Jannawi Family Centre

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meet our board members

JANNAWI FAMILY CENTRE BOARD

Chair

Helen has held a number of senior executive roles in the NSW Public Service that focused on policy and program reform in the human services sector. She began her professional life as a secondary school teacher, which included two years working as an Australian Volunteer Abroad in Tonga. She has also worked for non-government organisations in the aid and development sector.  She is a graduate of the Australian National University and the University of Sydney.

Having retired from the full-time workforce, Helen currently works as a part-time consultant providing strategic support and policy advice for the not-for-profit sector. She also volunteers every week at the Addison Road Food Pantry. She joined the Board of Jannawi Family Centre in 2021.

Secretary

Prior to her retirement, Diana was Principal at Wangee Park School for Specific Purposes for 25 years, having spent most of her 40-year professional life in Special Education. Diana was part of a team that established the Work and Leisure Centre for Adults (with a disability) in 1984 and was Chairman of the Board of Management until 2018.

Diana was a Charter Member of the Zonta Club of Sydney West, which was chartered in 1980 and is a member club of Zonta International. She is currently its President. Zonta clubs are found in 66 countries, empowering women and girls through service and advocacy.

Diana is a committee member of the No Excuse for Abuse – Community Partnerships against Violence campaign, auspiced by the Campsie Police Local Area Command.

Diana joined the Board of Jannawi Family Centre in 2019. 

Robyn is a lawyer with extensive NSW legislative experience. Until her retirement in November 2019, Robyn was a senior executive lawyer in the State Government. Robyn has had more than 35 years’ experience in writing NSW legislation, including laws relating to working with children, mental health and public health.

Robyn has been involved in local community activities including as a member of the organising committee for the Arncliffe Festival, President and Deputy President of the Parents and Citizens Associations of Arncliffe Public School, Hurstville Boys High School and Oatley Senior College, and committee member of St George Junior Hockey Club. She joined the Board of the Jannawi Family Centre in 2018.

Treasurer

Veronica is a Senior Regional Program/Operations Manager, who has worked with Uniting for 15 years. She has skills in coaching, case management, child protection, strategic planning, finance and change management, and has worked extensively with families, young people and children, including in homelessness, early intervention and support for multicultural communities.

Veronica is involved in community events including Campbelltown Midnight Basketball, Bankstown Festival, Children’s Festival and Youth Week. In 2018 she initiated the Homelessness & Community Matters Network in the Macarthur region, connecting services to support people experiencing disadvantage. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Australian Institute of Business.

Antoinette Holt is an experienced Human Resources Professional with 20 years’ experience in Strategic HR and Corporate Development.

During her career she has worked in a range of sectors including consulting, higher education, retail and local government. Antoinette’s current role is focused on building strategic leadership, organisational development and culture change in the public sector.

She is a graduate of Macquarie University, an IECL-certified executive coach and an accredited psychometric consultant. She is currently undertaking executive management studies at the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW. 

Antoinette is passionate about supporting local community interests and promoting diversity & inclusion.

Luke is a qualified social worker and senior executive within the NSW Public Service. In 2018, he led the NSW Government’s introduction of 10 days paid domestic violence leave for public sector workers, covering approximately 400,000 employees. He has also held senior roles in managing the whole-of-government response to domestic violence in NSW through the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021.

Luke is particularly interested in workplace and industrial responses to domestic violence, and during his time at UNSW’s Gendered Violence Research Network, he co-authored and published research on workplace responses to domestic violence, see: Breckenridge, J., Cale, J., Hameed, S., McCaskie, L., and Tzoumakis, S. (2015) Implementation of Domestic Violence Clauses: An Employer’s Perspective, ACTU, Melbourne.

Michelle Azizi has 26 years experience in health service management working in areas of community health, acute service management in local health districts and speciality health networks and at the NSW Ministry of Health.

Michelle’s specific areas of focus are leadership, governance, risk management, patient quality and safety and health service planning and development. Michelle has a proven track record in developing and leading high performing teams while navigating the complexities of significant change management and has been published in the peer reviewed journal including the Clinician.

Dr. Michael Camit (PhD) has over 25 years of experience in developing award-winning communications and engagement with culturally and linguistically diverse and marginalised groups. His research interests are social and technological innovations as they apply to health, community engagement, empowerment of minority groups and social impact of not for profits. His international award winning work with the Pink Sari Project, increased breast screening rates in women from Indian and Sri Lankan backgrounds with very little paid advertising. Pink Sari is now run entirely by volunteers. In 2021 he was selected to be part of the inaugural Community Voices at the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Business School at UTS.

JANNAWI CONNECTIONS BOARD

Chair

Monique is a Principal at Nous Group, a leading international management consulting firm, with more than 15 years of experience in system redesign, policy reform, strategy, stakeholder engagement and evaluations in the health and human services sectors.
Monique is passionate about child protection and public health and improving outcomes for vulnerable people. She has previously served as Senior Advisor on Strategy and Development for PATA (Paediatric Aids Treatment for Africa), an NGO based in Cape Town, South Africa. She also served as chair of the Development Board for One to One Children’s Fund in the UK, dedicated to helping children affected by poverty, disease and conflict.
Monique holds an Executive MBA from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from Macquarie University.

Secretary

Leanne is an experienced advisor and non-executive director. From 2009 to 2022, Leanne was Principal and Senior Adviser with Nous Group. Leanne worked primarily in Nous’ public policy practice with a focus on consultancy services for the government, primarily in the health and human services sector. Prior to joining Nous in 2009, Leanne worked in NSW Government at senior executive and management levels for more than 20 years with experience in health and social services, public sector workforce and environment and land management. Leanne is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of the Board of Jannawi Family Centre and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Board, chairing its Services and Marketing Committee.

Deputy Chair

Christine is the National Marketing and Communications Manager at the Property Industry Foundation, which brings together the property and construction industry to build homes for homeless youth. Prior to taking in this role in 2020 she spent more than 15 years leading marketing, communications and fundraising teams for Odyssey House NSW, Youth Off The Streets and the Leukaemia Foundation. She is an experienced team leader with a demonstrated history of working in the not-for-profit industry, and is skilled in working on Executive teams in non-profit organisations, branding & identity, strategic planning, communications, community engagement and fundraising.

Julie is an experienced Managing Director and Marketing Communication Leader having worked with substantial and culturally complex organisations across Australia and Asia including airlines, fast food and automotive. She is very interested in education and providing an equitable educational foundation for all Australian communities. She has completed a Bachelor of Education and through a Graduate Certificate of Digital Marketing (UTS), a strength for insightful data driven analysis. Julie is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Treasurer

Simon is the Head of Property at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) and is an experienced leader with over 25 years experience in project management, property development and funds management. Prior to Aspect, Simon has worked for some larger institutions such as Lend Lease, Mirvac and Stockland where he worked across a number of diverse roles. He holds a degree in business, majoring in land economics and has a graduate diploma in management.

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Michelle is an independent, commercially qualified, experienced director with extensive business experience in Australia and overseas. Michelle has extensive knowledge and expertise in; Marketing, Business Development, Buying, Fundraising, Negotiating and Strategic Planning. Industries worked in include Construction, Security, Not-For-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Energy and Retail. Is passionate about helping companies grow their customer base and creating differentiation on both national and global scales through customer-centric online and offline strategies and approaches.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Design and a Masters in International Marketing. As well as being a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a full member.

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