Our People

Committee Members

The team of people that help support Easy Care Gardening by volunteering their time to govern the organisation’s important work.

The Management Committee is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the organisation, making major decisions and for the oversight of the control and management of the organisation. The Committee meets monthly with the Manager who reports to the Committee.


Frank Windeyer


Frank is a past member of the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded Reserve Forces Decoration (RFD). His family have a long history with the Australian legal fraternity and scouting movements, and Frank has followed in those footsteps working as a solicitor and serving as a past leader in the Scout Association for nearly thirty years.

He is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Ku-ring-gai and a past President of Lindfield Rotary Club. Naturally, Frank enjoys gardening.


Hugh Hamlyn-Harris

Secretary and Public Officer

Hugh is a civil engineer and a past member of the Lindfield Rotary Club. He has previously worked in a variety of locations internationally and within Australia, including the UK, Zambia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand.

More recently, he has worked in a voluntary capacity in Laos where he assisted in establishing water supply and sanitation infrastructure for impoverished villages.


Ewen Macdonald


Treasurer Ewen Macdonald is a Chartered Accountant who trained in the UK and moved to Australia in 1989 while working with the audit division of Ernst and Young where his audit clients included not-for-profit organisations. 

Ewen subsequently moved into commerce and has worked in a variety of senior accounting roles for both listed and privately owned companies.


Daniele Di Paolo

Gardening Representative

Daniele migrated from New Caledonia to Sydney to study for a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) at the University of New South Wales. After graduating she worked in the tariffs and economics department of a large textile and clothing organisation, before moving to Canada for a year. The lure of our sun, sand, and sea (and no more -50ºC winters!) saw her return to Sydney, where she joined the Reserve Bank of Australia and was employed in various departments until her retirement.

She has since volunteered in various roles for several not-for-profit organisations including Hills Community Aid, which provides social, financial and educational programs that assist the vulnerable. Daniele loves reading, travelling, cooking, the beach and generally spending time outdoors and staying active and engaged with her family and community, with gardening a long-term favourite pastime and a perfect fit to her lifestyle. She hopes to contribute to ECG by bridging the gap between the volunteers and the management committee.


Mahesh Nair

Committee Member

Mahesh has worked across the world – in India, Dubai, South East Asia and Australia; the past 25 years with a German multinational in dialysis care providing lifesaving therapy to chronically ill people.

Mahesh has trained as a professional accountant, is an Australian CPA, a Chartered Accountant from India and a Chartered Management Accountant from the UK, and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). In previous finance roles, Mahesh has also been involved with IT, legal and compliance matters, and sat on the boards of various companies providing corporate governance oversight.

Mahesh confesses to being “not much of a gardener” but says “hopefully over time at least by association my gardening skills will improve.” He likes to keep fit by running/walking/ working out in a gym.


Ian Woolcott

Committee Member

Ian is the Chairman of Woolcott Research and Engagement, a company he started after working in an advertising agency in the seventies. Business highlights include travel to many interesting overseas countries and also work at home; his company was contracted to do all the research and engagement for the Sydney Olympic Games.

He served in the Army Reserve Sydney University Regiment for 12 years and has a passion for family history and medieval history more generally. He also tends an acre or so of rainforest planted from scratch, and a small olive grove and the usual run of vegetables and fruit trees.

Leadership Team and Managers

A team of dedicated professionals committed to guiding our organisation toward its mission.

With a wealth of expertise and a passion for community service, they oversee operations, strategic planning, and ensure the delivery of high-quality services.


Tom White

Chief Executive Officer

Tom has worked in ‘for-purpose‘ organisations for over 20 years, in the UK and from 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Tom is also studying an MBA in Social Impact and is passionate about social justice and putting people first. Tom enjoys the outdoors and sports and has played community soccer for several years.


Leslie Whelan

Marketing Manager

With various formal qualifications in Business, Marketing and PR and over 15 years experience working in multinational corporations, Leslie had an eye-opening moment after having her son. Leslie quickly realised she wanted to work in philanthropy and for a company that cared about making a difference. In her down time, Leslie loves being at the beach and with her family and is also an avid gardener and DIY’er.


Coralie Jensen

Volunteer Manager

Coralie has been the Volunteer Manager at Easy Care Gardening since 2014. She has a background in Education and has taught students from infants to tertiary level. Coralie is passionate about social justice, community connectedness, family values and the importance of “home”. 

Coralie has numerous roles away from ECG – she sits on the Board of another not-for-profit organisation which advocates for people with disability, she is a practicing marriage celebrant, and she is an involved grandmother of 4. 

As a lifelong volunteer and keen gardener, Coralie has great empathy, understanding and appreciation for our volunteers. She delights in her role of supporting the volunteers of Easy Care Gardening.


Paul Cripps

Human Resources Manager

Paul’s Human Resources career commenced in the UK in the mid 90’s.  He had a long career working in corporate organisations before establishing his own business in 2017 helping organisations with their workforce needs. Paul has a passion and reputation for helping to create great workplaces.

Paul admits that both his Mum and his son have superior gardening skills to his own and is enjoying building his own limited skillset, as he works with Easy Care Gardening.


Alice Jiao

Finance Officer

Alice has been working with Easy Care Gardening (ECG) as a finance officer since 2016. Alice enjoys working ECG, being part of a team that focuses on supporting our community of clients. Alice enjoys fishing and cooking Chinese food in her spare time.

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