Governance

Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd has a constitution that covers all areas of governance.

Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd is governed by an elected, voluntary Board of Management, which meets bi-monthly.

Our Board

Susanne Legena - Chairperson

Susanne Legena

Susanne was appointed to the commUnity+ Board in 2016 and the role of Chair in 2019. Susanne is the Chair of the Governance Committee.

Susanne is the CEO of Plan International Australia and an advocate for foreign aid and community development, gender equality and youth participation. Susanne has held various executive roles at Plan International Australia, including Executive Manager overseeing and leading operations, Deputy CEO, and Director of Public Engagement, leading policy, advocacy and communications efforts. She has previously served as Chief of Staff to the Victorian Minister for Energy, Resources and Community Development, where she contributed to key policies on energy and climate change as well as leading the implementation of A Fairer Victoria; a whole of government social policy action plan to address disadvantage and promote inclusion and participation.

She has dedicated her career to working on social justice issues, since commencing working life as a community development worker for an international youth-led student organisation, and for several non-government organisations tackling family violence, poverty, youth unemployment and homelessness.

Susanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Flinders University and a Master of Arts (Professional Communication) from Deakin University.

Greg Bowers - Treasurer

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Greg was appointed to the commUnity+ Board in early 2017 and the role of Treasurer in 2018. Greg is the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Greg is the Chief Financial Officer at Trust for Nature in Victoria, a statutory authority protecting native plants and wildlife on private land in Victoria.

Greg has extensive experience in financial management. He has overseen large-scale financial and process management at the Australian Crime Commission and PMSC.

A certified TEFL teacher, Greg has worked overseas as an English teacher and is passionate about opportunities that arise through adult education. Greg brings his extensive financial and operational management experience to commUnity+.

Greg has a Bachelor of Business from Ballarat University and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Nella Buccheri

Nella Buccheri

Nella was appointed to the commUnity+ Board in 2016 and the role of Deputy Chair in 2021. Nella is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Nella is the Associate Director of Legal Practice at Victoria Legal Aid. Nella has significant experience in criminal law and more than 10 years’ experience working in the delivery of legal services through her role in the Legal Practice Directorate.

Nella is a local resident with a strong interest in social justice. She is an advocate for the work of commUnity+ in local communities and is committed to improving service provision in the Western Suburbs. Nella is particularly interested in providing better services in the Melton area for new and emerging communities and people experiencing family violence.

Nella has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from La Trobe University and is an Australian legal practitioner.

Brendan Walsh

Brendan Walsh

Brendan was appointed to the Board of commUnity+ in 2019. Brendan is a member of the Governance Committee.

For more than three decades, Brendan has been a passionate and inspired contributor to non-profits in Australia. His substantial experience includes roles as Senior Executive, CEO, Director and Board Chair of a range of highly successful and strategically focused organisations. He has worked in community and social enterprises, as well as state and local governments.

Brendan has a passion for transforming organisations to better support the people and communities they serve. He also has interest and experience in helping organisations to identify and seize opportunities for alliances, partnerships and, when appropriate, mergers.

Brendan has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the AICD and holds an Executive Certificate in Non-profit Governance from the Harvard Business School (Boston, USA).

Louise Walters

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Louise was appointed to the commUnity+ Board in 2020. Louise is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Louise is the Assistant Director of Pricing at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), where her role includes administering the NDIA’s Australia-wide pricing policy.

Louise is dedicated to supporting commUnity+ towards its vision of building safe and vibrant communities in the West, where people are engaged, respected and in charge of their future. She brings a decade of experience delivering business improvement programs across private and government sectors, as well as experience in the financial services and technology industries.

Louise is a local resident of Newport and has held a number of non-executive volunteer positions, including as a Board Director of the Brain Injury Foundation of Victoria.

Louise has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, and certification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Olivia Joel

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Olivia was appointed to the commUnity+ Board in 2020. Olivia is a member of the Governance Committee.

Olivia is a Manager at Nous Group, an international management consultancy, and is passionate about instrumenting meaningful change through social policy and community development.

Olivia has worked with not-for-profit, government and member-based clients across a range of sectors, including education, human services, health and justice. She has worked extensively in business development, public policy, regulation, organisational performance and strategy. Olivia currently volunteers as a mentor through YWCA’s Asista program, which links girls aged 12–18 in the child protection system with a positive female role model to build self-esteem, resilience and confidence.

Olivia has a double degree in Law (Honours) and Commerce (International Commerce) from Monash University and undertook postgraduate studies in globalisation and international economic law.

Jackie Mead

Jackie was appointed to the commUnity+ Board in 2020. Jackie is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Jackie is the co-CEO of Red Nose.

Jackie is a long-time resident of Melbourne’s Inner West and has a passion for creating and supporting vibrant communities that are inclusive and compassionate at their core. She brings 15 years of not-for-profit experience, along with a background in consulting and HR.

Jackie has a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Melbourne (ANZSOG). Jackie has certification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Emma Hunt

Emma was appointed to the commUnity+ Board in 2020. Emma is a member of the Governance Committee.Emma Hunt

Emma is an Executive Manager at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA). Emma is an experienced executive with broad expertise across the legal, not-for-profit, and government sectors in Australia and overseas. Her experience in leadership and management includes six years as a Co-Executive Director, Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) Vic Inc. (now known as Justice Connect), seven years as a senior manager in the Department of Justice and Regulation, and four years at VLA in a variety of roles.

Emma is an advocate for not-for-profit organisations that seek to improve the lives of Victorians experiencing disadvantage. Her career has been based on her belief that a strong legal assistance sector is a way of ensuring Victorians experiencing disadvantage receive the advice and help they need when engaging with the law and the justice system, in turn strengthening communities and individual agency.

Emma has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Adelaide, and a first-class Master’s degree in Criminology from The University of Melbourne. She is admitted to practice law in Victoria and holds a current practising certificate.

 

 Our Senior Managment Team

Tracey Gaudry - Chief Executive Officer

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Tracey is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years’ experience in executive and governance roles. Her previous CEO roles for community and for-purpose organisations include Respect Victoria and the Amy Gillett Foundation. Her governance roles have included Vice President Union Cycliste Internationale where she chaired the global Women’s Commission and Advocacy Commission.

Tracey has led organisations to focus on crucial prevention and early intervention research; policy and programming initiatives supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in local, regional, national and international communities.

Tracey is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the diverse communities that commUnity+ serves and has brought significant knowledge, experience and insights to commUnity+.

Tracey holds Bachelor degrees in Commerce and Science from Deakin University, a Masters in Management from the National Graduate School of Management, Australian National University, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Aimie Meier- General Manager Shared Services

aimieAimie brings extensive experience in senior leadership roles in For Purpose and Government positions spanning corporate services, finance, program management and strategic projects. Aimie joins us from Summer Housing where she oversaw and managed a range of critical service functions including finance, risk and compliance, property and contract management, marketing, client services, IT, HR, Board Governance and OHS. Among her other diverse experiences, Aimie has led, developed, and implemented strategic and operational improvement initiatives in previous roles with Common Equity Housing Limited and the former Department of Human Services.

Craig Liddell - General Manager of Education

Craig LiddellCraig has been engaged in the education sector for over twenty (20) years, including adult and community education, higher education, and vocational education and training. His varied roles have included business development, policy, and program management.

Craig has a passion for the transformative nature of education, enabling diverse community members to access education and training, regardless of background and experience, based on personal needs and aspirations.

Melbourne based for ten (10) years, Craig has a Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Media, Diploma of Vocational Education and Training Practice, and Executive Master of Business Administration.