Each member of the Communities@Work Executive Team is an expert in their field. The team consults with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure the highest quality of services, and to meet the strategic goals of the organisation, while upholding the vision of helping make Canberra a strong, healthy and inclusive community.
Lee Maiden Chief Executive Officer
Appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for Communities@Work in 2019, Lee has a long history with the organisation. Lee began her career in our early childhood programs where she became a strong advocate for children and high quality education and care. Lee's passion for the early childhood sector saw her move into a role where she had oversight of the organisation’s children's services and was instrumental in many quality reviews and framework changes. Lee's commitment and valuable experience in the organisation paved the way for her to become Deputy CEO providing strategic leadership and implementing many initiatives to deliver excellence in our program management. Lee leads by example, so her leadership skills tend to motivate, inspire and guide others to give their all for the organisation. Outside of work, Lee loves spending time with her grandchildren and playing golf.
Andrew Chenery Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Andrew Chenery was appointed as Chief Finance and Operations Officer at Communities@Work in early 2016. His role encompasses the over-arching financial responsibility for the organisation – as well as managing the Human Resources, Governance and Compliance, Contracts and IT functions. Andrew has held senior financial roles in a wide range of sectors – including other NFP postings in aged and acute care. In addition to his work as CFO, Andrew assists with the book-keeping for a local community radio station and plays an active role in the life of his local church. Andrew thinks deeply about social issues such as supporting those who struggle financially in the Canberra community. He is a keen miniature war-gaming enthusiast, spending much of his free time either painting ‘minis’ or creating terrain for the battles to play out on.
Michael Simon People, Culture and Wellness Director
Michael was appointed to the position of People, Culture and Wellness Director in January 2021. Reporting to the CEO, he works across all levels of the organisation to develop and implement effective People, Culture and Wellness strategies, frameworks, policies, procedures and programs through the People, Culture and Wellness team. Prior to working at Communities@Work Michael worked in two large independent Schools and the information technology and telecommunications industries. He holds degrees in theology, management, and commerce (covering industrial relations/human resource management/business information systems). Michael is a Human Resources Certified Practitioner and a Justice of the Peace. Outside of work Michael sits of the Professional Standards Reference Group for the Anglican Diocese, is the Chair of a local church council, has a keen interests in audio production, running and is a reluctant gardener.
Chris Barry was appointed the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for Communities at Work in July 2021, leading the development and implementation of organisational strategies for growth, performance and profitability. Chris has a passion for solving complex problems and is a strong advocate for the vital role that Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) play in delivering positive social outcomes for society. Chris is a passionate Canberran, and works hard to make Canberra and the region even greater, building on our strengths to provide opportunities and support. Chris spends much of his time outside work with his family, coaching his daughter's basketball team (go Dodgers!), guest-starring in his son's iMovies and planning camping trips with his wife. He also enjoys socialising with friends and debating the issues of the day. On Saturday mornings he can be found sitting in his favourite recliner, sipping a coffee and reading the news.
Kellie oversees 12 Early Education and Care Services, 15 Out of School Hours Care Programs, 10 School Holiday Programs, 85 Family Day Care Educators and 5 In home Care Educators, for Communities@Work. Kellie’s Management and Leadership Teams lead the delivery of early education and care to over 4,000 children in the ACT. A long standing advocate of cultural competence, child rights and the positive outcomes of childhood education, Kellie has worked at all levels of Early Education and Care. Her long and varied career began as a high school student completing a Certificate II in Child Care and spanned into opportunities for career and qualification progression throughout the last 25 years in the sector. When not leading the Children’s Services of Communities@Work, Kellie loves nothing more than spending time with family and friends, travelling and gardening.
Phillipa works alongside the Director of Children's Services to deliver high quality education and care across all Communities@Work children's services. In addition, Phillipa sits on the board of directors for Family Day Care Australia and assists the Department of Education with the implementation and ongoing review of the Child Care Subsidy System. Phillipa's career in early childhood education and care spans over 25 years across all service models, creating the opportunity to advocate for different types of care and their benefits to families. Phillipa is passionate about up-skilling and innovation in the workforce and approach to providing education and care, leading to strong community leaders of the future. Outside of work, Phillipa enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her AFL team and supporting the local community through several athletic sporting bodies which her family are involved in.
Ruth Zanker Director of Social Programs and Volunteering
Ruth oversees the Communities@Work team that supports the most vulnerable and those experiencing hardship in the Canberra community through the provision of food, clothing and accommodation programs as well as the volunteering program for Communities@Work. Ruth has worked in the community sector since joining Communities@Work in 1994. She has had a range of roles in her career, including focuses on early childhood, supporting the vulnerable through criminal and family law proceedings, homelessness, food rescue, and emergency relief program management. She has represented the community in many peak body groups, is part of the Social Recovery Network related to disaster support and has been on both State and National Boards related to her work. Ruth's values of community are the foundation of everything she strives for both professionally and personally. Outside of work, Ruth is a keen amateur florist, gardener, and makes the most of Canberra's social and learning opportunities.
Jo Cochrane Director for Lifestyle Services (Seniors, Disability and Transport)
Jo Cochrane leads the lifestyle services team at Communities@Work, in supporting older people and people with disability, encouraging clients to lead independent, active and inclusively connected lives. Jo has over 25 years of experience in the aged and community care sectors and large not for profit organisations in the development and management of direct service programs, human resource and volunteer management, quality assurance, work health and safety and program compliance. A past recipient of an ACT Vocational and Training Excellence award, Jo is a keen supporter of personal and professional development and training opportunities for her team knowing the value that this brings to staff, programs and most of all, clients. Family, good health and well being are important to Jo and she loves nothing better than a good box-fit class, cross training and long walks with her dog Buddy, when she is not working.
Tim McNevin has more than 25 years of experience in leadership, management and training in business, government, education and not-for-profit sectors. Tim has formal qualifications in further education and has been a tertiary lecturer in the management as well as the operational service areas of the hospitality industry. He holds formal qualifications in life coaching, management, human resource development, training and career development. Tim is passionate about working with people to help them identify and reach their goals, helping them overcome difficulty and adversity and walking with them to greater levels of satisfaction, performance and effectiveness. Appointed as Principal of Galilee School since the beginning of 2017, Tim has a vision for the school that sees growth and development of the students, the staff and the facilities. Outside of school Tim is committed to his family, his faith and his Cricket Club.
Daniel Clements Director of Contracts, Facilities, and IT Operations
Daniel Clements was appointed to the Executive team as Director of Contracts, Facilities, and IT Operations, in September 2020. With over 19 years of experience in Service delivery, Project management and IT management, Daniel brings his expertise to Communities@Work to manage the vast majority of key external vendors that provide critical services to the organisation. These services include Procurement, Facilities Management, Fleet, and ICT. Prior to joining Communities@Work in 2017, Daniel was in Sydney for over 3 years managing IT projects for several big Financial Institutions and Accounting Firms. He has also worked for several years within Australia Post/Decipha Operations Management. He holds formal qualifications in Operations Management, Frontline Management, and Project Management. Outside of work, Daniel is busy with family life and church volunteer work. Other interests include watching sports and travelling with family.