Our People

Our people are the heart and soul of the Foundation.

The Foundation’s governance and operational roles comprise the following:

The Foundation Board consists of 10 volunteer directors who bring experience, skills, networks and a commitment to the region. Terms are fixed and public applications are invited when vacancies arise.

Board Associates are appointed to observe board meetings and contribute to, and build engagement with, their diverse networks. Recruitment generally occurs each November, with Associates commencing the following January.


Carolyn Phiddian

Carolyn is a broadband industry strategist focused on the development of a vibrant digital economy 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 is a long-term resident of the Inner North of Melbourne.

Carolyn is a global expert in the creation and operation of nationwide telecommunications networks. Carolyn has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry in Australia and internationally.

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.

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.

Rachel English

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.

Eamonn Fennessy

Eamonn has over 27 years’ experience leading diverse portfolios in the local and state government sectors.

He is currently Director Community at Moreland City Council, responsible for providing high quality community focused programs and services for early years, youth, family, and older people and wellbeing outcomes for recreation, health, education, cultural vibrancy, safety, social cohesion, community engagement, communications, and customer experience.

Eamonn has a background in landscape architecture and significant expertise in community engagement and strategy. He has previously held executive leadership roles with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, working with communities from the inner north through the pandemic, and prior to that with the City of Melbourne. Eamonn is passionate about community, place and social justice and the provision of high quality and inclusive community services and programs that build creative, healthy, caring and inclusive places for people of all cultures, religions, ages and abilities to thrive.

Eamonn and his family have lived in Darebin for 20 years.

Philippa Day

Philippa’s professional experience spans the corporate, government, not-for-profit and education sectors, in Australia and overseas. Her skills include community & government engagement, partnership brokering, communications & marketing, project management and people leadership. She managed a large volunteer workforce for Red Cross Victoria and worked as a fundraiser for UNICEF NZ. She is currently Manager Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainability Victoria.

Between 2016-2021 Philippa served on Merri-bek Council’s Reconciliation and Human Rights Advisory Committees. She also co-founded the grassroots Moreland Reconciliation Initiative (now Merri-bek Allyship Network). Philippa has been Chair of Reynard Street Neighbourhood House since 2019. She has volunteered with a wide range of not-for-profits over the years, and been a respite foster carer since 2020.

Philippa holds a Master of Arts (Hons) in English Literature and Post Graduate Certificate in Marketing. She won a Victorian Government Women’s Board Leadership Program Scholarship in 2021, and has completed the AICD’s Foundations of Directorship and Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors courses.

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 Named Fund with the Inner North Community Foundation in honour of his brother who passed away in 2006.

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, AGA, 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.

Hiruni Peiris

Hiruni is the owner of Northcote Bakeshop, with a passion for sustainable business. She is known for her work on the Wangim project (reducing coffee cups going to landfill), participating in many sustainability events, mentoring students in sustainability projects and establishing the Darebin Zero Waste Business Facebook Group.

Hiruni has also mentored and partnered with businesses and established an online Darebin Traders Association with 100+ members. As a representative of this Association, Hiruni has advocated to politicians, Council, made meaningful connections and been a conduit of information.

Hiruni’s initiative for progressing positive change and responding to global crises through positive local actions that support and grow local community and business. Her own business donates their end of day bread and baked products regularly to local social enterprises.

Hiruni and her family live in Darebin, and she joined as a Director of the Foundation in 2021

Rose Barletta

Rose brings extensive leadership experience in local government with portfolio management of community services (family & children’s services; public health services; social policy to support diversity and inclusion) and corporate services (customer experience functions and information management functions).

She has deep experience working in the inner north and is driven to be in-service of community to deliver positive and enduring impact.

Rose joined the board in 2021 and is focussed on delivering strong governance, partnerships and outcomes for the communities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra.

Enna Giampiccolo

Enna is a senior leader in corporate communications, customer experience and community engagement, and brings more than 20 years’ experience gained in state and local government sector organisations. Her experience spans the portfolios of sport, entertainment, tourism, multicultural affairs, Aboriginal affairs, community development and consumer advocacy.

Enna is currently the Manager of Communications, Engagement and Customer Experience at the City of Darebin where she is responsible for supporting Council’s progressive agenda through meaningful communications and community engagement and responsive customer service.

Enna holds qualifications in business and public relations, as well as a Master of Management from Monash University (2018).


The Foundation employs an Executive Officer and a part-time Community Philanthropy Coordinator. Both roles are required to bring experience in philanthropy and place-based community development. The Foundation also engages a Business Administration trainee through AGA.

Ben Rodgers
Executive Officer

Ben has worked for the Foundation since 2015, and has worked for not-for-profit groups in Melbourne and overseas for over 15 years. He is also Chair of Community Foundations Australia, the peak body of community foundations in Australia.

Having lived in the Inner North for most of his life, Ben is motivated by the area’s tradition of local people responding to local challenges in meaningful ways. He is passionate about equality, social justice and ensuring everyone has access to opportunity and choice in their lives.

Ben loves living in Coburg, where he can be found on his bike or at a local park with his young family.

Contact Ben via email: [email protected]

Bianca Maciel Pizzorno
Grants Manager

Bianca came to the foundation with commercial and not‑for‑profit experience from the legal, political, and philanthropy sectors. She has particular experience with political campaigning and advisory.Bianca is passionate about empowering community in the inner north to respond to both local and global challenges, through sustainable community driven projects. Her ultimate goal is to collaborate with you to build a better inner north, and hopefully a better world.

Bianca lives with her family in Preston, where her children attend school. When she’s not working, you are likely to find Bianca gardening with her children or supporting her children with their various sporting activities.

Contact Bianca via email: [email protected]


The volunteer base of the Foundation continues to expand, engaging people to support the Foundation in meaningful ways, including through the sharing of networks and other expertise.

The Foundation provides opportunities for people in Melbourne’s Inner North to contribute in meaningful ways to their community through volunteering. 

An ongoing commitment is generally preferred, although some activities can be undertaken on a project basis. Comprehensive support will be given to our volunteers by staff of the Foundation.

Learn more or get involved by completing the form below.