Our Board

Our Board of directors is elected by the membership. All positions are voluntary. Both Ordinary members and Affiliate members can nominate for the board.
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President

Lorraine Clark AM

Experienced Project Management Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Long term volunteer and administrator. Lorraine has held numerous board member appointments for DS NSW and Australia and within the Asia Pacific region. Her lifelong work for Special Olympics has also seen her hold many positions nationally and internationally.

Nick Gotsis

Treasurer

Nicholas Gotsis

Nick has an older sister with Down syndrome and a long-term history of volunteering with Down Syndrome NSW. He is an accountant and manages a chartered accountant’s business.

Rene Pennock

Board Member

Rene Pennock

Rene is the father of an 11 year old son with Down syndrome. With over 14 years-experience as CEO or Company Secretary for NFPs, Rene offers a complete range of corporate and governance skills.

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Christopher Hebert

Chris is the father of 2 children and his 4 year old daughter has Down syndrome. He works in the public service in research and communications.

Board Member

Debra Jefferis

Debra is a parent to Molly and Sam. Sam, 22 years, was born with Down Syndrome and started early intervention when he was 6 months old. Debra has been part of this Inclusion Service for the past 16 years and as a Family Support Worker for for 12 years. She is passionate about helping guide parents through the maze when they first receive a diagnosis, supporting their child’s transition to the NDIS, connecting them with other families and empowering families to advocate for their child. Living in regional NSW, on the South Coast, she has initiated many new programs to support families and is excited about the opportunities provided through new technologies to help connect families in regional and rural NSW.

Board Member

Lyn Legge

Lyn is the mother of four girls, the youngest two girls have Down syndrome. She has an accounting background and has served on a number of committees. Living in Coffs Harbour, Lyn has a focus on families in regional areas. She been active in organising local events for families and sees new technologies as an opportunity for regional areas to better connect with other families and events.

Charlie Burfitt

Board Member

Charlie Burfitt

Charlie is a father to four young children. His second child Raphael has Down syndrome. He previously worked as a disability support worker where he worked closely with many adults and children living with Down Syndrome and now works as a lawyer in the property industry. Charlie is passionate about ensuring that Australian society sees and values the great benefits that those with Down Syndrome bring to our community.