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Taldumande Youth Services

Staff & Board

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.


Our CEO  

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

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 is currently also the Chair of Dougherty Retirement Village and Care Home at Chatswood 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 was Director of 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.

Dr Susan Gosling BSc, MA, PhD GDipEM

Deputy Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Susan has deep investment management and leadership experience with leading financial services firms. She has been a hands-on portfolio manager for over 30 years with a focus on multi-asset portfolios and risk management using a pioneering investment approach and philosophy. Susan is a non-executive director of Mercer Investments (Australia) Limited and a member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee. Prior to 2020 Susan was Head of Investments at MLC and 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 was an Economic Adviser with the National Economic Development Office. 

Ken Hyman B Com, Grad Dip Fin

Deputy Chair, Finance Committee

Ken founded Antares Fixed Income in 1990, a specialist funds management business within the MLC Group, now managing over $27bn. He has over 50 years’ experience in financial markets and investment management, specialising in fixed interest and money markets. He began his career in South Africa but has spent the last 30+ years in Sydney. Ken is a keen supporter of wildlife and land conservation and is a committed member of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Wires and Bush Heritage. Ken sits on the investment committee of the Jewish Communal Appeal.

Liz Summers BA, MAICD

Director

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.

Dr Donald Hannam MB, BS. (Hons 1), FACEM

Director

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)

Director

Hilary’s background is in the law, especially as it relates to young people and children. She was first aware of Taldumande and its reputation in providing services for young people at risk of homelessness when presiding as a Children’s Court magistrate over ten years ago. Hilary was eager to take up a position on the board after she returned from a period of time in the Northern Territory as the Chief Magistrate and has been delighted to continue to serve in this capacity as Taldumande has expanded to meet the growing need for support of young people and their families.

Jane Jeffes BA (Hons)

Director

Jane is a producer, director, writer with over 30 years’ experience in media in the UK and Australia. She was Head of Programmes at the UK’s largest radio production company, Head of the ABC’s Religion & Ethics Unit and Communications and Impact Director for the G20 Interfaith Forum where she created an Anti-Slavery Taskforce. She has produced and directed documentary films for local and international broadcasters and blue-chip organisations such as the Red Cross, NSW Law Society and Unilever. Jane was an advisory board member of Griffith University Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue. A finalist in the 2020 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards, she also received a Canterbury Bankstown award for her contribution to interfaith dialogue and harmony in Australia. Her current focus is forced marriage.

Mark Wallis

Director

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

Director

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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