Meet the committee

Lee-Anne McDougall Founder & Event Coordinator

Lee was a committee members of Rainbow Visions Hunter Inc  from 2004 -2010 and held the Events portfolio position. 

Through RV, Lee founded Mixed Fruits in Suits (MFIS), a monthly networking group and also organised a MFIS Dinner as a part of the annual Rainbow Festival. Lee started the RV annual themed balls which were held at Newcastle City Hall from 2005-2010. 

Since then Lee has done some voluntary work with ACON Hunter, and while employed by Key Insights Pty Ltd  was involved in several diversity projects. More recently Lee created Friday Froots, a LGBTI monthly networking group, and now has created Newcastle Pride, her biggest achievement yet.


Ivan Skaines Co-Founder & Event Coordinator


Ivan was involved in Rainbow Visions Hunter Inc from its commencement and was Co-Convenor for a number of years.  Very proud of the achievements of RV including the annual Rainbow Festival and initiatives around ageing in our community, Ivan is looking forward to similar success with Newcastle Pride Inc.


Currently living and working in a rural area of the Hunter Valley, Ivan is keen to involve diverse groups from the community, businesses and organisations from throughout the Hunter, and further afield in the 2018 Newcastle Pride Festival.

Dr Geoff Macfarlane Administration

Geoffrey is a Senior Lecturer 

School of Environmental and Life Sciences at University of Newcastle.

Geoff has been involved with the LGBTIQ counselling sevice as a counsellor, board member and fundraiser. 


Also involved in Rainbow Visions Hunter Inc, Geoff was also a part of the  annual Rainbow Visions Festival and is enthusiastic for Newcastle Pride's Festival to be another success in the community.

Debbie Hansen - Accountant

Debbie has been an accountant for over 16 years. During this time she has worked in tax, lecturing, examining, auditing, business services and financial controller roles. 


We are thrilled to have Debbie bring  extensive experience to Newcastle Pride. Not only is Debbie a proud Mum of two gorgeous kids, she also runs her own financial management business part time and works as a tax accountant part time. 

Mike Wilkins - Business

Mike Wilkins lives and works in Newcastle. He is the owner/operater of  Health & Lifestyle Consulting and Personal Training Business ‘Active Muscles Active Minds’. 

Mike is also a High School PE & Languages teacher and brings his expertise to working closely with the LGBTIQ communities to help those individuals and groups in need of support.

During the summer Mike can also be found at Newcastle Beach Surf Life Saving Club where he is an active patrolling member and rows with the Reserves Men’s Surfboat crew.

Judy Nadin - Graphic Designer

Judy  is a graphic designer, award winning caricaturist, illustrator & portrait artist.

Clients include: Audi, Hamilton Island, Channel Ten, Pink Sofa, Newcastle City Council, Kasey Chambers & Beccy Cole.


Caricature Awards

2017 Australian Cartoon Assoc Caricaturist of the Year

2017 Winner Cartoon of the Year Rotary Cartoon Awards

2017 Winner Caricature Rotary Cartoon Awards

2016 Australian Cartoon Assoc Caricaturist of the Year

2014 Bald Archy Winner

2010 Bald Archy Winner