Micah Projects Board

James Woods

Chairperson

BA (Journalism), MBA (Executive), Graduate AICD

James is passionate about social entrepreneurship and excited by opportunities to collaborate, innovate and transform organisations to deliver exceptional services in competitive environments. With strengths in strategic planning, culture change, brand development, customer services and commercial growth, James’ diverse career spans executive-level roles in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors. His experience includes working in the media, a national role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, and leading marketing and sales, customer-experience and business-development functions for some of Queensland’s leading organisations.

As a management consultant James fuelled his passion for performance outcomes and building healthy teams. Presently working in the human services sector, James is active in his local community through his children’s school, the Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade and voluntary Board directorships.

Dr. Lewê Atkinson

B.Sc. (Health and Biological Sciences) Deakin University, 1986; Ph.D (Chem Eng), University of Queensland, 1996; and MBA University of Queensland, 1999, accredited by the Australian Evaluation Society (2005) 'Most Significant Change (MSC) Story Technique' and People Focused Program Logic, Results Based Accountability approach – Certified in Train the trainer course, ANU Integration and Implementation Sciences, Appreciative Inquiry framework 2011

Dr. Lewê Atkinson is certified in the systems thinking approach® to strategic management. He is Global Partner with the Haines Centre for Strategic Management LLC and has many government, private and non-profit clients in Australia and internationally.  

As a consultant, facilitator and trainer Lewê is experienced in evaluating NGO-style companies to help them gain greater clarity of purpose, minimise 'mission drift' and improve their effectiveness. Particularly in terms of improving their understanding of how their work makes a difference in the lives of the people that they support.  

He has most recently been facilitating the Entrepreneurship program at the QUT Executive MBA program and working with NPO clients.

Dr Michael Booth PhD

PhD. B.Econ. B. Com. Grad. Dip. Com. Comp. M. Bus (Research)

Mike completed a PhD at QUT with a focus on the financial viability and sustainability of nonprofit organisations. He teaches in both the School of Accountancy and the School of Management. 

Before joining QUT, Mike worked for a number of federal government agencies, most recently the Australian Taxation Office. In that organisation he spent 10 years as an Assistant Commissioner with his last role focusing on compliance with taxation lodgement requirements as well as debt collection. His role included very large scale staff leadership with associated business outcome achievement and business strategy development as well as IT project management. 

Mike has worked as an HR Manager, IT Manager, accountant and auditor (both internal and external). He was both IT Manager and Finance Director at Greenslopes Hospital.

Julie Cork

Dip Teach., B Ed. Studies, M.Phil, Graduate AICD

Julie runs a small management consultancy business that specialises in supporting organisations, leaders and managers to achieve the best possible outcomes. Prior to her life as a consultant, she worked as a teacher, and in roles in both the Australian Public Sector (APS) and the Queensland Public Sector (QPS). Her areas of expertise include governance, organisational effectiveness, people management, equity, discrimination and misconduct. Her public sector roles have included Director, Employment Equity in both the APS and QPS at different times and a Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) Manager.

Her government appointments have included a term as a part- time Commissioner at the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC). She currently holds appointments as Commissioner, Police Service Reviews and Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) panel member. Prior to joining the Micah Projects Board, Julie spent 18 years as an executive member of P and C Associations, most recently at Brisbane State High School.

Carol Eapen

Carol is a Chartered Accountant and has spent her entire professional life working for KPMG, primarily in London and Singapore, ultimately as a partner for 13 years in the assurance practice of the Singapore Firm. After retiring from the business world and moving with her family to Australia, Carol decided to work and volunteer in the Community Services Sector.

Since arriving in Australia, Carol has either volunteered or worked as a Financial Counsellor, providing information and advocacy support to clients in financial difficulty. Carol is currently employed part-time with particular emphasis on helping problem gamblers who are in financial crisis. Through this work, Carol has gained experience of working with the most marginalised people in our society.

Terry Fitzpatrick

MSWAP. Master of Social Welfare Administration and Planning. Registered Nurse. Catholic Priest.

Terry has been privileged to have been with Micah Projects since it formed. He was the Secretary for several years.

Terry has been a Catholic Priest for over 22 years, 16 years at St Mary's South Brisbane and 6 years in rural and remote Australia.

St Mary’s Community has had a strong social justice commitment responding to local, national and international issues for many years. Terry’s life enriching experiences in nursing and studies in social work have assisted his work as a priest and as secretary to Micah Projects. His work as a chaplain to the Catholic Aboriginal Community since the mid 1990’s has been both challenging and rewarding. This work has assisted him in understanding some of the issues and problems faced by the First Australians dispossessed of land and culture. 

David Gonsalves

David is a Partner at MPN Lawyers and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.). He specialises in banking and finance law, with an emphasis on consumer credit, compliance and securitisation issues. David undertakes national legal work for clients. He has vast experience in the management of legal firms, with an emphasis on leading accounting and information technology initiatives. David has also held part-time lecturing positions at the Queensland University of Technology Law School.

Beside his work commitments, David is drafting a manual on 'Risk Management of Consumer Transactions from a Legal/Financial Perspective'. He also takes an active interest in the arts, sports and other community related projects.

Claudine Kasselis

Dr Claudine Kasselis is a Queensland Barrister with an extensive practice specialising in Family Law, Commercial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. After practising as a CPA Accountant and Auditor early in her career, Claudine obtained a post graduate MBA and PhD in Accounting and Management before completing a Law degree at the University of Queensland.

Immediately prior to her call to the Bar Claudine was Associate to His Honour Justice Douglas of the Supreme Court and later practised as a solicitor at the national firm Freehills Solicitors. For many years Claudine has been an active supporter and volunteer legal advisor at the Women’s Legal Service and Caxton Community Legal Centres. She is a fully trained Mediator, accredited with the Australian Mediation Association and a qualified FDRP (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner) under the Family Law Act.

Michael Kelly

Certificate in Cartography, Diploma in Coaching, Diploma in Management, Certified Executive Coach and Cert IV Training and Assessment

Michael Kelly has been a board member for 10 years and chair for the last six. He has travelled to New York to learn more about the Common Ground model of supportive housing service to resolve chronic homelessness. He has also visited and studied the Common Ground models in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Michael is a Spatial Information Officer. He is actively involved in community engagement for natural resource management, promoting a sustainable environment based on ethics and shared value. Michael is strongly committed to equitable outcomes for people who are marginalised or disadvantaged. He has over 10 years experience in the areas of community engagement, change management, facilitation and coaching.

Sheridan van Asch

Sheridan has had an exceptional career supporting government Ministers, industry and community based organisations with strategic, business and funding advice.

Working in tangent with Boards, government, and industry stakeholders at both domestic and international levels, Sheridan has driven and managed key projects and built business and industry growth.

She has also successfully worked with First Nation Peoples, and community based organisations through her involvement in delivering successful remote and regional infrastructure upgrades and business development projects. 

Sheridan’s strengths are her energy, versatility and skill in working in partnership with industry, communities and individuals to create and maximise opportunities to achieve outcomes.