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Board Members 2017-06-01T14:31:27+00:00

Ms Abbie Grant-Taylor – President

Abbie has recently retired from a career spanning over 25 years with the Australian Government, the last ten or so with funded youth programs. Abbie has wide experience in a range of government programs including youth programs and policy, employment, recruitment, skills development, disability services, youth homelessness, action research and contract management. In her spare time she can be found with her horses. Abbie is a board member of the Bicentennial National Trail. Abbie holds a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning.


Mr Kev Irle – Vice-President

Kev is a registered psychologist currently in private practice. He has a bachelor of Social Science majoring in Counselling, Honours in Psychology, and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. He has experience working with clients from ‘all walks of life’ with a full range of mental health issues. Kev’s hobbies include laughing loudly, music, cycling, and generally enjoying the bizarreness of life.


Ms Rae Gâté – Treasurer

Rae is a Sales Consultant with Gympie Regional Realty, after working for the past eight years as a Councillor in the Gympie Regional Council  in the Social Wellbeing portfolio.   Rae is a life time local who has a passion for the community and in her own time is not only involved with Community Action Inc, but also serves as Treasurer for Gympie Community Place , Secretary/Director for Gympie and District Community Bank (Bendigo Bank), Coolarts Management Committee and JKS-Australia (karate) Management Committee.


Ms Sally Burton – Secretary

Sally is a leader within the retail banking sector. She has a well defined vision of what it is to be a strong leader and deliver on results and expectations in her field. Sally is passionate about people. Sally started her career within the mutual banking sector. In 2004 Sally had the privilege to leading teams to success in Canberra, Ipswich and Brisbane. Sally worked for Defence Bank for a little under 10 years. The last 6 of which were spent leading a highly successful team at the Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane. In 2013 Sally commenced her career with NAB where she is proud to be part of progressive organisation that is always looking for improvement. With a love for community Sally is an active member and supporter of many charity groups. Sally has raised significant funds for Brisbane Legacy, Defence Special Needs Support Group and the homeless and at risk. These charities hold a special place for Sally.

Ms Ann Rigbye – Board Member

Ann graduated from UQ in 1973 with a Bachelor of Social Work. Ann’s career includes working at the Maryborough Base, Royal Brisbane and Prince Charles hospitals and then joined the Department of Social Security in 1984 (now Department of Human Services – Centrelink). Ann has been based at the Gympie office since 1988 and has always maintained a close affiliation with the community sector. Ann has served on the management boards of Cooloola Youth Service, Erin House, MINS (Multicultural Information Network Service), Cooloola Family and Community Development and has chaired the Cooloola Human Services Network.