Our Board of Governance

We are a community based organisation run by a volunteer board. If you are interested in being on our board, please email contact Mick at the centre – 47 59 25 92 or by email

Our Current board members:

Chairperson: David Caton
Vice Chair: Paul Garde
Secretary: Nadja Lawrence
Treasurer: Jean Bundesen

Board Members: John Baker,  Greg Birtles, Martin Nichols, Franco Veronesi.

Board Profiles
Chairperson : David Caton
David spent 30 years in the Royal Australian Navy as a Weapons and Electrical engineer, retiring as a Commander. For the remainder of his working life he held several positions in electronic manufacturing, including 11 years as the General Manager of a business service employing 15 people with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. David has served as a councillor on the board of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce; chaired Parramatta Schools Industry Partnership; and has been involved with the RSPCA Blue Mountains Volunteer Branch for 10 years.

Vice Chairperson: Paul Garde
Paul trained as a lawyer at the ANU and has held many senior legal roles in Sydney as well as working in Perth and Adelaide.

After 37 years in practice, he has now retired but remains a nationally accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. He enjoys mountains living with his love of dogs, art, concerts and opera in Sydney coupled with some travel.

He is a relatively new board member here and also serves as an Official Visitor to Lithgow Prison. He hopes to take on more volunteer Board roles in the future.

Secretary: Nadja Lawrence
Nadja moved to the beautiful Blue Mountains some 14 years ago, married her husband Rob and together they designed and had our home built in Bullaburra. They have 6 children and 6 adorable grand-children between them. Nadja practices meditation regularily and holds meditation and development classes for like minded people.

Nadja has worked in the Community Services sector for some 15 years predominately in the Disability field. The roles have been varied, interesting, challenging and rewarding. The sector is moving into a new era with the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Nadja sees her current role as Network Manager as one of assisting and preparing the organisation, staff and clients for these changes. Nadja has a passion for supporting people who are challenged to achieve their full potential.

Nadja’s volunteer work has included Meals on Wheels, fostering children at risk with Barnardos, Lifeline telephone counsellor and trainer. She joined the board of Lifeline and held the position of Chairperson for some 3 years.

Nadja looks forward to making a valued contribution in addressing the issues of this community.

Board Member: Greg Birtles
Greg is retired and lives in Hazelbrook. He has been involved with the Mid-Mountains Neighbourhood Centre’s home visitors program for a number of years. As well as looking after grandchildren during the week he is also involved as coordinator of the Hazelbrook Association’s Mid-Mountains Graffiti Management program. He helps at the community garden-working bees at Hazelbrook village and has over several years coordinated the “Carols in Gloria Park” event. He is a member of Woodford Presbyterian Church.

Board Member : Martin Nichols
Martin and Sandra Nichols moved to Bullaburra two years ago after having lived in North Epping for 28 years.

Martin is a transport and land use planner, running his own consultancy business, enjoying the Mountains lifestyle (but not the occasional commute).  His membership of the Board of Management is an attempt to contribute to his new community.

Treasurer: Jean Bundesen
Jean has always been interested in helping others, from when she was a small child. Initially Jean studied business principles and then trained as a Chiropractor and practised in Sydney for many years. At the same time she was involved in working as an honorary secretary with the Chiropractic Association; finally being employed as an Executive Administrator with that Association.

A friend was working at the Burwood Community Centre through her Jean met their CEO and she suggested with her experience that Jean could work at their Centre. On completion of a course in Welfare and Community Work her job was to interview clients and decide how they could be helped, either by referring them to other sections and or to issue the necessary vouchers. Jean resigned in 2007 as she had moved to the Blue Mountains, a few years earlier.

In the mean time Jean had competed courses in creative writing and was the Public Officer for one writing group and the coordinator of two other groups. Jean has had a number of poems published in various publications. Nine or so years ago Jean joined the Management Committee/ Board of the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre and has served on some of their committees. Jean is still involved with the Centre.