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Ivan McKay

Ivan lives in Merimbula on the far south coast of NSW. He works as Compliance Manager for a local not-for-profit, and was formerly the Chief Engineer of SBS TV and Radio. He is the President of a local Mens Shed, past board member of a local Chamber of Commerce, a current Board member of the Mumbulla Foundation, and instigator of a range of innovative events for the public, including “Politics in the Pub”, and technology “Start Up Camps”.

Julianne Loch

Julianne lives in Brisbane. She works as a Project Officer for National Disability Services, and has been a facilitator of self-directed funding for Parent2Parent in Queesland and a program manager for the Department of Communities. She is a community developer and coach in personal and social renewal for a wide range of individuals and groups.
Lyn Gunter

Lyn lives in Flowerdale, Victoria, and was Mayor of the Murrindindi Shire Council during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 in which 100 shire residents lost their lives. She had served five terms as Mayor before resigning as the strongest protest she could make against the Council and Governments being hamstrung by bureaucracy and not able to truly assist the community to recover.
Brian Gordon

Brian lives in Perth and is a research officer at the WA Parliament. He has founded several NGOs, has a doctorate in business, and is an executive member of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce. He is project manager of the Bali Microfinance Project, a former advisory board member of Opportunity International, and former general manager of the Red Cross in WA and Perth City Mission.
Carolyn Noble

Carolyn is Emeritus Professor of Social Work, and is immediate past president of the Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Work Education. She has been active in advocacy and change on issues concerning children, maternity, child care and social disadvantage. She aims to move politics away from the intransigence and paralysis of current debates. She lives in Sydney.
Ross Clifton

Ross is management consultant with a strong interest in governance, partnerships, strategy and civil society. His passion for developing communities through social capital has included direct involvement with a range of community services organisations, various levels of government, volunteer groups, corporations and small businesses. He lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

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Kerrin Anderson

Kerrin is a lawyer specialising in intellectual property and innovation. She is a Director of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation, a member of the Queensland Sustainable Energy Advisory Council, and a committee member of the Australian Pain Management Association. She is a former General Manager of the Eidos Institute. She lives in Brisbane.
Cliff Picton

Cliff is Ombudsman at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He is one of the founders of the University of the Third Age ((U3A) movement in Australia, and is a Director of the ANZ College for Seniors, a non-profit organisation providing educational travel for older people. He has written a number of books and been a regular broadcaster on issues of ageing, grief and loss, disability and families.

Sharon Everson

Sharon is CEO of The Deaf Society in NSW and a passionate believer in community empowerment and inclusion. She is fluent in AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language). She
believe in the importance of diversity and the need to promote and encourage inclusion at all levels of society.
Greg Bondar

Greg Bondar is the CEO of Tharawal Aboriginal Land Council, covering southern and south west Sydney down to Nowra. He is a former Deputy Mayor of Kogarah Municipal Council. He previously worked in the NSW Small Business Development Corporation, and has been a senior adviser to a federal Minister for Transport and Regional Development.

Frank Hermesdorf

Frank migrated to Australia from Germany and is an entrepreneur and community developer and a Director of the Global Foundation for Sustainable Communities. He has been a real estate developer and business and property broker, specialising in in buying and selling pharmacies and other businesses. He was a key developer of Bunjil Community Village and Mannawood Community Land Trust in Victoria.

Walter Villagonzalo

Walter is a community volunteer and lives in Werribee, Victoria. He came to Australia in 1986 from the Philippines as a skilled migrant (IT) and is currently the president of The Migrant HUB  in Werribee and one of the organisers of the Association of Skilled Migrants in Australia.
Kyle Miers

Kyle is Manager of Community Relations for Deaf Children Australia, and a founding Director of the Australian Consumer Communications Action Network. He is a deaf person and was previously President of Deaf Australia and a founding board member of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations. He lives in Melbourne.

Maria Adamczak

Maria lives in Adelaide, the daughter of a post World War Two migrant family. She is passionate about mental health and disability (married to a war veteran) and has extensive experience in disability advocacy.  She advocates for the introduction of self-directed services and breaking down government silos in social support.  

Coll Marshall

Coll is a self-employed IT consultant and lives in Alice Springs. He is passionate about indigenous affairs, and is strongly influenced by Catholic Social Teaching and Distributism (distributed power and wealth, smaller structures, a new role for government).

Robyn Eversole

Robyn lives in Tasmania and is an academic with expertise in rural and regional development in Australia and overseas. She has written extensively on participatory development, local and community-based economies, and participatory governance.  She has worked in rural and regional communities in Western Australia, Victoria and currently Tasmania. 

Paul Wildman

Paul lives in Brisbane and is is passionate about education and community economic development. He runs a family company that manages child care and early learning centres and undertakes adult learning commissions. He also runs a niche publishing business. He was previously a Director of Vocational Training in Queensland, and Director Employment with Queensland TAFE.

Cecilia Calimbas

Cecilia migrated to Australia from the Philippines in 1992. She works for the NSW government managing funds / programs for non-government organisations that provide services to frail aged and children / people with disabilities.
She is actively involved in the Filipino community, church and trade union groups, and is passionate about changing politics in Australia. She lives in Sydney.
Greg Walsh

Greg lives near Launceston and is a company director in information technology. He is an electrical engineer and has worked in the defence industries. He has been an advocate for accountability and transparency in public institutions, and a campaigner for reform of the legal and justice systems.

Rosalie Neve

Rosalie is a proud Aboriginal grandmother whose ancestral connections are to the Worimi, Biripai and Wunmurra peoples of the Manning River area of NSW. She is trained in Aboriginal archaeology. She would like to see a government (one day) that is less about regulation and more about governance, that will allow individuals, families, communities and businesses to develop and implement solutions for themselves.
Anthony Foster

lives in Melbourne and has been CEO, Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of many public and private organisations in Australia, South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics. He has been involved in the small and medium enterprise scene in Australia as a corporate rescue specialist. He is active in various communities to reduce the impacts of stress, anxiety and depression in our society.
Karen McMillan

Karen lives in Mackay in North Queensland, and works as Manager of Inclusion Support Agency. She is a former chairperson of Parent to Parent Mackay, a
not-for-profit that builds the capacity of parents and families to advocate for their family member with a disability. She has worked as a support worker with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in child care centres and schools.
John Gregory

John lives in Bellingen in northern NSW and works as Executive Manager at Chess Employment and Support Services, developing social enterprises to support people with mental health issues. He was previously a national manager of employment services at Mission Australia. He believes Australia
is over-governed and insular, with an excess of bureaucracy and a disconnection between rights and responsibilities.
Vern Hughes

Vern lives in Melbourne, Australia. He is Director of the Centre for Civil Society, a member of the Anglican Church, and a jazz pianist.