Micah Projects Board

Dr. Lewê Atkinson

Chairperson

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.

Damien Atkinson QC

Damien has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland, as well as a Master of Law with first class honours from the University of Cambridge. He has been practising at the private bar in Brisbane since 1995 and he was appointed silk in 2018. He specialises in commercial and medicolegal litigation, and he is engaged as both an advocate and a mediator.

Damien has a special passion for Youth Justice. For over 20 years, he has been the Chair of the Youth Advocacy Centre which provides front-line services and agitates for law reform, and he cycles regularly with Chain Reaction, raising money for young people in need. He is the Chair of the Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee and a board member of the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland.

Damien was educated at Villanova College in Coorparoo, and he lives in West End with his wife, Marilyn Trad, and their children.

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.

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.

Mark Thomson

A.D.B.E.T. B.Arch. Greenstar and Earthcheck Accredited Professional

Queensland Registered Architect, Mark Thomson has 32 years professional experience, specialising in Ecological Sustainable Development. He has 26 years experience as a company director with organisations which have won awards, including an Australian Quality Award, a Telstra Small Business Award, multiple A.I.A. (Architects Institute of Australia) Awards and UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia) property development Awards.

Since 2009 Mark has been an active participant in mentoring design students, via the QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Work in Learning program. He has also supported The Exchange Community Centre at Kelvin Grove Urban Village by mentoring immigrants studying at local universities. Mark is immediate Past President of the Australian Green Development Forum, a past QUT Adjunct Professor and a regular judge in local, national and international Award programs.

Sheridan van Asch

Bachelor of Education (Social Sciences), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

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, government agencies, communities and individuals to create and maximise opportunities to achieve outcomes.

Sheridan has been a board member on the Micah Projects’ Board since 2016. She brings to the board a strong understanding of the importance of good governance and a wealth of experience chairing various committees.

Ria Wong

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, cross majoring in Human Services

Ria’s career to date has predominately been within Queensland Corrective Services leading Probation and Parole teams across Queensland in practice, policy development, framework implementation and innovation projects. Ria remains actively engaged as a Griffith University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Alumni and Industry Advisory Board member.

Ria has since worked in leadership roles specialising in Domestic and Family Violence, in the non-government organisation Domestic Violence Prevention Centre, Gold Coast Inc, and across government agencies establishing and developing integrated responses, and implementing key related reforms.

Ria’s strengths are in her leadership, change management and project delivery skills. Ria is passionate about delivering innovative, creative and sustainable outcomes for social change and justice in our community.