MSN appoints new leaders

Mentor Support Network welcomes two new leaders for the not-for-profit organisation as it heads into the second half of what has already been a busy 2022.

Judy Hart, a retired pharmacist who has been involved in community volunteering for many years, is MSN’s new Chairperson.

Judy joins another new but friendly face for the organisation in Melinda Smith who has been unanimously endorsed by the MSN committee as its Patron.

The two said they were both honoured at being approached to take up positions for MSN with Judy having held a variety of executive board positions, including Chair, in numerous not-for-profit and community organisations.

“I have a firm belief in the value of mentoring for the achievement of education and career potential and am delighted to be involved with Mentor Support Network,” said Judy.

She takes over the position of Chairperson from Shayne Connell who stepped down at MSN’s recent 2022 Annual General Meeting because of increased work and family commitments.

Melinda Smith is a strong advocate for mentoring and helped establish MSN in 2005 where she served on the Executive Committee and has subsequently been awarded Life Membership. She has continually maintained interest and assisted MSN in its activities.

Melinda, who spent 25 years in the media across radio and television, co-anchoring NBN Television’s 6pm News for more than a decade before establishing her own successful corporate communication and public relations consultancy, is MSN’s new Patron following the untimely passing last year of Dr Bernie Curran AM who filled the position since 2019.

She is a non-executive board director of The Mutual Bank and has supported the work of many regional charities and community organisations as well as the University of Newcastle’s MBA Advisory Board and 2NURFM’s Advisory Board.

Judy and Melinda have already participated in their first official function for MSN by being involved in the organisation’s 2022 Scholarship Ceremony last month where 35 students were presented with their education scholarships.

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