The Canopy Board of Management consists of representatives from local businesses and groups, other service agencies and local residents. Their qualifications and expertise include business administration, community development, family support and research. The Board’s skills are complemented by a team of staff who have a unique diversity of skills, led by the Executive Officer Paul Procter.




Paul ProctorPaul Procter, Executive Officer
With the combined qualifications of Bachelor of Social Science (Welfare Studies) and Diploma of Leadership, 26 years of combined experience in community sector not for profit leadership and in leading local government social and community planning teams and associated activities. Paul has a passion for making a difference in the community through collaboration, partnerships, supporting and empowering communities.
Iain Gardiner_Board of DirectorsIain Gardiner
Iain is currently a solicitor specialising in family law. In a previous life he was an electrician working in the mining construction sector. Whilst he was an electrician he was a union delegate helping fellow work mates with issues that arose in the workplace such as disciplinary, WHS and a range of other matters. This gave Iain a taste of advocating for other people which eventually led to him starting his law degree. He studied at Newcastle University and has a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Business. He is married to Jodie and they have two children Finn aged 3 and Neve aged 1.
Rosemary Heppell
Rose is the Manager of the Eastlakes Family Support Service, a non profit organisation funded to provide services and information to families with dependant children in the Lake Macquarie area. Rose has several years experience working in the community sector focusing on strengthening and supporting families and building on family members existing skills.
Janet Lee
Janet is the Chief Operations Officer for The Mutual Bank. Prior to this Janet was the Manager Human Resources and Safety with the Hunter Valley Training Company covering all of NSW. Janet has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of organisational development, human resources, industrial relations, strategic planning, workers health and safety. Janet is passionate about improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged families and communities.

David Price
David is the Director of ICT Services with St Philips College. David has extensive skills and experience in the areas of not for profit business, business development, strategic planning, information technology and governance. David is committed to making a difference in the community.

David Betts
David is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Deputy Program Convenor - Social Work  School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. David has studied overseas, and presented several research papers in Australia and overseas. David has extensive experience in the areas of research, evaluation of community organisations and services, organisational development and program planning.

Sandra Feltham
Sandra is passionate about building and strengthening communities with a desire to see good community outcomes provided on social justice and human rights principles. Sandra has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the communities serviced by the Canopy and the issues a/ challenges impacting on resident well-being from having served in a Senior Community Planning position with the City of Newcastle spanning 22 years.

Tanya Peterkin
Tanya is the Manager Family and Community Projects, at the Family Action Centre leading management and co-ordination of family support services and projects. Prior to this role Tanya has held various positions in the community sector with an emphasis on family support services. Also held various positions in State and Local Governments.
Steven Grant
General Manager – AUSCOAL Services Pty Ltd
Employed by AUSCOAL (and its predecessor) since: 1991

Qualifications and summary of experience
Mr Grant is a senior executive with AUSCOAL Services whose working career has predominantly been in the financial services sector with a focus on superannuation where he has held numerous senior management and executive roles. Steve has managed numerous administration and data transitions and the implementation of software platforms.

Mr Grant is currently studying for a Masters of Organisational Leadership through the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School). He holds qualifications in superannuation and customer management. He is a member of the Institute of Company Directors having completed the Company Directors Diploma Course and a Fellow of ASFA.

Clare Swan
Clare brings extensive family and community service sector experience gained from working in various government and non-government roles specialising in areas of health promotion, suicide prevention and community development. Claire is passionate about helping to strengthen communities and residents sense of belonging.

Our Services

  • Child and Family Services

    Provides support and assistance to help you make the positive changes that you would like to make in your family. Support and parenting programs available at a range of locations.

  • Community Activities

    The Canopy is a non-profit community organisation that manages local services and projects which aim to provide safe and welcoming environments for children, families and communities to grow.

  • Venue Hire

    The Canopy manages a number of well-equipped venues with a variety of facilities for hire.

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Activity Room 1
(Main Hall)
100 Function Chairs 10 Mobile Folding Tables 2 Folding Trestle Tables 5 Children's Chairs (weekday only), 6 Children's Tables (weekday only), Two Seater Couch and Two Single Couch Seats (weekday only) Children's artwork will not be removed unless agreed in writing at least 2 weeks prior to event
AActivity Room 2
(Front Room)
40 Function Chairs 7 Mobile Folding Tables Portable Whiteboard
Activity Room 3
(Soundproof Room)
1 Tub Chairs 2 Trestle Tables (behind cupboard) Ten Children's Chairs, Two Seater Couch, Two Single Couch Seats, Portable Whiteboard and Two Coffee Tables
Activity Room 4
(Kids Room)
40 Function Chairs, 4 Tub Chairs 4 Mobile Folding Tables Children's Play Table, 15 Children's Chairs, Cubby House
Commercial Kitchen Commercial fridge, freezer, dishwasher, stove, oven. Crockery, cutlery and other kitchen equipment is not a standard inclusion and will only be provided on request.