PSKH Board Members 2023-24

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Cert 4 Trainer and Assessor. Cert 4 Underground Coal Operations. Royal Humane Society Medal for Bravery. Chairman/Executive Director Coal Services Pty Ltd responsible for mines rescue, workers compensation and OHS for NSW mining industry. Director Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Chairman, Non-executive director, Auscoal Superannuation Fund.

Election Statement.

During my 8 continuous years of service, I have held the roles of Vice- President, Secretary and now President. The period has been one of constant change and growth where we now rank as one of the premier wildlife organisations in Australia and the only triple licenced wildlife facility in NSW.

I am immensely proud to have designed and commissioned the Port Stephens Koala Hospital that now has 200 front line volunteers and 14 staff including our own veterinary surgeon and two veterinary nurses.

The organisation has experienced expotential growth reflected by Federal and State government support totalling $5 million in funding for infrastructure expansion and operational costs.

I am a carer and rescuer and know first-hand the commitment required for home care having assisted my wife Marion for several years in this often-heart-breaking work.

I am pleased to have delivered to PSKH Deductible Gift Register status and substantial corporate and Government support which has allowed us to build our asset base to $3.1 million from $228,000 7 years ago.

I am especially proud of the organisation that has been built and the people that make it work and with your ongoing support we will continue to successfully meet all current and future challenges as we strive on multiple levels to prevent the extinction of koalas in Port Stephens and provide veterinary care to multiple wildlife species.

Gary Baker

Director 6


Trained as an electrical Fitter Mechanic with Prospect County Council Sydney

Diploma of Education with University of Newcastle – secondary school teacher in Industrial Arts

Managing director of my own Electrical and Security company for last 38 years and employed up to 8 people

Landcare volunteer

Host for exchange students over a period of 6 years

Election Statement

Joined PSK late 2018 with my wife Heidi prior to hospital being built. Have had the privilege  being able to train with various supervisors and veterinary staff. I am a trained carer and almost a supervisor.

I enjoy seeing the progress that is happening with PSK and the enthusiasm of the volunteers and  staff.

Mike Cowell

Board Member 7

Biography – Mike Cowell

I am a retired Air Force Wing Commander, having served for 45 years. I have a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a degree in Information Technology from CQU and I am also a trained Lead Auditor specialising in Aviation Safety.

As a PSKH volunteer I am a Plantation team member, Support Carer, Rescue and Triage team member, the PSKH Training Officer and I have been a Director since Oct 2022.

My wife, Jen, and I have been married for 43 years and we have three grown-up children and four grand-children. We have resided full-time in Port Stephens since 2016.

Election Statement – Mike Cowell

As a retired senior Air Force senior officer, I have experience with Defence boards related to the development of future capabilities and large acquisition projects. Although set in a military context these boards have the same fundamental responsibilities as any Board: providing strategic direction; providing the resources required; ensuring the organisation is run in accordance with its constitution and the law; ensuring that the organisation meets its obligations, manages its finances responsibly, and operates transparently; and representing the organisation to its members, stakeholders and the wider community.

As a Board member I will have the following goals:

  • Responsible, ethical and equitable decision making.
  • PSKH continuing to operate within its means and in accordance with its Constitution, regulatory requirements and the law.
  • Consolidation of the excellent progress made by PSKH so far in order to ensure that a solid organisational foundation underpins current and future activities.
  • Ensuring that PSKH has a Strategic Plan that is achievable, clearly articulated, and appropriately communicated so that board members, volunteers, staff and stakeholders are all working cohesively towards the same goal.
  • Maintaining and enhancing PSKH’s reputation within the Wildlife community and the general public.

Helen Scott

Board Member 5

My background is as an administrator of sporting organisations over a period of more than 45 years and a sole trader of a successful business for the past 24 years. My interest in seeking a position on the Board of Directors of PSKH lies solely in the survival of koalas. I completed my induction in May 2017 (attending to koalas in the homes of volunteers) and have attended twice weekly as a support carer at the koala hospital since mid-October 2017.

As a Director of PSKH, I will complete all tasks asked of me and I will assist in implementing “best practice” in all facets of the organisation.