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. 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

Board member of Clinical Excellence Commission Community Advisory committee

Board Member of 2 Local Health Districts Glen Innes and Tenterfield

Primary Healthcare Institute Executive Committee

NSW Consumer Leaders COVID Task Force

Community Consultative Committee for Justice Correctional Service

Improving the Rural Patients Steering Committee 

Achievements -

Finalist for RIRDC Rural Woman NSW

Encouragement Award for FFHH Foundation Prime Super Innovation Awards

Australia Day Award

Nomination for Australian Of The Year

National Volunteers Award 2013 from Federal Government

Regional Community Awards Semi Finalist Outstanding work in the Community category

Finalist top 4 in NSW RIRDC Award

Nominated in Telstra Business women

Named as 1 in 100 WWIA Australian Women in Agribusiness

Regional Community Awards Finalist

Finalist in the Outstanding work in the Community category

Winner of Narrabri Best Business Awards in two categories  Medical and Health related service.

Narrabri Business Promotions winner

Narrabri Shire Citizen of the year

NSW Women of the Year  Barwon Women of the year

NSW Women of the Year 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


Glen Innes based beef cattle producer, mum and qualified Civil Engineer with over 15 years’ experience successfully delivering a range of large-scale construction projects.  Lover of open spaces and passionate supporter of regional community initiatives.

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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Lynne Large



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