Elise is a mediator, lawyer, and author. She is the Principal of Legally Speaking and the co-founder and Managing Director of Australian Books for Children of Africa Ltd. Elise worked for many years in the corporate sector, where she held senior roles, including Head of Legal at Liberty Financial Pty Limited and Manager Risk and Compliance for Telstra Wholesale. Prior to joining the corporate sector, Elise worked at various law firms, including Arnold Bloch Leibler in Melbourne. Elise is an active student of the arts, has studied classical piano and holds a licentiate in speech and drama from Trinity College London. She was named in Melbourne’s Age Magazine as one of the top one hundred most passionate, powerful, and provocative personalities of 2012.
Steve is a Partner with PKF Melbourne Chartered Accountants in the Audit & Assurance practice, where he provides assurance services and business advice to a range of small proprietary through larger publicly listed and multinational clients and government business entities. His role demands strong communication skills, enabling his service delivery across a range of roles – client Management, Boards of Directors and Audit Committees, and Investors. Particularly interested in providing services to his clients in the not-for-profit sector, he draws on those experiences to provide insight through his Director and Committee roles to St Martins and Australian Communities Foundation.
Kath established Kath Papas Productions, specialising in contemporary dance and performance. Kath’s preferred mode is to work with a small group of artists from concept and development through to presentation and touring. Her current artists include leading dance artists Yumi Umiumare and Tony Yap, choreographer Clare Dyson, and theatremaker Kate Hunter. For almost a decade now, Kath has worked on co-productions and touring in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, China, and South America. Kath is also Creative Producer for the ground-breaking performance company Finucane & Smith, working with the company regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has been Creative Producer for Melbourne’s Green Room Awards Ceremony since 2016. Kath was the producer of the National Dance Forum for the Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National for 2011 and 2013 and co-producer of the 2015 edition. She also co-produced the 2015 National Dance Forum for the Australia Council of the Arts. Her previous board roles include Next Wave Festival, where she was Deputy Chair from 2012 to 2016, Arts Access Victoria and Arts Industry Council Victoria. From 2003 to 2009, she was Director/CEO of Ausdance Victoria, developing and delivering advocacy and industry development, festivals, conferences, and awards.
Arjun is a Senior Manager in EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Service practice working within the Outcomes Measurement Team. He has over ten years of professional experience in the Monitoring & Evaluation and Impact Measurement & Management fields. Arjun leads numerous innovative engagements seeking to develop frameworks to measure, value and manage the often “intangible” impacts of organisations’ operations and investments. Prior to joining EY, Arjun co-founded The Incus Group, a boutique consultancy that specialised in developing the capacity of Not-for-Profit providers in the Community Services sector to evaluate their activities and measure their social and economic impacts.
Kudzai joined BlueRock in 2021 as an Associate Director of their Accounting division. Because of his diverse history in financial services and entrepreneurial businesses, Kudzai has an impressive understanding of how the mechanics of a business can be maneuvered for optimal performance. Kudzai also works with businesses to provide tax advice, design performance metrics, and advise on complex employee remuneration plans through Employee Share Option Plans (ESOP) and Employee Share Schemes (ESS). In his spare time, Kudzai uses his creative brain to create various forms of abstract art.
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