about taldumande

Taldumande Youth Services is a not-for-profit organisation that supports vulnerable children and young people aged 11-25 and their families.

Our People

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.

Lisa Graham

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 Howard BA, MA (Hons), Dip Ed, MAICD

Chair

Virginia has a background in local government, charity administration and education. She served 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 and Mosman Community Services. Virginia was previously the Executive Director of the Wenona Foundation and has been the Administrator of 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.

Dr Susan Gosling BSc, MA, PhD

Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee

Dr Susan Gosling joined MLC’s Investment Management Team in October 2002 and has 30 years investment management experience. She was the founder of MLC’s market-leading scenarios based approach to asset allocation. Susan is a member of MLC’s Investment Committee, Private Equity Investment Committee, and Alternatives Investment Committee. She commenced her career in London as an economist with the Economist Intelligence Unit, and later became an Economic Adviser with the National Economic Development Office.  Susan has held a number of senior positions in the Australian funds management industry including General Manager of MLC Implemented Consulting, CIO with both Advance Asset Management and United Funds Management. Susan was also General Manager Risk Management with Commonwealth Funds Management where in the late 1980s she commenced the development of a scenarios approach to asset allocation. MLC scenarios approach to asset allocation is ‘state of the art’ and is without peer domestically and is a leader globally.

Liz Summers BA, MAICD

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.

Ken Hyman B Com, Grad Dip Fin

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.

Dr Donald Hannam MB,BS. [Hons 1]. FACEM.

Director

Don is an Emergency Medicine Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Manly Hospital. He has nearly 25 years’ experience as a General Practitioner and is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine having trained at Royal Darwin Hospital. 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).

The Hon Justice Hilary Hannam BA, LLB (Hons)

Director

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 a Magistrate of 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 Jeffes BA (Hons)

Director

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 most recently Executive Producer for Religion & Ethics at the ABC.  Her award-winning production company Firefly Productions has produced documentary and factual television for a range of domestic and international broadcasters. 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 17 years and is married with two teenage daughters.

Noel Phelan DipT

Director

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 Wallis

Director

Mark is a passionate advocate for the rights and welfare of our youth. He is a father of two children and is dedicated to supporting his family, local community and the global environment. His commercial career was as a senior sales & marketing executive in the IT&T industries which gives him great vision and expertise in assisting Taldumande achieve its growth and business plans. Mark currently holds board positions with Bendigo Community Bank and Mosman Rotary (plus a couple of other unrelated businesses) and is a volunteer Rural Fire fighter and a Justice of the Peace.

Philip Wallis LLM

Director

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.

OUR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES NEED YOUR HELP

Many of our programs fall outside government funding, which means we rely on money raised from individuals and organisations to continue our vital work.

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