Management Team

Paul Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Kelly commenced with CHESS in April 2010 as the Corporate Services Manager and was appointed to the position of General Manager in June 2011. Paul has brought a wealth of Executive Management and leadership experience to CHESS. His experience includes managing Credit Unions that are member owned organisations, during a period of industry change and consolidation in the banking sector.
That experience is now focussed on CHESS adapting to new performance requirements and growing services to continue to make a difference in the regional community. Providing services to highly disadvantaged people that will lead to their economic and social inclusion, is at the core of the CHESS vision. His personal time is devoted to family and surf life-saving.

Amanda Jennings

Amanda Jennings

Executive Manager Business Development

Amanda joined CHESS in 2009 as DES Manager and is now working in Business Development to progress initiatives and opportunities to support the growth and diversification of our services. Preparing CHESS to provide services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme in conjunction with the Senior Management Team is a priority as the region moves to the NDIS roll out date of June 2017.
She came to Australia 20 years ago having worked with refugees in Sudan and at a welfare clinic in Malawi, Southern Africa. With a background in Social Science, in Australia she has worked in the aged care industry in Adelaide and as National Coordinator of the Personal Support Programme, a precursor to PHaMs, with Work Directions and then Jobfind.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Manager, Employment Services

Chris commenced with CHESS in 2009 as an Employment Consultant in the Coffs Harbour DES (Disability Employment Service) team. Spending time as the Site Manager in Coffs Harbour, Chris’ current role as the Manager Employment Services involves overseeing the operation of all eight DES sites from Yamba in the north to Nambucca Heads in the south, including over 40 staff who are servicing over 1100 clients.
Having grown up in regional Victoria, Chris and his family relocated to the Coffs Harbour area in 1999 where they spent the next 12 years running a successful family business while raising their two children.With over 20 years of management experience in different industries, Chris enjoys the challenge of his current role, while knowing that the result of CHESS’ combined efforts is assisting people to improve their current situations and supporting them towards a common goal – A “Strong Life”.

Linda Williams

Linda Williams

Human Resources Manager

Linda commenced with CHESS as Human Resources Manager in March 2014. Linda is a Human Resources professional with significant experience in the development and implementation of a range of progressive human resource initiatives. Her career highlights include the role of Human Resources Manager for eleven years with Infomedia Ltd. in Sydney and working for the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Her qualifications include: Registered Nursing, Human Resources Management Certificate and an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.
Linda is a passionate volunteer and volunteers regularly with R&R in Coffs Harbour. Other passions include Zumba, Paddle Boarding and Yoga. Her passion for yoga led her to complete a Yoga Teaching Training Certificate in September 2015.