Our Management

Terry Hayes General Manager

Terry Hayes

Terry was appointed General Manager in April 2015 and brings to the position academic degrees in management and business, as well as extensive business and public service experience. Prior to his appointment at Camp Breakaway, Terry was the Corporate Communications Manager for Central Coast Local Health District responsible for media management, internal and external communications, VIP visits and corporate events, design and print services, fundraising and public relations. Before working in health, Terry was General Manager of Timbertown, Wauchope where he learned to ride a penny farthing, and Operations Manager at Old Sydney Town where he learned about flogging, a skill he reminds Camp Breakaway staff he still has. Though born in Sydney, Terry was raised and educated in the United States and did a stint in the US Navy as a radioman. He has been living in Australia since 1979. Terry and his wife Clair have a daughter with an intellectual disability and this has given him a personal insight into the world of people with a disability and their families. "Our daughter has been a camper at Camp Breakaway in the past, and for me to now be part of this wonderful organisation is a privilege and an honour," says Terry. "I just love it."

Ian Abbott Chair

Ian Abbott

Ian Abbott commenced his career as a Geological Cartographer, working in Australia and New Guinea mapping mostly in remote and desolate areas. Moving into computer aided mapping in the late 70’s, Ian quickly mastered software and marketing related to Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CADCAM). In the early 80s, Ian and his wife Jo moved to Singapore, to become ASEAN Countries Manager for Computervision. They then moved to Boston Massachusetts to take up a senior international marketing role. Since returning to Australia in the 90s, Ian has continued with senior market roles with technology based organisation. In 1999 Ian joined Network 21 as Marketing & Operations Manager. Ian served in this role for 16 years, creating many successful marketing campaigns, creating and launching e-Commerce web site around the world, speaking from stage to very large audiences on Marketing and e-Commerce, and involved in video/audio editing of thousands of commercial products. Ian has been semi-retired since July 2015, contracting to a number of organisations to support their marketing and social media efforts. Ian is a former director of Inala (caring for people with disabilities), and currently the Executive Chairman of the charity Network of Caring (NOC). NOC is a NFP that distributes its funds to small and medium sized charities that serve the needs of children, peoples with disabilities, and disadvantaged communities. NOC has distributed over $3,000,000 since 2010 to organisations such as Camp Breakaway, Special Olympics, Swags for the Homeless, Foster Care Angels, At The Ark, and many more. Ian has volunteered for Special Olympics for the last 10 years. Ian is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and lives with his wife, and his son with autism, at Springfield on the Central Coast.

Ruth Sumners Vice Chair

Ruth Sumners

Ruth worked all her professional life in education. This honed her skills in management as well as staff development and mediation skills with students, parents and staff. During her teaching career, she was very involved with her professional group, as foundation President of the Metropolitan East Home Economics Association where she was responsible for the planning, development and management of in-service courses, program writing and syllabus development for the new courses in food technology, design and technology and computer studies. Since retiring, she has enjoyed being an active participant in a number of groups, including; Embroiderers Guild of NSW - Bateau Bay branch, Northlake’s Ladies Probus, Lake Munmorah Probus and as a member of Camp Breakaway. She became a member of the Breakaway Auxiliary in 2000 and was secretary in 2002-2003 and again in 2013. In 2014 she undertook the role of president. She has also worked as a volunteer lodge worker at camps for the past 14 years and been involved in all of the camps that Breakaway conduct. She firmly endorses the mission statement of Camp Breakaway and is committed to working tirelessly to support it.

Jenny Taaffe Secretary

Jenny Taaffe

I have worked in the NSW Public Service for the past 35 years recently retiring in July 2014. My professional roles have included Teaching, Home School Liaison Officer, Assessment and Compliance Officer, Community Program Officer, Child Protection Caseworker, and Manager Disaster Recovery. A common thread across all positions was the need to be able to communicate and work with the community and work within a team. The positions required working collaboratively either as a partner or in a supervisory role of school communities of children and their families as well as other government agencies, non-government organisations , and private providers to achieve the best outcomes possible for the children and families where services were being provided for. As a teacher I have directly worked with children either mainstream or with children and adolescents with additional needs and with families or agencies providing services to support the children and families. Working with community based organisations I assisted and supported their role in management of the services. Attending meetings, providing advice to ensure that the service was meeting the requirements of the funding body, I have sat on interview panels, and chaired meetings as well as supported management committees when attending meetings with funding bodies. On a personal note I have firsthand experience caring for my husband before he died as he had a Multiple Sclerosis and progressively declined over a 10 year period. I have a healthy respect of the emotional ride carers and their families have in providing the daily care and in accessing services to help support for someone with a progressive disability. I am also aware that persons with a disability should also be active participants in the decision making about their care when able. Lastly I am committed to community based management. I feel that it provides a management model that is at the grass roots level of the service where the needs of the service are best recognised and acted upon steered by a collective of board members with a variety of skills that can assist in the ongoing professional management of the service.

Cheryl Hocking Treasurer

Cheryl Hocking

Cheryl has been a volunteer at Camp Breakaway for the past seven years. She has volunteered at every type of camp; Breakaway (Adult) Camps, Young Carer and Sibling Camps, High Needs Family Camps, High Needs Kids Sleepover Camps, and SMS Camps in the roles of both carer and administration assistant. This experience has given her a great understanding of what Camp Breakaway is all about. She has also volunteered for the Central Coast Branch of Disabled Surfers. Her background is in accounting and she has had thirty years of experience in the financial sector with 20 of these years working as an accountant in private accounting firms on the Central Coast. She now runs her own bookkeeping business and is a registered BAS agent with the ATO.


David Waterhouse Director

David Waterhouse

David is a long serving volunteer of Camp Breakaway. He has served in the Australian Army and spent 30 years as the OHS and Quality Assurance Manager of Kell and Rigby. He is a Paul Harris Fellow who spent 9 years as the President of Castle Hill Rotary Club, and currently presides over the Terrigal Rotary Club. He is also involved with Rotary Australia World Community Services who worked tirelessly to provide relief to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, and continue to provide improve the lives and living conditions of those throughout the Pacific Region.


Michelle Price Director

Michelle Price

Michelle lives on the Central coast where she is the CEO and a director of Allcare Nursing Services in Toukley. She has been passionate and dedicated to Camp Breakaway since the first camp thirty-five years ago. She became a board member in 1992 and is a life governor. Her clinical expertise encompasses all aspects of disabilities and she has also assisted with charitable projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and for the Australian aboriginal community. In addition, Michelle has been awarded an OAM - for commitment and dedication to nursing including for people with disabilities and a PHF - the highest award by Rotary International for her contribution to humanity. She also trains, educates and facilitates for ET Australia and university. Her husband's name is Roger and they have three children and eight grandchildren.

Paul Warwick Director

Paul Warwick became a member of Camp Breakaway last year and has attended several camps and meetings during the year. Paul retired after a lengthy career with Central Coast Local Health District. During his time with the Health District, Paul had many roles. When he retired several years ago, Paul was one of the District’s senior executives responsible for community health services. His corporate managerial experience and knowledge of the Central Coast community gives him the skills and qualifications necessary to make a valuable contribution to Camp Breakaway’s Board. Paul lives in Budgewoi with his wife.

Pauline Maniskas Director

Pauline Maniskas

Pauline is a long term member of Camp Breakaway and has been a volunteer carer for the past seventeen years, as well as program coordinator for most camps over the past twelve years. She has also been an integral member of numerous committees which facilitated the success of camps and played an essential role in the instigation of the first SMS camp. In addition to Camp Breakaway, she is one of the founding members and secretary of the Central Coast branch of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia and treasurer of Northlakes Disability Tourism Precinct – where she has recently been involved in the construction of a disability access ramp at Lakes Beach. Pauline has also worked with Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets as a personal volunteer for the past eighteen years and is a very active member of the Star of the Sea Catholic Church at Terrigal.