Our People

Sharyn Coughlan

CHAIR, NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sharyn’s consulting practice has a strong reputation for developing and evaluating organisational strategies that are characterised by innovation and results. She is an accomplished executive manager and coaching professional with more than 30 years’ experience driving planning and change at all three levels of government, as well as the NFP and private sectors.

Her qualifications include a Masters in Public Policy from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma of Social Ecology from Western Sydney University. These are complemented by studies in Corporate Wellness, Consulting & Coaching Psychology, and Government Investigations.

She holds nationally recognised qualifications in Training & Assessment, and Corporate & Workplace Coaching. Sharyn is accredited (ACC) with the International Coach Federation, is a member of the Australian HR Institute, and the Australian Evaluation Society.

Alan Maurice

Alan Maurice

TREASURER, NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alan has worked in finance (Management and Financial Accounting ) since 1977 and employed by the University of Technology in Sydney in 1985 as a Project Accountant managing Research projects in the Financial Services Unit. In 2004 he moved into the Research Division as Finance Manager looking after the Central and Divisional budgets; Project Funding and reporting to funding bodies.

He completed an MBA from the University of South Australia in 2009.

Alan was on the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Community Church Sydney (MCC) from 1994 as Treasurer until 2008 when he took on the role of Chair from which he has recently resigned. Alan is currently the Co-Chair for Queer South Asians (TRIKONE Australasia) in NSW- a not for profit entity.

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Vicki Gordon

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Vicki has extensive experience in the Australian music industry and creative sector having worked as a musician, music theatre producer, festival director, cultural consultant, artistic director, artist manager, marketing director, record label executive and ARIA Board director. She has been a passionate advocate and lobbyist for gender and cultural equality her entire career. Vicki was the only Australian Music Executive in the 2019 TOP 100 AFR Women of Influence and a finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Vicki was producer for the internationally acclaimed First Nations production Barefoot Divas – Walk A Mile in my Shoes; commissioning co-producer with Belvoir Theatre for the Indigenous Rock Musical Barbara & the Camp Dogs, picking up 4x Green Room Awards in 2020 and 4x Helpmann Awards in 2019 including Best Musical, Best Production and Best Score. She is founding Executive Producer for Australian Women in Music Awards & Conference Program and creative producer for Vicki Gordon Music Productions.

Vicki has been awarded a Human Rights Commendation, Community Cultural Development, Women in the Arts Fellowships and received Gold and Platinum ARIA awards in recognition of her contribution to industry, she holds a Certificate of Completion in Indigenous Cultural Protocols for Business.

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Janice Nadew

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Janice brings 20 years of experience in leadership, engagement, and strategic communications working across the not-for-profit, public, and private sectors. She is known for driving outcomes through her leadership, strategic thinking, and stakeholder engagement skills. She can form connections and bring teams together, working towards a shared vision. She can cut through the clutter to deliver holistic and engaging communications. She helps leaders create their vision and deliver their priorities through storytelling. When faced with a problem to solve or an outcome to achieve, she will be resourceful, strategic, and considered to make it happen.

As a member of the culturally and linguistically diverse community, she is committed to supporting individuals to gain confidence in their abilities and uniqueness, so they thrive in Australian workplaces. She serves as a mentor and coach, helps individuals gain clarity on their strengths, and be comfortable with who they are.

She is currently a Principal Advisor to an Executive in a government agency. She leads a cross-functional team that looks after the division’s financial management, governance, engagement, and project delivery.

She has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa. Her qualifications include a Masters of Arts in International Communications from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Communication from De La Salle University (Philippines). She is also a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Merenia Marin

Merenia Marin

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Merenia is a multi-talented musician and singer/songwriter. She brings 18 years of experience in developing therapeutic music programs, having successfully facilitated programs in disabilities, for under privileged communities, youth, asylum seekers and refugees from over 30 different ethnic groups worldwide.

Her experience is extensive and has culminated in the delivery of programs for young people in Vanuatu, including the outlying remote islands, Australia, North America, Canada, Hawaii and the Pacific. Merenia worked for 4 ½ years as a youth/ case worker with Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers and currently works as an Enterprise Facilitator for Settlement Services International’s Ignite Ability Program working with newly arrived humanitarian entrants, asylum seekers and people living with disability.

Her expertise utilizes the Sirolli method of Enterprise facilitation, a world first initiative focused on real economic development by harnessing the passion and entrepreneurship of these cohorts. With her heritage mix of Maori, Roma and Gypsy she combines her vast experience in the human services sector, and as an artist, to bring hope and change to young people’s lives all over the world.

Merenia is also a part of the internationally acclaimed performance group Barefoot Divas and is signed to ABC Music Publishing as a song writer.

Reverend Andrew Collis

Reverend Andrew Collis

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rev. Andrew (BDes, BTh) is the Parish Minister at the South Sydney Uniting Church in Redfern/ Waterloo, and Managing Editor of the South Sydney Herald. Formerly Chaplain to the University of New South Wales (1998-2005), he writes and performs with folk-blues project, the Refrains.

In 2016 Andrew was a visiting scholar in the philosophy department at Boston College, Massachusetts. In 2017 he completed a masters program at the National Art School, with a special interest in “outsider art”. As a co-founder of the Orchard Gallery (artist-run space) in Waterloo, he is committed to the inter-relationship of spirituality and the arts, creativity and healing.

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