Richard Warner – President
Coordinator of Australia's best small Social Enterprise in 2015. Social Worker and Community Development practitioner with experience in Cooperative and Social Enterprise formation. Primary practice experience gained working with people with disability as well as people from CALD and refugee backgrounds. I am passionate about social-change which sees those who are disadvantaged achieiving a role, a stake & a fair share in the ownership of wealth.
David Toohey – Treasurer
David Toohey has a management background, primarily financial and operational having owned and managed several businesses. Now he has a consultancy and an early stage social enterprise. He’s always valued social purpose, having been on several not-for-profit and charity boards in the past and volunteering, for example, as a surf life saver. He believes in collaboration and supporting others, especially in making positive social impact so when QSEC had the need to fill the Treasurer role, he felt this was a perfect opportunity to offer his skills and experience to an organisation that was all about supporting those doing good.
Supporting parents and carers to engage face-to-face with their kids, away from a screen “in real life” is my mission. An experienced business owner from Ipswich, I am currently one of just 23 Entrepreneur Facilitators across Australia under a Federal Govt initiative to provide mentoring, training programs and networking events to our region. I want to add my experience in enterprise, networking and community building to the already strong skills and passion held within the QSEC Board and its members.
A visionary innovator, Terri Waller has selflessly devoted her life to nurturing collective movements that focus on self-sustaining intergenerational social impacts. Her passion for helping first began with teaching, however, a strong belief in empowering people to manifest their ideal selves drove her to find a new model of community development.Terri's achievements have been honoured by sitting on many executive boards, ministerial advisory boards and working groups and says that joining the Queensland Social Enterprise Council board is her happy place.
Sarai Tuuga has over 20 years experience in the development and delivery of successful training and employment initiatives targeting unemployed young people. With a background in social science, training, youthwork and leadership, Sarai is passionate about using social enterprise to address unemployment and create long term outcomes. Sarai is the National Social Enterprise Manager at yourtown and has initiated and implemented several projects and collaborations that have resulted in both social and economic benefits for young people, business and the wider community.
Non Director - Company Secretary
Andrew Taylor is an organisational whizz, with a wealth of experience in event management, small business and customer experience. He has previous experience as a business owner, rolls with whatever we throw his way, and has a knack for keeping us on track. Andrew's passion is to help people, get things done and make things happen. Andrew has worked at CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland), Crowd Round Unconference and is now at a QSEC member, Grandshake, helping bridge the gap between education and the real world.
Associate Board Member
The main reason for my putting in for the position of QSEC Director is to bring the voices of North Queensland and FNQ to the table. Social Enterprise provided unique opportunities to make a difference to people and communities in NQ and I have been working towards developing this over the last few years, both by setting up the Social Enterprise Network for the Tropics as well as acting as the Regional Champion of QSEC. I see many more opportunities to make a difference and would love to have the opportunity to do so in this role.
Associate Board Member
Paul Garcia is the Chamber Relationship Manager for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. Paul collaborates with 115 Qld Chambers, helping them not just survive but thrive. Throughout his life, Paul’s had a Social Enterprise focus. While living in San Francisco, Paul chaired a Social Enterprise NFP whose purpose was to help those in the community feel valued, worthwhile and have meaning. Paul is currently the Chairman of a NFP museum called the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, whose claim to fame is the Abbey Medieval Festival. Through Paul’s many connections both in business and at all levels of government, Paul hopes to advance QSEC’s values throughout Queensland.
I'm passionate about business and finance as a force for good. My experiences have lead me to understand that profits can be used to drive quality outcomes for people, not just be the end result themselves. I grew up in regional Australia, and benefited a lot from social enterprises assisting me throughout my schooling. I am prepared to give back and passionate about the work QSEC are currently doing.
Emma-Kate has over three decades of experience in working in business, social justice, environmental sustainability, food system advocacy, and political activism.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer at QSEC. Elise has consulted to business and NFPs following years of leading teams and passionately serving in the arts, education and community sectors in a range of corporate, NFP, state and local government positions. Elise has diverse and keenly honed skills in business development, team building, stakeholder engagement, partnerships management, project management, communication, and professional networking. Elise holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Workplace Training and Development, Diploma in Project Management and a Masters of Business Administration.