What We're All About
In performing its role, the Thrive Board is committed to a high standard of governance practice and to cultivating a culture of compliance valuing ethical behaviour, integrity, accountability, transparency, and respect.
The Board is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting and meets monthly to review progress against the strategic plan and financial reports.
Being now retired as a long-time community worker though hardly at leisure, membership of the Thrive Board is an excellent way to contribute to the community while supporting an important organisation. Every family should have the best opportunity to “thrive” and I believe and have seen with my own eyes that Thrive works hard to ensure this. I am pleased to continue to learn and to contribute to a strong future for families in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow.
Seeing the immediate, tangible benefits Thrive provides to people in the community I live in is very rewarding. My family has chosen to put our time and effort towards a local, targeted and well run organisation that is nimble and responds well to the changing needs of its clients.
Working outside of the sector in private industry gives me a different insight in helping Thrive grow. I plan to continue
spreading the word on the importance in supporting a great team bringing greater results for Blue Mountains and Lithgow area residents.
I am thrilled to be the new treasurer of Thrive. I worked for over 20 years as a contract finance worker for many of our local not-for-profit Community Organisations and now call myself semi-retired. I am very pleased to be able to offer my skills and experience again. Thrive is a wonderful organisation with a good leadership team, and a multiskilled staff and board. I am in awe of the work the team at Thrive does in assisting families in our community.
Having worked in the housing, homelessness and domestic and family violence sector for over 2 decades I enjoy the opportunity of contributing and supporting Thrive at a governance and strategic level to achieve its objectives and provide essential services to vulnerable families in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow areas. As I live and work in the Lithgow area, I observe firsthand the impact of the programs and services provided, and appreciate the opportunity to advocate for the continuing needs of the Lithgow community.
I have a keen interest in social justice, community wellbeing. Having over two decades experience working in domestic and family violence, and the homelessness sectors. I bring to the Thrive Board a comprehensive knowledge of legislation and standards relating to community sector to inform Board matters and decision making. I enjoy being part of the Thrive Board and advocating for the needs of families, particularly in Lithgow region given I have been based there for over 10 years.
Board Member (ASES accreditation board rep)
Board Member (Staff wellbeing delegate)
I have a lifelong interest in Social Justice and 20 years experience in the Community Sector starting at the Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre in 2002. I began working at the Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre in 2004 and my most recent position is as Executive Support Officer for Belong Blue Mountains CEO.
I have expertise is administration, policy development, WH&S and accreditation and a particular interest in workplace culture and staff relations.
I feel it is extremely valuable to maintain partnerships in the community sector and my time on the Thrive Board has helped develop a better understanding of the difficulties faced by those in our community.
Karen van Woudenberg
I joined as the Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Services in 2021. Prior to that I managed teams in state-wide and local charities and worked in government agencies in program development, contract management and operational management. I enjoy leading teams to achieve better outcomes for communities and I am passionate about social justice for the most vulnerable amongst us. I graduated from Southern Cross University with a Master’s in Business Administration and have an undergraduate qualification in Social Work from Sydney University. I have lived in the Blue Mountains for over 25 years. When I am not working you will find me walking off-leash dog trails with my two dogs and the occasional grandchild.
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