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Lane Cove ALIVE Leadership Group Inc – Directors


 Josh Blake

 Josh is the current Treasurer of the Lane Cove ALIVE Leadership Group inc. Josh Blake is the owner of Renegade Cycles, an award-winning specialty bicycle shop located in Lane Cove’s Village Shopping Centre.  Prior to founding Renegade Cycles in 1993 Josh served as the Finance Director of a large environmental services company.  In the past Josh has served on numerous cycling organisations including as President of Bicycle NSW and as the national retail representative to the Cycling Promotion Fund.  Locally he was a member of Lane Cove Council’s Cycling Advisory Committee from 1994 to 2009.  Josh is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.  He received his BA from Colorado College and MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Bruce Crowe

Bruce has a family interest in Lane Cove Commercial Property. Bruce Crowe was the first Treasurer of the Lane Cove ALIVE leadership Group inc. Bruce has been Managing Director of Bruce Crowe Consulting for 20 years, Director of both The Australian Psychological Society and of The Institute of Management Consultants for 10 years, and President and Chairman of both organisations for a total of 6 years.  Bruce is a registered psychologist with 40 years experience in human resource management and management consulting in Australia, Europe and Asia.  He is also a JP, licensed employment agent, licensed private inquiry agent, licensed security consultant and Director of Peninsular Firearms Academy.  Bruce’s extensive experience and involvement in many business areas has been acknowledged by being granted Honorary Fellow of The Australian Psychological Society, as well as Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Institute of Management Consultants, and Australian Human Resources Institute. 

Richard Harris

Richard is a former teacher and head of Special Education in various schools.  He also runs his own travel business.Many local residents may be familiar with Richard's many public Master of Ceremonies duties which include numerous events held in the Plaza during the Cameraygal Festivals. Richard describes himself  as very much having a 'hands on practical approach' and his long experience contributing to various local community activities and events attests to this fact.

Jon Johannsen

Jon is the current Chairman of the Lane Cove ALIVE Leadership Group Inc., and has lived in Lane Cove with his family since 2005. While his children were at Lane Cove Public School, Jon was a member of School Council and the P&C committee. As a NSW registered architect, Jon has been Director of Architects Johannsen + Associates from 1988 to present, is an associate of the Australian Institute of Architects and holds degrees in Architecture and a Master of Urban Design (Hons). With over 35 years as a design professional, Jon has experience and expertise in achieving quality and sustainable outcomes for the built environment and public domain.  His completed work includes the Martin Place refurbishment, urban design studies for several town centres, and numerous highly regarded residential and commercial projects, several of which have received recognition through awards or inclusion in exemplary case studies

Julia Kaars

Julia is a long term resident of Lane Cove having grown up in Northwood where my parents moved in 1939 when River Road was still dirt!  Julia attended Lane Cove Public School then North Sydney Girls High before completing a secretarial diploma at Gore Hill Technical College.  Since then she has mostly worked in the legal profession, currently as a conveyancing paralegal for a sole practitioner in Lane Cove. Julia is also studying to become a licensed conveyancer. Julia lived in Wahroonga whilst raising my family, returning to Lane Cove in 2002.  She was pleased to find the close knit community of my childhood thriving and, indeed enhanced, by the influx of migrants as well as the mix of ages. After returning to Lane Cove Julia became involved in the community via aqua classes at the aquatic centre.  The classes demonstrate the diversity of the Lane Cove community – from teenagers and young mums to grandmothers and everything in between many of them born in other countries and cultures.  The older women, some of whom have lived abroad, have some wonderful stories to tell.  It is this vibrant mix which makes Lane Cove such a wonderful place to live.As a member of Lane Cove Alive Julia sees her  role as continuing to be involved in the community through both work and social activities, listening to what people are saying about how we can evolve, whilst still maintaining the rich community we have.  Julia's work and social activities mean that she talks with a wide cross section of people on a daily basis.  Julia says that this gives her the opportunity to learn where improvements may be made as well as maintaining and improving existing amenities and community programs in a sustainable way

Kristin Verge

Kristin has lived in Lane Cove for 16 years and is the mother of two teenage children. Trained as a Radiation Therapist with an Applied Science Degree in Medical Radiation Technology from Sydney University, Kristin has worked as a Medical Dosimetrist in Sydney and in Denver Colorado. On leaving paid employment to spend more time with her family, Kristin volunteered at Lane Cove Public School as a very active P&C Member and helped to organise various fundraising and social activities.  Her daughter attends Wenona School where Kristin is the Year 11 Parent Representative for the Wenona Parents’ Association.  Kristin loves the community feel of Lane Cove and is committed to community involvement through Lane Cove Alive.


Helen Shao

Helen was born and raised in the Chinese city of Tianjin during the Cultural Revolution. Excelling in school, Helen went on to finish a Masters in Pure Mathematics from Tianjin University and became a highly regarded lecturer and student leader in China.  Helen came to Australia in 1989 and based herself in Canberra, where she won a scholarship to the Australian National University and undertook PhD studies in Applied Finance. Helen holds an MBA from MGSM and a Diploma in Advanced Financial Planning. Helen also studied Chinese medicine and worked at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Helen has also worked as a nurse in various aged care facilities in Sydney. Her passion is helping people to unleash their potential and lead the life they dream of whatever their stage of life. Helen is a published author of three life coaching books - full of personal anecdotes of her own incredible journey. 

Lucy  McCutcheon

Lucy has lived in Lane Cove all her life, attending Lane Cove Public School and then Willoughby Girls High School. She has recentlygraduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Speech and Hearing Sciences) and is currently studying a Master of Diagnostic Radiography at the University of Sydney. She has previously worked with Lane Cove Alive in helping to inform local businesses about the Lane Cove Alive iPhone app. Lucy has had the opportunity to experience other cultures through international travel, more recently spending a month in Nepal volunteering at hospitals and orphanages, allowing her to assist in local projects while learning from the local people about their ways of life. As the youth member for Lane Cove Alive, Lucy recognises the importance of sustainably maintaining the Lane Cove village atmosphere and lifestyle. She also understands the significance of cultural events and markets within the community to attract the youth demographic to become involved in the community life.

Craig Dalli

Lane Cove Council, Executive Manager, Corporate Services. LCC, General Manager's delegate

Emily Patterson

Emily is a Community Member with professional qualifications as a Clinical Trials Coordinator and Registered Nurse. Emily has developed an intimate knowledge of the challenges of running a not for profit organisation as well as it's benefits through her association with the Lane Cove Theatre Company. She is practiced in both professional and voluntary community roles and well place to develop strategic ideas to benefit the Lane Cove community. Emily has been a Lane Cove resident all her life.  She is a NSW Justice of the Peace, a mother of two young children, a committee member of Lane Cove Occasional Care Centre Parents Committee and Newsletter editor.

























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