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 Chair of the Board & Acting Treasurer

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..

Stuart Thorpe
Non-Executive Director, Treasurer

Stuart was appointed to the Board on 14 November 2022. Stuart is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), with extensive financial services industry experience. He is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Australian Sailing, having made a decision to transition from financial services into roles where he can make a broader social contribution, in areas of life long interest. Stuart has fond memories of his youth progressing through the Scouting movement and is an active community member with substantial experience co-ordinating and delivering youth programmes at a grassroots level.

Lloyd Nurthen
Chief Commissioner

Lloyd became Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW on 7 April 2023. Lloyd has been an active member of Scouts for over 17 years, starting as a youth member and progressing through various leadership roles including the first Youth Commissioner for Scouts NSW, Assistant Group Leader at his local group, State Commissioner International, and Deputy Contingent Leader for the 25th World Jamboree in South Korea. He was a member of the Youth Program Review team in 2015-2017, and currently serves on the Public Fund Committee. He also balances his Scouting roles with a full time job in Customer Experience at a global tech company. Lloyd attributes his success in his professional career in part to the skills first developed through Scouts, including leadership, teamwork, resilience and community involvement.

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.

Belinda Howell
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.

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.

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.

Anthea Cudworth
Non-Executive Director

Anthea joined the board in 2022, having volunteered for Scouts NSW as a Scout Leader and State Commissioner since 2011. She is an experienced Communications Director with a track record of delivering valued reputation advice for high profile international financial and technical businesses. With previous board experience and professional qualifications in investment management, finance and communications, Anthea is proud of the important role Scouts plays for young people in our communities.

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.

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.

Renee Burkinshaw
Non-Executive Director

Renee joined the board in 2002, bringing over a decade of experience in HR leadership and organisational change, along with expertise in culture, diversity and inclusion, and stakeholder engagement. She has a degree in Sociology, as well as post-graduate qualifications in HR and Applied Coaching, and is a member of professional associations in these fields. Renee is pragmatic and focused on delivering solution-oriented outcomes to address organisational challenges, and to realise individual and collective strengths and opportunities. Her guiding vision and commitment is to uplift leadership capability to build safer and inclusive workplaces and communities that enable people to thrive.