Board of Directors

Monika Engelhard


A Board member since June 2003 and Chairperson from May 2012, Monika is the Assistant Director in Marketing and Business Development in RMIT University’s College of Design and Social Context. Monika has a Master degree in Innovation and Service Management and a Bachelor in Public Relations. Monika brings to the Board a strong sense of social justice, clear strategic thinking and both local and international understanding of the role of skills development in empowering local communities to grow and prosper.

Trent Curtin

Vice Chairperson

Joining the Board in September 2015, Trent has enjoyed a lengthy career serving the community with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. He has performed a range of community focused roles and utilises his strategic leadership and emergency risk management skills across a number of disciplines. In his current role as Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director Operational Training, Trent enjoys supporting firefighters and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Annette Meller


Committee secretary for over 25 years, Annette is a qualified Social Worker with over 40 years of experience in working with people in need across a wide array of settings, for which she received a Jaga Jaga Australia Day Award (1996).

Steven Chenoweth


Stephen joined the board as Treasurer in October 2016. Prior to this he acted as the financial consultant to the board for over 25 years. Stephen has over 35 years’ experience in the accounting industry and business world, and has also spent six years as Treasurer of the Mental Illness Fellowship. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Stephen has over 30 years’ experience as registered company auditor and a registered Self-Managed Superannuation Fund auditor. He has also provided extensive advice to the not-for-profit sector, including Limited by Guarantee companies and Incorporated Associations who receive funding from the State and Federal Government.

Leonie Farrell

Committee Member

Leonie has been a board member since August 2013. She holds a degree in Psychology/Psychophysiology as well as various post graduate qualifications and is currently the Team Leader of Youth Service Development at Banyule City Council. During her employment at Banyule over the last 8 years she has acted in the role of coordinating youth worker for the Olympic Village Youth project and as Link U youth outreach program Team Leader. Prior to this, she held positions across various organisations often specialising in case management of at-risk young people particularly in the drug and alcohol sector, as well as working in community development and tertiary education.

Luigi dal Cin

Committee Member

Luigi joined the board in March 2017. He is an experienced Financial Controller with extensive experience as a key member of Executive Teams, managing all financial aspects of a business including Business Assurance and Risk Management together with effective human resource practices in recruitment, selection and performance management. Luigi holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Economics) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Luigi has a strong sense of community and has volunteered at the St Vincent De Paul Visitation and Soup Vans (Fitzroy Soup Kitchen).

Lior Harel

Board Member

Lior joined the Board in September 2017. Lior has considerable experience in the employment sector and currently holds the position of Chief Legal Counsel at online employment classified site, with responsibility for the delivery of legal services to SEEK’s Australian and Asian businesses. Lior’s areas of expertise include, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance acquisitions with an international focus on China, South East Asia and the Americas.