Strengthening Family & Community

Management Committee


Gateway Family Services is managed by members from the Community and the Uniting Church.


Chairperson-Karen Van Woudenberg

Karen  has been a local resident of Blaxland since 1989. A qualified Social Worker, Karen has over 30 years experience in management of Child and Family Programs across NSW.

Karen brings a strong operational understanding of governance, management systems, strategic planning and Outcomes Based planning to the Gateway Board.


Secretary-Mark Elliott

Mark has spent 30 years in the arts and cultural sectors both in Australia and North America.  He held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for Sydney Symphony Orchestra for ten years recently concluding, and before that, held senior management arts marketing positions in California and Texas.
Mark brings a belief in collaboration, transparency, discretion, independent thinking, and a willingness to try new things to his role on the Management Committee. Mark lives with his family in NSW’s beautiful Blue Mountains.

Treasurer-Peter Tamsett

Peter has over 45 years of engineering experience in the design, construction and maintenance of the NSW state road network with formal qualifications in engineering, highway engineering and Data Processing.  

Peter's financial skills have been used to manage a 30 strong technical design office.  He is currently working as a consulting engineer on the design of new national highways, motorways and container shipping terminals. Peter is a member of Blaxland Uniting Church.


Member-Peter Berry

Peter is now retired but previously worked as the NSW Fair Trading policy and legislation manager. Born in Perth WA to RAAF family Peter grew up in Glenbrook and has been a resident of Mt Riverview for 46 years.

Peter is an elder of Glenbrook Uniting Church. and has been on the Gateway Board since December 2016 though he has been interested in Gateway activities for some time.


Member-David Tupper


Member-Carol Morris

Carol, a recent member of the Gateway Family Services Management Committee and has been involved with Gateway as a volunteer for a number of years.

She is a retired Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, living in the Lower Blue Mountains. She values and seeks to uphold the dignity and worth of all people.

Gateway encourages, supports & respects diversity in families & communities. Our doors are open to everyone.
We acknowledge the Gundungurra and Darug people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work and we pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present.

Gateway Family Services is committed to building a stronger community through helping to build stronger families.