Dr Christopher Baker

Dr. Christopher Baker is Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne (CSI Swinburne). His research interests include charitable giving from estates (bequests) and diversity in philanthropy. Christopher’s prior career was in human resources, with experience in the public and private sectors, from manufacturing to banking. He is a past Senior Executive at ANZ; past Chairman of The Salvation Army Employment Plus; and a co-founder of Swinburne Philanthropy Alumni. In 2016 Christopher and his partner Kerri, long-term residents of Brunswick, established the ‘Literacy Matters’ sub-fund with the Inner North Community Foundation.

Sylvia Admans

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

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

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

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.



Michael Howard

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

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.


Craig Kenny

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.

Carolyn Phiddian

Carolyn is a broadband industry strategist focussed on the development of a vibrant digital economy for Australia and reducing the digital divide. 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.  In nbn from 2010 to 2018, Carolyn has developed the long range technology strategy for nbn, engaging across business and academia and leading the establishment of the first university partnerships for nbn, with the University of Melbourne and UTS. Previously Carolyn had senior management roles in Nokia developing and implementing IP based solution architectures for a wide range of clients regionally and globally. She started her career in Telstra culminating in being the first engineering executive for Voice on IP. Carolyn has a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Kevin Neville

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.

We’ve engaged four Board Associates for 12 months, three women and one man, from January 2019. All live in the inner north region, and bring other various links to the Foundation. 

Shea Evans
Board Associate

Shea is currently the Business Development Manager at Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, a position that allows him to create opportunities for international health professionals seeking work in Australia. Building relationships and partners that are mutually beneficial is Shea’s main strength and he loves the challenge of seeking out new opportunities in which growth can take place. Shea has also spent the last 14 years volunteering for Victoria YMCA where he has coordinated and developed leadership programs for young people from across the state as well as the inner north. Shea currently resides in North Fitzroy where he local cafes, keeping fit and any performing arts project that is happening.

Jigna Desai
Board Associate

 Jigna is the regional director for the Hult Prize Foundation. She is a marketing and strategy professional who has worked across five countries with a wide range of organisations and clients, from small start-ups to large corporations. She puts people at the centre of her work and always seeks to develop a deep understanding of all stakeholders through empathy, research and analysis. This skill-set is coupled with an international perspective has allowed her to successfully deliver results across the sports, legal, arts and social enterprise sectors. Jigna holds an MBA from ESADE, a top 20 business school globally, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Michala Stenzel
Board Associate

Michala is a Social Worker at Charcoal Lane, a social enterprise of Mission Australia, located in the heart of Aboriginal Fitzroy on Wurundjeri country. Her experience lays primarily in the youth sector within non-government organisations, centred on health, education, and more recently, employment. Michala believes strongly in the power of community to create positive change, a leader for Melbourne Girls Outside, and a member of Clifton Hill’s newly created Waste Action Group.

Caroline Doherty
Board Associate

 Caroline currently leads Melbourne Airport’s Community Investment program, as the airport embarks on its biggest period of growth and redevelopment since its initial construction .  Caroline’s 18-year career experience has fostered Caroline’s passion for seeking out and engaging with communities around the issues that matter most to them.  Her experience around behaviour-change communications, public relations and CSR, has seen her lead water conservation media communications behalf of the water industry during Victoria’s worst drought. Caroline has applied her skills and experience in PR and fundraising for campaigns such as suicide prevention and men’s mental health, and the management of large-scale stakeholder engagement events with within the aviation, film and tourism sectors. Caroline is proud a Rezza (Reservoir) local for the past 6 years and has called the inner north home for nearly twenty years. She is a passionate gardener, weekends are often spent nurturing her suburban food forest with the assistance of her young son and partner.