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Nikki has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years, and is passionate about creating systems, processes, and programs to support communities to help themselves.
She has an entrepreneurial spirit and innate leadership ability. At 18, she founded an international development organisation which she led for 6 years. Since then, she has worked with some of Australia’s most loved and trusted organisations, such as the Australian Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
With formal qualifications as a lawyer and a passion for creating real change in the world, she has the necessary mix of head and heart to lead this unique organisation.
Ben, a Partner with Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, chairs the Gather My Crew Board. Throughout his career as a lawyer, Ben has stood out for his ability to understand the commercial impacts to his clients’ operations and tailor solutions that lead to favourable outcomes. Ben’s expertise in managing negotiations and disputes has seen him act for a number of Corrs’ major clients across a range of industries.
Dr Susan Palmer
Susan, the founder of Gather My Crew, is a registered psychologist and health consultant. She has worked in public health and the not-for-profit sector for the past 20 years and has significant experience working with those suffering trauma. A passion to build healthier and stronger communities has been combined with this clinical, research and consulting experience to create the foundation of this unique project.
Andrea is a founding partner of Alp McNamara, specialist accountants for business owners and private clients. A qualified Chartered Accountant with a Masters of Taxation and 30 years of providing trusted advice. Working with business owners across numerous industries including private hospitals, retirement villages, childcare, importing, manufacture and investment. This has provided Andrea the opportunity to learn and challenge, focusing on assisting clients to minimise their business, economic, investment risks.
Kate is an experienced leader in non-profit, government and community development sectors. She is highly skilled in crisis management, government, policy and strategy development, emergency management, and business administration. More recently, Kate led Australian Red Cross Emergency Services staff and volunteers through a planned transformational change, in time to then lead the response to the devastating 2019/20 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic; the largest peacetime operations since World War Two.
Dr Amy Timoshanko
Amy has extensive leadership experience in the not for profit sector. She is passionate about helping to drive social change for positive community outcomes. Amy holds a doctoral qualification from the University of Melbourne and MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Trent is the Managing Director at Catalyst Investment Managers, a leading Australian mid-market private equity manager. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Director of Cirrus Media, Max and Home & Decor Holdings (Adairs & Dusk businesses) and a director of the SkyBus parent company. Trent has previously worked with the Corporate Advisory Division of NM Rothschild & Sons and the Taxation and Corporate Finance practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers.