Two well-known, highly-experienced and community-minded Novocastrians have been welcomed to the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation board.
Television presenter Natasha Beyersdorf and former Newcastle Knights star Ashley Gordon will link up with the organisation from Thursday 25 February.
Chair Jennifer Leslie said she was thrilled to have them on the “team”.
“Natasha and Ashley will lend their expertise to the board from today,” she explained.
“Both of them are well-known across Newcastle, the Hunter and in regional NSW for their community advocacy, charity work and support for endeavours to assist disadvantaged people, particularly within disability and community sectors.”
The pair joins the Charitable Foundation in a milestone year, with it expecting to reach a total of 500 community projects funded since its inception in 2003.
“In the past 17 years we’ve been able to distribute more than $22 million in funding to in excess of 270 organisations, which are working to improve the lives of people across Newcastle Permanent’s footprint,” Ms Leslie said.
A media professional with nearly three decades of experience, Ms Beyersdorf brings significant media and charity sector experience to the Foundation board.
Mr Gordon holds diverse experience in the charities sector and a deep understanding of the value provided by various charitable services to disadvantaged and marginalised communities.
Commenting on their appointment, both admitted their desire to join the board stemmed from their awareness of the great work the Charitable Foundation had done since its inception.
“I’m passionate about making a real difference in our community and the Charitable Foundation has a great track record of doing that – supporting those most in need, when they need it most,” Ms Beyersdorf said.
“I will bring all my energy to the board role and hope my experience across the charitable sector over several decades will make for a valuable contribution.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with a range of organisations and individuals within our community and see this as a chance to extend that goal, to make a meaningful difference.”
“I feel a strong alignment with the Charitable Foundation and its work to support disadvantaged communities,” Mr Gordon added.
“Newcastle Permanent has built a reputable credibility through its foundation and community focus.
“I’m excited to be joining an organisation that gives back and supports those in need right across NSW.
“My passion stems from working with others to make a real difference, to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
“I hope that I’ll be able to bring a new perspective to the Charitable Foundation, one that draws on what I’ve seen first-hand through working with disadvantaged people in over 200 communities across Australia.”
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is governed by an independent board of directors, including Jennifer Leslie (chair), Kurt Fearnley, Chad Watson, Jane Gray, Bernadette Inglis and Margie Haseltine.