James Meares

Board Chair; Member – Board Performance, Audit & Risk Committee; Member – Marketing Working Group

B.Eng (Chem), GAICD
James has a background leading major multinational corporations operating throughout Asia Pacific. An accomplished corporate executive within complex industrial and service based businesses. He has also held Board positions in health, superannuation, FMCG industry, and child & family service organisations; as well as corporate entities throughout Asia.

Neami Ltd: Non-Executive Director & Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee Member
Wellbeing Australia Ltd: Non-Executive Director & Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee Member
Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Victoria & Tasmania: Synod Risk Management Committee Member

Anne King

Member – Board Performance, Audit & Risk Committee

Anne is currently General Manager Corporate Services of Disability Sport & Recreation which is a registered charity, and disability service provider. She has previously held Board positions with the Victorian Olympic Council Education Commission, Vicsport and Table Tennis Victoria, Anne previously held positions as CEO of Table Tennis Victoria and Executive Director of the Oceania Australia Foundation. She was also a member of the Australian team for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Anne is an innovator with strong leadership and governance skills/experience in international and national arenas and a proven track record in managing complex issues, diverse stakeholder relationships and organisational strategic planning and implementation.

Craig Bryan

Chair – Finance Committee

B.Bus and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Craig is an Audit and Assurance Partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and chairs the Finance Committee.

Greg Oliver

Member – Finance Committee

Greg was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 2002. After working in general practice he joined Moores in 2008 and is now the leader of the family law team. Greg was previously the non-executive director of a community health organisation.

Jane Brockington

Chair – Board Performance, Audit & Risk Committee

Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Diploma in Economics, Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), Executive Fellow of the Australia New Zealand School of Government
Jane is the Principal of Bridging Policy & Practice, a consultancy and advisory practice focused on strategy and transformation; regulatory design and practice; governance and integrity; and building capability.  Previously Jane had a distinguished 20+ year career in leadership roles in the Commonwealth and Victorian public sectors in policy, reform, and research in microeconomics, budget, regulation, competition and infrastructure policy. Jane is a member of the Board of Worksafe Victoria, and Chairs the Audit & Risk Committees for Victoria Police and VicRoads.

Jo Watson

Board Director; Member – Marketing Working Group

Director of Supporter Engagement at Save the Children Australia, a leading children’s charity working across health, education and child protection

Jo has over twenty years in leadership roles across marketing, strategy and operations with a background in commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations and has held leadership roles with Telstra, World Vision Australia, YWCA Victoria (CEO) and the State Library Victoria where she was the Director of Community Engagement.


Katherine Ellis

Member – Human Resources, Remuneration and Nomination Committee

MPA (Harvard), M.e-Bus, B.Com, Dip. Youth Work
Katherine has over 25 years’ diverse experience in senior positions across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with extensive expertise in youth development policy and practice, organisational leadership and change management, and cross-sectoral collaboration.

Katherine is CEO of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), the peak body for the state’s youth sector. Before that she was based in London for six years as Director of Youth Affairs at the Commonwealth of Nations, working on youth empowerment policy and programming across 53 countries with governments, youth leaders and other stakeholders. Her career also includes five years leading and transforming the Reach Foundation, and periods consulting to other organisations such as Teach for Australia and the Foundation for Young Australians. Earlier, she spent over a decade in the private sector, working both in Australia and internationally in a variety of analysis, strategy and corporate social responsibility roles.

Katherine holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in e-Business, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Diploma of Youth Work. She is also a Fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Keith Louie

Chair – Human Resources, Remuneration and Nominations Committee
Managing Director, Jordan Bridge P/L (advisory services)
Founder and Director, ResourceCall

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Bristol UK
Keith is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and digital/eCommerce leader in retail and consumer goods.  Over a 30-year career in retail and FMCG, he has held Chief Executive, Director and CEO-advisory roles with Wesfarmers, Aussie Farmers, Metcash, PwC and IBM.

Nikki Clarkson

Chair – Marketing Working Group

Head of Marketing and Communication, Southern Cross Austereo
With 20 years in marketing across multiple industries and has held the Head of Marketing and Communication role at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) for 10 years which spans SCA’s entire multi-million dollar media and entertainment portfolio. Nikki has proven expertise in brand architecture, and strategy, campaign strategy and multi-channel planning across all media, award-winning, creative development and effective stakeholder and agency and partner management.

She is also an enthusiastic leader dedicated to encouraging teams to deliver market leading, successful marketing and communication solutions. Nikki is a member of many industry committees and advisory boards, and lectures at both Swinburne University and Melbourne Business School. She’s also a proud mum of two teenage daughters.

Ronda Jacobs

Member – Human Resources, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
CEO of Carrington Health Ability

Bachelor of Business (Marketing); GAICD
Ronda has worked extensively as a CEO in the private and public health sectors, with a keen focus on building stakeholder partnerships, business development and innovation, and strategic growth and implementation.  She also has previous Board experience with Family Access Network, Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, and the Australian Self Medication Industry.  Ronda contributes a broad range of strategic thinking, governance approaches and sector knowledge capabilities.

Director of Relationships Australia Victoria
Vice Chair of Inner East Primary Care Partnership

Sharon Smith

Member – Finance Committee

GAICD, Post Graduate Diploma Management and Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons)

Sharon has run strategic programs focussed on business expansion for more than 20 years. Working in the management consulting, education and manufacturing sectors she has extensive international, stakeholder management and product development experience. Former Board Director at Australian Volunteers International.


Board Performance, Audit & Risk Committee

Jane Brockington (Chair), Anne King & James Meares

Finance Committee

Craig Bryan (Chair), Greg Oliver & Sharon Smith

Human Resources, Remuneration & Nomination Committee

Keith Louie (Chair), Katherine Ellis & Ronda Jacobs

Working Groups

Marketing Work Group

Nikki Clarkson (Chair) & James Meares & Jo Watson

Joy Nunn

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Joy is an experienced senior executive in Not for Profit, Government, and Private sectors successfully delivering better outcomes for clients, community and staff. Her previous roles include Project Manager / Executive Adviser at the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service, General Manager with AMES Australia and CEO of Lentara UnitingCare.

Jon Perry

Director – Finance, Risk & ICT

Joining TRY Australia in May 2019, Jon brings over thirty years’ experience in finance, risk management and information technology, specialising in the Not for Profit sector.  He is a Certified Practising Accountant with experience in public practice, government and a variety of industry sectors.

Bradley Frohnert

Director – Manufacturing & Enterprises

Master of Marketing & Bachelor of Arts (Advertising)
Joining TRY Australia in October 2018, Brad brings over 15 years’ experience at a senior level in project management, business, sales & marketing strategy, construction services and management from the private and public sectors. Employing a people first approach, he combines his high level of academic and professional experience to drive growth strategies for TRY Australia.

Grace Gallicchio

Director – Children, Youth & Families

Bachelor of Business & Diploma in Education
Joining TRY Australia in October 2013, Grace brings a vast range of private sector experience in finance, human resources and general management in a number of industries. Grace combines her qualifications with a professional interest in how people in organisations can be best supported to achieve both personal and business objectives. Grace is committed to delivering best practice across all of TRY’s Children’s Services

Jennifer Gray

Director – People & Culture

Master of Business (Human Resource Management)
Joining TRY Australia in May 2019, Jennifer is a professional with many years of senior human resource management experience, including considerable involvement in the children’s services sector. She has notable competency in strategic human resource planning, performance management, industrial relations and management coaching.
Jennifer believes in the inherent desire of staff to perform to the best of their ability and the consequent positive outcomes for business

Greg Lavis

Executive Officer, Board & Company Secretary

Graduate Certificate in Business (Executive Administration),
Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits

Following a career in the public & private sectors in corporate services, Greg joined TRY in February 2009 and has undertaken a variety of corporate roles and special projects.  He is responsible for providing a range of high level executive, secretariat and project support services to the CEO and Board of Directors including providing strategic and governance advice, managing communications and implementing strategies to support the achievement of TRY’s strategic and operational objectives.