Challenge Southern Highlands is a company limited by guarantee. The Association is governed by a constitution that is administered by a volunteer Committee of Management.

Our Committee

The Committee of Management is drawn from the membership of the Association. Membership is by subscription. Only financial members of the Association have the right to nominate and or be nominated for positions on the Committee of Management. Only financial members have the right to vote at general meetings of the Association and to elect the members of the Committee of Management.

The eight member Committee of Management is comprised of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and four committee members. Under the rules of the Association, the annual accounts must be audited by a Registered Company Auditor and presented to the Annual General Meeting of the membership of the Association. The AGM is typically held in October each year.

Reporting to the Committee of Management is the General Manager who has Business Unit managers reporting to that position.  There are currently six business units: Training, Retail Nursery, Wholesale Nursery, Fundraising, Work Crews and Light Packaging.

Rod Aistrope — President
Denise Layton — Hon. Secretary
Mark Pepping
Simon Green
Dr. John Hewson
Keian Barnard

Our Patron

Jai Rowell MP
We are honoured to have Jai Rowell MP Member for Wollondilly as our patron.

Website Link: Jai Rowell MP

Our Management

General Manager – Tony McElhinney JP B.Com (Acc)

As a fully qualified accountant, Tony has over 30 years experience in senior management in the commercial and charitable sector.

Tony McElhinney joined Challenge Southern Highlands as the General Manager in September 2002. Prior to joining Challenge, Tony was employed as the General Manager – Commercial Service for the Paraplegic Quadriplegic Association of NSW for three years.

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