Our Board

The Community Challenge Services’ board of seven dedicated board members guides our decision-making. We have a strong commitment to providing the services our community needs now and into the future. Our board members have experience and expertise in the disability sector as well as finance and the media.

Kevin Kelly 120wKEVIN KELLY

Kevin has been a member of the Challenge board for 53 years and was chairman of the board for 29 years until February 2011. He became involved with disability services when his daughter Rose enrolled at Bullimbal School in 1962. Kevin has worked tirelessly to advance the rights of people. In 2009, Kevin was awarded an OAM for his services to people with a disability. Kevin is also a successful farmer and has a property on the outskirts of Tamworth.

Paul Gruber 120wPAUL GRUBER

Paul joined the board of directors in 2001 and has been the deputy Chairman since 2011. Paul and Janice’s eldest daughter, Roslyn, attends the Greg Norman Drive Day Program. Paul is keen to see Challenge provide a vital service to people with a disability well into the future. From Tambar Springs Paul is a farmer and contractor by trade. He has also worked in the transport and earthmoving industries.

Lesley Hood 120wLESLEY HOOD

Lesley joined the board of directors in 2008. Both Lesley and her son Simon were born with achondroplasia (dwarfism) and her involvement within the disability sector started when Lesley realised she needed to support people with a disability, to speak up and support those who were unable to. Lesley has a background in both radio and television.

Ted Wilkinson 120wTED WILKINSON

Ted has been a member of the Challenge Community Services board for 39 years and chairman for 5 years. He has a background in media and communications. Previously working in local radio, Ted is now concentrating on his rural interests at Willow Tree.

Chris Durkin 120wCHRIS DURKIN

Chris joined the board of directors in 2002. His daughter Sally currently attends Greg Norman Drive Day Program. Chris values his role on the board for his ability to assist in decision making that directly benefits people with a disability in the local community.


Louise joined the board of directors in 2003. She is an active Rotary member in Tamworth and was the worthy recipient of one of Rotary’s highest awards. Now retired, Louise owned and managed a number of jewellery stores throughout New South Wales.

Bill Warburton 120w2BILL WARBURTON

After a long-standing relationship with Challenge firstly as an auditor, then as a member of the finance committee, Bill joined the board of directors in 2010. Bill is a qualified chartered accountant.

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About Challenge Community Services

58 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 1000 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 500 staff, 130 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.

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