory commencing in Tasmania, before moving to Noosa in 2002.

Director, Fiona Allen

Fiona worked for multi-national firms in Brisbane and in a firm in regional New Zealand before seeing the light and moving to Noosa. She’s been on the coast since 2006. Fiona is heavily involved with basketball, is a former representative player and National Panel referee (although the fact she ref’s now means she wasn’t a very good player). Fiona was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2005, after being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from Otago University and a Master of Laws from the College of Law. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners as well as the Australian College of Strata Lawyers Inc.

Director, James Moran

James’s career has had a heavy focus on Workforce Development including the management of macro and micro skilling programs. He is currently the Manager Workforce Development for Training Services NSW supporting employers and growth sectors in NSW. Prior to that he was the National General Manager of Chambers Apprenticeship Support Australia, part of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network and prior to that jointly owned a successful national Registered Training Organisation. During this whole period he worked to address skill shortage concerns, developed Youth & Indigenous employment programs and supported employers to build workforce.

Currently a Director of BDCU Alliance Bank which is a successful community focused financial institution.

Director, Dr Mark Newbold

Born in New Zealand in 1951, Mark immigrated to Australia with his parents in 1959, his father, a Research Scientist with CSIRO, being part of the “Brain Drain” from New Zealand to Australia at that time!
School in Sydney and Brisbane was followed by graduation from the University of Queensland in 1975 with an M.B.,B,S.
Following five years of advanced training in major hospitals in Tasmania and Western Australia, principally in General Medicine, Mark joined the Noosa Medical Centre in 1981, remaining as the principal from 1982 to 2009. Within that time he was a member of the Noosa Cooroy Ambulance Committee and was also the inaugural Chairman of the Medical Council and Medical Advisory Board of the new Noosa Hospital. From this he became a member of the State and National Medical Advisory Boards of Mayne Health.
In 2010, following a short time with the Maple Street Surgery in Cooroy, Mark joined the staff of the Eden Private Hospital in Cooroy, where he held the position of Senior Medical Officer in Rehabilitation and Sub-acute Medicine until he retired on 31/12/2022.

Director, Cheryl Newsom

Cheryl has been a highly effective Senior Executive with invaluable experience in building and managing successful organisations. She is skilled in building organisational frameworks around the values and mission of a business, defining and instilling organisational vision and goals, setting and implementing KPI’s, and setting up management and operational frameworks, resources and processes to ensure organisational goals and objectives can be achieved. She is experienced in working extensively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, and managing robust relationships with key strategic partners.

Cheryl’s  experience is diverse and spans across the government sector, online and print  businesses, marketing and media.

Director, Stefan Prystupa

Stefan Prystupa holds a Bachelor of Engineer and had been managing consulting practice in Noosa since 1980 until he sold his share of the business in 2011. In recent years, Stefan has taken a part-time consulting engineer role with the company. Stefan has special interest in humanitarian engineering having worked for the United Nations in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Member since 2012.