Our Board

Ron Thomsen
Ron Thomsen - Chairperson & Treasurer

Ron had a distinguished career as a Senior Corporate Financier.  He held Executive Management Positions, including as an Administrator of Banking Divisions, within both local and international banks. He has had wide ranging experience in large project/structured financings and in the provision of Corporate Advice. Over the last 15 years Ron has served on a large number of Central Coast Not for Profit Boards, mainly in the Aged and Disability fields. Ron has been on the Meals on Wheels Central Coast Board for 5 years, and the last year as Chair.

He has also been Treasurer for 3 years. Ron is currently a Director of Kariong Neighbourhood Centre Inc. He is interested in Board Governance in the Not for Profit Sector. Ron’s Sub-Committee Roles include Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee and Director of One Direct Services Pty Ltd (MoWCC Subsidiary). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting and Economics), Diploma of Banking and a Management Certificate. Ron is currently an Associate of the Institute of Community Directors, the Institute of Project Management, the Fund Raising Institute of Australia and the Institute of Risk Management.

Ray Mainwaring
Ray Mainwaring - Vice Chairperson

Ray has lived in the Central Coast area for some 35 years and during his work career was a mechanic and also served in the hospitality and sales areas Ray is a passionate volunteer delivering meals for the past 15  years and sometimes up to four rosters per week. He has held the position on the Board of Quality Control oversight and advises the Board on client feedback in this area. Ray has a keen interest in ensuring that the clients are well looked after and is a staunch advocate of the volunteers in regard to their safety and their activities.

Gail Ransley
Gail Ransley - Secretary

Gail has been involved with Meals On Wheels for 24 years as a meal deliverer and 17 years on the Board. During her working career she ran her own business for 30 years. She has been involved in a variety of community activities, and was involved for some 25 years with the Rotary related Inner Wheel on the Central Coast. Gail has an excellent eye for analysing documentation and has been involved in a number of negotiating sessions on behalf of the company. Gail served as Chairperson of Meals on Wheels Central Coast for three years to October 2016, and has previously held the positions of Treasurer and Secretary.

Debbie Carroll
Debbie Carroll - Director

Debbie serves as the Manager of the Central Coast Business Enterprise Centre and also as Senior Business Advisor. She holds qualifications in Small Business Management with extensive Sales, Promotional, Marketing and Management skills. Debbie brings to Meals on Wheels Central Coast her expertise and passion for helping organisations prosper and grow.

Karen Ansen
Karen Ansen - Director

Karen was welcomed as a Board member of Meals on Wheels Central Coast in September 2016. Having worked in Commonwealth and State government positions for most of her early career, she stepped into legal roles in the 2000s and was admitted to the Supreme Court as a practicing solicitor in 2013. She currently serves as an Employee Relations Specialist for performHR, operating largely in the Workplace Law space.

Jeremy Yates
Jeremy Yates - Director

Jeremy is an accomplished financial services executive. His professional career encompassed work with both Australian and international financial institutions where he demonstrated success in growing businesses by meeting challenges from stakeholder negotiations, marketing, strategy formulation, building teams and organisational structuring. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) and Master of Applied Finance degrees from Macquarie University. He is also a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

Raea Khan
Raea Khan

Raea is our newest Board member, his background including Legal Counsel within the Energy Resource, Mining and Construction industries. His experience extends from subcontracts/contracts specialist in corporate governance roles to mining project and construction. Raea has a particular interest in commercial, business logistics and project management and is adept at assisting in the operational aspects of larger sized organisations.