Meet our Team

Meet our team who are excited to help you make a difference and grow your organisation, to help the communities and make the difference you and your organisation wish to accomplish.

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Tom Conley (MAICD, AMICDA)
Director & Chief Executive Officer

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Tom's work and organisations that he is currently active and supports:

  • Diverse Community and Social Services Australia Inc. (DCSS Australia Inc.), "President, Executive Managing Director, and Co-Founder", since 2014. DCSS Australia is also formally known as LGBTIQ – Support & Protection Services Inc.

  • Lions Clubs International (Victoria), "LEO Club Program Coordinator and Club Public Relations Chair"; he has also held the following past positions within Lions Clubs International (Victoria): "Youth of the Year (Youth Speaking Competition) Chairperson and District Succession Advisor", Tom joined the organization in 2017.

  • LEO Clubs International (Victoria), "Program Coordinator and Club President", which Tom is a Charter member and was the founder of the club under the banner of Lions Clubs International, where he helps young people become community leaders and serve their local communities by gaining Leadership - Experience and Opportunities, which he has been involved with since 2019.

  • Celebrating Abilities Inc., "Governance Advisor to the President and Founder", Celebrating Abilities is a health, fitness, and rehabilitation service, which is a registered Charity in Melbourne which helps support physical and mental health disadvantaged people to gain their skills; strength, and health, which he has been involved with since 2017.

  • Women into Leadership, "Leadership Consultant", where he helps support passionate women; young leaders, and entrepreneurs with skills, experience, knowledge, and opportunities to get into leadership roles in all sectors, positions, and opportunities, which he has been involved within since 2019.

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Tom's current Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Active LEO Clubs International Charter Member and Club President, since 2019;

  • Active Lions Clubs International Member, since 2017;

  • Voting member of Fitzroy Legal Services;

  • Voting member of Eastern Community Legal Services;

  • Member of Family Law Council Australia;

  • Currently holds the post-nominals and membership of AMICDA (Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors), since 2018;

  • Currently holds the post-nominals and membership of MAICD (Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors), since 2020;

  • Candidate for Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Criminology (BASocSc) through Swinburne University.

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Ted Cushing (BSc, MSc)

Consultant & Board Secretary

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Simon Paton (B.Comm, GradDipEd, MA, AASM) Business Development Director

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Simon Paton is a change and communications specialist with experience from not only the not-for-profit and grants sector, but also across the Australian Government and Defence. Simon understands the conundrum that many face when they are seeking a new path.

 

In the maze which is bureaucracy, Simon brings insights working within government, and his experiences as a Squadron Leader in the RAAF showcase an understanding of serving in support of complex and demanding Defence environments.

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Maria Pereira

People & Culture Officer

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Sukhjeet holds a bachelor's degree in computer science engineering and a master's degree in information technology from Charles Sturt University.

 

During the studies, he had a chance to work on various projects related to systems analysis, software development, and databases. In his personal life, he is passionate about travelling, having new experiences, and always up for adventures.

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