Meet the team

Meet the team

Bathurst Seymour Centre values its workforce, both its paid staff and volunteers. It has a commitment to ensuring that each team member has up-to-date knowledge and skills to appropriately support our clients.

We want every client to receive friendly personalised support and have a great customer experience from the moment they join us and throughout their time with us.

The CEO oversees the day-to-day management of the organisation and its programs with the help of the senior team, including the Operations Manager, Finance Officer and Coordinator. Other staff assist in running the activities, providing transport to and from the Centre, administration and cooking nutritious and delicious meals for our day centre clients

Terisa Ashworth

CEO

“I am responsible for the strategic management, risk management, promotion/marketing, supporting our board and funding.”

Qualifications

Bachelor of Social Science, Diploma in Leadership and Management, Diploma in Human Resources, Diploma in Community Services, Graduate Certificate in Management Communication, Cert IV in Work, Health and Safety, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Cert IV in Aged Care, Cert IV in Business, Cert IV in Frontline Management. 25 years in the community services sector (including disability and aged care).

“I love Bathurst Seymour Centre. I love the impact of our service for our clients and carers, our staff and volunteers – we love to make them happy and for them to feel valued. It is such a friendly and welcoming environment.”

Melanie Trudgett

Operations Manager

“I oversee the provision of services at BSC. It is my role to ensure the organisation is running well, with a smooth efficient service that meets the expectations and needs of our clients and carers. Analysing and improving organisational processes and working towards improving quality, productivity and efficiency are key to my role.”

Qualifications

Diploma Leadership & Management, Cert IV in Quality & Management Assurance, Cert IV Aged Care, Cert IV Disability, Worksafe Inspector (VIC), TAA, MYOB Cert. 15 yrs experience working in the Aged Care and Community Services industry.

“I enjoy making a difference in people’s lives. Our clients are often forgotten in society
and I would like to hope my efforts go some way to making their life more enjoyable.”

Rachael Burnett

Activities Coordinator

“I am responsible for the monthly program for our clients, some outreach and day programs, and for special events.”

Qualifications

Certificate III in Individual Support

“I love to bring some colour and happiness to our clients lives through social interaction and having fun in a way that they enjoy. Getting to know our clients and finding activities that I know they will like or taking them to places that they might not have been able to see without our support and bringing a smile to their face is a wonderful result.”

Tania Bruce

Finance Officer

“I am responsible for all aspects of finance including accounts, grants, payments and budgets.”

Qualifications

30 years in a finance role and Certificate II in bookkeeping.

“I provide bookkeeping and daily accounting knowledge to contribute towards the
smooth running of our friendly and active organisation.”

Diane Coleman 

Administration Assistant

“I am on reception, answer queries, field phone calls and help out wherever I am able. I also complete the statistics needed for our government funding requirements.”

Qualifications

I completed the Cert III in Aged Care and have 6 years’ experience working in aged care, which I have found it to be very rewarding.

“I have been in administration most of my working life and enjoy my current role very much. I love to hear the stories of our clients, share their joy and enthusiasm and watch their friendships at the centre blossom.”

Debbie Groat

Qualifications

Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in Home and Community Care

“I love working with the clients and helping them to achieve goals, keep them involved within the community and making sure that they feel valued and that they matter. To some of the Clients we are like family and it is important for them to feel part of the Bathurst Seymour Centre.”

Baiden Gunning

Kitchen Assistant

Qualifications

I have been working at Bathurst Seymour Centre, for 6 months now, and I have also worked in the hospitality industry for two years.

“I love working with the staff and volunteer team at Bathurst Seymour Centre. I take great satisfaction in providing meals for our clients which I know they will enjoy. Each meal is carefully planned and I try to include delicious treats as well.”

Kodey Wicks 

Support Worker

Qualifications

Cert III Business Administration and Cert III Individual Support

“I help give older people an opportunity to have a social life away from home in an atmosphere that is fun, supportive and friendly.”

Emily Andrews 

Support Worker – Trainee

Qualifications

2 years experience (volunteered for 1 year)

“I love my job, bringing smiles to the faces of our clients and being there for them, doing crafts and activities or just having a chat and being a part of something that matters, Gives me a feeling of achievement and something to be proud of everyday. .”