Hayden has had a distinguished career in the public, community and philanthropic sectors. He was the founding chair of Melbourne Community Foundation, the Executive Director of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University and he held the positions of Director of Youth Affairs and Director of Statewide Operations and Public Health in the Victorian Government. Hayden currently chairs the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, which is developing an arts, cultural and educational precinct on an historic 6.5 hectare site on the Yarra River, and is Governance Patron of the Victorian Local Governance Association. From 2007 to 2012 he was CEO of Community Chef and Regional Kitchen and now chairs the board of Regional Kitchen Pty Ltd.
Andrew has been a community organiser for over twenty-five years, both in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Andrew has been recognised internationally for his work, including winning the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award in 2001. In Australia, Andrew was recognised through the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award where he was a finalist as a Social Entrepreneur in 2002. In June of 2007 Andrew was recognised in the Bulletin Smart 100 Award for his work as a social justice campaigner. In 2008 Andrew was listed in the inaugural Victorian edition of Who’s Who. In 2009 he received the Australian Information Industry Association’s Community Award for the work Infoxchange had been doing to ensure we live in a digitally inclusive society. Andrew received an Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to the community and social justice through the provision of access to technology, and to Timor Leste.
Craig has worked as a Director with the City of Yarra since May 2003 and oversees policy development and service delivery for Community Planning & Advocacy; Family & Children’s Services; Aged & Disability Services; Libraries & Cultural Services; Leisure Services; and Aged and Disability Services. Also included in Divisional responsibilities are corporate and population health planning. Craig has held senior management roles in local government for over twenty years. The most recent of these was with Wyndham City Council, an interface growth Council on the western fringe of Melbourne where Craig managed corporate and community services, information technology and Council Planning. Craig holds a Masters of Business Administration.
Kylie is currently a Partner at Ernst & Young Melbourne in the audit division and is recognised as a global telecommunications thought leader within the firm and the broader finance industry. She has had extensive experience with all areas of large technology and telecommunications businesses including Telstra Corporation Limited. Kylie has also had extensive involvement in company IPO activities. Kylie currently has committee roles with non-for-profit organisations including Queen Victoria Women’s Trust and Inspire, Women of NMFC and is a member of the Finance and Risk committee for The Conversation Group. Kylie is also involved with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program which recognises individuals who excel in entrepreneurship in the areas of social, technology, industry and services. Kylie has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Nina has a broad work and volunteer history, threaded together by the common themes of a dedication to social justice and a belief in the vibrancy of community. Nina was a founding board member of the Australian Communities Foundation’s EastWeb sub-fund, which provides funding to grassroots initiatives that support asylum seeker, refugee and Indigenous communities in Victoria. Nina has worked for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, the Jewish Museum of Australia, The Long Walk, the Victorian Public Service, the Foundation for Young Australians, Changemakers Australia and is currently employed in the Community Advocacy Unit of Yarra City Council. Nina has volunteered for Sudanese Australia Integrated Learning and International Women’s Development Agency, recently completed a Specialist Certificate in Social Policy (Social Inclusion), and is currently undertaking a Masters of Business Administration.
John has been working freelance on a wide range projects since 1995. The project work followed experience as a computer programmer, a teacher/trainer and a manager. Initially his projects were primarily in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. He was involved in national Training Package reviews and in the development of a range of training and assessment resources. In the last 12 years John’s work has diversified into other areas including community services, health, philanthropy and financial literacy, often in relation to indigenous Australians. His work has taken him to remote Aboriginal communities, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and China. John brings a wide range of skills and experience to the Board.