Executive Team

Group Manager Commercial - John van Gaalen

The Group Manager Commercial Hub (CFO) for the Norfolk Island Regional Council, John van Gaalen, commenced with the Council on 18 July 2016.

John was born and grew up in Mackay, Queensland where he completed his education.  John has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. He also has qualifications in financial planning, small business management and taxation.

John has over 30 years public service experience across Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and England in health, education and local government. This experience has covered finance, payroll/human resources and corporate services. John’s commercial experience spans 21 years in the transport, engineering, health and finance sectors, in Queensland and Victoria.

John’s personal interests include travel, rugby league (Cowboys and Maroons), EPL, child health and well-being and mathematics.  He enjoys socialising, and spending time with friends and family, his wife and son.

Postal Address
PO Box 95
Norfolk Island 2899

Telephone: +6723 22001

Email:  regionalcouncil [at] nirc.gov.nf

 

Group Manager Services - Bruce Taylor

The Group Manager of Services for the Norfolk Island Regional Council, Bruce Taylor, commenced with the Council on 1 July 2016.

Bruce grew up in rural NSW, completing his university education (Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting, Finance and Systems) in Sydney. He has over 20 years experience in the commercial sector in agriculture, construction, mining, wine, tobacco and luxury goods industries in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Bruce’s public sector experience includes 5 years in the Finance Department of the Norfolk Island Administration (NIA) and 8 years as Deputy Chief Executive of the NIA.

Postal Address

PO Box 95
Norfolk Island 2899

Telephone: +6723 22001

Email:  regionalcouncil [at] nirc.gov.nf

 

Executive Manager Governance and Human Resources - Joy Walker

The Excecutive Manager of Governance and Human Resouces for the Norfolk Island Regional Council, Joy Walker, commenced with the Council on 27 Feburary 2017.

Joy was born in Paddington, NSW, then lived in Cessnock for a number of years before relocating back to Merrylands where she completed her education. 

Joy began her career in local government at Blue Mountains City Council, in the Electricity Department with 22 ½ years in electricity distribution. 

She has over 40 years public and private sector experience in demolition and construction, regional and local tourism, rural lands protection, medical administration and governance, forestry, fair trading, Meals on Wheels and more recently with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). She has extensive experience in management, office administration, team management, customer service, human resources, training and assessment and emergency management.

Joy has previously worked as Manager Corporate Services and Human Resources remotely in far western NSW at Central Darling Shire Council, which covers the major towns of Wilcannia, Ivanhoe, Menindee and White Cliffs.

Joy holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Workplace Relations from Western Sydney University and a Bachelor of Social Science in Emergency Management from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW Workcover Return to Work Coordinator, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Category 3 Compliance Training, Management and Marketing Certificates from TAFE NSW.

Joy’s personal interests on the mainland included volunteering with the NSW Rural Fire Service as a Communication Officer, Air Radio Operator and Community Engagement, where she has volunteered for over 45 years, Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism where she held executive and committee positions, assisting with festivals including music, food and wine, spending time with friends and family particularly her daughter, son-in-law, three beautiful grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

On Norfolk Island, Joy hopes to be able to get involved with community groups to assist in ways where her skills and experience will be beneficial.

Postal Address

PO Box 95
Norfolk Island 2899

Telephone: +6723 22001

Email:  regionalcouncil [at] nirc.gov.nf