Nominees- QSEC Management Committee
Amelia Salmon (Chairperson)
Amelia Salmon is a co founder of SPIRAL Community Hub and has worked in c·ommunity development practice, particularly community economic development for 20 years. Amelia worked in India for three years at Gram Vikas which runs a number of large scale community enterprises (as part of Australian Volunteers International). In Australia Amelia has worked for a number of successful social enterprises such as the Big Issue, Mu’ooz Restaurant and Just Earth. Amelia is currently the Managing Director of SPIRAL Social Enterprise Hub. She has completed a Master of Local and International Community Development (MSWAP),BA, Cert IV Workplace Assesment and Training, Cert IV Small Business Management.
Amelia has held a number of Board and Management Committee roles for SPIRAL Community Hub, Eritrean Women’s and Families Support Network, The Global Learning Centre, and USQ Student Association Board of Directors.
Marc Sims (Vice Chair)
Marc is the founder of Entekcom, a Social Enterprise that aims to provide disadvantaged people both locally and internationally with access to technology along with training and employment opportunities. Marc has worked in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit sector for over 5 years and has served on a number of boards.
Prior to joining the not for profit sector, Marc worked in a number of roles in the IT industry and is passionate about seeing businesses and not for profits working together for social good.
Marc has studied IT, Finance and Law and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Robert Hannaford (Vice Chair)
Robert is a consultant, contracted to the role of Chief Financial Officer/Group Company Secretary for Access Community Services Ltd. Robert is a specialist in accommodation options for people who are marginalised. Robert has spent the majority of his career as a manager of a range of companies in the building and construction industry.
Robert brings a detailed understanding and knowledge of all facets of the building industry. He is a qualified builder and confidently negotiates the various building and legislative requirements necessary to coordinate the land acquisition and property re-development responsibilities attributed to his role. Robert is a licensed Workplace Health and Safety Officer (Construction and Services) and has a Diploma of Business. Robert’s experience has found him being sought for varied roles some of which are Company Secretary of Access Community Services Ltd, Committee Member of Logan City PCYC and Council Member – South East Regional Disability Advisory Council, Deputy Chair of Q.S.E.C (Queensland Social Enterprise Council) and the Ex President of Kyabra Community Association Inc.
Robert is exceptionally skilled in the brokerage of partnerships between the private, NGO and government sectors, to provide tangible and measurable social and economic outcomes. He is passionate about harnessing the goodwill and contributions of business and private sector partners to provide concrete outcomes for individuals and families in need of secure, accessible and affordable accommodation.
Saba Abraham arrived as a refugee from Eritrea to Australia 20 years. Since then Saba has worked tirelessly for her community, for many refugee communities in Brisbane and for a Multicultural Australia. Recognising employment as a vital settlement need, Saba set about working with refugee communities to develop their capacity to create social enterprise. The Eritrean Women’s and Families Support Network’s catering service was first established in 2004 and grew into Mu’ooz Restaurant which was launched in December 2007. The Restaurant has trained and employed more than 60 women since it opened its doors as well as providing a cultural and social hub for Multiculturalism in Brisbane.
Saba is a winner of the Order of Australia medal and Mu’ooz has received many local and regional business awards.
Born and raised in Brisbane, James is an experienced manager with a background in business and retail banking. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and he is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
Having spent over 18 years in Banking and Financial Services, James has developed broad experience and skills, particularly in finance and strategic business management. He is able to translate business strategy into measurable outcomes, negotiate effectively and engage confidently with diverse groups of stakeholders.
James has a sister with an intellectual disability, and his deep involvement in her life and needs, has given him a strong sense of social justice and basic human rights. James’ sister has worked in an Australian Disability Enterprise for over 20 years, which has given him the opportunity to experience first hand the positive impacts that Social Enterprise can provide.
He is passionate about working in a role where he can make a positive difference to society, and in an organisation with a Social Enterprise Business Model. Working with Human Ventures has provided the opportunity to fulfil this need.
James has been the General Manager of Human Ventures Limited for over 5 years. Human Ventures is a Social Enterprise that delivers innovative products and services to address the problems of poverty, social exclusion and sustainability. As General Manager, James’ areas of responsibility include: Operations, Business Development, Human Resources, Fundraising, Finance and Risk Management. James is strong believer in the Social Enterprise model and the positive social and economic impacts that it achieves.
Richard Warner (B Soc Wk) is the coordinator of Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative and volunteers with a number of community boards in Brisbane.
A Chartered Accountant and graduate member of the Institute of Company Directors with over 13 year’s financial management experience. Applying an in-depth knowledge of corporate compliance and regulatory issues, coupled with strong commercial acumen and a ‘can-do’ approach, Grant has a proven track record in influencing business outcomes, financial performance, and adding real value in the areas of governance, control and financial management of organisations both large and small.
Grant is currently a Director, Advisory, Private Enterprise, KPMG, Brisbane.
Jennifer has worked in the community sector for 15 years, first with refugee and asylum seekers through free English community classes and more recently with her own social Enterprise Resonate. She joined QSEC in 2013 when Resonate was part of the School of Social Entrepreneurs Incubator program and later went through Impact Academy Incubator. Resonate is a consulting company which aims to connect the for profit and not for profit sectors through workshops and events. She also works in community engagement for MYES a youth mentoring program and for Hope Centre, a large Brisbane church. She has a passion to see connectivity drive innovation and collaboration across sectors.