Gary Bennett

ACTING EXECUTIVE OFFICER & Financial Controller

Gary is our Financial Controller. He's been with the Society for a little over three years and comes with experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. The role of Financial Controller is very much a back-office one – keeping tabs on the money coming into the Society through our stores and conferences, as well as the money going out through care and support, operational/volunteer expenses and wages. It is a role he relishes as he seeks to ensure value for every dollar received and spent.

Michael O'Kane

Youth Coordinator

Mike is the Diocesan Youth Co-Ordinator for Vinnies in Armidale. His task is three fold –To help school students to be the ‘hands and feet of Christ’ by addressing Social Justice Issues in their school and community; To work with Young Adults through spiritual formation and leadership programs to develop into full adult members who will carry on the work of the society, and to run respite style programs for children who have disrupted home lives. Mike is passionate about his work.

Janelle Edgar

Retail Operations Manager

The role of Retail & Production Manager is responsible for overseeing all production, warehousing, and retail shops across the entire diocese. It also includes oversight for all compliance relating to regulations for WH&S, Building Compliance, Volunteer and staff practices relating to shops, conferences, and all other work places.

Grace Bill

Production Coordinator

Grace is responsible for the production and despatch of all recycling within the Society. As an organisation in this diocese we recycle between 3-50 tonnes of clothing each week. This clothing goes to developing countries overseas as whole garments. Within Grace’s role she manages all aspects of production including quality control, quantity management, and keeping the team of staff, volunteers and work for the dole people well motivated.

Stella Single

Office Manager

Stella plays an important part in the day to day running of the Central Council Office. Her role is ever changing and no two days are the same. Along with keeping the office going, Stella supports the Management, Retail and Distribution teams as well as currently looking after the admin for all our compliance checks.

Liz Steele

Assistant Accountant

Liz Steele is responsible for the bookkeeping for the Central Council’s Diocesan Office in Armidale. She manages accounts for all the shops and conference activities centrally including accounts receivables and accounts payables. She reports to the Financial Controller.