The Team

The Founders

The Founders


Tim Francis

Farm Director

Tim has volunteered working with young people in his local community for around 25 years. Tim’s love of farming and problem solving skills were developed, in part, from a family heritage of Social Justice.
As Lead Mentor, he is qualified with Bachelor of Commerce in Mgmt, Small Business Mgmt, Farm Mgmt Certificate, Permaculture Consultant Design Certificate, Horticulture, Working with Challenging Children course and various associated Mentoring Courses. Tim has also completed a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.
Tim admits to never being bored and is reminded that every day is a blessing and will be exciting! He is pleased to be actively involved in the local community and Church family, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Andy Francis

CFO

Andy grew up in a family locally and her parents were both school teachers.
She moved to Canberra to study where she met Tim and went on to complete her Accounting Degree at the University of Canberra. She has qualified as a Certified Practicing Accountant, has a Private Practice Certificate, is a Registered Tax Agent, and JP, and now runs her own private practice. Her work experience spans large organizations, industry, and private practice.
Andy is actively involved in her local community supporting the charity and many other community groups and churches with financial advice and auditing services.
For many years Andy has worked long hours behind the scenes to finance the significant running costs of the charity.

The Team

The Team


Brenden

Mentor & Farm Operations

Brenden and family have recently moved back to the south coast from Coffs Harbour were they lived and worked at a drug and alcohol rehab centre. He has recently completed 1 year of Bible College and his work experience spans areas such as Commercial Greenkeeping, Rural fencing contracting, and in Community Services with young people. A Taste of Paradise Farm is his full time work these days where he sees God at work in the lives of many young people and volunteers, across a wide range of programs.

(Wicky)

Mentor & Farm Operations

Wycliffe, or better known to all of us as Wicky is from Kenya. Wicky recently graduated with a Bachelor in Theology and helps out in numerous ways on the farm with general upkeep and animal management. He lives locally with his wife and young daughter and enjoys keeping fit in the gym and cycling.

Gordon

Mentor and Farm Operations

Gordon has lived in the Shoalhaven since the mid 80’s. He has had diverse employment experience. Gordon has completed his Electrical Trades Certificate, a Bachelor of Theology and a Diploma of Community Services. Gordon currently works part time for Berry Community Church as their Associate Pastor. Gordon loves doing life with his wife Angela, working with people of all ages and stages and seeing them achieve their goals. He loves spending time outdoors, music, motorcycles, growing things and finding ways to make things work better.

Peter

Animal Carer

Peter is a lot like our horse Oppy, shy, a bit skittish, and devastatingly handsome. Unlike Oppy, Peter likes to read and has recently completed an English Literature Degree and moved on to studying Honours. He is an animal lover who helps to care well for our range of animals.

Jenny

Mentor and Farm Operations

Jenny grew up in America. From a young age, she’s had a love for horses and spent many years riding. She has completed a Bachelor in Psychology and hopes to continue on with her studies in the years to come. Jenny is passionate about working with young people and her experience includes working in America, South Africa and now Australia. She enjoys spending time at the beach and exploring our beautiful coastal areas with her husband.

The Charity Board

The Charity Board


Sue Agar

Chairperson

Sue has worked with children for many years in the teaching profession and sees the value that farm experience and training can deliver as an alternative way to reach some of our young people who struggle with normal education. She is a dedicated Christian and supports the farm as a way to care for the vulnerable.

Col Agar

Board Member

Col is a local farmer with an interest in encouraging  young people into agriculture, developing their skills and assisting them in gaining self-confidence. He has a farming background having run his own enterprise for many years. He is part of many local community groups including a local church.

Gillian Dickinson

Board Secretary

Gillian is a long term Berry resident and has been actively involved in many areas of community activity including working with husband Frank in local church youth leadership and promoting leadership development in schools.
She enthusiastically supports the work of A Taste of Paradise and sees the potential for the growth of this vital contribution to assisting young people with life challenges.

Frank Dickinson

Board Member

Frank has lived in the Berry area for many years and with his wife Gillian has had involvement in youth work through local church activity and providing accommodation and assistance for people in need. He recognises the valuable contribution that A Taste of Paradise makes to the life and development of many disadvantaged young people.
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