BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Peter BergerChairperson
- Trevor HallDeputy Chairperson
- Diane AzzopardiHonorary Secretary
- Mark StreaterHonorary Treasurer
- Ian HicksDirector
- Jason StoneDirector
- Neel ChandDirector
- Natalie BallardDirector
- Donald LuscombeDirector
Peter has lived in Penrith all his life. He attended St Dominics College and gained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of New South Wales. Peter is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a registered company auditor, a registered tax agent and a Justice of the Peace. He is also a past member of the executive of the Penrith Chamber of Commerce. Peter was awarded Honorary Membership of the Centre in October 2008 for 20 years of service to the Board.
Peter has been on the Board since its inception in 1988. He held the position of Chairperson from 1991 to 1994 and was re-elected as Chairperson in 2002.
Trevor has lived in the Penrith area since 1971. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in Civil Engineering in 1972 and completed a post-graduate short course in management at the University of Melbourne in 1991. Trevor has been a Director of Kneebone, Beretta and Hall since 1983.
Trevor has been involved in community service organisations (Apex and Rotary) since 1973 and is a past Chairperson of the Penrith branch of the Red Cross calling committee.Trevor was awarded Honorary Membership of the Centre in October 2008 for his services to the Board.
Trevor has been on the Board since February 1989.
Diane is a Chartered Accountant and has been working in the profession for over 15 years. She is the sole principle of Direct Accounting, a Chartered Accountancy practice that commenced in November 2001 as a result of the purchase of a division of a local Penrith business. The business now employs numerous staff. Diane prides herself and her firm on professionalism, efficiency and friendly service.
Diane is also a Board member of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation and an inaugural member of the Nepean Philanthropists. She is the only female business owner represented out of the 50 businesses initially involved.
Diane has been on the Board since July 2008.
Mark has been employed by Westpac Banking Corporation for over 30 years and was appointed Bank Manager of the Penrith Branch in July 2009. Prior to this he was Regional Manager for Business Banking in Sydney South West where he managed a successful sales team.
Mark has lived in the Penrith Region for over 20 years and this has seen his involvement with various sporting organisations. Mark is a member of many local organisations through his role with Westpac such as Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Mark has been on the Board since Oct 2009.
Ian has lived in Penrith for many years. Ian is a local businessman and a Director of three local businesses that employ over 50 people. Ian is a mentor for the Young Achievers Program and has helped many apprentices and trades people with training and mentoring, some of whom have won awards. The Hix Group is now one of the largest businesses in the area and includes six distinct divisions providing Electrical, Data & Integrated Services, Plumbing & Hot Water, Carpentry & Maintenance, Solar Installation and Fire Detection Systems.
Ian has been on the Board since May 2004.
Jason is an experienced manager within the Club Industry with over 29 years’ experience. He has worked for one of the largest Club groups’ within the southern hemisphere, 6 of those years as General Manager of Penrith Panthers. He is passionate about the Club industry and working with his teams to achieve the best they can for the business and within themselves professionally.
Jason has been on the Board since January 2019
Neel was the Chief Financial Officer of Rooty Hill RSL before his appointment to his current position as CEO of Penrith RSL in July 2010. Neel is a Chartered Accountant with a Business Degree and Masters in Business Administration in Marketing. He has worked in the Corporate and Business profession for over 15 years for various companies including PBL/ Acer Arena, Sunbeam Corporation and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Neel has been on the Board since January 2011.
Natalie has lived in Penrith all her life. She attended University of Western Sydney and gained her Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws before studying her Masters in Law at University of NSW.
She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2003 and prior to working in Penrith, worked for two mid-tier firms.
Natalie has been on the Board since January 2011.
Don has over forty five years experience in public accounting. Together with his partner, Graham Martin, Don has operated an accounting practice at Springwood in the lower Blue Mountains for the last 30 years. His main areas of experience are auditing, management advice and taxation, and his experience covers a broad range of enterprises and business types.
Don has developed a particular interest in business planning and management. He has spent many years informally studying and reading on the subject and has had success in applying his knowledge both within the firm and with clients’ businesses.
In addition to his professional activities, through his involvement in local Community affairs Don currently holds a number of Board positions:
– Chairman of DARE Disability Support
– A director of both the Rural Firefighters Foundation and Coffee for Kids Foundation
Don has also served in a number of positions resulting from his 38 year involvement with the NSW Rural Fire Service and currently holds the position of Group Captain (Retired) of the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service. He is a past Deputy Captain and Captain of the Winmalee Rural Fire Brigade, President, Vice President and Executive Member of the NSW Rural Fire Service Association. He also served as a member of the Corporate Executive Group (the equivalent of the Board of Directors) of the NSW Rural Fire Service and was a member of the Fire Services Joint Standing Committee for 8 years. On Australia Day 2007 Don’s service to the Rural Fire Service was recognised by the awarding of the Australian Fire Service Medal to him.
He has been on the Board since January 2015.