Our Board

Kelly Foran

Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Foran, founder and CEO of the Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation, is an enthusiastic businesswoman. From firsthand experience she knows the frailty of life and of the often overwhelming challenges faced when country people become ill or injured. For several years from 2002 Kelly and her young son endured a harrowing list of illnesses, which saw her family leaving their home in rural New South Wales and spending time in hospitals in Sydney and Brisbane. The struggle to co-ordinate their health journey with depleted funds, led Kelly to form Friendly Faces Helping Hands, a foundation which links country people. In the nine years since the Foundation’s inception over 90,000 people have been assisted by sourcing information on the website and by ringing a hotline, which Kelly answers herself. Kelly regularly does presentations and speaking engagements, which rarely leave a dry eye in the audience, and co-ordinates all fund-raising for the Foundation. Kelly runs Friendly Faces Helping Hands from her a rural property near Glen Innes NSW Kelly sits on many Boards and tries to bring Rurality and its challenges to Health Services and networks Board member of combined Clinical Excellence Commission and Agency for Clinical Innovation Community Advisory Committee 2018 until now Board member of Clinical Excellence Commission Community Advisory committee 2016 until 2018. Board Member of 2 Local Health Districts Glen Innes and Tenterfield Primary Healthcare Institute Executive Committee NSW Consumer Leaders COVID Task Force member Community Consultative Committee for Justice Correctional Service Improving the Rural Patients Steering Committee Member of the State Emergency Service President and Trust member of Maules Creek Recreational Hall and Grounds Achievments - Finalist for RIRDC Rural Woman NSW 2009 - Encouragement Award for FFHH Foundation Prime Super Innovation Awards 2010 - Australia Day Award 26/1/2011 - Tamworth Business Awards Finalist 2013 -Nomination for Australian Of The Year 2012 -Nomination for Australian Of The Year 2013 -Nomination for Australian Of The Year 2015 -National Volunteers Award 2013 from Federal Government -Regional Community Awards Semi Finalist 2013 in the Outstanding work in the Community category -Finalist top 4 in NSW RIRDC Award 2014 -Nominated in Telstra Business women 2014 -Named as 1 in 100 WWIA Australian Women in Agribusiness 2014 -Regional Community Awards Finalist 2013 Finalist in the Outstanding work in the Community category -Winner of Narrabri Best Business Awards in two categories 2013 Medical and Health related service. -Narrabri Business Promotions winner 2013 -Narrabri Shire Citizen of the year 2015 -NSW Women of the Year 2015 Barwon Women of the year -NSW Women of the Year 2016 Finalist Rex Airlines

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Paula Ryan


Paula Ryan has held the position of President since 2018. She is a chartered accountant and a passionate community member who works tirelessly in the community and for Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation.

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Annabelle Gerrie


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Christine Connor


Christine is a Nurse employed by Healthwise as a Primary Rural Healthcare Nurse. She is a passionate Community Leader who seeks to support all people with their Health.

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Lyn Large



Jessica Loughlin


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