Meet The Board

Communities at Work is a public company limited by guarantee, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprising high profile community leaders.

Alan has extensive experience in leading financial management and governance roles in the public and private sector. Alan was responsible for the Commonwealth‘s financial reporting, estimates and cash management at the Department of Finance. Previous executive roles have included at the Australian National Audit Office, in the funds management industry and as a policy advisor at the UK Treasury. He has had a longstanding commitment to the community sector in Australia and the UK.

Karen has worked in the public and private sectors. Karen was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority (ACECQA) which is the national regulator of education and care. She was Australian Privacy Commissioner, the Executive Director of the Australian Made Campaign, and a senior industry association executive. She has strong governance, policy, regulatory and communication skills.

James is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience. He has a proven track record of commercial success in a broad range of diverse and challenging leadership roles with organisations undergoing significant growth, change, or both. James is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Bernice is a Partner in a National law firm, specialising in commercial litigation and insolvency. She has a background in tax and commerce, is a board member of a Canberra disability support-service provider and is passionate about giving back to the Canberra community.

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Joanne is an experienced educational leader who has led and influenced significant education reforms over her career. With experience spanning over 40 years in education, Joanne has worked as a teacher, principal, director, director of schools and as Deputy Director-General Education in the ACT education landscape. Her career has spanned early childhood, primary and secondary stages of schooling, policy and governance, and has included periods working in the ACT, Northern Territory and Christmas Island. Currently, Joanne works for the ACT Association of Independent Schools as a Senior Manager Strategic Programs, working in policy and legislation areas at both the local and national level, and providing strategic advice to schools.

Wayne Harriden has 34 years’ experience at the elite level of the Australian real estate and property development industry and currently runs a high profile National Project Management and Marketing business. He specialises in delivering small to large scale residential & mixed use precincts and land subdivisions across the region for both the Business and Government sectors. Wayne brings a wealth of business experience and is passionate about continuing to contribute to the Canberra community.

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Domenic is a partner in a chartered accounting firm with over 27 years of demonstrable experience with taxation, business advisory and governance, servicing a range of government, private sector and not-for-profit clients. His strengths are in financial management information systems, business services consultancy, and effective business structuring. Domenic holds positions on several commercial and not-for-profit community boards and committees.

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