Board of Directors

Kerry McGoldrick

Chair of the Board

Kerry was elected to the Board (previously the SEC) in 2013 and was elected as Chair in August 2015. He is a Partner at ShineWing Australia, an Australian owned advisory and accounting firm, and is a recognised leader in governance, risk and resilience. Kerry is a lawyer by trade and holds an MBA and Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. He is also on the NSW Council of Governance Institute of Australia. Kerry had a great time as a kid in the Sea Scouts, which fostered a lifelong interest in the outdoors.

Richard Hodge
Deputy Chief of the Board

Richard was elected to the Scouts NSW Board on 17 July 2021 and has been a member of the Finance Committee since July 2017. He is presently a Senior Advisor within the Policy and Budget Group of the NSW Treasury. A qualified Chartered Accountant, his professional experience also includes working as a Policy Advisor to a NSW Cabinet Minister and as a Senior Accountant within the Audit and Assurance division of KPMG. Richard has been involved in scouting for over twenty years as a Cub, Scout, Venturer, and Rover and wants to ensure that young Australians have the opportunity to grow and develop by experiencing the youth program that scouting offers..

Neville Tomkins OAM JP
Chief Commissioner

Chief Commissioner Neville reaffirmed his promise as Chief Commissioner in August 2016, after completing 35 years in the Commonwealth Public Service, including 25 years in the Senior Executive Service. He comes to NSW having served as Chief Commissioner for the ACT for 9 years and the International Commissioner for Scouts Australia for 6 years. He continues to serve in multiple Scouts Australia appointments, including that of National Coordinator for Redress. He has served on the National Executive of Scouts Australia, and as a National Councillor, for the past 15 years. Neville is inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’.

Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips was elected to the position of Treasurer with the Scouts NSW Board, and to the role of Chair of the Finance Committee in 2020. Matt is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Audit Executive at the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC), a post he has held since 2016. He has previously held senior executive roles in the Australian, New South Wales and Local Government sectors. Prior to joining the NSW Electoral Commission, Matt held the position as Chief Operating Officer in Local Government and as a Senior Executive in NSW Treasury and in the Australian Government. Matt is a strong supporter of Scouting and is actively involved, currently holds the appointment of Assistant Scout Leader at 1st Cherrybrook Scout Group and more recently, the role of Assistant Chief Commissioner, Innovation and Culture.

Anthony Pritchard
Ex-Officio Director

Anthony was elected to the Board on 1 August 2020. Anthony has held many roles in Scouting over the past 18 years, currently holding the position of Region Commissioner for South Coast and Tablelands Region. He is also a Youth Safe Advocate, a Member of the Health & Safety Committee and a Mental Health First Aid trainer. Anthony has a passion for assisting Scouts with Special Needs, for Inclusion and Diversity. Anthony has held various positions during his career as a Registered General, Geriatric, Rehabilitation and Disability Nurse, responsible for clinical governance and education of staff for its application. Anthony is a founding member of the Disability Health Network Illawarra. He is also a Director at Lotus Martial Arts Australia, a member of the Australian Martial Arts Hall of Fame and a Committee member of NSW Judo.

Antony Keenan
Non-Executive Director

Antony joined the Board in 2018 as a Non-Executive Director. Antony’s career spans over 20 years in senior retail management including 12 years property management leading some of Australia’s largest shopping centres. Antony is also heavily involved in Diversity and Inclusion workplace initiatives with experience in a number of specialties. Antony is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a licenced Real Estate Agent and is Degree qualified. Antony enjoyed spending his youth growing up in the Scouting movement and attributes his leadership abilities today to the experiences and life skills received during that time.

Belinda Francis
Ex-Officio Director

Bel has been a member of Scouts since 2007, and has held the appointment of Deputy Chief Commissioner since 2017. Bel’s professional background is in marketing, communications and cultural engagement, predominantly in the financial services, technology and tertiary education sectors. She’s held Australian, Asia Pacific and global positions, including working in Romania on a special assignment in 2010. She is involved in cultural reform at the University of Sydney and is a Health Safety Representative and Chief Warden in her workplace. She is a Youth Safe Advocate and is trained in Mental Health First Aid. Bel lives in the north-west hills district of Sydney with her family where she is committed to the local community and making a positive contribution. When not Scouting, Bel enjoys camping, fishing, and sitting around a campfire listening to the silence of the Australian bush.

Claire Geary
Non-Executive Director

Claire was appointed to the board in 2015, after over 20 years of appointments in Scouts NSW. She is Head of Corporate Services in a heritage consultancy and has over 20 years of general management experience in corporate services, operations management, community development and education – gained in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, and is a director of two companies. Claire savours the memories of late night laughs around the camp fire with other Leaders.

David Hassan
Non-Executive Director

David joined the Scouts NSW board in 2015, and has since taken up other administrative and Leader appointments. David is a ScoutLink champion. He holds an MBA from UTS, and has a background as CIO and head of technology in several organisations, where he focussed on harnessing technology and digital assets to enable business outcomes.

Janet Hale
Ex-Officio Director

Before becoming a member of the Scouts NSW board, Janet served for 22 years with NSW Police, reaching the rank of Detective Senior Constable, serving on specialist task forces, including homicide and drugs. Janet is North Coast Region Chair and Group Manager of 1st Ballina Scout Group. She also volunteers at her children’s local school in Ballina. Her family is actively involved in scouting, with children in the Rovers and Scouts sections, and her two sons having achieved the Queen Scout Award.

Kerryn Boland PSM
Non-Executive Director

Kerryn recently completed her 12-year tenure as NSW Children’s Guardian, where she worked with stakeholders across diverse industry sectors to develop, implement and foster child safe practices and systems, and achieve high-reliability organisations. Prior to joining the Office of the Children’s Guardian, Kerryn worked in regulatory and governance systems, employee and volunteer probity assessment, workplace relations, human rights and child protection.  She is a qualified lawyer, with over 20 years’ experience as a CEO and Senior Executive in the NSW Public Service.

Steve Fernie OAM
Ex-Officio Director

Steve has been a member of Scouting continuously for just short of 6 decades including 40 plus years in the senior operational space, the last 19 years as Region Commissioner for Hunter and Coastal Region. Steve previously served on the Board of Directors for a period of 7 years in the capacities of Region Commissioner Nominee and Country Region Nominee, and is currently a member of the Scouts NSW Asset Committee. Steve has worked in the building industry for over 50 years. He brings significant Scouting operational experience to the table. Steve’s Scouting contributions have been recognised with a Silver Kangaroo in 2006 and an Order of Australia Medallion in 2017.