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First female Chair of Charitable Foundation Board


The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has its first ever female Chair, with non-executive Director Jennifer Leslie appointed the position.

It follows Phil Neat’s retirement following 17 years of service, four of which he served as Chair.

Ms Leslie has been on the charitable foundation board since 2016 and has extensive experience in financial services and not-for-profit governance. 

She told the Newcastle Weekly she was thrilled to lead the next chapter of the charitable foundation and looked forward to continuing to work closely with grant recipients to fund life-changing projects and initiatives.  

“It’s an honour to be elected as Chair of the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, an organisation I am extremely passionate about,” Ms Leslie said.  

“I would like to acknowledge the outstanding service and dedication of Phil Neat.

“He has been part of every single grant provided by the charitable foundation since day one and he has contributed to the immense impact the organisation has had within our local communities. 

“Our local communities and charity partners are currently experiencing extraordinary times and challenges.

“The charitable foundation is well-positioned to move quickly and provide much needed support to offer meaningful assistance to those most in need.

“I’m really looking forward to continuing to work alongside our charity partners to help rewrite the future for those in our local communities who are most vulnerable.” 

The charitable foundation has also welcomed a new non-executive Director, Margie Haseltine, who also serves on the Newcastle Permanent Building Society Board of Directors.

Margie Haseltine has been appointed as a new non-executive Director of the Charitable Foundation.

She has broad experience in management and governance, and a real passion for community causes, particularly in regional NSW. 

“Since joining the Newcastle Permanent Building Society Board in 2018, I’ve come to admire the work of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation,” Ms Haseltine said.

“It’s a privilege to join the board alongside its other dedicated and accomplished directors and I look forward to working alongside grass-roots charities to help rewrite futures for people in need.”

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