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QSEC Management Committee – 2020

Emma-Kate Rose – President and Chair

Emma-Kate Rose has extensive experience in developing new eco-businesses and social enterprises, has been President of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council since 2018, and is a Femme Fellow of Griffith University’s Yunus Centre for Social Business. In 2006, she founded Queeensland’s first car sharing service GWhiz Carshare, and has operated a well known social enterprise, Food Connect with her partner Robert Pekin since 2007. She continues to play a significant role in building the grassroots movement for food system change across Australia. EK joined QSEC’s Board because she’s passionate about amplifying voices from the grassroots, and saw a need to catalyse statewide activation of networks and encourage philanthropic and government interest in building a healthy social enterprise ecosystem for Queensland.

Jerome Walker – Secretary

Jerome Walker runs Kernel, a social business (returns every third billable hour to impact-led orgs or charity pro-bono) which specialises in multimedia, developing online presences, and administration services. He’s been proud to work at QSEC since 2015, first as comms and admin coordinator, then as director, and now as Secretary since 2019. His goal is to  see businesses genuinely putting people first, and to perform their role in generating community that is sustainable for the environment. As a peak body, member-led organisation, there’s no better place than QSEC.

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.

Tony Sharp – Committee member

As founder of Substation 33, Tony derives great pleasure and personal satisfaction from being a part of this great movement and to see all the hard work by many results in the current structure. He believes 2021 will be a huge year for QSEC given the changing world we are experiencing. It is his great hope that Social Enterprises will become an integral part of the next wave of business and globally.

Gaala Watson – Committee Member

Gaala Watson is a Gungalu and Birri-Gubba (Wirri) woman, born and raised in Brisbane. A graduate of the Murri School, she holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Australian History from Deakin University’s Institute of Koorie Education and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Griffith University. Gaala is currently an Associate Lecturer at the UQ Business School, and runs a creative arts business, Bimbi Love and a bespoke media company, Humanize Media. 

“I am excited to be part of such a pivotal movement for business in our state. I am looking forward to making space for and increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and opportunity within the social enterprise sector in Queensland”.

Anna Guenther – Committee Member

Anna Guenther is the co-founder and Chief Bubble Blower of PledgeMe. Since launching over 1,450 creative, community and entrepreneurial campaigns have raised almost $50 million through the crowdfunding platform. PledgeMe was the first licenced equity crowdfunding platform in New Zealand, and one of the first in Australia. 

PledgeMe helps people fund the things they care about, with a focus on the funding representing the countries in which they are based (eg. 50% female led, 30% in the regions). One of her favourite campaigns to date was for a local food hub in Salisbury, the Food Connect Shed, that raised $2.1million from their “Careholders” to purchase their warehouse.

Anna has also worked for the New Zealand Government, MIT and Harvard, and completed her Masters in Entrepreneurship with a focus on crowdfunding. She is currently a fellow at Griffith University’s Yunus Centre, and wants to help more impact led enterprises grow their impact and revenue.