Pathfinders is governed by a Board of Directors

Fiona Miron
Fiona Miron – Chair

Fiona completed her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the Australian National University in 1995 and obtained a post-graduate qualification in arbitration from the University of Adelaide in 2006. Fiona was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT and a solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 1996, and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2000.

Fiona has been in private practice as a solicitor in the ACT and later in NSW since 1996, practising initially in the areas of insurance litigation and criminal law. Since 2003, Fiona has conducted a property, estates and civil litigation practice in Armidale and currently works as a Senior Associate with Fox Legal.

Fiona appreciates the challenges and rewards of living in rural and regional communities, having been raised on a farm in the Northern Tablelands and having lived and worked in the New England for over seventeen years. As a mother of two children, she has a keen interest in issues affecting families and young people.

Rosemary Curtis
Rosemary Curtis – Director

Rosemary is an Aboriginal Elder currently living in Glen Innes where she volunteers with the Pathfinders Open Door program.  Raised in Tingha and Mungindi NSW, Rosemary has experienced a very unique, colourful and gifted life to date. During her early stages of her long and accomplished career Rosemary helped to form the Tingha Aboriginal Corporation, providing local Indigenous families with housing. As well as this, Rosemary volunteered with the Health Commission to eradicate tuberculosis amongst Indigenous people living in Tingha and surrounding regions.

Rosemary has served with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and on the Aboriginal Development Commission as well as serving on numerous other boards and committees. Rosemary has worked as an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer and has worked with the Department of Community Services for many years as an Indigenous advisor and foster carer.

Through all of this experience and much more, Rosemary has acquired a great understanding of Indigenous issues as well the issues faced by many youth today and is a valuable member of our organisation. Rosemary currently works with assisting Indigenous people living with disabilities in her local area on top of her many hours serving as a volunteer for Open Door and as a Director of Pathfinders.

Andrew Gahan1
Andrew Gahan – Director

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws, majoring in Management Accounting and Business Economics and was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2004.

Andrew’s career commenced in Law in Sydney where he practiced in  commercial and residential property law. After a period of travel and volunteer work in Africa Andrew settled in Armidale where he practiced law in a local law firm.

He has now transitioned into Business banking and is currently working as an Agribusiness Banking Manager for NAB Agribusiness in Armidale.

Andrew has held several appointments for NFP organisations locally and internationally and volunteers his time with local organisations.

Andrew has a keen interest in music and reading and enjoys sports and the outdoors with his wife and son.

Tim Catterall2
Tim Catterall – Director

Tim Catterall has over 20 years’ experience in leading and developing businesses. He has held several senior positions in national and international companies providing him with experience across various government service sectors including health and human services with a particular focus in contracting strategies and service innovation. 

With his wife and their three children, Tim moved to Armidale from Sydney in 2014 and has set about settling into a new community whilst amongst other activities establishing a small farming operation. 

Tim holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biochemistry. 

Tim has many personal and community interests and is involved in several other Armidale community organisations.

Zia Knörles – Director

Zia completed her Bachelor of Financial Administration at UNE in 2005, having studied part time whilst working at Forsyths Business Services. In 2009 she was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, which has since become Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Zia’s position as Senior Accountant at Forsyths has given her experience working with a wide range of clients in different industries, including not for profit organizations.

She is excited about the developments in the industry giving accountants the ability to work closer than ever before with local businesses, like Pathfinders, to realize the full potential of their vision.

Berne Gibbons

Berne has a background in Nursing and the Pharmaceutical Industry spanning 30 years, where she held senior roles such as Product Manager for Anaesthetics, Head of Hospitals,  CEO for Central Hospital Supplies and Managing Director for Vitro Software Pty Ltd. Here, she developed a an interest in providing digital health records and strategic use of information.

Berne has consistently contributed to progression of technology to improve healthcare for all Australians and has been committed to advancing Digital health in Australia for over 15 years.

Berne has a special interest in registering the Births of Aboriginal people through the Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program, and she is currently the GM Operations at the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Alan Brennan
Alan Brennan – CEO

While the Board is responsible for the Governance of Pathfinders, the daily Operations and Administration of the organisation is overseen by CEO Alan Brennan. Alan holds qualifications in Social Work, Psychology, Education and Law.

He has worked in Human Services in New South Wales for the past 35 years and his experience spans the fields of Child Protection, Social Welfare, Disability, Juvenile Justice, Community Development and Education. Alan has worked in both the government and non-government sector.

Alan is passionate about the protection and betterment of the lives of children, young people and their families and has been the General Manager and CEO of Pathfinders since 2004.