The Board of Directors determines the Foundation's aims and priorities, ensuring that funds are invested effectively and accountably and determines the distribution of interest earned through the grants program.

Directors provide their time and expertise free of charge.

John Callanan (Chair)


John Callanan is a foundation Elder with Mens Wellbeing, which was founded 20 years ago as the Men’s Health and Wellbeing Association of Queensland. Since living locally, he is a past director and chairman of Byron Uncle, an active participant and supporter of the Pathways to Manhood Foundation and the Australian Rites of Passage Institute. A volunteer pilot with Angel Flight, flying people to medical facilities from the outback and remote areas for no charge. He also provides mentoring support to a number of groups and individuals throughout the Byron Bay region. 

With more 40 years experience as a property entrepeneur and investor, John brings his business experience and passion for the wellbeing of his community to the Chair of the NRCF.  

John became a Director of the NRCF in 2005, he has lived in the Northern Rivers for 15 years but as a surfer, fell in love with the region, visiting many times from the early 70's. John has been a member of the investment committee for the past nine years.

John was appointed Chair in 2013.


Phil Daly (Deputy Chair & Secretary)


Phil Daly moved from Sydney to Byron Bay area fifteen years ago, to get more involved and make a difference within his local community through active participation in northern rivers based organisations. As Managing Coach/Consultant with his own company, PINNACLE Business Solutions, Phil works with small, medium and large organisations, business owners, executives and managers across the northern rivers, south-east Queensland and beyond, and is the area’s foremost expert on creating outstanding results in business. 

Phil is the producer and presenter of ‘Byron Business’ on BAY-FM 99.9, is active as a volunteer with BAY-FM, has previously served as vice-president (2002 – 2006), for the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce, as a regional councillor with NSW Business Chamber (Australian Business Ltd), and has in the past, organised and facilitated regular ‘business breakfasts’ for the local business community. In addition, Phil was a facilitator with the northern rivers business think-tank, ‘Sourdough’.

Phil joined the Board as a Member in October 2008. He was appointed Director in 2012 and Deputy Chair & Secretary in December 2016. Phil resides with his partner, Ingrid in Lennox Head. 

Nick Rose (Treasurer & Chair Finance & Audit Committee)


Nick was born and raised in the Northern Rivers.  After a period of travelling overseas and living interstate, Nick and his wife decided to return to the Northern Rivers as they could not think of a better place to raise a family.  Nick and his wife are now raising their three young children on land that five generations of his family have been fortunate to call home.

As a financial adviser, specialising in investment and superannuation advice, Nick services clients in the Northern Rivers through an independently owned Australian Financial Services Licensee that he and another local financial adviser established.

After seeing the great work that NRCF does, Nick joined NRCF as an adviser to the Investment Committee.  Nick became a director of NRCF in 2014 and is a member of the Governance Committee and the Grants Committee.  Nick remains a pro bono adviser to the Investment Committee through Northern Rivers Private Wealth.

Chris Hughes (Chair, Grants Committee)


Chris was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 1989 and has practised exclusively in the area of Family Law for over 20 years. He achieved accreditation by the Law Society of New South Wales as a Family Law Specialist in 1994.

Chris is a former acting Deputy Registrar of the Sydney Registry of the Family Court of Australia, the former Chairperson of the Far North Coast Family Law Practitioners' Association and a former and long-standing member of the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales' panel of Independent Children's Lawyers (having appeared, in that role, in many difficult and complex parenting cases, on behalf of children).

Chris is a member of:

  • The Law Society of New South Wales
  • The Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • The Queensland Family Law Practitioners' Association
  • The Far North Coast Family Law Practitioners' Association
  • The Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators

Chris joined NRCF as an Ambassador in 2010 and became a director in 2013. He has been a member of the Grants Committee since 2013. Chris is currently Chair of the Grants Committee and Governance Committee.


Jane Hanckel (Chair, Marketing & Community Engagement)


Jane Hanckel is a community development consultant working in the areas of education, media, health and wellbeing.  Jane is co-founder of the not for profit Spirit of Childhood Foundation and Inspir=Ed, Inspired Education Pty Ltd. Her professional expertise includes providing consultancy to organisations on culturally appropriate early education programs and delivering professional development workshops for communities across Australia. Jane is author of ‘Eco Parenting’ series of books including ‘Growing Greener Children’, an evidence based book highlighting the importance of diet, lifestyle, environment and mindfulness on children and families wellbeing. In addition, the ‘Parenting as an Art’ book, created and edited by Jane,(Thanh Cherry, author), is to be translated and published in China.  Jane brings to the NRCF a long standing interest in community wellbeing, with a focus on education, children and families. 


Michelle Tredoux (Chair, Governance Committee)


Michelle completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics at Macquarie University in 1983.  She was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia as a solicitor in 1984.

Michelle worked in her chosen field of Family Law until 2000.  In 1990 she established the first all women legal practice in Lismore which she operated until the birth of her second child in 1995 and then went on to work as a legal consultant until she was admitted to practice as a Barrister in 1998. 

Michelle took time out from the legal profession in 2001 establishing a scaffolding business which she managed until her return to the legal profession in 2015.  As part of her engagement in this business she obtained qualifications as a scaffolder.  The business employed and trained many local young men in the building industry, some of whom have gone on to work as supervisors in the mining industry.  She also established a business on Lahir Island, Papua New Guinea training nationals in scaffolding.

Michelle returned to legal practice in 2015 to once again concentrate on Family matters and to assist people to resolve disputes without recourse to the courts wherever possible using collaborative practice and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

Michelle is a member of The Law Society of New South Wales, Family Law Section Law Council of Australia, Far North Coast Law Society, Far North Coast Family Law Practitioners Association and Collaborative Professionals NSW.

Michelle has undertaken the role of board member or secretary of community organisations including; Far North Coast Zone Rugby, Lismore Women’s Refuge, Lismore Women’s Resource Centre, The Lismore Club and Emmanuel Anglican College.

Ninian Gemmell (Chair, Investment Committee)


Ninian has an Economics degree from the University of Sydney and has spent his executive career as a finance professional. He is a CPA and a graduate member of AICD. Throughout his career, Ninian has also maintained an interest in writing and has written columns for regional newspapers during his various professional assignments in places including Rockhampton, Newcastle and Parkes.

After recently re-locating to the Northern Rivers with his wife, two dogs and a cat, he joined NRCF to get involved in the local community. His interests include animal welfare and the environment.  

John Jensen


Lismore has been my home for most of my life with my family having strong ties to this local community. I am passionate about strengthening communities and supporting sustainable pathways to enhance the quality of life for disadvantaged and marginalised people in our society.

My expertise includes Senior Executive positions in multimillion dollar Not-for-Profit and Commercial organisations, with all levels of government nationally. My knowledge of Disabilities, Mental Health and services for the Unemployed and Disadvantaged is extensive. I have experience in Marketing and Fundraising and I have held various roles on Government and Peak Body committees and reference groups in addition to my roles with local community groups. Having recently retired from a highly successful career as an Executive with ‘House with No Steps’, I joined the NRCF as a Director in 2015.

Rea Francis

Doyenne publicist Rea Francis owns and operates an established media consultancy titled RFMedia. Her listings read as a directory into the worlds of film, television, publishing, travel, hospitality, cuisine, food product, and specialist beverages.

After an early Canberra career Rea was recruited by the Australian Film Commission to put the film and television industries on the world stage and to maintain government support. Five years later she opened her own shop  - initial clients including the AFC, Film Australia, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, the New Zealand Film Commission and actor Jack Thompson.  A small army of independent producers in OZ, NZ and the UK followed - as did American and French exhibitors/distributors the likes of The Samuel Goldwyn Company and New World Films.   Francis’s personable style and extraordinary contacts also attracted theatre entrepreneurs, hoteliers and restaurateurs including Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, The Bell Shakespeare Company, Accor, Voyages, and Club Mediterranee. 

In latter years Rea has been working within the Australian food and tourism. Recent briefs include The Farm Byron Bay, The 4217 Surfers Paradise and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Plaza Athenee Paris (Dorchester Group), The Beaumont in Mayfair (Corbin &King) and Mama Shelter properties in France, Turkey and America (owned by France’s Trigano family and Philippe Starck) maintain her international presence.

Lisa Daw


Lisa Daw has been a Partner with Crowe Horwath for 19 years and has over 30 years experience in the small to medium business field. During that time Lisa has been working in business advisory and taxation for many clients from a variety of industries across regional Australia. Over the years Lisa has regularly volunteered her expertise to not for profit organisations that can make a difference to the locality in which she lives. Lisa joined NRCF in December 2016 as an Associate Director and was appointed Director in February 2017.