Melissa has 25 years’ extensive experience in driving positive change across community and employment services.
Currently as the CEO of Communicare, Melissa is an active advocate for economic and social inclusion for vulnerable individuals, families and communities. Due to her passion, Melissa is an influential figure in the WA community services sector, lobbying for reform and increasing awareness with the intent to drive social change and achieve positive long-term sustainable outcomes.
Prior to this Melissa was the WA State Director of Mission Australia and Executive Director Centrecare Inc.
Melissa brings a deep understanding of the complexities and possibilities of delivering Parents Next, Transition to Work and the necessary management and governance expertise to support the work of the Jobs Australia Board.
Additionally, Melissa serves as the Interim Leader of White Ribbon Australia, has a ministerial appointment to the Board of Landgate, is a member of the Supporting Communities Forum nominated by the Premier of WA and a co opted Board member of the Community Employers WA.
Director: New South Wales
Ben has been in the role of Executive, Community Services for Mission Australia since 2018. In this role he leads and directs nationwide teams of over 2500 staff in the delivery of Employment, Community, Aged Care, Family and Children’s services.
He most recently served as Mission Australia’s State Director NSW/ACT and leader for MA Social Enterprises. Ben has over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles within community and employment services and started out his career as a youth worker on the Central Coast, NSW.
Ben is a member of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness, holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education from the University of Newcastle, a Master’s Degree in Adult Education (MA Ed) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Director: South Australia
Michelle Braham has 14 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector across service delivery, operational support, and in leadership roles.
As an active social justice and equity advocate, Michelle believes everyone deserves a working future and to live a fulfilling and inclusive life. Since 2017, Michelle has been CEO of Employment Options and led the organisation’s transformation through innovation to become a leading South Australian Youth and NDIS services provider. Using human centred design, Michelle has challenged the way in which service users are engaged and supported in transition pathways in life, learning and career. Michelle’s passion for career development drives her desire for social change to achieve sustainable outcomes for those who are most marginalised in our communities. Her innovative approaches to achieving outcomes for young people, women, migrants, people living with disability and jobseekers has positioned her as a go-to-person for government and other organisations to explore solutions for their challenges.
Michelle’s experience and qualifications provides invaluable understanding of the service delivery complexities and challenges for not-for-profits in a rapidly changing marketplace. Michelle is also a member of the National Executive Committee for the Career Development Association of Australia and Employment Options’ Board.
Tammy has dedicated her career to supporting the not for profit sector for over 30 years and has been involved with Jobs Australia for all that time. She is currently the General Manager of SkillCentred Queensland. Tammy has a passion for working with communities to improve the lives of disadvantaged and Indigenous people and has established a range of supportive employment & training programs across Queensland which offer pathways to improving their future.
Key to Tammy’s success is her focus on building partnerships via innovative community projects. Take for example her work with the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council to run the Cherbourg Café. Operating as both a working hospitality business and a real work training venue, the café provides meals, catering services, training, employment and a safe meeting place for the community. Across Queensland, Construction, Business, Hospitality and Individual Support programs align industry employment needs with training for local unemployed on projects to support community organisations. Just for something different, a new Deckhand training program for disengaged youth will be introduced in 2021.
Tammy has a Diploma in Accounting and qualifications in Administration, is a Member in Practice with Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and an Internal Auditor. She is always on the lookout for other exciting programs to benefit the communities SkillCentred serves.
Director: Western Australia
Shaun Fowler has worked in remote and regional Australia for over 15 years, specialising in remote services delivery and operational and contractual management of employment programs.
He has substantial experience working both on the ground delivering programs and with the Commonwealth Government, shaping policy and programs.
Shaun is a strong advocate of sharing and tailoring best practice models and has been instrumental in facilitating collaboration among employment service providers. Shaun has successfully facilitated industry forums and national conferences.
In late 2012, Shaun launched Right Hand Remote Solutions to support regional and remote organisations delivering federally funded employment programs
Through his consultancy and his role as CEO of East Kimberley Job Pathways, Shaun continues to tirelessly advocate for policy reform to support those most marginalised in our community.
Shaun has extensive NFP Board experience and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Trish has worked for 20 years in the not for profit sector, most of those spent at Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services and prior to this worked in school education. Trish has qualifications in business, education and science and became CEO of Djerriwarrh in 2009.
Djerriwarrh a Registered Training organisation and Learn Local provider, has a turnover of $5 million and has current contracts which include SEE, VTG ACFE, School Focus Youth Services, WfD and Springboard. Trish supports working in partnerships, consortiums and networks to expand what Djerriwarrh can deliver locally for its communities.
Pat has a retail business background and 10 years in training & assessment and the Employment Services sector for the past 15 years.
As a training and development professional, Pat's consultations with a diverse range of industries and organisations proved excellent exposure to meet the needs of Employers in Hobart and Southern Tasmania.
Pat was promoted to the position of CEO taking responsibility for the jobActive contract. Pat's management, training and experience has provided him the ability to understand and manage the complex Employment Services contracts. Collaboration with key stakeholders, especially the Department of Employment and sector peak bodies, is a strong focus.
An advocate of lifelong learning, he holds an Advanced Diploma of Management, Diploma of Training and Assessment, Graduate Certificate of Management (UTAS) and recently completed an Advanced Diploma of WH&S.