Richard Hughes - Chair
Bachelor of Building (University of NSW). Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors).
Director since 2014
Occupation: 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 is also a consultant to Transport for NSW as part of the Sydney Metro Infrastructure Project.
Shirley Chowdhary - Deputy Chair
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
Occupation: CEO, GO Foundation
Shirley Chowdhary 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 brings a strong sense of integrity, ethics and commitment and the courage to speak up and challenge prevailing thinking.
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. Justice of the Peace (NSW).
Director since 2014
Occupation: 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.
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
Occupation: CEO, 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.
Advanced Management Program, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School. Bachelor of Business, Accounting and Finance, (University of Technology, Sydney).
Director since 2016
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.
Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors); Master of Business Administration – MBA (Monash Business School); Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (Honours); Double Major Psychology (La Trobe University).
Director since 2018
Occupation: Co-owner, SmartVisit Group
Nicole has more than 20 years executive experience in consumer marketing, digital, customer experience and human resources and a significant track record in business transformation in fast moving and complex environments. During Nicole’s career she has worked across multiple industries including technology, finance, telecommunications and tourism. Nicole has held executive positions in high growth, international technology businesses, new acquisitions and large scale Fortune 500 corporates, principally GE and Telstra. Nicole is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors); Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honours Degree in Marketing and Hispanic Studies (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)
Director since 2018
Occupation: Principal at fa Consulting; Advisor to CEOs and SMEs at TheBoardroom.com
Frances-Anne has held senior executive positions involving global tourism, business events, major events, international education and aviation for more than 20 years. She has led high-performing global teams in London, New York, Madrid, Paris and Sydney – developing and delivering multiple award-winning B2B and B2C initiatives. As Deputy CEO of Tourism Australia, Frances-Anne headed the international division to record growth in visitors and expenditure, and was instrumental in the development of an aspirational goal and successful strategy to double the value of the Australian tourism industry. She founded her own international tourism consultancy in 2016.
Leisa HartChief Executive Officer
Leisa Hart is a successful global executive leader with an impressive 30-year track record across IT, HR and not-for-profit community organisations. Leisa has significant operational experience having worked for organisations such as IBM and Telstra as Chief Operating Officer for an ICT acquisition. In 2009 Leisa joined Mission Australia to lead the Employment Services Division and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer to consolidate Mission Australia’s key national, commercial and support services. In 2013 she joined MAX Solutions as the Director of Operations for Employment Services, Training and Health Divisions. Since 2014 she has been the CEO of YMCA NSW and has strengthened the organisation with a focus on creating safe environments for children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University), Chartered AccountantExecutive Leader - Finance and IT
Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry including overall financial management with major organisations. He has managed audits, cash flow, business restructures, process implementation and financial controls to grow earnings. Since joining YMCA NSW in March 2015 as Financial Controller, Craig has played a pivotal role in ensuring the financial sustainability of YMCA NSW, working with the business to reduce overheads and improve financial management tools and accountability. Craig was appointed General Manager of Finance in September 2015.
Bachelor, Laws ( Macquarie University), Bachelor, Social Science (University of Western Sydney)Chief Risk Officer
Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in the human services sector with extensive experience in managing strategy and operations in community, youth and children’s services and aquatics and recreation. Lisa is a well-known expert in Community Capacity Building theory and practice – the need to drive projects and processes from a place of inclusion and partnership both within organisations and with communities and the business sector. She has experience in community development, grants administration, senior management, community planning and project management.