Our People

Our professional team love the life-changing opportunities that our facilities provide

Brett Walker

General Manager

Brett has specialised in developing high performance people and teams, providing strategic advice and direction on growing a business, and value adding to commercial goals through better analysis and by developing better business metrics. With 6 years plus of people management (direct reports team sizes 18-50) he has also successfully developed and implemented a large NFP business from an outsourcing delivery model to in-house direct management (team size 55). Brett has been a senior commercial business consultant for over 5 years and a regional and interstate sales manager for 5 years with 15 years Pharmaceutical sales experience.

the wonderful team at Camp Breakaway

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Board Members

Ruth Sumners

Vice Chair

Worked all her professional life in education; Foundation -President of the Metropolitan East Home Economics Association. Ruth has volunteered at Breakaway for the last 20 years.
Greg Conyngham


Greg Conyngham 42-year career in Financial Services Industry. Specialising in General Insurance and Compliance. 32 years with GIO & Suncorp Group, responsible and accountable for Regional GIO Customers and Agency Network in NSW & Victoria. UTS: Master of Business in Financial Services, General Insurance & Compliance. ANZIIF: Fellow, General Insurance
Jennifer Taaffe


Worked in the NSW Public Service for 35 years as a Teacher, Home School Liaison Officer, Assessment and Compliance Officer, Community Program Officer, Child Protection Caseworker, and Manager of Disaster Recovery. Jennifer cared for her late husband with Multiple Sclerosis for over 10 years.
Paul Warwick
Diane Wigglesworth


Experience in the banking and retail sector including Children’s Services in Tasmania, the English Scottish and Australian Banking Ltd; Branch Supervisor at Medibank, branch manager for NIB at Top Ryde Branch, Bankstown, and Mid-City Centre and Westpac; Managed her own florist shops, Greenacre Florist, Daisy's at Jannali and Yagoona Flowers.
Paul Parks


Paul became a member of Breakaway in 2016. Since then, he has attended several camps and events, as well as many meetings.
Gillian Cornford


I started my retirement by working at the Sydney Olympics where l discovered the joys and personal rewards of volunteering. I joined the Breakaway Auxiliary in 2001 and soon began working at the camps as a volunteer in the lodge and over the years l have become increasingly involved.
Michelle Price


CEO Director of Allcare Nursing Service, Toukley; Educator for ET Australia and universities; Breakaway Life Governor, volunteered at Breakaway since inception; Awarded OAM for commitment and dedication to nursing including for people with disabilities and by Rotary International for her contribution to humanity.
Pauline Maniskas


Volunteer carer at Camp Breakaway for eighteen years; program coordinator for twelve years; Founding member and secretary of the Central Coast branch of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia; treasurer of Northlakes Disability Tourism Precinct; Volunteer for twenty years for Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets.
Suzie Hong


Has 15 years experience in the disability industry both in government and not for profit organisations. Currently runs her own disability service Care 2 the Max.