Board of Directors

Monika Engelhard

Monika Engelhard

Chairperson

A Board of Directors member for eight years and Chairperson for the past two years, 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

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

Secretary

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

Treasurer

Leonie Farrell

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.