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Board

We have established avery strong and accountable governance structure that provides leadership and support to the organisation and spreads our message to the wider community. We have attracted members to our Board of Management who have wide experience in the corporate sector and who strongly identify with our core values. 

 

 

 Jill Kokinos

Chairperson  

Jill joined the board in 2015, having spent almost a decade coordinating outdoor education and physical education in schools. More recently, Jill has undertaken General Management and Operational Management roles in the manufacturing and electrical industries and currently works for Lawrence and Hanson.

Along with a Bachelor of Education, Jill holds a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Passionate about social justice, Jill is a firm believer in the value of camps experiences, and is excited to have the opportunity to make a contribution on the ERC board.

Subcommittees:

  • Risk, Audit & Finance
  • Nominations, Personnel and Governance
 

Mairead O'Sullivan

Deputy Chair

Mairead has over eighteen years of work experience in the local government, not for profit, health, community and education fields.  Both her professional and volunteer work is driven by a commitment to social justice and a focus on the population groups who experience differential access to social and economic resources required for health and wellbeing. 

Mairead began her involvement with the Edmund Rice Camps as a volunteer on camps in 1996 and has volunteered in a number of organisations working with youth including Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre African Homework Club and as mentor with the Moreland L2P driving program.

Mairead has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and is currently the Manager Health Promotion at Barwon Health.  Her work focuses on large scale evaluation, funding applications and strategic planning to deliver improved health outcomes for the community.

Subcommittee: Evaluation

   Georgia Harris

Secretary

Georgia has a degree in Social Science Youth Work and has been fortunate enough to work with a variety of young people from Indigenous Youth both here in Victoria but also Queensland to working with young people across the Edmund Rice Schools Network to being fortunate enough to spend two summers working at a camp in Maine, USA.

Georgia was based at Edmund Rice Centre ‘Amberley’ for two years as the Coordinator of the Youth Ministry Team. In an office next door to ERC, Georgia developed and implemented personal development, leadership and spirituality programs for young people. Georgia has been an active volunteer with Edmund Rice Camps and other not-for-profits including: St Vincent De Paul, the Homeless World Cup and St Christopher’s Antioch. Georgia spent two years volunteering with the Edmund Rice Network in Murgon/Cherbourg QLD, an Indigenous Community located 3 hours North West of Brisbane, working with young people involved with or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system.  On returning to Victoria Georgia worked as a House Parent for Worawa Aboriginal College, an Indigenous boarding school for girls located in Healesville.  Georgia is now the Indigenous Community Links Coordinator at Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, where she provides referrals, advice and advocacy for Indigenous Community members. Georgia is looking forward to bringing her experience in working in the community services sector to the Edmund Rice Camps Board of Management.

Subcommittee: Evaluation

 

Guy Steel

Treasurer

Guy joined the Board in January 2016 and is currently Chair of the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Guy has worked in a number of senior Finance and business roles in a career spanning over 25 years.

Subcommittee: Risk, Audit & Finance

 

Kimberly Downes

Kimberly joined the Board in 2018. She was connected to ERC through her son who has been a volunteer for ERC five years. Kimberly has over 30 years in Fundraising and Marketing, including extensive work in the USA and in Australia.

Currently Kimberly is Director of Community Relations at Ruyton Girls' School overseeing fundraising, marketing, communications, advertising, brand development, the alumnae program and archives. Her passion is in changing the culture of philanthropy by introducing more skilled based volunteer programs and philanthropy as a regular part of programs. She demonstrates that herself by the many volunteer activities she held in the past with The Reach Foundation, Good Samaritan Inn and Xavier College to name a few. She is currently on the Board of Directors with the Australian Pituitary Foundation and the Committee of the Melbourne Women’s Network.

Subcommittee: Fundraising

 

Janelle Howell

Janelle was introduced to ERC as a camper and attended her first camp at Shoreham inJanuary 1991. From this first camping experience Janelle went on to complete in excess of 20 camps in various roles including designing and running an extra camp for younger boys in her home town, Creswick, attending an ERC South Australian camp and representing ERC Victoria at the first national ERC conference in Sydney. Janelle spent time on the Board and Fundraising committee during the 90s and more recently volunteered her time to join the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee (November 2014) and re-join the Board (April 2015).  
 
Professionally Janelle is the Head of Enterprise Financial Crime Risk at the National Australia Bank focusing on risk frameworks and oversight for NAB globally in respect of Anti-Money Laundering, Counter Terrorism Financing, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Sanctions and Fraud. Priorto arriving at NAB, Janelle spent 12 years in the UK where she held various senior financial services risk and governance roles including at Barclays, CMCMarkets, Allianz and Lend Lease. Janelle has had significant global experience across a range of jurisdictions in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, US,Middle East and Africa. She has also held a number of key regulator-approved roles in compliance and money laundering. Janelle holds two Bachelor degrees (Arts and Education) and an MSc (Risk Management).
 
Janelle is passionate about the community work ERC does and the people who make it happen. 

Subcommittee: Risk, Audit & Finance

Henry Malia
Henry joined the Board in late 2016. For over thirty years Henry held the position of Deputy Principal in a number of Edmund Rice schools and has been retired from teaching since 2015.
Having seen first hand the enormous benefits that ERCamps provide to young people, both as participants and volunteers, Henry is honoured to be a member of ERCamps Victoria Board and looks forward to supporting the great work that is been done by so many people.

Subcommittees:

  • Fundraising
  • Nominations, Personnel and Governance

 

 Vee Vien Tan

Vee Vien Tan

Vee joined the Board in June 2016.  She feels strongly about the work done by Edmund Rice Camps in providing opportunities to encourage and equip children and families impacted by social and financial disadvantage.  Vee also considers that the positive mentoring relationships fostered by camp experiences are essential for the mutual development of the volunteers and attendees of the camps. 

Professionally, Vee is a senior lawyer in the dispute resolution and litigation group of national commercial law firm Gilbert + Tobin.  Vee has extensive experience and has acted for individual, commercial and government clients in matters involving multiple industries.  Vee is highly regarded for her financial numeracy and enjoys working closely with clients and peers to develop commercial and strategic solutions.

Vee is also a Board Director of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. 

Subcommittee: Nominations, Personnel and Governance

Staff

Our small team of professionals keep the wheels of the ERC turning by taking care of the essential roles of, volunteer recruitment and training, quality assurance, program development, coordination with referring agencies, fundraising, management of equipment, vehicles and resources, governance and legal compliance, marketing, communication and all the thousands other small task it takes to keep ERC the strong vibrant organisation it is.

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Work Experience / Student Placement

ERC has a strong history of and commitment to providing quality-learning opportunities to students undertaking placements. 

If you are seeking a student placement opportunity we would appreciate you submitting your request with plenty of time before you are required to undertake your placement.

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