Robyn grew up in QLD and later co-owned a property in the channel country of Western QLD with her husband and three children. She moved with her family to the New England Tablelands in 1980 to a rural property.
After volunteering for a period, Robyn commenced full time work as a Home and Community Care Coordinator, which led to a long career in the community services sector. Robyn quickly found her passion for community development and community services through her employment as Respite Coordinator, Team Leader and Manager of Glen Innes Severn Council Community Services. Her roles have varied, from one-to-one direct service to management of a team of over 40 staff, with an annual budget of $4 million, to partner in Strategy to Action. Robyn’s formal qualifications include Graduate Diploma Social Science and Bachelor Arts.
Robyn is particularly experienced in team planning, report writing, developing systems for increasing productivity and program and staff structure development. Having worked in local government for over twenty years, Robyn has extensive knowledge of local government regulation. She has a thorough understanding of NSW and Federal Government programs for aged care, disability and early childhood services.
Robyn is passionate about social justice and strives to provide an excellent service. She loves working (and says she will never retire!)- she advocates strongly for the inclusion and engagement of older people in the community.
Susie Dunn grew up in Western QLD and in her 20’s traveled Australia and worked in various positions as a Jillaroo, Governess and Shearers Cook. She also spent some time with her husband managing a small outback pub in South West QLD.
Susie returned to the New England Tablelands in 2001 and commenced work in Childcare. She went on to work for local government over the next 12 years and held positions including Home and Community Care Coordinator, Case Manager and Team Leader Aged and Disability Services. Susie’s qualifications include Graduate Certificate Gerontology, Master Gerontology, Diploma Social Science (Child Studies) and Bachelor Business (12 units).
Susie has very good organizational and planning skills and has expertise in policy and program development. She is passionate about ageing and age friendly communities. She hates ageism and loves listening to the stories of older people.