After a week filming in 35 degree temperature in Western Australia for a Port Kembla engineering firm, Wollongong communications consultant and production company director Janine Cullen returned home last Friday to some good news.
The JC The Power of One managing director was greeted by a letter stating she had been re-appointed to the board of the Port Kembla Port Corporation.
Originally appointed by Labor three years ago, Ms Cullen was pleased to learn she had been reappointed by a Liberal government.
"I am pretty happy at the moment," she said.
"I received a letter confirming the reappointment from the Treasurer [Mike Baird] and signed off by [NSW Governor] Maree Bashir."
Also on the board are chairman Nicholas Whitlam, former University of Wollongong vice-chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton AO, Allied Mills Australia managing director Joseph Di Leo and staff director Geoff Cornwall, who is the corporation's Business Services manager.
Ms Cullen is a director of The Illawarra Connection with Roger Summerill, Graham Lancaster, Peter Buckley, Nick Hartgerink, Natalie Burroughs, Peter Dehnert, Wendy Gee, Professor John Glynn and Simon Pomfret.
She is deputy chairwoman of Light and Hope Mental Health Project committee and deputy chairwoman of Wollongong's International Women's Day Committee.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2012 was elected to a regional committee to support it and its members in the Illawarra.
Other committee members are KPMG Wollongong partner Warwick Shanks and IRT's Nieves Murray, who have all been involved in creating a schedule of AICD training events and meetings in Wollongong. In recent years Ms Cullen has also co-ordinated an annual business blood run. It leads into the busy Christmas period to help stock up the state's blood supplies over the summer holiday season.
Ms Cullen also served on the board of the Illawarra Business Chamber for many years and in June 2011 received an OAM for more than two decades service and commitment to business and regional development at an Illawarra level and a state level that included her role as a councillor on the NSW Business Chamber.
Other charities she has supported include Greenacres Disability Services, where she has served as a director, and Vision Australia for which she has helped raise close to $1 million.
When asked why she did so much for business and the community she said: "I like helping people. People really should take opportunities to go on not-for-profit boards and join committees - it is just so good giving back to the community."