NADA Board

gabriellaGabriella Holmes, President (elected November 2013) Gabriella manages Triple Care Farm (Mission Australia) on the southern highlands in NSW. With over 11 year's experience, Gabriella has a passion for connecting with young people and assisting them to turn their lives around with real and lasting change.


gerardGerard Byrne, Vice President (elected  November 2013) Gerard has spent the past 23 years working in the AOD field initially in a counselling role, then as a Program Director, and currently as the Clinical Director for The Salvation Army Recovery Services, which covers NSW, Qld and the ACT. Gerard has also worked, on a contractual basis, in the private and government AOD sectors for 11 years, providing a range of services. Gerard holds qualifications in Social Sciences, Alcohol and Other Drug Work, Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Business Management and Human Resource Management.


markMark Buckingham, Treasurer (elected  November 2013) Currently the Chief Executive Officer of Kedesh Rehabilitation Services, Mark has 16 years experience in the drug and alcohol government and non government sectors, including specialist treatment and management roles. Mark has a background in social welfare and is a graduate of the University of Wollongong's Faculty of Commerce, where he focused his studies on Health Management. A strong interest in developing the non government drug and alcohol sector has seen Mark as a NADA Board member for several years, including as the previous Treasurer, contributing to and advocating for the sector.


libbyLibby George Secretary (elected November 2016) Libby is the general manager for Drug and Alcohol Health Services Inc. (DAHS). Libby has an extensive and diverse work history in the human service sectors of education, family support services, community services and alcohol and other drug programs. Libby currently manages the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment Program (MERIT) at three local courts, opiate substitution programs, psychosocial counselling services and facilitates an Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing elders group. She holds qualifications in education, mental health, alcohol and other drugs and management.


garthGarth Popple (elected  November 2013) Six residential therapeutic communities (TCs) across NSW and Queensland are overseen by Garth as the Chief Executive Officer of WHOS, a position held for many years. Recognising Garth's contribution over a significant period of time, he was awarded the 2010 Prime Minister's Award at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Sydney. Previous and current Board memberships and associations include NADA, the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC), International Council of Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) and a number of national and international expert advisory committees, making him a knowledgeable asset to NADA and its members.


julaineDr Julaine Allan, Board Member (elected November 2013) Dr Julaine Allan is Director, Research and Practice at The Lyndon Community. Julaine has over twenty five years experience in the community sector as a worker, trainer, manager and more recently researcher in rural health care delivery. Julaine oversees drug and alcohol practice at Lyndon's withdrawal, rehabilitation and outreach programs including the Murdi Paaki Drug and Alcohol Network and Wandarma Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service. The Lyndon Community has a strong focus on quality service provision to rural and remote communities and works across western NSW with a wide range of other health and community service providers. Julaine is leading two national research projects identifying what works best in drug and alcohol practice in the rural setting and with Aboriginal people.


joeJoe Coyte, Board Member (elected November 2013) Joe is currently employed as the CEO at The Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. Joe has a background in finance and counselling. He has worked in and around Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation centres for over 10 years. Joe is a strong advocate of good governance as evidenced by his close and collegiate relationship with the board of the Ngaimpe Aboriginal. He is the current chairperson of Gosford/Narara Neighbourhood Centre which runs financial counselling, no interest loans, breakfast at primary schools and emergency relief programs amongst other things on the Central Coast. Personally Joe is a loving husband and devoted father of three children 12, 9 and 6. He considers fatherhood is most important role. Joe's strong family values are reflected in his future plans for The Glen, where he would like to see a greater role for family members, where clients consent, in the rehabilitation of their loved ones.


davidDavid Kelly, Board Member (co-opted December 2014) David has been involved with NADA and the NSW non-government drug and alcohol sector for close to 15 years. As well as years of front-line work he has managed services for four different NADA member organisations over that period. David was also employed in a program manager role with NADA itself. He is currently the Senior Operations Manager- Health for the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Support Services, this role involves oversight of health operations including drug and alcohol, mental health and other areas of complex need across NSW (including Freeman house, Armidale). David has a good understanding of NFP sector governance issues particularly developed through his not-for-profit Master's degree and also has well-developed finance skills both through his tertiary training and practical experience. David also has a number of graduate and post graduate qualifications (including in Psychology, in Addiction Studies and a Master's Degree in Not-for-Profit Management).


kateCatherine (Kate) Hewett (elected November 2016) Employed as the Chief Executive Officer of Kamira Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services, Kate has worked to improve drug and alcohol treatment opportunities for women across NSW for the past 22 years. Kate currently sits on the Agency for Clinical Innovation Executive and takes pride in representing the interests of both women and the NGO sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours.