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Our people

3Bridges Community Limited is accountable to its membership.

The composition of the board and management team reflects the skills, qualifications, knowledge and experience needed to achieve our vision.

Experience driving engagement

The management team have been recruited with specific skills and qualifications. These include undergraduate and/ or post graduate qualifications in management, public administration, accounting, social work and project management. The management team follow key performance indicators and have day to day responsibility for service delivery, financial management and continuous improvement.

The Board has established a management team structure with Directors leading four functional areas.

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Board Members

Catriona Barry

Chairperson

A senior executive and non-executive director with a record of achievement as a results oriented, energetic and passionate professional. Demonstrated success in managing multidisciplinary, geographically dispersed teams across Australia.

Peter Merrett

Deputy Chair, Governance & Risk Committee

Prior to retiring, Peter worked for over 30 years in the Health and Community Services sectors. He has worked for the Commonwealth and State Governments, and in regional areas. He has experience in child care, aged care, rehabilitation, disability services and aboriginal health.

Peggy Huang

Governance & Risk Committee

Peggy currently works in health, education and leadership development; building the people and financial management skills of current and aspiring managers and leaders across NSW.

Rajesh Govindan

Finance & Audit Committee

Rajesh joined the board in 2016. He is a graduate of AICD and is currently CFO Asia Pacific, AMP Capital.

Brendon Chapman

Finance & Audit Committee

Brendon joined the board in 2016. He has a Masters of Taxation and holds the position of Senior Director Compliance at the Australian Taxation Office.

Dr. Steevie Chan

Director

Dr Steevie Chan is a medical practitioner and medical educator with more than 30 years’ experience in the health care and tertiary education sectors.

He is District Director of Medical Services at the Central Coast Local Health District, and was recently Dean and Professor of the School of Medicine (Sydney) at the 

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University of Notre Dame Australia.

He has a deep interest and commitment to health care quality and patient safety, and contributes to health outcomes research and education.

Paul Hawkins

Director

Paul is the Chief Combobulator Crazy Might Work, an award-winning, for-purpose innovation agency, launched in Antarctica.

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They work with leaders to create high-performing teams, transform culture and innovate for breakthrough. Their clients and partners number amongst the most innovative and progressive organisations in the world, operating in spaces ranging from intensive care to space itself. Paul has worked in over 20 countries and consults to governments, states and corporations on breakthrough thinking. 

Paul has an HDE in education, an MBA from Oxford Brookes University, and is currently completing a doctorate in breakthrough innovation. He has trained in innovation and neuroscience through Stanford University and the Neuro-Leadership Institute and is a facilitator of the 4D program used by NASA.

Josephine Simeone

Director

Jo is a recent addition to 3Bridges, joining in 2021.

Jo has 25 years experience in corporate Human Resources and Employees Relations, with Master of Business (Human Resources Management) and 

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Bachelor of Business (Personnel Management and Industrial Relations). She currently holds the position of Director and Principle Consultant, Human Capital. Executive Coach for Peopletential Consulting.

Olga Stoutchilina

Director

Olga joined 3Bridges in 2021. She is admitted as a lawyer by the Supreme Court of NSW and has a Masters of Laws. Olga is currently a Director within the public sector. She has in depth knowledge of a range of industry segments and business models with

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extensive experience in corporate governance, corporate law and taxation law gained from the public and private sector.

Olga is a passionate advocate for equal opportunity and access for all and has directorship experience in the not-for-profit sector during a time of unprecedented legislative change with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Management Team

 

Raj Nair

Chief Executive Officer

Raj Nair as Chief Executive Officer, with extensive experience in the for-profit and not for profit sectors, brings a background in strategy and planning, quality, financial management and stakeholder engagement.

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Working for organisations in areas as diverse as disability services, education, manufacturing and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), Raj has the expertise and experience to grow 3Bridges while continuing to retain the high standards 3Bridges upholds in servicing the community.

With a Bachelor of Business Administration, and Master of Finance and Accounting, Raj offers distinct credentials and is ready to take 3Bridges through its next journey of excellence and responsiveness to community needs.

Raj is passionate about making a difference and driving positive community initiatives ensuring those in need of support have their needs met.

In his spare time Raj enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the great outdoors and playing tennis.

Amal Madani

General Manager, Reframing Ageing

Amal is the General Manager of Reframing Ageing for 3Bridges Community where she has worked since 2005. Amal leads a number of front line community programs designed to support older frail people and those living with dementia and their family carers.

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Amal is passionate about changing society’s perception and attitude to ageing. In her current senior leadership role, she brings a wealth of contemporary community experience. She has established and led numerous related programs over the last 15 years including programs that support family carers, programs designed to keep people at home longer, early intervention programs and programs designed to explore and build our understanding around evidence based practice.

She is the project director of an innovative Dutch-based Meeting Centre Support Program for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their family carers.

Her qualifications include:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontology
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Community Welfare
  • Bachelor of French Literature
  • Company Directors Award

Caroline Tumeth

General Manager, Disability, Youth and Community

Caroline Tumeth was born and raised in New Zealand, then migrated to Australia in 1995. Initially she spent two years travelling around Australia working in hospitality and agricultural industry. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science at University of Western Sydney.

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Whilst studying, she worked in Residential Ageing where she secured he first role in the Non-For-Profit sector in 2003. During this time she worked as a complex case manager with vulnerable aged persons living in social housing within City of Sydney, primarily in Redfern and Woolloomooloo areas. In her experience, she “…saw the best and the worst of people’s many challenges: surviving on their pension and living in less than acceptable housing conditions.”
Nonetheless, this privilege position in the field led to her 17 year career within community services; working across mental health, family & children, disability, squalor and hoarding, young people and Aboriginal communities.

Currently, Caroline Tumeth holds the position of General Manager Disability, Youth & Community building leading industry teams within Youth Services, Arrowsmith, Early Years Support Service, Volunteering, Inclusive Volunteering and Targeted Early Intervention (TEI). Having completed a Diploma in Leadership and Management, her focus is to build 3Bridges Community: Brain Health and Wellbeing; Growth of Youth Services; Earlier Intervention Programs; and ensuring the longevity of our Volunteering program to provide inclusivity, creativity and meaningful opportunities for our members.

John Lee

Chief Financial Officer

John brings to 3Bridges more than twenty years of executive leadership experience developed from a broad industry background of commercial organisations, government agencies and community service organisations. John’s professional capabilities include ensuring organisational operational integrity, 

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organisational stewardship and providing assurances for effective corporate governance.

John has led corporate services divisions comprised of Finance, Information Technology, Corporate Governance, Human Resources, Risk, Property and Fleet Management. He has delivered organisational transformation programs, enabled organisations to deliver ambitious strategic goals whilst upholding productive and values-based work cultures. He has occupied CFO/Director Corporate Services positions with Local Government Councils as well as General Manager Finance for Barnardos Australia, a children Welfare organisation.

John has lived in the Mortdale area for more than ten years and is committed to contributing to 3Bridges’ goal to support and offer services to the most vulnerable groups of our community.

His formal qualifications and professional affiliations include:

  • MBA (MGSM)
  • Graduate Diploma in Management
  • Fellow CPA
  • MAICD
  • and a Degree in Business

Daniel Emmerick

Associate General Manager, Education & Training

Daniel had known from a young age that he wanted to work in an industry where he could make a difference in people’s lives & a meaningful contribution to the community. In 1999, Outside School Hours Care provided him with that opportunity with Pole Depot Neighbourhood Centre. 

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20+ years have been dedicated to Pole Depot and 3Bridges Community, with many opportunities to collaborate across a variety of services that include – Training, Youth, Allied Health, NDIS, Aged Care, Early Years Support, Volunteers & Disability Services.

Daniel has formed strong stakeholder relationships with families & communities. Developing respectful relationships with school principals from Georges River Council, Bayside Council & Canterbury Bankstown Council has been crucial to the success of our OSHC services. He is a current member of the Network of Community Activities Reference Group that supports Network in their advocacy of the OSHC sector. In 2022, was honoured to have worked in collaboration with the Department of Education on Inclusive Practices as a guest speaker during their 2022 roadshow.

Daniel takes pride in advocating & embedding inclusive practices, particularly supporting vulnerable families, and the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities. He has implemented procedures that ensure children & families are supported throughout their experience.

Education & Professional Development

  • Work with people with mental health issues, ACACIA (June 2021 — August 2021)
  • Manager Awareness – Workplace Program, Beyond Blue (September 2020 — October 2020)
  • Diploma of Community Services, 3Bridges Community (January 2018 — January 2019)
  • Diploma of Early Education, Network of Community Activities (July 2016 — December 2017)

Leighton Pollard

Associate General Manager, Social Impact & Engagement

Leighton originally hails from England and has called Australia home since 2014.

Wanting to a make positive contribution in his community, Leighton started volunteering at his local Youth Centre at the age of 15. Since then, he has amassed over 17 years’ experience in the community services industry both in the UK and Australia; working across early years, youth and family, mental health, early intervention, and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities.

 

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In 2015, seeing Leighton’s passion for the community sector and knowing his aspiration to make a difference in this space as well as his undeniable work ethic, 3Bridges sponsored Leighton which allowed him the opportunity to continue his Australian dream. 

Some of Leighton’s core beliefs are that everyone needs connection and purpose. He takes pride in creating these within the community, where they underpin his work in the sector.

Leighton will now be focusing on Social Impact and Engagement within 3Bridges, where he will be leading dynamic teams, specialising in Early Years Support, Youth and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities, Client and Community Engagement and Stakeholder Engagement.

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