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. Most recently, 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.

Karen completed close to six years as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), a body under the auspices of CoAG. She has worked in both the public and private sectors. A varied background in a range of different subject areas has provided her with strong governance, change management, service delivery, regulatory, policy, representational and media advocacy skills. She also has extensive experience liaising with Ministers and senior executives across a range of portfolios, industry groups and with the community.

James is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience. He has a proven track record of success in a broad range of diverse and challenging leadership roles, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Canberra Data Centres having worked for KPMG, Macquarie Bank, Hutchison Whampoa and other leading infrastructure companies.

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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 has lead and influenced significant education reforms in her many and various roles within the ACT Education Directorate. Joanne has worked as a teacher, principal, director, school network leader and as Deputy Director-General Education Strategy. Her career has spanned early childhood, primary and secondary stages of schooling and policy and governance, and has included periods working in the Northern Territory and Christmas Island. Currently, Joanne works for the ACT Association of Independent Schools as a senior manager Strategic Programs.

Wayne Harriden has 34 years’ experience at the elite level of the Australian real estate and property development industry and is currently the Executive Director of the Independent Property Group. He runs the Project Marketing department of IPG 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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