Acting ChairKaren Hazan is a director of Trenches McKenzie Cox Solicitors of Lismore. She has experience in all areas of advocacy including family law, employment law, mental health and criminal law as well as conveyancing, probate, wills and contested estates. She is an accredited specialist in Family Law. Before coming to Social Futures Karen was a long-standing board member for Youth Connections North Coast Inc. Karen joined the Board of Social Futures as she enjoys being involved with and contributing to community organisations which provide quality services to people who find themselves socially or economically disadvantaged.
TreasurerKeith Sloan is Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University having served on the staff of the Business School for some 23 years. He has more than 40 years of research, consulting and teaching experience in the areas of international finance and economics, investment analysis, portfolio management, and corporate finance and over 10 years board experience with listed, unlisted and not-for-profit boards. In his role as a professional economist Keith became acutely aware of widening divergence in the quality of life experienced by people living in this wonderful part of Australia and sees his work with the Social Futures board as making a small contribution to redressing these imbalances and building a stronger regional community.
(Bio. Coming Soon)
MemberOrit Ben-Harush is an internet researcher at Queensland University of Technology. She has been researching social impact of technology, internet, mobile phones and social capital since 1995. Her PhD thesis focused on social networks of women in Ocean Shores, NSW. Prior to her academic career Orit worked in telecommunication companies in a few marketing positions. Orit lives in Ocean Shores where she is an active member in a few local initiatives. Orit is passionate about sense of community, sense of belonging, youth activities and the role of technology in modern life.
Penny’s diverse career has spanned journalism, property management and IT. In her current position as Head of Sales and Account Management for Inlogik, she is a sought-after keynote speaker at financial seminars on the topic of finding solutions to improve efficiency and accountability in expense management for not for profit and commercial organisations.
Penny brings her experience working with more than 100 not for profit clients and her passion for social justice to the Social Futures Board, with the hope of making a unique contribution to our organisation which, she believes, makes such a difference to people’s lives.
Kirstie brings to our Board more than 20 years’ experience in all facets of marketing, including communications, strategy, online marketing and branding. Her career has traversed diverse industries, working with major organisations in Sydney, Brisbane and London; including Fairfax Media, McDonald’s Australia, Mercedes Benz UK and Cafédirect, (the largest Fairtrade coffee company in the UK).
Kirstie teaches at Southern Cross University and provides marketing consultancy for organisations in the Northern Rivers and South East Queensland.
Peter brings to our Board his previous corporate experience in commercial, human resources, health and safety, environment and community relations management functions, working with major companies in the resources sector.
He has served as a member of joint venture and company executive committees and board sub-committees and has recently been an industry representative on the Port of Newcastle Community Liaison Group, the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee for the Environment and the Industry Steering Group on Rail Corridor Air Quality.
Peter has grown his own labour hire, human resources and occupational health and safety consulting business, Ironbark Resource Management, which provides human resource and business support to industry, mainly on the East Coast of Australia.
Margarita brings her experience in engagement and community enrichment with Indigenous and remote communities to our Board. Her deep understanding of the issues they face includes the importance of education, access to services, and sustainable employment as pathways to positive social impact.
With a background in law, Margarita has worked in a government funded legal service; established a successful Indigenous law practice in a national firm; and founded a consulting practice in Australia and internationally. Her pro bono work for Indigenous communities has assisted them maximise economic participation outcomes from projects on their traditional lands.
More recently, Margarita has engaged in broader stakeholder management and social performance activities; and the development and implementation of social and impact investment frameworks and programs.
Margarita believes respectful and inclusive engagement, transparency and strong governance lead to deep and enduring relationships, founded on shared visions for change.
A tribute to Paul Cruickshank, our longest serving board Member
Our longest serving Board member, Paul Cruickshank, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 1 February 2017 surrounded by close friends and family.
Paul joined our Board in 2007 and was elected President in 2013. He was passionate about social justice and the environment and contributed to both these areas through a long career in environmental organisations, within our sector and as an environmental policy advisor to government.
Paul also made a huge voluntary contribution. He served on many boards of non-government organisations and used his spare time to write grant applications for small environmental groups.
Paul helped steer us through many changes over the past decade. He was extremely supportive of us all and committed to what we wanted to achieve in our community. He had an incredibly positive outlook, loved putting big ideas into action. Once a decision to do something was made, he would be off doing it while the rest of us were still working out how to get started. Paul also loved to socialise and he was an enthusiastic participant in many of our events over the years. His cheerful presence, words of encouragement and big wide smile will be missed.
Our Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Manager for Communities, Families & Youth
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Manager for Finance, Assets and Technology
Executive Manager for People and Quality (on extended leave 2017)
Samantha Albertini is acting Executive Manager in her absence
Executive Manager for Inclusion
Executive Manager for Strategy and Engagement