Debbie Kearns 

Chair

An experienced public and ‘for purpose’ leader, with three decades of experience, Debbie’s key areas include policy and program management, governance, leadership and volunteer engagement, and strategic business transformation. Having held CEO roles in community organisations, including in the disability sector, Debbie has also worked at a senior executive level in the NSW public sector including as Director, Community Housing Contracting and Performance.  She has over 15 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director, Committee Member, and Chair and Company Secretary in the for-purpose sector and has also completed several strategic consulting assignments for the ‘for purpose’ sector, including work for YHA Australia.  

 

Kate Matthew

Secretary

 Kate has twenty years of corporate administration experience and is currently Executive Support Officer (Finance) at the Department of Planning and Environment. She has previously been Executive Assistant at the NSW Department of Education, Bridge Housing (where she was also Office Manager), the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, and the Australian Historical Association. 

 

Michelle Cutler

Michelle is an experienced senior leader with a background in law and extensive experience in leadership roles in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.  Currently CEO at the Australian Society of Orthodontists, Michelle has worked overseas including London and Hong Kong as well as in Australia. From initially working as a solicitor to client services, development and marketing and communications, Michelle has expertise in strategic planning, change management, governance and risk, leadership development, marketing and business development. Before her current role, Michelle was Head of Marketing and Communications Australia for DLA Phillips Fox and then National General Manager for Oz Harvest.

 

Neesha Eckersley

Currently the incumbent Community Manager (health and projects) for the National Rugby League, Neesha has over 20 years’ experience in the Community and Disability sectors in both the UK and Australia, including 12 years’ management experience. Neesha spent almost ten years working with Macarthur Disability Services in various roles in Sydney and has more recently worked with Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia as their Director of Operations, and as Head of Programs for YWCA NSW.

 

Mimi Le

Mimi is a compliance and risk executive with 17 years professional experience.  She has worked at BNY Mellon for over seven years, moving from the position of Vice President of Head of Compliance and Ethics to her current role of Chief Risk Officer for Australia. With skills in anti-money laundering (AML), financial services and risk management, Mimi has extensive industry knowledge of securities, banking, corporate governance, equities, financial risk, asset management and derivatives.  Mimi is also an admitted solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW and has previously worked pro bono for a community legal centre.

 

Isabelle Meyer

Isabelle has over 25 years’ experience in change, program and project management, service evaluation, organisational strategy and design. Her career has seen her experience hands-on roles in government, public, private and NGO sectors, with her leadership roles spanning business development, operations management and transformation, performance improvement, cost reduction and change management. Her current role, as Executive Director for IM Consulting, sees her undertaking both national and international projects. Previous positions have included Transition Director for Aftercare, Senior Manager for EY and Deputy Chief Procurement Officer and Director of Business Development for NSW Health. Isabelle’s experience and knowledge are in health, education, human services, housing and transport, as well as being a Director and non-executive Board member, in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

 

Debbie Organ

Currently Director of the Integrity Corporate Finance Group, Managing Director for Clubs NSW Financial services, Ambassador for Freshwater Community Bank and Non-Executive Director for Easylink Community Transport. She established the Integrity Corporate Finance Group in 1997 after a career in executive management and has spent 20 years campaigning to expose unethical business practices and contracts, appealing to government for regulation and protection, and protecting and representing her council, university, government, and large and small business clients. Debbie has reviewed contracts for entities such as Macquarie University, University of Western Sydney, Tweed Shire Council, Marrickville Council, and Arnott’s. She is also a conference speaker and has been nominated for ‘business woman of the year’ on three separate occasions.