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.
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.
Agata has over 15 years’ experience in social planning and policy development, working across community, government and industry. She is an experienced project manager and strategist, having led a range of complex social research, stakeholder engagement and evaluation projects to inform public policy and urban development.
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 Canberra, Akhila has been part of the Kensington community since 2016, regularly attending workshops and teaching English as a Second Language once a week. Akhila works as a project and change manager across the government, private and not for profit sectors. When she’s not working, you can find Akhila exploring Melbourne, working on her latest craft project and playing the alto saxophone.
Mike and his partner Anne first moved into Kensington in 1986, and returned there again in 2012 after ten years living and working in Vietnam and Hong Kong. Their two children were raised in the community, attending the Kensington Community Childcare Co-operative and Kensington Primary School. Mike was a member of the Board of KCCC during its transition from its original premises in Henry Street to its current location. Mike is the CEO of CAVAL, a not for profit co-operative which has been supporting Australian libraries since 1978. He has over thirty five years’ professional experience in libraries and higher education in Australia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.