Group K – Professional Independent Team
The Jan McWilliams Independent Team offers knowledge and experience.
Leading the team is ‘people person’ Jan McWilliams, whose local government experience includes 20 years as a councillor, eight of these as mayor of Great Lakes and six as deputy mayor.
After the amalgamation, Jan was nominated by the NSW government as the chair of the local representative committee for 12 months.
Jan was voted Local Government Woman of the Year on two occasions for outstanding operational abilities.
Former councillor Jim Morwitch has experience in the business world from qualified accountancy to leading a multi-national agricultural company for about 30 years.
Jim led community efforts for the establishment of a women’s shelter, is a recognised team player and highly respected for constructive contributions and integrity.
He has been with Rotary for 32 years, is chairman of the Red Shield Appeal and deputy president of Great Lakes Women’s Shelter. Jim places emphasis on overseeing council’s planning and efficiency of operations.
Carol McCaskie AM was a Great Lakes councillor for 12 years, is a lawyer and has experience in dispute resolution. A former lawyer on various government tribunals, Carol received the Order Of Australia for social justice work. A strategic thinker, Carol offers experience and is a believer in no politics in local government.
Sharon Wilson is a well respected Forster identity, involved in business and many sporting organisations. Sharon is noted for her excellent communication skills.
Taree’s Tim McLean is a support worker for people with disabilities and artistic achievements in many cultural fields. Tim is an advocate to building a stronger community.
Pene Dobell-Brown is a healthcare professional, working as a quality and safety auditor for disability services. With no party affiliations, Pene believes in no politics in local government. She was woman of the year for Great Lakes in 2005 and the first female president of Great Lakes Rotary.
The team offers professionalism the people deserve. Financial management and sensible business decisions consistent with community needs are foremost. The team consider they possess various skills to achieve success and equity.