Who is CHSS

Coffs Harbour Support Services (CHSS) was established in 1993 by local families and community members committed to the support, inclusion and empowerment of people living with disability.

We are a Not-for-profit.

Our Vision

A community in which people with disability are valued and contributing members.

We Value …






Our People

Cathy Lengyel


Anthony McNab

Deputy Chair and Chair Finance, Risk, Audit Committee

Evans Kurinyepa

Treasurer and Member Finance, Risk, Audit Committee

John Oldfield

Director and Member Finance, Risk, Audit Committee

Wendy Bones


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Tracy Welsh


About Me

Cathy Lengyel is a consultant in the Human Services area (with a focus on service re-design and business reviews in the aged, disability and healthcare sectors).

Cathy has a social work degree with postgraduate qualifications in business management. She has more than 25 years’ experience in Executive Management roles in community, health, disability, and aged care services in Not-for-profit, Government and Private sectors, across the Eastern seaboard of Australia.

Cathy has been a Director of several not-for-profit Boards and completed the Governing for Not-for-Profit organisations course at Harvard University in 2011. Cathy is also a graduate and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cathy grew up in Melbourne and now lives in Coffs Harbour. She is passionate about innovative service delivery / projects, empowering people with disabilities and building inclusive communities.

Director since 2022.

About Me

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Evans, a seasoned CPA and committed Christian professional, grounds his career in the Ubuntu philosophy. He staunchly believes in the symbiotic relationship between personal success and the collective well-being, inclusion, and support of the vulnerable within our community.

As CFO of a local values-based charity, Evans drives impactful change for vulnerable seniors in Coffs Harbour, combining financial expertise with a commitment to community well-being.

Evans boasts a wealth of expertise in investment research and fund management, with a specialized focus on financial management in the For-Purpose sector. His experience spans residential aged care, retirement villages, home care, and community services.

With a professional background as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Evans holds a Master of Business in Accounting, a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) with Honors. He is a passionate Chelsea FC supporter.

About Me

John has held C-suite roles in both public and private sectors.  Notably, he led GP Synergy Limited from a small startup to a large public enterprise with revenue exceeding $60M, while managing a workforce of 250 employees across nine offices.

He is Principal consultant for Jam RegTech delivering strategic management services, including InfoSec (ISO27001:2022) and Cybersecurity systems development and auditing.

His strategic acumen is reflected in the execution of corporate amalgamations, operational and ITC strategy, integrated systems development, and complex change management.

About Me

Wendy has been involved in working with people with disability for over 30 years, predominately for a local provider service. For the last 3 years Wendy has been Working with Registered Training Organisations in Coffs training students in Disability and Aged Care. Wendy’s current role as a Training Assessor is with the Coffs Coast Community College.

Wendy’s training is in Management, Disabilities and Aged Care as well as Training and Assessment.

When not working Wendy loves our great outdoors, walking, camping, swimming, reading as well as enjoying her precious grandchildren.

Wendy has always been passionate about ensuring all people are given a voice, opportunities to explore their dreams and goals in life. This includes training workers to the best possible standard to see them also supporting individuals to the best of their ability.

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Steven Paul

CEO & Company Secretary

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Lauchlan Stace

Executive Manager, Service Delivery

About Me

Since taking the helm as CEO of CHSS in 2019, Steven has been dedicated to providing quality supports and achieving remarkable outcomes for people with disability. His team has been instrumental in increasing accommodation for clients throughout the Coffs and Nambucca communities.

Steven actively advocates for high-quality, accessible homes. As former Chair of the Coffs Disability Access and Inclusion Committee he has fought for community assets that are accessible for all.

His expertise is grounded in his background as a Chartered Accountant, with a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute Company Directors.

With a background leading Community Transport Central Coast and various roles in the finance industry across Central Coast, Sydney, and London, Steven brings a wealth of experience. His nearly two decades as a director in the disability, aged care, and youth support sectors underscore his enduring commitment to inclusive community services.

About Me

Lauchlan is the Executive Manager, Service Delivery. He responsible for managing and improving the Services provided by CHSS. The services include providing flexible, innovative and sustainable Community supports, Accommodation supports and Short or Medium Term supports, whilst also exploring and expanding the options that CHSS can provide to the communities it operates in.

Lauchlan has extensive knowledge of the NDIS framework from both a client support framework, an NDIS position and an organisational perspective. He has worked in the disability sector in a range of roles, from independent support worker to managing accommodation outlets, to working in the Early Childhood, Early Intervention space as a contracted NDIS planner.

Lauchlan is passionate about ensuring the services CHSS provides remain flexible, client focused and strength based to deliver the best outcomes for the clients and CHSS.

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Carol Malcolm

Manager, People & Culture

Meg Ronk

SIL Coordinator

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Sarah McKittrick

SIL Team Leader

About Me

Carol has been with CHSS since March 2018. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, implementing a values-based focus to recruitment and culture to the organisation. Carol’s focus on building a skilled workforce with strong values within CHSS ensures that staff are recruited and continually supported to have a client focus in service delivery, building respectful relationships with their colleagues, our clients and the community.

Carol has worked as a senior executive for several large organisations and has also ran her own business for 14 years’ as strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) Consultant. Carol has extensive experience working with non for profits and in the disability sector.
Carol is a Coffs Harbour local who enjoys time at the beach, whether it be walking her schnauzer Winston, swimming or surfing.

About Me

Meg joined Coffs Harbour Support Services as a Coordinator in July 2021. Meg has worked in the Disability sector for 12 years in varying roles such as SIL team leader, Disability support worker, outreach worker and planner/assessment officer for both Government and not for profit organisations.

Meg is passionate about supporting clients with building capacity to meet their goals. Meg understands the importance that the SIL setting provides a home like environment where family and friends are always welcome, Meg prides herself on providing this for clients who reside in the SIL’s she coordinates. She has a strong desire for advocating for the rights of people with a disability.

In her down time Meg enjoys spending time with her partner and their 3 boys and visiting elderly family members.

Meg loves tap dancing, felting, sustainable gardening, and bushwalking.

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Sarah is a Team Leader, Supported Independent Living and joined Coffs Harbour Support Services in 2014. She has enjoyed the experience gained through various roles with CHSS and that led to her appointment as Team leader in June 2020.

Throughout her time in the disability sector she has applied the “Person centred approach” to all individuals she has supported, is client focused and has a passion for supporting people living with a disability to live a full inclusive life by supporting the individual to be as independent as possible and reach their goals.

Outside of work Sarah is a mother to two beautiful little girls and they enjoy long walks on the beach with their dog Dickson.