Board of Directors

 Leonard King

(Member Director)

Leonard (Lenny) is proud to be a Board of Director for Biripi ACMC and to be a part of the Biripi community.

In 2021 he received an Australian of the year award for his commitment & selfless dedication to helping children in out of home care.

Lenny is an honest and reliable person who is easy to get along with. With a passion for the Aged Care sector, Lenny worked for 12 years in Biripi’s Aged Care division in various roles including assistant in nursing, support work & as a transport driver. 

“I love working within the community and looking after our Elders”.

Lenny’s goals and aspirations for Biripi ACMC are for the community to work together to achieve our organisational objectives & work towards Biripi ACMC being one of the best AMS’s in Australia.

As part of the Board, Lenny would like to ensure that service delivery is maintained to the highest of standards to ensure our community receive the best health care possible.

In his spare time, Lenny enjoys gardening, growing vegetables, fishing and looking after foster children.

Veronica Saunders

(Chairperson)

Aunty Veronica Saunders is a proud Biripi woman, who was born and raised in Purfleet.

Aunty Veronica has a background in Nursing and has participated in 5 years of research with Cancer Council NSW, and research with NSW University.

She has also worked as an Aboriginal Education Officer at Taree High school for 13 years.

Aunty Veronica has a strong focus on culture and is passionate about improving the physical and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people through addressing the cycle of intergenerational trauma.

As the Chairperson, Aunty Veronica’s goal is to ensure health services are appropriate for the Biripi community and will push for better health outcomes.

Already she can see an improvement with dental and aged care services.

John Clarke

(Member Director)

John Clarke is a true local, born in Biripi Country

from Purfleet. He is one of the longest-serving

directors of Biripi ACMC, serving for over 20 years.

John is the current CEO of Taree Indigenous Development and Employment (TIDE) and the previous CEO of Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Lands Council.

His goal on the Biripi ACMC Board is to achieve stability for staff and clients and continue the high standard of service being provided to the community.

“The staff of Biripi do an excellent job servicing the community.”

Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his family.

Trent Jennison

(Specialist non member Director)

Trent was born in Scone and after school trained as a woolclasser before training as a nurse, after which he obtained a Bachelor of Health Administration.

He moved to Taree to take the position of CEO at Mayo Hospital where he was for 15 years and then moved to Valley Industries 12 years ago.

“My goals and aspirations for Biripi ACMC are to deliver good corporate governance.”

Outside of work, Trent enjoys fishing and gardening.

I would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land.

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