About us


1. Our Leadership team

Our Leadership team comprises:

Estelle Graham


Leon Ankersmit
Leader, Strategy and Service


Tony Auld
Manager Community Services
Jane Gustus-Callanan
Manager 3Es to Freedom
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2. Who we are

Anglicare North Coast was established in 1999 as the social justice and welfare arm of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, in recognition of the need for a professional, practical, and caring Christian ministry in the Diocese.
Since our inception, we have delivered a wide range of services to disadvantaged and vulnerable persons across the north coast of NSW, with current service delivery being focused on 4 key areas:
• Accommodation
• Material stability
• Cultural barriers
• Social and physical distress.

3. Our purpose


Our vision
Our vision is for a community where there is love, peace, justice, reconciliation and dignity for all, particularly those who are vulnerable.

Our mission
Anglicare North Coast seeks to support and empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people to achieve dignity and a fulfilling life through the delivery of services, particularly those that address:
• Accommodation
• Material hardship
• Cultural barriers
• Social and physical distress.

Our values


We ensure that all of our work is carried out in accordance with these values and that clients, staff and volunteers are also treated within this value system.

4. Our history







From its very earliest days, the Anglican Church in Australia has provided care for the society in which it has lived by working for change in government policies which have disadvantaged particular groups, and the provision of material aid to those in need.
Over the years this led to a proliferation of agencies which sometimes duplicated the work done by others, and produced a climate of competition for supporters.
Without wishing to diminish the autonomy of these agencies or negate the good work done by them, it became desirable to consolidate them under the one banner which could be instantly recognizable as the ‘Anglican Church at Work.’
And so Anglicare Australia was born. This is the national body which represents – in a public sense – many different Anglican agencies across Australia. Each diocese has established its own smaller umbrella agency which represents the interests of the local community. Under these smaller umbrellas the individual agencies work for the relief of the poor, frail and disenfranchised members of our society.
Anglicare North Coast was established in the Diocese of Grafton by an Ordinance of Synod in 1999. Anglicare North Coast has grown from a very small, volunteer managed organisation through various stages of development to the professional, highly regarded organisation that it now is.

5. Our region

Anglicare North Coast is located in the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, with a geographical domain extending over 50,000 square kilometres from the Tweed in far northern NSW to Port Macquarie in the south. Major centres within the Diocese of Grafton include Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Casino, Maclean, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Sawtell, Bellingen, Kempsey and Port Macquarie. According to the 2011 Census, there are around 560,000 people living in our region.


6. Our governing board

Our Board is responsible for the governance of our organisation, with particular attention being paid to the monitoring of finances, quality and risk and the establishment and achievement of strategic directions and goals. We operate in accordance with a documented governance framework, including an Ordinance of Incorporation, Code of Conduct and an extensive range of governance policies and procedures, covering matters such as conflicts of interest, conduct of meetings and appointment and removal of Board members.

The Diocesan Bishop is the President of the Board and all other board members are appointed by the Bishop in Council, generally following a recommendation from the Board. Care is taken to ensure that the Board contains members with a range of skills and a gender balance. Robust discussion and consideration of all available options are encouraged to ensure that the best possible decisions are made and implemented.