Board

Carolyn Phiddian
Chair

Carolyn is a broadband industry strategist focussed on the development of a vibrant digital economy for Australia and reducing the digital divide. Particularly she feels there is a need for broad community access to and understanding of technology and for people to have control of their data privacy and security.  She has lived for a long time in the Inner North of Melbourne and wants the community to continue to thrive and adapt.

Carolyn is a global expert in the creation and operation of nation-wide telecommunications networks.  Carolyn has over twenty five years’ experience in the telecommunications industry in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Asia Pacific.  Her career has been based on leading implementation of innovative technologies for practical business outcomes.

In nbn from 2010 to 2018 Carolyn held a number of key senior management roles including Acting Chief Technology Officer, Executive General Manager Network Operations, General Manager Technology Innovation and General Manager Fibre Access Networks. She represented nbn in industry forums and established university partnerships with the University of Melbourne and UTS.

Carolyn has a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Melbourne and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Craig Kenny
Deputy Chair

Craig works as an independent consultant offering a broad range of professional services to government and the not for profit sector.  He has previously held senior executive roles for more than twenty years in complex and demanding local government environments, including the Inner North. Craig has significant experience in community engagement, policy, planning, program management, corporate services and implementation of major social infrastructure projects.  He has very strong networks within the inner north community and a keen understanding of community dynamics. Craig and his family established the Terry B Kenny Sub-Fund with the Inner North Community Foundation in honour of his brother who passed away in 2006.

Sylvia Admans
Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia joined the Ross Trust as CEO in 2011.  She has lead a transformative process founded on organisational strengths that has enhanced the Trust’s capability and reputation, with an emphasis on extending the Trust’s place-based work in Robinvale, Gippsland and Benalla. Sylvia has worked in the philanthropic sector since 1999. Prior to joining the Trust, she spent 10 years as CEO of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and before that as Manager, Charitable Services, ANZ Trustees and as an Adviser to Philanthropy Australia. Sylvia was a senior manager with the Australian Public Service for many years. She is a qualified librarian, a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, a Churchill Fellow and holds a Diploma from the Australia Institute of Company Directors. She is a Director of the Inner North Community Foundation. Sylvia has longstanding family connections to the Richmond area.

Glenn Beard
Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn Board has extensive experience in the financial planning industry specializing in risk advice. Glenn is currently a consultant to the firm that bought his local business. He has lived in the Inner North of Melbourne for over twenty years, and is also on the finance and investment committee of Preston West Primary. His community involvement includes team manager for his son’s basketball team.

Julie Beckers
Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie has over 20 years experience working in senior management positions in the Employment and Vocational Education and Training sectors.  She currently works with IntoWork Australia where she is actively involved in the creation and establishment of projects that enhance employment opportunities for people from all walks of life.  Julie provides extensive skills and knowledge in project management and tender/grant writing. She is passionate about capacity building in local communities and providing opportunities for people to enhance their ability to find and sustain employment.

Elizabeth Board
Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Board is Development Manager at Camberwell Grammer School and Executive Director of the Camberwell Grammer Foundation. Elizabeth is an active company director, and is Chair of IntoWork Australia, MAS National, MRAEL, AGA, Plus Recruitment and Institute of Training and Further Education.

Rachel English
Director

Rachel English has worked on many sides of the social sector, in fundraising, service delivery and granting. She is currently a philanthropic advisor at Mutual Trust, assisting families with their giving and strategies. Rachel is also a Director of the English Family Foundation which focuses on driving transformational change through partnerships with early stage social enterprises.

Making philanthropy more accessible and appealing is a key interest of Rachel’s. To this end, she is co-chair of NEXUS Australia, a global network uniting young investors, social entrepreneurs and philanthropists to accelerate change; and is a committee member for the Australian International Development Network (AIDN) to encourage more and better International development.

She is a Moreland local and joined the Inner North Community Foundation board in 2020.

Michael Howard
Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael is a commercial lawyer with particular experience in governance, education and construction.  He is a volunteer lawyer with Fitzroy Legal Service’s Night Service, a past Director of the Allan T Marriott Foundation and a past Secretary of Filmoteca, Melbourne’s Spanish and Latin American film association.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

David Kennedy
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David has lived and worked in the Inner North of Melbourne for twenty years and has extensive leadership experience in the local government, university and not for profit sectors. David is currently the Executive Officer of Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network and is passionate about improving education, training and employment opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the region. In recent years David has Chaired the Victorian LLEN State Network and represented Victoria on the School Community Business Partnership Brokers National Network. David is a life member of the Royal Park Brunswick Cricket Club and a past President of the Rotary Club of Brunswick.

Kevin Neville
Director

Kevin is a Chartered Accountant by profession, with an extensive career in professional services with Moore Stephens, later ShineWing Australia, included roles as Managing Partner, Head of Assurance and Chair of the National Moore Stephens network. Since stepping down from the firm, Kevin is now an active Non Executive Director in both the For Profit and For Service sectors. Kevin is Chair of Fund Manager – CorVal Partners Ltd, Disability Service Provider – Interact Australia Ltd, Retirement Living & Residential Care Provider – The Colonists Association of Victoria, Professional Services Firm – Lanyon Partners and is a Director of IntoWork Australia and MAS National Ltd. Kevin sees his leadership role on the various Boards to contribute the Board’s performance and governance in achieving their strategic goals.