EERN is a registered charity administered and supervised by a committee of management.

This committee builds on the work of the EERN founders, life members and past committee members and its many volunteers.

Life members are:

Keith Rooney (2001)Eric Dixon (2009) *Ray Freeman (2015)
Joy Morris (2008) *James Jamieson (2013)Ray Harrison (2019)
Rob Gosbell (2008)Ross Hopkins (2014)Keri Fairley (2019)
Ian Armstrong (2022)* Deceased

The current (2021) Committee of Management is:

John Pullen
(from 2022)
John has been President and is a 22-year member of the Blackburn Lions Club, a long time supporter of EERN. He has been a plumbing apprentice, plumbing contractor (20 years) and a qualified plumbing teacher of apprentices at Holmesglen TAFE (20 years). For six years, he has been President of the Australia-wide Plumbers, Sheetmetal and Coppersmith Teachers and Instructors Association of Australia.
John Lambert Vice-President
(from 2022)
Gabby Knaepple
Secretary (from 2018)
Gabby retired from the Australian Public Service in 2019 after a career with Centrelink, primarily in the Compliance area, providing training, staff development and specialist expertise across Australia in the student space. Gabby has been a member of the Rotary Club of Nunawading since 2011 and was Club President in 2019/2020. She will be Club President again in 2022/2023. She assisted her partner run a limousine business for some years in the 1990s and early 2000’s.
Ian Teese
Treasurer (from 2020
Ian has been a member of several community service delivery organisations over 50 years. As an agribusiness/development economist in Australia and across 30 developing countries Ian has reviewed, then managed adoption of improved processes by farmer and community owned businesses and co-operatives. He is secretary of a foundation in Western Victoria supporting and funding development of farm business management skills.
Lesley Soxsmith
Stella Stella Poursanidis
(since 2020)
Stella works with Uniting Crisis & Homelessness Services – Eastern Melbourne as a senior worker. This group works closely with EERN. Stella joined the committee in 2022 and brings her practical experience in assisting Uniting clients with limited resources move into rental accommodation. She represents EERN Member agencies