Board of Directors

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MICHAEL SIRMAI

Chair

Michael advises companies, executives and boards on strategy, growth, governance and change.

In a career of over 15 years in banking, finance and law, Michael has served in key roles including general management, strategy, distribution, treasury and product. He is currently Strategic Consultant to the co-founders of Harrison.ai, a leading clinician-led healthcare artificial intelligence company. Previously he spent more than a decade at the Westpac Group, and started his career as an M&A and capital markets lawyer in top tier law firms in Sydney and New York.

 

In addition to regular pro bono consulting to the social sector, he is Chair of the Young Ambassadors Committee, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, a member of St. Vincent's Health Australia's NSW Advisory Council, and a member of the UNSW Law Advisory Council. Michael holds Bachelor degrees in Arts & Law from UNSW, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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RICHARD LEVINE

Treasurer

Richard has worked in a wide variety of financial, operation and general management roles, from start-ups to large corporates. He spent many years with Metcash (IGA, Mitre 10, Campells Cash and Carry) before owning and operating independent supermarkets, focusing on turnaround opportunities. He also runs an operational consulting and outsourcing business assisting medium size businesses with their financial and operational processes. 

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DIGBY HUGHES

Board Member

Digby is currently the Senior Policy and Research Officer for Homelessness NSW, a peak not for profit organisation that works with its members to prevent and reduce homelessness across NSW. He looks forward to the day when homelessness can be eliminated. 

He has worked in the community sector for over 20 years in a range of roles including service delivery, advocacy and management. He is a Board member for Amelie Housing and has previously served on the boards of Shelter NSW, The Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and Ability Technology. 

Digby has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with a double major in Political Science, and spends far too much time dabbling in politics. In his spare time he participates in ultra-marathons and rock climbs. 

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LAUREN O'SHAUGHNESSY

Board Member

Lauren completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Social Inquiry at UTS. She has spent the last decade working in the philanthropic sector for corporate foundations at Macquarie Group, Clayton Utz and AMP; and in the non-profit sector at MS Research Australia.

Lauren is currently Program Manager for the Macquarie Group Foundation and is responsible for the strategic and operational activities of the Foundation in Australia and New Zealand. In 2017 Lauren was a member of The Observership Program with the Sydney Theatre Company board; she is a member of Philanthropy Australia's New Generation of Giving program, and is an active volunteer with The Australian Red Cross and the Footpath Library Theatre Company.

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LENORE ROBERTSON

Board Member

Lenore is a passionate philanthropist and lover of performing arts. Previously a secondary teacher, Lenore has also been a performer, a director and a producer as well at the Artistic Director of Epicentre Theatre Company. Lenore serves as a Director of the Griffin Theatre Company and is the Chair of the Robertson Foundation. Lenore is also the Chair of Milk Crate Theatre's Artistic Advisory Council. 

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VICTORIA TURNER

Board Member

Victoria is a senior executive with over 20 years' experience in strategic marketing, distribution, operations and general business management in the financial services, media and performing arts industries in Australia and internationally for companies including Macquarie Bank, AMP, Perpetual and News Corp Australia. Currently Victoria is consulting to companies in multiple industries on business and marketing strategies to enable transformation and growth. Victoria has been a Director of Milk Crate Theatre since June 2013, has an MBA from AGSM UNSW and is a GAICD from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Milk Crate Theatre is proudly a Gold Mental Health First Aid skilled Workplace. 

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