The JNC acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Gadigal and Bidjigal People of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that these lands always were and always will be Aboriginal lands. We celebrate First Nations Peoples’ connection to the land and recognise the importance of Indigenous voices and culture. We would like to advise that there may be images or videos on this website of people who have since passed.

Board Members

Good governance is crucial to the JNC and we are proud to be governed by the current JNC Board.
To find out more about our Board and Team of Executives see below.

Our Board

Gillian Elliot – Chairperson
Janet Kidson – Treasurer
Oona Nielssen – Secretary

Chairperson Gillian Elliott says,

“Through my work with JNC I have been inspired to continue the work laid down by the people who have gone before. The strong and dedicated women who founded JNC, who fought for social justice, who made great pathways into securing more equitable communities, are the foundations of my work as I strive to uphold a shared vision.

Working with a new generation of professional women and men gives me grounding, creates confidence in my abilities, adds purpose and a clear direction as we move into a bright future. I am privileged to belong here with JNC.”

JNC Treasurer Janet Kidson has served on the Board for more than 15 years. She says, “Being a board member of the JNC has enabled me to learn more about the problems facing our local community and the people it affects. I’m proud to volunteer with a community organisation whose vision is to enhance the wellbeing and resilience of individuals and communities. My role gives me the opportunity to use my business training in a meaningful and fulfilling way and to work with other highly skilled and enthusiastic volunteer board members and management team.

As a team we work together to ensure the JNC remains sustainable and can continue to provide a range of high quality essential services to meet the needs of our local community and fill the gaps that government agencies can’t provide.”

Leadership Team

Janet Green

Chief Executive Officer

Janet has worked in social planning for 45 years, 30 of which have been in the non-government sector. She brings extensive experience managing community-based organisations to her role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the JNC. Janet has worked in senior management roles in NGOs and as a consultant with community organisations on strategic planning, organisational change, service planning and development for 18 years, much of which was in the aged care sector. She has held several Board roles in the NGO sector over the past 25 years. 

BA (Social Science); Grad Dip Urban Studies. 

Anna Hartree

General Manager – Client Services

Anna has worked in community sector management for nearly 40  years in community housing scheme, a women’s refuge, two community legal centres and since 2011 at the JNC. She brings to the JNC a strong experience in community development, financial management, service coordination and management.  In 2017 Anna moved into a management role, to lead our community and family programs and now leads our growing Aged Services Team. She has extensive experience as a member of not-for-profit boards over many years. 

B Soc Science (Welfare Studies); M. Community Management.


Petra Besta

General Manager – Finance and Operations

With 20 years in the community sector in various capacities including 8 years as a coordinator of a disability organisation and in rehabilitation as a leisure support worker. Petra has, since 2010, focused her skills on the management of accounts, information technology and other business services at the JNC. Volunteering has been a large feature of Petra’s career experience with over 30 years of contribution to management committees of sporting, community, and disability organisations, and she was an Olympian in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. 

Bachelor of Leisure Studies, majoring in Disability and Ageing; Diploma in Counselling; associated degree in Civil Engineering.