Our Board

Sonja llievska


Appointed to the Board November 2012

Executive Committee Chair, Finance & Risk Committee Member

Sonja is experienced in risk management, policy development and governance and is Managing Partner in a risk management and consulting firm.

Esperanza Torres


Behav.Sci, M.App.Soc. Res

First served as a Board Member from 2013 – November 2017. Reappointed October 2018.

Executive Committee Member, Membership Committee Member

Esperanza is currently leading the data, research and evaluation area for innovation projects at the National Disability Insurance Agency. She has previously managed a number of research, evaluation and information security projects for state government and not for profit organisations in the areas of disability and education.

Ann-Marie Baker


BA (Hons), GradDip App.Sc.

Appointed to the Board November 2012

Board Liaison for the Brenda Gabe Leadership Award, Governance Committee Member, Executive Committee Member

Ann-Marie has more than 27 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector in the areas of museum management, curatorship and project management. More recently she has taken up the position as the consumer health advocate for medical committees at the Alfred, Cabrini, Melbourne Health and Breast Screen Victoria.

Kate Linton


Masters of Social Investment & Philanthropy, Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Appointed to the Board and as Treasurer August 2018

Finance & Risk Committee Chair

Kate is a qualified CPA with over 25 years of commercial and not-for-profit experience. She is an experienced leader of finance and corporate services teams who has worked in various types of not-for-profit entities including social enterprises, health, philanthropy, children and youth services. Kate is currently the Director – Corporate Services for Kids First Australia.

Saphron Hastie

BA (English & Women’s Studies), PG Dip. Social Science Research

Appointed to the Board November 2013

Governance Committee Chair

Saphron has varied experience in not-for-profit governance and community leadership and currently works as a manager in the higher education sector.

Catherine Brooks

Company Secretary


Board Member November 2009 – 2011. Re-appointed November 2016.

EBA Working Group Member

Catherine is an Associate Director at Law Squared. She launched the Not-For-Profit Assist legal membership service during her time at Moores Legal and is accredited as a workplace relations law specialist. She is a regular blog writer for MS Society and author of “Let’s make it work, baby!”

Haidi Badawi

phD, Genetics, Masters(Educational Management and Leadership)

Appointed to the Board 30 November 2017.

Finance & Risk Committee Member.
Haidi has seventeen years of teaching and leadership experience in analysis, coordination and teaching.
Haidi is fluent in English and Arabic, has five patents to her name and is currently on the Advisory Board of Gene Technology Access Centre

Imogen Newhouse

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Appointed to the Board October 2018

Membership Committee Member

Imogen holds a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics. She has worked in international development, environmental sustainability and in the social impact space across Australia, India and Cambodia, as well as a stint in the corporate sector.

Trudy Ryall

Appointed to the Board November 2013. Completed three year term in 2016. Reappointed to the Board 30 November 2017

Membership Committee Member

Trudy has over 20 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector in disability advocacy and other sectors, including animal care, administration, library and research. Trudy has served on a number of disability related committees for the City of Melbourne, City of Casey and City of Monash.

Debbie Sonin

Masters of Social Work, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Fellow of Institute of Leadership and Management, Accredited Mental Health First Aider

Appointed to the Board October 2018

Governance Committee Member

As a social worker and a human resources/diversity and inclusion practitioner, Debbie has over 30 years of experience in the community services, not-for-profit and health sector. As a management consultant, Debbie also often works with organisations around addressing issues of their culture to shift it to a more positive and proactive one.

Debbie is currently undertaking a Diploma of Business (Governance) conducted by the Australian Institute of Community Directors.