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.
Taldumande Youth Services is governed by a Board of Directors. The Taldumande Youth Services Board delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to our CEO who, together with our Executive Team, is accountable to the Board. Our Directors volunteer their skills, experience and time to guide Taldumande and make sure we’re reaching our goals.
Lisa Graham B.Ed
Chief Executive Officer
Lisa is responsible for all the financial and operational management and business development at Taldumande Youth Services 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 30 years’ experience managing at-risk youth programs in both the education and community service sectors. Prior to joining Taldumande, Lisa managed programs with young people in Out of Home Care residential care, young people within the Juvenile Justice system and 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 positions in private and public schools and holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney. Lisa is passionate about sustaining positive organisational culture and maintaining a strong staff morale to ensure young people receive the focus and care they deserve and to which they are entitled.
The Taldumande Board
Virginia Howard OAM BA, MA (Hons), Dip Ed, MAICD
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 is also currently the Chair of Dougherty Retirement Village and Care Home at Chatswood and is a Director of Bendigo Bank Mosman 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. Virginia was awarded North Shore 2018 Local Woman of the Year for her work with Taldumande and in 2019, Virginia received the Order of Australia award for her service to the community of Mosman.
Dr Susan Gosling BSc, MA, PhD
Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee
Susan has extensive investment management industry experience and has held a number of senior positions in the Australian funds management industry. She has been a hands-on portfolio manager for over 30 years with a focus on portfolio strategy and risk management and has designed real return, currency and derivatives strategies. She has wide investment management and leadership experience within leading financial services firms. Until recently Susan was Head of Investments at MLC and was the architect of MLC’s scenarios-based investment approach. Susan remains a member of MLC’s Private Equity Investment Committee. She has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the UK, and 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.
Liz Summers BA, MAICD
Chair, Audit and Risk Committee
Liz is a Director of SAL Consulting (Operations and Business Development) and has over 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
Scientific Advisory Committee Chairperson
Ken is the Investment Manager at Antares Fixed Income, a specialist funds management company within the MLC Group. He has over 45 years’ experience in financial markets and investment management, specialising in fixed interest and money markets. Ken is a keen supporter of wildlife and land conservation and is a committed member of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Bush Heritage.
Dr Donald Hannam MB, BS. (Hons 1), FACEM
Don is an Emergency Medicine Specialist at Royal North Shore 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)
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 in 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)
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, Head of the Religion & Ethics Unit at the ABC and most recently Impact and Communications for the G20 Interfaith Forum in Buenos Aires. Her award-winning production company Firefly Productions has produced documentary and factual television for a range of domestic and international broadcasters and is currently working on an impact project around human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery. She has travelled widely, worked extensively on the Indian sub-continent, and worked closely with the UN Under-Secretary General for Children Affected by Armed Conflict. She has lived on Sydney’s Lower North Shore for the last 18 years and is married with two daughters.
Mark is a passionate advocate for the rights and welfare of our young people. He is a father of two children and is dedicated to supporting them, advocating for youth rights, working with and for local community, and the global environment. His commercial career was in senior executive Sales and Marketing roles in the IT&T industries and he is currently working as a licensed Real Estate Agent following on from his successful Property Development ventures. Mark is well positioned and focused in assisting Taldumande achieve its growth and business plans for the years ahead. Mark currently holds board positions with Bendigo Community Bank, Mosman Rotary plus a number of other unrelated board positions and is a qualified Rural Fire Fighter and Justice of the Peace.
Philip Wallis LLM
Philip is a Barrister practicing in Sydney principally in corporate and commercial law, equity and wills and estates. He is a member of the Bar Association Professional Development Committee. He was previously both an employed solicitor and a partner in private practice during which time he served on several Law Society committees and was President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Law Society. Philip has also worked as an in-house lawyer and in that capacity served on both the New South Wales and National Boards of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (now Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia) and was National President for two years. He grew up on the North Shore and is well aware of the issues surrounding youth homelessness in that area.
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Many of our programs fall outside government funding, which means we rely on money raised from individuals and organisations to continue our vital work.