Karen Banks – Deputy Chair
Hello, my name is Karen and I live in Blackmans Bay with my husband, daughter and two golden retrievers.
I currently work part time within the insurance industry, after being employed full time for over 24 years within childcare.
My life-changing moment came with the birth of my daughter after 12 years of IVF treatment.
My daughter, Jacey now attends Outside School Hours Care . I have been involved with many organisations, including being a volunteer with the Special Olympics Australia / Tasmania for 17 years and love helping to make a difference.
Shannon Epp – Director
Originally from Canada, I have been living in Australia for the last 21 years, only recently having moved to Tasmania 4 years ago. I was introduced to Adventure Patch Family Care when a new carer arrived in Huonville and advertised on the Huon Valley Community site – at which point we switched our son from Long Daycare to Family care and have been very happy with it!
I am a Business Analyst and have been working the majority of the last 6 years in Not for Profit organisations helping implement new IT systems. I love helping make organisations processes and systems better and am passionate about helping Not for Profits feel empowered by their technology.
I have been on a couple Not for Profit boards in the last few years, having taken a break for the past two years since my son was born. I love being able to volunteer my time and skills to organisations that I feel aligned with!
Jennifer O’Farrell – Director
I have spent most of my career practising law in Melbourne, in the area of commercial litigation. Prior to this, I was a judge’s associate in the Federal Court of Australia. When my husband and I had our second child, we decided that it was time to move home to Tasmania. We moved to Kingston Beach and (having grown up on the Eastern Shore), I am a Channel convert. I am now a lawyer at a Hobart law firm, in commercial litigation.
My two young boys attend Adventure Patch’s Mountain View service. They both love the ‘hands on’ programs at the service and my eldest son especially loves going on the Adventure Patch bus to bush camp.
I have a wide range of experience, including board advisory and regulatory work. I look forward to supporting Adventure Patch both as a parent and board member.
Looking to join the Board?
Adventure Patch is a community based not for profit organisation with a long and proud history of providing children’s services in the community. The Board plays a significant role in monitoring and guiding the strategic growth of the organisation in the community we serve.
Serving on the Board as an effective director requires:
- Your time – to prepare for, attend meetings and undertake relevant actions.
- Active engagement in Board discussions and debates, including occasional electronic communication between meetings.
- Be prepared to represent Adventure Patch.
- Have an understanding of the services that Adventure Patch provides.
- Be willing to develop skills in being an effective director.
- Monthly meetings for approximately two hours.
- Annual Strategic plan review for approximately half a day, usually in conjunction with facilitated Board retreat.
As well as possessing attributes to be an effective director, we are particularly seeking potential directors with skills in the areas of accounting, finance and/or business development.
A director position enables Board members to enjoy further professional growth by having access to professional development opportunities. You will participate in an induction program and have access to training for new directors.
We currently have casual vacancies on the Board.
If you feel that you have the desire, and qualities to serve on the Board, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible using the application form. APPLICATION FORM
Applications close on 20th October 2021 and we encourage you to submit your application early for consideration.