Micah Projects Board

Terry Fitzpatrick

Chairperson

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. 

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.

Sue Bradnock

B Bus (Accounting), BA (Sociology)

Sue is the principal of Total Audit Services, an accounting practice which specialises in audits for small entities. She is a CPA and is a Registered Company Auditor. Prior to her career in accounting, Sue worked for many years in the not for profit sector with people with a disability. She feels that by having a background in both areas she will be of assistance to Micah Projects. Sue wants to be involved with Micah Projects as it delivers practical results for people in need.

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.

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.