Board of Directors
Joined: June 2017
Qualification and experience: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Over ten years experience in the public sector, first in local government and now as a Managing Principal Solicitor with the State Government. Volunteered for six years and worked for one year at a community legal centre.
Particular interests: Services for women and culturally and linguistically diverse members of the community; maximising the use of community resources and spaces.
Other local involvement: Natasha moved to Thornbury last year and this is my first significant local involvement.
Linda Sue O’Connor
Joined: Committee of Management in July 2001 and joined the Board in September 2001 during a realignment of the organisation
Position: Board Member
Qualifications and experience: Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology with postgraduate Microbiology; Associate of Arts in Science Communication; teaching assistant, research assistant and lab assistant (UCI). Linda joined Span at the inception of the Span Volunteer Tutor Program (SVTP) in 2000 and was part of the first intake for AMES training. She is the owner of O’Connor Business Systems providing IT accounting support for other businesses. Linda has held the role of president, secretary but more frequently treasurer of the board.
Particular interests: Adult education to allow equal access to services and amenities, inclusivity and recognition of all members of our community, especially those discriminated against and/or isolated due to race, religion, sexual identity, mental illness, age or disability. Linda is an advocate of life-long learning for improvement and enjoyment.
Other local involvement: Linda presided over the Abbotsford Playgroup; she tutored in English at Spensley Street Primary School and Melbourne Girls College, volunteering in various capacities including committees, fundraising and volunteering at school fetes. Linda also served as Treasurer for St. David’s Uniting Church, Abbotsford.
Sub-committees: Finance, human resources, social media.
Joined: February 2015
Qualifications and experience: Master of Accounting, Bachelor of International Accounting, Associate member of CPA Australia. Yu has experience in accounting and finance areas.
Particular interests: Wellbeing and social inclusion of local community.
Other local involvement: Yu has been a member, as well as a sponsor, of Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Wennie van Riet
Joined: September 2017
Position: Board Member
Qualification and experience Bachelor in Sociology and a Research Master in Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Wennie has a background in working and volunteering for several not–for–profit organisations in various research and client facing roles in the Netherlands, South Africa and Australia. Wennie has experience working with CALD communities and people with disabilities and I am currently a Local Area Coordinator for the NDIS.
Particular interests: Building connected and inclusive communities.
Other local involvement: A proud member of various local mum groups.