ABIGAIL ELLIOTT – CHAIRPERSON
Making a positive difference for those that are ‘having it tough’ is Abigail’s main driver and passion at work. Having trained as an occupational therapist in Adelaide she began her career with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to rural and remote communities. After 5 years working in a range of sectors including mental health, paediatrics, aged care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and becoming the manage of the OT department she moved to Sydney to work in a health promotion team to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in young people. This role then led to me becoming the Executive Officer of the NSW Association for Adolescent Health where she advocated for the health issues of young homeless people and those ‘at risk’ of homelessness. In 2008 she moved to Melbourne and began working for Family Planning Victoria coordinating a leadership program for young GLBTIQ people before taking up her current role as Manager of the Community Development Unit at YMCA Victoria.
SIAN HARRIS – VICE CHAIR
Sian currently works in environmental policy and legislation in bushfire and emergency management with the Victorian Public Service. Her professional background includes environmental science, regulation, land management and stakeholder engagement in environmental sectors. For the past 10 years, Sian has worked in various state public services (NSW, QLD and now VIC), and prior to that was in environmental consulting. She has extensive public and stakeholder engagement experience, has been a member of an RSPCA Committee in Central Queensland, and is a resident of the local area.
ANDREW CARRA – TREASURER
Andrew settled into Kensington in 2002. Andrew’s three children love spending time and learning new skills in the Neighbourhood house. Andrew is a director of Carra Wealth Management and Red Sparrow Property and Finance and has a strong background in financial services and funds management.
MARIE DELANEY – SECRETARY
Marie Delaney is a Director of My Marketing Coach and has worked in Marketing for over 15 years in London, Australia and New Zealand for a number of global companies. Until recently the Delaney family lived in Kensington for 7 years where both Millie and Ruby have spent their childhood being part of the Kensington Neighbourhood House family under the guidance of the childcare team.
YLAN RODGERS – GENERAL MEMBER
Ylan has a professional and personal background which is as diverse as where she’s lived. She is originally from Canada, where she completed high school in French, a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and a post-graduate diploma in computer programming. Ylan (and her husband Ryan) then spent twelve years in the Netherlands travelling, learning Dutch, working as a software engineer and project manager, before she left IT to follow her passion for interior design. Three years ago, they moved to Australia and Kensington and are enjoying it immensely. Ylan now divides her time between exploring all Melbourne has to offer, friends, and is writing her first novel.
KATE RICHES – GENERAL MEMBER
Originally from the UK, Kate moved to Melbourne in 2003 to set up an office for her London-based employer. Fast forward 13 years and Kate and her husband John have been living in Kensington for seven years and love the community spirit in Kensington. Kate’s three children are regular attendees at Neighbourhood House and particular fans of the art club and childcare programme. Kate has a background in European languages and more than 15 years’ management experience in sales and marketing.
EDITH CHEN – GENERAL MEMBER
Edith has been active in the Kensington/Flemington community since 2005. Her focus has always been getting the local isolated older Chinese community engaged and connected. She has worked across several disciplines; taught in a local TAFE and at a Chinese University and she is interested in practicing quality management.
Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Steven has lived in Melbourne since 2000. A university exchange to Latrobe University during a BA in Communications originally brought him to Melbourne, and following several years working in marketing for the publishing industry, postgraduate study in public relations kick-started a career in community engagement. Steven then worked for around six years as a community engagement consultant, working largely for government clients around Victoria. He then was the City of Melbourne’s ‘Neighbourhood Development Officer’ for Kensington and North Melbourne, providing strategic advice to internal and external stakeholders about the best ways to create collaborative, connected and sustainable local communities. He lives in Brunswick with his old Miniature Schnauzer Rudi and leads a ‘secret double life’ as a DJ.
Michelle Welsh is a Professor and Head of the Department of Business Law and Taxation in the Monash Business School at Monash University. She researches and teaches in corporate law and has a particular interest in corporate ethics and accountability. Michelle has experience on other not for profit boards and management committees and moved to Kensington with her two daughters in early 2016.