We wouldn’t be able to help young people in crisis without the relentless optimism and tireless work of everyone in our team, whether they’re working with young people, behind a desk or in a boardroom.
We’re governed by a Chief Executive Officer and Directors who guide the direction of Taldumande and make sure we’re reaching our goals.
Chief Executive Officer
Lisa is responsible for all day-to-day management decisions at Taldumande and reports to the Board on behalf of the management team. In addition to overseeing the operations and culture at Taldumande, Lisa implements the organisation’s strategic plan and allocates capital according to the priorities set by the Board.
Lisa has over 25 years’ experience with at-risk youth and prior to joining Taldumande, managed community education programs in Sydney’s western suburbs. She has also managed an alternative learning centre for high-needs young people and delivered restorative practice workshops in schools across Australia. Lisa has held several senior position in private and public schools and holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney.
Virginia joined our Board in 2008 after serving on Mosman Council for 16 years, including three years as Mayor and one year as Deputy Mayor. She currently holds Board positions with the Bendigo Bank Mosman, Dougherty Retirement Village & Care Home, Mosman Community Services and Uniting Care Ageing Sydney North. Virginia was previously the Executive Director of the Wenona Foundation and has been the Administrator for Mosman Meals on Wheels, School Projects Officer for Australian Red Cross in NSW, taught English at Loreto Kirribilli and undertook Community Relations at Queenwood School.
Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee
Susan holds a PhD in Economics from London University and is currently the Head of Capital Markets Research at MLC Investment Management. She has over 25 years’ experience in the funds management industry, with expertise in asset allocation, scenario analysis and risk management across both private equity and listed markets. Susan has held a number of senior positions in the funds management industry, including Chief Investment Officer at Advance Asset Management and United Funds Management, Founder and Director of United Funds Management, Director of Wilson Asset Management Limited and Director of the Australian Investment Managers Association.
Public Officer and Secretary
Liz is a Director of SAL Consulting (Operations and Business Development) and has more than 15 years’ experience in human services. She specialises in the areas of complexity and vulnerability, working with organisations and individuals to develop clinically-informed strategic management, operational planning, training and development, policy and framework, quality assurance and improvement processes. Liz is a passionate advocate for young people who have experienced trauma in their lives. She is a member of the Neuroleadership Institute and is also a Director of the I AM Fellowship, a not-for-profit organisation that provides therapeutic services for people who have experienced trauma.
Chair, Audit and Risk Committee
Ken is an investment manager at Antares Fixed Income, a specialist funds management company within the MLC Group. He has over 40 years’ experience in financial markets and investment management, specialising in identifying optimal risk/return opportunities for investors in the bond and money markets, particularly under challenging market conditions. Ken is a committed member of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
Don is an Emergency Medicine Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Manly Hospital. He has almost 35 years’ experience as a General Practitioner and is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Don has a keen interest in Aboriginal Health and has previously worked in central Australia as a District Medical Officer and Aeromedical Coordinator with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). He continues to support the RFDS from Sydney, where he provides telephone-based advice on emergency retrievals and patient care.
Hilary has more than 33 years’ experience in law and is currently a Judge of the Family Court of Australia. She began her career as a solicitor in private practice and as a prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, before becoming a Magistrate of the Local Court of NSW. Hilary was formerly the Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory and presided over the Children’s Court of NSW for a number of years, where she developed an interest in the law as it relates to children. She has extensive experience in youth justice, child protection and other parenting matters.
Jane has 30 years’ experience in radio, film, television and print in the UK and Australia. She was Head of Programs at the UK’s largest radio production company and her award winning production company Firefly Productions has produced documentary and factual television for a range of domestic and international broadcasters. Jane is currently ABC Radio Content Director for Religion & Ethics. She has travelled widely, worked extensively on the Indian sub-continent and closely with the UN Under-Secretary General for Children Affected by Armed Conflict. She has been living on Sydney’s Lower North Shore for the last 16 years and is married with two teenage daughters.
Noel is a retired IBM executive who spent 25 years in various technical and management positions before working as a management consultant for organisations including ABC, NRMA, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and GIO. He is a former guest lecturer at Melbourne Business School and the Executive Program for senior managers in Canberra. Since retiring, Noel has volunteered for the Australian National Maritime Museum as a guide and is also the team leader for the speakers program, which provides talks on important maritime events to community clubs and organisations. Noel is a former President of the Northbridge Rotary Club.
Mark is a senior sales and marketing executive in the IT and telecommunications industry, representing global organisations including Oracle, Arista Networks and Violin Memory. He has previously worked for technology companies including NEC, Toshiba, Telstra, MCI Worldcom and more. Mark is passionate about the welfare of young people and used to own and manage a children’s play centre. He is now a Justice of the Peace and Chair of a local childcare centre, in addition to his role as Founding Director of Bendigo Bank in Mosman.
Philip is a Barrister who specialises in commercial and corporate law and equity. He has previously served on the Board of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, including one year as National President. Philip worked for many years as a solicitor in private practice and as an in-house lawyer, where he also served as President of the NSW Law Society (Young Lawyers) and other committees within the society.