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Our Board & Executive Team

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Marg Lennon
Masters, Organisational Coaching (University of Sydney)

Director since 2009
Director, Unlimited People Potential Pty Ltd

Marg Lennon is currently the Director of Unlimited People Potential, an executive coaching consultancy providing mentoring and leadership development services to clients across a variety of industries including health, finance, insurance, mining, telecommunications and education. Marg has a strong background in human resources and organisational development in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, holding senior executive roles at Cochlear, MSDA and Merck and Co. Marg was previously Chairman of Aftercare, an NGO dedicated to helping the mentally disabled lead independent lives. She has a particular interest in working with senior and executive teams in the field of transformational change.


Annalisa Haskell
Bachelor of Arts (Victoria University of Wellington), Post Graduate Business Diploma (University of Auckland), Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors)

Director since 2009
CEO, NSW Local Government Professionals Association

Annalisa Haskell’s career in international strategic sales and marketing has spanned 25 years. Initially starting out in consumer market research and manufacturing with Cadbury Schweppes NZ Ltd, she moved into the New Zealand banking sector and then into the telecommunications industry in Australia and the UK. She also has extensive experience in the Australian energy and insurance, education and not for profit sectors. Annalisa is currently CEO of Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of Women on Boards.


Richard Hughes
Bachelor of Building (University of NSW), Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors)

Director since 2014
Principal, Catylis Properties Pty Ltd

Richard Hughes has over 35 years’ experience in property development, investment and construction in Australia, Europe and Asia. His experience covers all property sectors, including commercial, industrial, business parks, residential, retail and mixed use. He has lead property development and project management businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Warsaw and Jakarta. He has also held senior executive positions with Costain Australia, Condux Corporation, Euromost zp z.o.o., P.T. Pakuwon Jati and Macquarie Goodman. Richard is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also serves as Chairman of the Property Council of Australia’s Property Development.


Warwick Jones
Bachelor of Arts (Royal Military College) 

Director since 2014
Executive Director, Australia Institute of Police Management

Warwick was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Police Management in 2012 and has led the delivery of the Australia and New Zealand Police Leadership Strategy. He is involved in a range of activities and committees that foster the development of police leaders such as the ANZPAA Professionalisation Forum, the Interpol Advisory Group for Police Training and the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Board of Governors. He has also facilitated a number of senior leadership team workshops. Prior to his current role he was the Director, Programs at the Australian Institute of Police Management from 2007 to 2011. He previously served in the Australian Army.


Janise Mitchell
Bachelor of Social Work (University of Melbourne), Master of Social Work (Monash University)

Director since 2014
Deputy CEO, Australian Childhood Foundation

Janise has worked in the social work field for the past 30 years, and is currently the Deputy CEO at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Her previous roles include senior positions in government and non-government child welfare agencies. Janise has extensive experience in child protection, high-risk adolescents and public policy analysis. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a number of national and statewide therapeutic out-of-home care programs, child abuse prevention programs and professional education training programs. She has a Masters degree in the policy and practice underpinning therapeutic care initiatives in Australia and is an Adjunct Research Fellow with Monash University.


Jonathon Rea
Master of Law in Dispute Resolution (University of New South Wales), Bachelor of Business (Charles Sturt University), Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (University of New South Wales - Graduate School of Management), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Justice of the Peace (NSW).

Director since 2014
Consultant, Non-Executive Director

With 25 years’ experience in banking and finance, principally with Westpac Banking Group, Jonathon has held numerous senior executive positions including Chief Manager, Credit Risk Review and Country Head for Taiwan. He has previously held positions in merchant banking, capital markets and treasury. Over the last 15 years' Jonathon has been a Consultant in risk management and mitigation strategies. He has also been a Non-Executive Director to various companies and a Board member for several non-government and not-for-profit organisations. Jonathon has extensive NGO experience including in community health, family and youth services, housing and financial and dependency counselling.

Shirley Chowdhary web 

Shirley Chowdhary
Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors), Master of International Law (University of Sydney), Bachelor of Laws, (University of Sydney), Masters of Arts, (Applied Japanese for Business) (University of Sydney), Bachelor of Arts, (Japanese, Psychology) (University of Sydney), 

Director since 2016
CEO, GO Foundation

Shirley has had a number of senior and executive roles in Australian and US-listed companies and not-for-profit organisations in Asia, the United States and Australia. Shirley’s experience includes corporate governance, legal, risk and compliance informed by her currency on a broad range of legal and compliance issues, technology innovations and emerging global regulatory and corporate governance trends.  She brings a strong sense of integrity, ethics and commitment and the courage to speak up and challenge prevailing thinking.

 Christina Harlamb FINAL

Christina Harlamb 
Master of Education (Adult), (University of Technology), Bachelor of Social Science, (Macquarie University), Bachelor of Optometry, (University of NSW), Diploma of Management

Director since 2016
CEO of Focus Care Solutions

Christina has a diverse background as a clinical optometrist and then in senior management, leading programs in health and community services across business development, policy, strategic planning and communications.  She has also held roles in clinical workforce development and training in NSW Health, and aged care workforce development, leading the Aged Care Workforce Innovation Network (WIN) Program. Focus Care Solutions is an innovative provider of in-home aged and disability care, specialising in dementia care.  It combines Christina’s learnings and philosophy of care with the latest practices and technologies, to deliver quality services by caring and skilled staff.

 Philip Knox web

Philip Knox
Advanced Management Program, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Bachelor of Business, Accounting and Finance, (University of Technology, Sydney)

Director since 2016
COO Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Philip Knox is a progressive executive leader, operational strategist, and trusted advisor with a record of sound financial guidance in complex settings that demand keen business acumen. He has experience in driving operational and financial efficiency and establishing core metrics that optimise team performance and capital position. Philip’s experience spans a number of industries including working with private equity and multi-national organisations in media, IT and healthcare.  As COO of the Garvan Institute, he has oversight and accountability for the financial and operating functions with an extended team of over 100 professionals across finance, business development, IT, HR and operations.


Executive Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Leisa Hart

Chief Change Officer 
Karen Twitchett

General Manager, Finance
Craig Fisher

Acting General Manager, Human Resources
Kristy Sharpe

Chief Risk Officer and Acting General Manager, Children's and Community Services
Lisa Giacomelli