Governance

Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd has a constitution that covers all areas of governance.

Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd is governed by an elected, voluntary Board of Management, which meets bi-monthly.

Our Board

Susanne Legena – Chairperson

Susanne LegenaSusanne was elected to the commUnity+ board in 2016. She is the CEO of Plan International Australia and an advocate for foreign aid and community development, gender equality and youth participation.

Susanne has held various executive roles at Plan International Australia including Executive Manager overseeing and leading operations, Deputy CEO and Director of Public Engagement leading policy, advocacy and communications efforts. She has previously served as Chief of Staff to the Victorian Minister for Energy, Resources and Community Development where she contributed to key policies on energy and climate change as well as leading the implementation of A Fairer Victoria a whole of government social policy action plan to address disadvantage and promote inclusion and participation.

Susanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Flinders University and a Master of Arts (Professional Communication) from Deakin University. She has had a career dedicated to working on social justice issues and commenced working life as a community development worker for an international youth-led student organisation and for several non-government organisations tackling family violence, poverty, youth unemployment, and homelessness.  

Greg Bowers - Treasurer

2019 07 22 GregGreg Bowers joined the commUnity+ board in early 2017. Greg is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Trust for Nature in Victoria. Trust for Nature is a statutory authority protecting native plants and wildlife on private land in Victoria. A Certified Practising Account with a Business degree from Ballarat University, Greg has extensive experience in financial management.  Greg has overseen large scale financial and process management at the Australian Crime Commission and PMSC. A certified TEFL teacher, Greg has worked as an English teacher overseas and is passionate about opportunities that come through adult education.  Greg offers commUnity+ his extensive financial and operational management experience to oversee the next phase of the organisation’s growth into the North Western and Inner Melbourne regions. 

Greg was appointed to the Board as Treasurer in 2018. 

James McCarthy

James McCarthy Chairperson

James has been a board member with commUnity+ since 2004 when we were known as Community West and has been the chairperson for 9 years and deputy chairperson for 3 years. James is a Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience in the social and human services sector and is currently working with Eastern Palliative Care. 

He is involved with several other organisations and is the current chairperson of No To Violence, C-Collective (an organisation started by James) and was the previous president of Interchange Victoria. James has a number of other volunteer roles in the community including being a Justice of the Peace and roles with the Office of the Public Advocate.

James has a range of qualifications in areas including; family violence, governance, AOD, mental health and training, and assessment. James has maintained a strong connection with the Western suburbs of Melbourne through the many roles he has held that aim to contribute to empowering and growing resilient communities. 

Sejla Kadric

Sejla KadricSejla was elected to the commUnity+ Board in 2012. She is a senior manager and chartered accountant at ShineWing Australia Pty Ltd. Sejla moved to Australia in 1996 and grew up in the western suburbs. As a Board Member, her financial expertise ensures commUnity Plus has highly developed financial and internal control systems to mitigate any risks. Sejla has significant experience auditing not-for-profit organisations and understands the structures, rules and reporting obligations of incorporated associations. 

 

Kim Nguyen

Kim NguyenKim was elected to CommUnity+ Board in 2013. She has Kim was elected to CommUnity+ Board in 2013. She has worked passionately in the employment and asylum seeker sector for over 18 years with a focus on improving the lives of people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Arriving to Australia as a refugee over 30 years ago, Kim is arriving to Australia as a refugee over 30 years ago, Kim is very aware of the issues faced by culturally and linguistically diverse communities and leads teams to improve opportunities for these cohorts with successfully integrating into the community and finding employment whilst showing respect to each person’s individual story. Kim thinks outside the square and implements innovative strategies to provide a holistic assistance approach to the people she is assisting.

Kim has strong professional networks in Melbourne’s North. Kim has strong professional networks in Melbourne’s North and West which add enormous value to her work with our board. She strongly believes in promoting and integrating compassion, respect and honesty into her daily work.

Nella Buccheri

Nella Buccheri

Nella was elected to the commUnity+ Board in 2016. She is currently the Associate Director of Legal Practice at Victoria Legal Aid. She has significant experience in criminal law and has over 10 years’ experience working in the delivery of legal services through her role in the Legal Practiced Directorate. Nella is responsible for the general oversight of the operations of the Assignments Unit to ensure that strategic objectives and priorities are being met. Nella provides advice to the VLA Board and the Senior Executive on issues relating to eligibility for grants of legal assistance and expenditure. 

Nella is a local resident of the Melton area and has a strong interest in social justice. She is very supportive of the work we do in the west and would like to be part of that. Nella is conscious of the issues faced by people in the west, in particular, those of new and emerging communities and family violence in the Melton area. 

 Our Senior Managment Team

George Giuliani - Interim Chief Executive Officer

2019 08 22 George 2Dr. George Giuliani has a very strong community development background, with deep experience in working in diverse contexts and cultures. He values people-focused models of service provision as well as collaborative staff and stakeholder engagement. He has extensive experience as a social worker, family therapist, General Manager and as a CEO including a number of RTOs and Employment services. 

George has a track record in seeking structural changes for disadvantaged communities and has an encouraging leadership style. He has experience working with boards and has established many programs over his 35 years in the community sector to support education, employment, and other community development programs.  George enjoys Italian food and sailing at Williamstown with his partner Julie.

Beth Stewart-Wright - General Manager of Family & Community Services

DSC 0005.2 1With comprehensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including international and local community development, research, disability advocacy, and support, and senior management, Beth comes to Comm Unity Plus with a deep understanding of the complex factors leading to socio-economic disadvantage and marginalisation, and the invaluable role not-for-profits and civil society plays in addressing these issues. She has a strong passion for grassroots development and believes that empowering local communities to understand and harness their own strengths and capabilities plays a critical role in challenging and interrupting cyclical disadvantage. Beth brings to the team at Comm Unity Plus a focus collaborative partnerships, integrated service delivery, advocacy, and strategic program planning and design to ensure meaningful, effective and responsive services to meet the ever-evolving needs of our local community.

Having grown up on the scenic Central Coast of NSW, Beth has called Melbourne home for 10 years. She has a Bachelor of International Development and a Master of Public Policy and Management, and enjoys travel, reading, scuba diving, listening to science and political podcasts, and is currently training as a pilot flying sports aircraft. She lives with her husband Jason, and her odd, dirt-eating rescue puppy, Bodie.