Our Team


Meet the Board

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Ron Van Katwyk


Ron is the recently retired General Manager of Liverpool Plains Shire Council.  An accomplished Local Government career professional, Ron has amassed over 46 years service, mostly in a senior management capacity and facilitating the development of a comprehensive supporting skill set.


Ron has worked for six local government authorities, five of which have been in the North West Region. He has fulfilled all requisite formal roles within the Council operational structure as well as chairing ancillary committees and representing Council in regional forums.


In 2015, Ron was intensely involved in and responsible for the completion of the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Fit For The Future Council  Improvement Proposal.  In each of the financial years 2015 to 2019, he was instrumental in and responsible for completion of the primary and pivotal LPSC strategic documents found in the LPSC Community Strategic Plan. Key acquired judgement and problem solving skills utilised in this area are the SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and quadruple bottom line principles (social, financial, environmental and leadership).


Ron’s passion is working with people to solve complex challenges.  He focuses on understanding the whole system and finds creative, team-based solutions that are relationship oriented and strength-based.  His personal goal was always to project the highest level of integrity.


Ron is a devoted family man (wife Leonie, four children with partners and six grandchildren) who has lived and worked in Quirindi for almost 14 years.  He is currently actively engaged in the renovation of “Faversham”, proudly returning it to a welcoming home in the Quirindi township.


Jim McDonald

Jim has been a lifelong resident of the Quirindi area, farming and living at ‘Red Braes’. Jim takes a keen interest in protecting our soil and water assets for our long-term use and has led various organisations in the Liverpool Plains and Namoi Catchment. A previous Chairman of the Namoi Catchment Management Authority and member of the Federal Independent Expert Scientific Committee for Coal Seam Gas and large-scale Coal Mining. Jim has two Graduate Certificates - in Environmental Science, and, Planning and Management of Natural Hazards, from UNE.

Jim joined the QRHL Board in 2013 completing his term in 2019. Jim spent his year off as the interim CEO and other duties as Senior Management roles were filled. Jim is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to the future direction of QCSL, the well-being of the residents, and, the continued provision of such excellent local services.


Nicky Chirlian

Nicky lives at Willow Tree where she and her partner Craig produce cattle using regenerative agriculture strategies.  She has a strong interest in the environment and in building community strength and resilience. Nicky commenced working life as a paediatric speech pathologist which ultimately led her to a position with the Department of Aging, Disabilities and Home Care providing services for disabled children throughout New England.

She spent 10 years in management with The Ascent Group, Armidale (a service for adults with disabilities) and completed this time as the Client Services Manager with responsibility for program implementation, and the health and wellbeing of clients in Day Programs, Accommodation Services and Respite Services. Nicky has post grad qualifications in Aged Care. Upon moving to Willow Tree, Nicky provided private speech pathology services and was also an Accredited Assessor with Assessments Australia Ltd for High Support Needs and Attendant Care Packages.

As a QCS Board member, Nicky’s focus is on ensuring the continuation and improvement of quality care for residents and their families.


Dennis Lee

Dennis was born in Quirindi and has lived and worked as a beef producer in the Liverpool Plains Shire all his life.

Having been involved in many organisations including the Blackville community, Quirindi Show Society, Quirindi Tennis Club, Quirindi Pony Club, Quirindi Polo Carnival Club, Tamarang Polo Club and the Quirindi Bridge Club, Dennis is keen to continue his involvement in local community organisations.

Along with his wife Judith, Dennis has a beef breeding and fattening property at Blackville. He is  enjoying seeing his farm develop and improve.

Dennis was elected to the board in 2018 and looks to improve and maintain the excellent facility for years to come. He recognises the immense importance of having such a facility as Eloura and looks forward to helping guarantee the happiness, health and peace of its residents in the future.


Mike Lomax

Mike has recently retired from the Energy sector where he spent over 40 years in various management positions with US Public Companies around the Globe. He returned to Werris Creek, where he grew up, in 2014 and currently serves on the Whitehaven Coal Community Consultative Committee and the Local Council Advisory Committee for Werris Creek.


Mike and his wife Anita currently own and operate a cattle breeding entity with properties joining Werris Creek township.


As a Board Member of QCSL, Mike wants to ensure that the entity remains locally owned and directed, providing the best of care services to its residents and support to its employees.


Mike was elected to the Board in 2020.


Rocky Mckellar

Rocky has a nursing career spanning 45 years to date. She is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist Emergency Care, Clinical Nurse Educator.


During her 45 years of service she has worked in many management roles and been on many development committees around clinical practice and protocol. She has worked in large metropolitan hospitals, large rural referral hospitals and small rural hospitals. Education being a large area of interest. Collaboration with Universities, TAFE, and School Based Trainees Programs have all developed with Rocky’s in put and credentialing. Quality Projects, Benchmarking, Risk Management, and reaching KPI’s are all tools well used. 


High lights for Rocky have been her membership and work on the NSW Disaster Team. Becoming a senior State Advanced life Support examiner. Working within teams, including Nurses, Doctors, Families and Patients. Possibly the greatest highlight being the respect given to her by her community after many years of caring for patients in the Emergency Department in the Quirindi Hospital. 


Sue Willis

Sue grew up in the Quirindi district before moving to Sydney to follow her passion in Nursing. She went on to do her midwifery before returning to the Liverpool Plains to marry and start a family. Sue has 2 married daughters and 2 granddaughters.


Sue nursed for 20yrs at the Quirindi District Hospital before changing direction to become amongst the first group of Nurses within General Practice. Sue went on to  secure the role as the Nurse Coordinator with Peel Health Care, Tamworth, when the Practice first opened its doors. For Sue, this was a very rewarding position which she retired from last year.


Sue joined the Board of Eloura feeling she had more to give with her clinical background and in turn wanting to give back to the Community that has served her well throughout her life.