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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Hayley Warren

President

Hayley Warren

Hayley has a sister who has Down syndrome. She understood from a young age the challenges faced by people with Down syndrome and their families, particularly in regional areas.

Margot Eliffe

Vice President

Margot Elliffe

Margot has been a member of Down Syndrome NSW for 32 years.  Margot is passionate about education, training and community for families and people living with Down syndrome.

Chris Elanor

Secretary

Chris Elenor

Chris has a son Tom, with Down syndrome and has been a member of part of the Association since its inception, 37 years ago. In the past, Chris has held the positions of President and Treasurer.

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.

Evelyn Scott

Board Member

Evelyn Scott (OAM)

Evelyn was the founding president of the ACT Down Syndrome Association and held various committee positions for other intellectual disability organisations, including Special Olympics

Janey Concepcion

Board Member

Janey Concepcion

Janey is the mother to a 6 year-old with multiple disabilities including Down syndrome. She is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Inclusive Education and Disability Studies. Janey works as self-employed educator and as a student.

Andrew Hinde

Board Member

Andrew Hinde

Andrew is the father of seven year old daughter with Down syndrome.  He has previously served as a board member of the organisation.

Rene Pennock

Board Member

Rene Pennock

Rene is the father of a ten 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.

Paula Rix

Board Member

Paula Rix

Paula has been a member of Down Syndrome NSW since the birth of her son Tom in 1981.  She most recently served on the steering committee of the successful pilot of the Up, Up & Away project.

Sonja Volker

Board Member

Sonya Volker

Sonja is the mother of a 4 ½ year old son with Down syndrome. Sonja has nearly 20 years-experience working for a financial institution in a wide variety of roles.

Gemma Namey

Board Member

Gemma Namey

Gemma is the mother of two girls. The eldest was born in 2014 and has Down syndrome. She is committed to human rights and the rights of people with disabilities.