Our People

The Soul Team come from different walks of life and experience and is made up of volunteers, staff, the Management Team and the Board of Trustees. There are a 100 plus volunteers contributing 300 plus hours per week to the community.

Soul Management Team

The Management Team run the day to day operations of Soul Cafe looking after the teams of volunteers and the cafe guests they serve.

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SOUL CAFE CEO - RICK PROSSER

Rick Prosser began an interim position as the Acting CEO of Soul Cafe in May 2015 and then CEO in June 2016.  Rick has had 20 years experience in leadership of charities and was awarded the 2014 Newcastle City Council Citizen of the Year for his work.

Rick and his wife Sue Prosser are the Team Leaders of Life Church Newcastle. Soul Cafe is the social justice expression of their church as they seek to assist and serve the poor and vulnerable in Newcastle.

Rick has been the Director of RUSH Youth Mentoring Service since 2003 and Chairman of CityServe since 2012.

ceo@soulcafe.org.au

SUE PROSSER

Sue has served at Soul Cafe for many years and has a heart for the broken, lost and homeless.

Sue has worked as the Kitchen Manager since August 2016 and Floor Manager since September 2018 supervising multiple teams of volunteers.

sue@soulcafe.org.au

MARIA THOMAS

Maria commenced as a part of the Soul team in May 2016 and is the Administration Manager. Her previous work experience has included working with Hunter New England Health as a Speech Pathologist and as the Coordinator of Samaritans Out of Home Care Program.

manager@soulcafe.org.au

TONYA HUEN

Tonya joined the Soul Team in June 2016 and works 2 days a week keeping the accounts of Soul and Life Church in order. Tonya has many years experience in administration and she also works part time in the accounts department of a local High School.

admin@lifechurch.org.au

HOWARD MOLE

Howard Mole has been a trustee  and volunteer of Soul Cafe for many years. In 2019 Howard has also taken on the role as point leader for Soul's major fundraiser 'Sleepout for Soul' and as part of the management team.

The Trustees

Soul Cafe comes under the umbrella of LifeShapers Family Services (ABN: 67 385 398 045) which is a not-for-profit registered charity providing real, relative and restorative assistance without any strings attached.

Soul Cafe (LifeShapers) is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. The board comprises of five trustees, each with unique skills and experience that contribute to the sound governance of the charity. The trustees are advised by specialist consultant Chartered Accountant Tim McKenzie (KLM Accounting).

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CHAIRMAN - RICK PROSSER

Rick Prosser began an interim position as the Acting CEO of Soul Cafe in May 2015 and then CEO in June 2016.  Rick has had 20 years experience in leadership of charities and was awarded the 2014 Newcastle City Council Citizen of the Year for his work.

Rick and his wife Sue Prosser are the Senior Ministers of Life Church Newcastle. Soul Cafe is the social justice expression of their church as they seek to assist and serve the poor and vulnerable in Newcastle.

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VICE CHAIRMAN - HOWARD MOLE

Howard is the Centre Manager of the BaptistCare Windale Centre working with the disadvantaged and those facing social, financial and other challenges. Previously he was with the Salvation Army for 30 years including 10 years as an Officer.

Howard has held a number of social service roles in the Newcastle area, including Welfare management, Counselling, Financial counselling, and homeless accommodation. He has been active in the Rotary Club of Waratah, the Hunter Newcastle Bikers Memorial Ride, Tinned Food and Blanket Run, the Kids Toy Run & the establishment of the Combined Charities Christmas Warehouse.

 

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TRUSTEE - KEVIN BERGER

D.A.L.E. Christian School founder and Executive Director.

In 2015 Kevin was awarded the 'Medal of the Order of Australia' for his work in establishing an alternative learning environment for students struggling in mainstream education.

Kevin also volunteers at Soul Cafe assisting guests and supporting them to connect to services.

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TRUSTEE - DAVID ZAMMIT

BSc (Arch) B.Arch (Hons), Architecture from the University of Sydney.

David is a retired registered Architect with over 20 years of business experience as CEO of his business enterprises. David has over 26 years of experience, serving on not for profit boards, international missions boards and church boards/elderships. David served as a Director at Compassion Australia from 2008-2016 and currently is their International Field Experience Coordinator.

TRUSTEE - ANTHONY CUMMINS

Anthony Cummins is a chartered accountant and came on as a trustee of Soul Cafe in 2018.