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Marg Lennon, Chair

Masters, Organisational Coaching (University of Sydney). Diploma of Physiotherapy. Company Directors' Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors). 

Director since 2009 Occupation: 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, Merck Sharpe and Dohme Australia. 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.

 

Richard Hughes

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.

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. 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.

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 Occupation: 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.

Warwick Jones

Bachelor of Arts (Royal Military College)

Director since 2014 Occupation: 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.

Philip Knox

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

Director since 2016 Occupation: 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.

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 Occupation: 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.


Executive Team

Leisa Hart

Chief 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.

Craig Fisher

Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University), Chartered Accountant

General Manager, Finance

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.

Lisa Giacomelli

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.

Karen Twitchett

General Manager, Human Resources

Karen has 25 years’ experience across multiple sectors, in areas ranging from general management to human resource leadership. She has worked for major organisations in Australia and Asia Pacific including News Corporation. At Algamane Bank Nederland she established the HR function. Karen joined Mission Australia in 2007 to lead the national HR function and managed the establishment of the organisation’s early learning business. More recently Karen held an Asia Pacific role with an international duty free retailer and ran the People and Culture function for QANTAS Domestic. Karen is a published author and in 2014 released a book ‘Sweet and Unsavoury: Case stories for People Managers’.

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