Board members retire after 50 years of combined service

Board members retire after 50 years of combined service

Long serving members of Samaritans Foundation’s Board, John Kilpatrick and Professor Brian English recently retired following significant contributions to the organisation’s governance over a combined 50 years of service.

John commenced his position on the Board in 1984, the same year Samaritans was established, and oversaw significant growth and development of the organisation.

Samaritans Chair of the Board, Jenny Cappellacci said it was an honour to have John working with the organisation.

“John’s professional expertise and networks from his career spanning law and local government brought enormous value to our organisation over 34 years of service,” Jenny said.

“John embodies the core values of our organisation and we are fortunate to have worked with someone who always kept this at the forefront of discussions and decision making.”

Professor Brian English was the former Foundation Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle and joined Samaritans Board in 2002.

Jenny said Brian’s commitment to the organisation’s cause allowed him to make a significant impact on its success.

“Brian’s commitment and passion to guiding best practice for the people we support has left an impression on each of us,” Jenny said.

“His contributions to the Quality Assurance Committee will leave a significant and positive impact on our organisation for many years to come.

“Samaritans success has been directly linked to the calibre of members of its Board. This success will no doubt continue through the contribution of the new board members we welcomed throughout 2018.”

Samaritans new board members include Chief Digital Banking and Marketing Officer of Newcastle Permanent, Michael Leach; former Member for Shortland, Jill Hall; Ironbark Resource Management’s Peter Kibble; Foundation Professor of Community Child and Family Health at University of Newcastle, Dr Graham Vimpani; and Rector of the Parish of Gosford, Fr Rod Bower.

IMAGE | Long serving members of Samaritans Foundation’s Board, Professor Brian English and John Kilpatrick.


Samaritans is a regional welfare agency providing disability services, disability care, youth, family, mental health and community support in Newcastle and several regions of NSW.

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