2022 ELGP Participants revealed

In our tenth year of the program, we are delighted to reveal the participants of the 2022 Emerging Leaders in Governance program (ELGP). Many of these participants are provided with scholarships to attend the program due to the funding provided by Community Partners – thank you to all the organisations below.  Our Community Partners are contributing to a world class aged care and community sector through strengthening governance and diversity on NFP boards. 



As you’ll read below, this cohort has exceptional professional skills and a keen desire to contribute on a board in the aged care and community sector.

ELGP Launch – 2nd February 2022

Community partners, leaders, graduates and guests were out in force this morning to welcome our 2022 ELGP cohort.  Celebrating the achievements of the program over the last ten years, it is wonderful to see the program continue to grow and prosper.  You can register for this event here.    We invite your organisation (whether you are an NFP or corporate organisation) to support this event.

2022 ELGP Participants revealed

We would like to warmly welcome this program’s cohort and we look forward to working with you!




Amira Nunn

Amira is a second year undergraduate majoring in Physics and Neuroscience at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Within the last year, she has held the positions of President of the UWA Muslim Student’s Association, Treasurer of UWA Debating Union and the position of Internal’s Officer of WA Debating League. In her spare time, she volunteers at Qaswa House, an Islamic weekend school, participates in leadership events such as the Diverse Women Leadership Programme and collaborates with local leaders to organize and discuss community events and issues. In high school, she represented her school in international debating competitions and was awarded best speaker for multiple rounds.





Alana Herbert

Alana has 15 years of experience negotiating government approvals and commercial agreements, ensuring compliance and driving on-schedule delivery. Alana has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sector and brings a broad range of experience across industries. Alana has a proven track record in expertly managing complex agreement negotiations and government approvals processes, spearheading commercial negotiations and confidently influencing policy and regulatory reform, and navigating government operations and processes and managing legislative change.  Alana has a long history of volunteering for community organisations including the Cancer Council and Camp Quality and is celebrating her 10th year volunteering for the Smith Family.





Aditi Dey

After graduating from University of Auckland with Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce in New Zealand, Aditi joined Santos as a Reservoir Engineer in Adelaide and then relocated to Perth where she worked across a variety of projects as a Project Engineer.

In university, Aditi was a committee member for a university led organisation dedicated to providing students and staff of the University of Auckland with the skills, knowledge and determination needed to turn their ideas into businesses. Whilst in Adelaide, Aditi volunteered with Canteen, an organisation dedicated to supporting young adults affected by cancer.

Aditi’s passion is being involved in activities and community programs that have a long-lasting impact on people and the community.







Caroline Surtees

Caroline’s core profession is in child care, where she has had over 12 years’ experience working in the Early Childhood Education & Care service sector. She has a successful track record as a developer of young people, as a trainer/assessor, mentor, facilitator, consultant and a Long Day Care owner and director.

Caroline’s community contributions include: Founder of Imitikula Empanga WA (Todays Shrubs Tomorrow Trees) Community Initiative, She also a board member of Aus-Professional Bridge, current Member of the Advisory Council and former Treasurer for the Parent and Friend (P & F) for St Munchin’s Catholic School. She is an effective public speaker, a mentor for the youth and women empowerment projects, as well as a promoter to her fellow educators, families, children and communities of the value of early years learning and development as a fundamental base for every child.











Christine Gibson

Chris is a Lead and Mentor in her role with Avivo. Passionate about influencing the community services sector to be sustainable and innovative into the future. Chris enjoys developing capacity within the workforce to ensure colleagues enjoy their work and feel connected to their organisation. Chris has been central to Avivo’s development of local autonomous Teams, having previously worked as a SW and did early work to develop brilliant teams, was part of a group that visited Buurtzorg in the Netherlands and then was the first Avivo coach developing and supporting our local teams. Chris has spent time volunteering for the Salvation Army mentoring and working alongside young people to design and create life skills programs, helping young people to be equipped to handle and make decisions for their future. Her interest in the not for profit sector stems from a desire to serve others and ensure the services available to those whom need them, are of quality standard.






Casey Kickett

Casey Kickett is a proud Noongar woman and currently a Team Lead for Water Corporation, managing Traditional Owner customary activity access and compliance with Indigenous Land Use Agreements.

Prior to commencing this role, Casey was a Senior Advisor for Water Corporation, ensuring meaningful two-way engagement between Water Corporation and Traditional Owners to continue the delivery of drinking and waste water services to the W.A community whilst remaining compliant with Aboriginal heritage and Native Title requirements.

Casey has previously held positions on the Noongar Radio board as well as on City of Wanneroo’s Reconciliation Act Plan Working Group. Casey is no stranger for advocating community interests in her own right in her long-standing push for change in narrative about the Wesleyan Mission Farm at Lake Goollelal in Perth.








Devinder Singh

Devinder is a proponent of strategy with social conscience and is engaged in various social strategy projects across the disability, aged care, community services and mental health sectors.

He is a qualified Engineer with an MBA in Finance and Operations, with 20 years of experience in Not-for-profit, Energy, and Manufacturing sectors. His last 7 years has been spent across the not-for-profit sectors.

Devinder is a firm believer of pushing the social conversation in the mainstream media, and bringing the dialogue front and centre of decision makers. He has hosted Australia’s first podcast in the Disability Sector, The Disability Spectrum Podcast, which surfaces challenges and stories from the vast disability landscape.

Devinder is the convener of the inaugural Aged care and Disability Sector conference in WA, has pushing the envelope to bring two sectors to engage, collaborate and create cross-sector solutions.







Quentin Wong

Quentin is an Analyst in the Consulting practice at Social Ventures Australia. At SVA Quentin works with not-for-profits, corporations and government agencies on a number of social impact, community investments, strategy and program evaluation projects. Prior to joining SVA, Quentin worked as a corporate and commercial disputes lawyer for an international law firm.

Instilled with a desire to make a positive difference from a young age, Quentin has previously volunteered with the Cancer Council to deliver its pro bono program, as well as with Save the Children UK where he advised on Australia’s position on reunification policies for unaccompanied migrant children.

Quentin is also incredibly passionate about advocating for the rights of refugees and is an active member in the Vietnamese and Buddhist community in Perth.

Quentin holds a Bachelor of Science (Natural Resource Management and Town Planning) and Juris Doctor from the University of Western Australia.








Milo Bronleigh

Over the last five years Milo Bronleigh has dedicated himself to helping marginalised groups access resources that improve their lives. Milo is committed to social justice and making a difference in the lives of clients. Milo works in the Community Legal sector at Citizens Advice Bureau. He also works in LGBTQIA+ advocacy as a peer educator at Freedom Centre and as an advisory member for various committees such as Butterfly Foundation and the LGBTQIA+ Asylum Seeker Committee.









Erin Marshall

Erin Marshall has over 18 years experience working in both government and the private sector, volunteering with various organisations. During this time, she has developed skills enabling her to work on policy formulation and implementation, particularly in regard to improving the lives of people living with a disability.

Being a person living with a disability, she has first hand experience in appreciating the challenges. Erin has a Bachelors degree in Criminology and Justice from Edith Cowan University, a TAFE Diploma in Community Welfare Work and volunteers as a Justice of the Peace. She has a passion to advocate for and improve the lives of both those living with a disability and those in need and welcomes all new opportunities to achieve this.







Isis Alexandra Rivera Leon

Isis Alexandra Rivera Leon is a proactive and creative chemical engineer with 10+ years of experience in the mining, food and pharmaceutical industries. She has always been a curious person and loves sharing her knowledge as well as learning from others. She has worked in 3 continents and led business development, customer service and continuous improvement processes in the industries she has worked in.

When moving to Australia, she started to get involved with various volunteering initiatives especially helping migrants to develop their careers here. She then realised how powerful the NFP sector is in the lucky country, and moreover, all the opportunities that it can bring for community development.

She would like to start working with the community in the Sustainability and decarbonisation space which will be key for Western Australia in the coming years in order to tackle climate change.





Lyn-Lee Teh

Lyn-Lee started her career in private legal practice as an employment lawyer. In 2016, she decided take a leap of faith and move in-house to WA Police. Having grown up with a strong sense of community service, Lyn-Lee looked to use her skills and experience within a Not-For-Profit organisation whose values and purpose aligned strongly to her own. Her passion for the Aged Care Sector began when she commenced work at SilverChain. Her father had been a recipient of their services and she decided she wanted to join an organisation that she could give back to. Since joining Avivo: Live Life, her passion for the Disability Sector has grown having understood the complexity and challenges the sector faces. She actively engages and advocates for these sectors in her role as a HR & OSH specialist through her work alongside peak bodies and as a part of various Government initiatives.






Mustafa Al Rashid

Mustafa started off his professional career in the IT industry within the private sector. He worked as a web developer for one year before deciding to make a career change where he would have the opportunity to help make a difference in people’s lives.

Mustafa stepped out of his comfort zone and commenced in a traineeship to become a disability support worker.  Though challenges did arise, he pushed through, continued further studies in the disability field, and took onboard the role of a House Coordinator.

While volunteering every Sunday at an outreach for the homeless, Mustafa now manages two separate supported independent living facilities, coordinating 25 support workers who deliver services to 12 individuals with disability.






Lilian Lubo

Lilian Lubo is passionate about supporting people in the community to help realise their full potential. She is currently working as a Policy and Project Officer in the Department of Communities’ Office of Disability. She undertakes key projects focused on improving outcomes for people with disability in the Western Australia (WA) justice system. This includes collaborating with stakeholders to determine and address service needs and gaps, and progressing strategic policy approaches.

With over five years’ experience in the WA Public Service, Lilian has undertaken projects and strategic policy initiatives in social and affordable housing, elder abuse prevention, and disability policy.

Lilian’s past voluntary work has included field research for the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, and Student Ambassador for the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Learning Potential Fund and The Smith Family Learning for Life Program in Queensland.

Lilian holds a Bachelor of Justice (Criminology) with Honours from QUT.






Minh Dang

In 2005, Minh graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce. Minh has lived and worked in Australia, China, Laos, South Korea and Vietnam. Minh now resides in Australia and has been active volunteer for over 15 years. Currently, Minh serves as a Board Director for Rotary Club of Elizabeth Quay and Global Hand Charity.

Minh’s volunteering accomplishments in 2021: Received two successful awards from his submission, Volunteering WA – WA Volunteer for Multicultural Communities and United Nations Environmental Award; organised 14 community projects (Mental Health, Environmental, Social, International Aid, etc); Mentored 11 university workplace students; Assisted two international student mentees with professional employment; Increased Rotary membership two folds; Applied and received two grants and more.

Minh currently works at Ocean Gardens Retirement Village in Marketing and Project Management in aged care and real estate, his previous employments were in the not-for-profit sectors in education, mental health and sporting industries.






Lachie Fahey-Gilmour

Lachie is an experienced leader, strategist and innovator with strong governance and strategic experience; with a passion for making a tangible difference and inspiring others to make an impact.

With professional experience as Strategy and Performance Lead at Football West, Company Secretary of Football West, Football Futures Foundation, and relevant sub-committees, he possesses practical and technical skills across different industries, communities, and stakeholder groups.

A growth-mindset leader and strategist who embraces change and complex issues to design clear and focused strategies for organisations, communities, and their environments, with the use of technology to drive transformation and innovation.

Lachie has proven success in the development of community-based programs and the procurement of commercial and government funds to make a difference within priority community groups.

With a driven agenda to make a difference and influence and engage others to make an impact, Lachie is excited to be joining the Emerging Leaders Program to upskill, network and commence the journey further in the Aged Care and Community sectors.






Hayley Harris

Hayley Harris began volunteering in community youth programs in her late teens and early adulthood. During high school Hayley volunteered in an Aged Care day centre which sparked a passion for community service.
After receiving life changing support from Not-for-profit mental health organisations Hayley knew this was the pathway she wished to pursue.

Upon the successful completion of Diploma in Auslan, Certificate IV in Education Support and Certificate IV in Mental Health she worked as a Disability Support Worker and Community Mental Health Worker for two Not-for-profit services.

Hayley has worked as a Peer Facilitator and Mental Health Trainer with MIFWA for over 6 years. Her role includes designing and delivering Recovery-Oriented training workshops for the NDIS workforce, running mental health workshops in regional schools and delivering accredited mental health training to community members across WA.






Tara Roopra

Tara is a values-driven HR consultant working within the NFP and public sector. Tara’s Organisational Psychology background means she has an understanding of what motivates and drives people. Her strengths based approach is underpinned by positive psychology, which focuses on growing what is working.

Tara has a contemporary background in psychology and is up to date with emerging evidence-based practices. In addition to her work at Talenting, she is involved in research in implicit bias, leadership and organisational intervention. Through her work experience, she has become skilled at encouraging successful, inclusive and diverse business cultures.

She is highly involved in the HR and Organisational Psychology communities in Perth and volunteers with the Australian Human Resources Institute as a network convenor, hosting monthly gatherings for HR professionals.

Tara is passionate about empowering organisations, teams and individuals to practically apply evidence-based solutions that enable workforces to thrive.






Toyosi Craig

Dr Toyosi Craig is an energy professional with experience in Energy technologies, Engineering, Innovations and Community Liaison.

Toyosi has a few inventions in solar energy and food processing, some of which have won awards globally. He is passionate about energy access, innovations, and community development. He had developed systems, and policy instruments to assist stakeholders in various institutions across many African nations.

He has a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stellenbosch University; advanced certificates from the Technical University of Munich, Wharton Business School, USA, and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from FUTA Nigeria. He is well-published and a reviewer for International Journals. He recently published his autobiography, Omotoyosi – the memoir of an African child.

Toyosi founded African Hope Empire in 2006, a mentorship programme for young innovators and leaders. He recently relocated to Perth and currently works as a Market Analyst with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).






Sanabel Abu Jwade

As a passionate software engineer, Sanabel Abu Jwade has been expanding what’s possible with technology for a variety of industries including mining, oil and gas and agriculture. She has pitched innovative ideas in many hackathons including Agricultural hackathon (AgHack18), NASA Space App challenge, Transport Hack and OMAC Covid-19 Hack. She currently works as a graduate software engineer in the mining sector. For more than eight years, Sanabel have been volunteering for a variety of youth projects including promoting STEM to young girls, running activities for migrant youth and teaching Arabic as a second language.









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