As a company limited by guarantee, our organisation is governed by a Board of Directors who provide ex gratia strategic advice, guidance and support to the organisation. Our Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Board of Directors and is supported by the Executive Team.
PAULA HOLDEN, ChairFCPHR, MBA, B.Man, MAICD, AFIML, JP (Qual), GAICD
As an established board director and senior executive, Paula brings over 25 years’ experience in various ‘for profit’ and ‘for purpose’ organisations. She has built her professional practice in People and Culture and Safety, always seeking to build capability and synergise the people experience with the overall business strategy. Paula is deeply passionate about helping others see their potential in themselves.
Having completed various postgraduate qualifications in human resources, business, strategy and leadership, Paula also holds membership with a number of professional associations including fellowship of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors.
KATIE ACHESON, Director
Katie is the Co-founder of Numbers and People Synergy and previously worked as the CEO of Youth Action and Chair of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition. With over two decades working on the ground with children and youth, she represents their interests in major state, national and international processes.
Katie has an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the issues facing children and young people and the benefits that flow from engaging young Australians. This has been developed through her extensive experience in the community sector, various levels of government and globally with international development organisations.
Katie’s qualifications include a Masters of International Development: Social Policy and Social Development (Manchester University); Graduate Diploma of Community Services Management (Community Education and Development); Associate of Arts (University of the Nations); and a Bachelor of Social Work (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).
MITCH EVANS, Director
Mitch has more than 18 years’ experience working within the recruitment and talent acquisition industry across Australia, UK and Germany, 8 of which he ran his own organisation.
Mitch now works as the National Enterprise Lead & QLD State Lead at SEEK, developing SEEKs engagement strategy and working with some of Australia’s largest organisations.
Mitch also currently sits on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Department of Family and Domestic Violence and the Advisory Board for the Department of Employment and Small Business. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Diploma of International Business and a Diploma of Business Administration.
DR OSCAR MODESTO, Director
Oscar is a registered psychologist with a Masters degree in Family Therapy (Mexico) and PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University.
Oscar has held senior roles overseeing services in post separation, family violence, counselling, parent education, and men’s services at Centacare Parramatta and Catholic Care Sydney. Oscar has conducted research on attachment, identity and relationship issues, presenting his findings at several international conferences.
Recently Oscar joined the Australian Catholic University (ACU) as a Lecturer on a permanent basis and coordinates the postgraduate counselling programs.
SCOTT ORPIN, Director
With a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Wollongong, Scott has spent more than 20 years in corporate enterprises such as BHP and Rio Tinto and brings extensive leadership experience across many different sectors in the people management, project and change management, safety, risk, and culture development fields.
Most recently he has been in the Not Profit Sector with senior roles in Life Without Barriers and MEGT Australia. Scott is passionate about people and making a difference to the lives of others.
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, DirectorBPsychSc (Hons) MBA
Georgia is an accomplished business strategist with a decade of innovation in roles that drive large scale change relating to organisational culture, capability, governance, performance and risk management. Most recently she is focusing strategic vision on the development of an enterprise-wide leadership strategy for one of Australia’s most significant public sector organisations.
Georgia has a passion for inspiring participation and challenging the status quo for better outcomes. She is a firm advocate for nurturing opportunities for wellbeing in the workplace as in life and promoting change that advances individual aspirations.
Georgia has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Master of Business Administration which unified studies in both Australia and France.
AARON MINTON, Director
Aaron has over 20 years’ experience in the technology and supply chain industries, focused on digital capability and business improvement projects across the globe, primarily in Asia Pacific, Europe and the US.
Aaron now works as the Digital Transformation Manager for CHEP Australia, responsible for influencing the global digital agenda and delivering large scale change to the Asia Pacific region.
With a particular interest in mental health, Aaron has worked closely with entrepreneurs in this space, providing support and guidance as they work to deliver digital solutions to today’s challenges.
Aaron has a Bachelor of Information Technology as well as Master of Business Administration, both from QUT.