President - Yas GrigaliunasYas is the Founder and Chief Evangelist at Circonomy (formerly: World's Biggest Garage Sale), an award-winning Queensland-based circular economy social enterprise. Yas is an entrepreneur of impact and a circular economy pioneer in Australia, having recently closed a $4M equity capital raise to expand nationally, with Officeworks as a key investor and shareholder. Together, through expansion of reuse, repair, resource recovery and recommerce initiatives, Yas works with partners and investors to bring the next phase of growth, seeing her Circonomy vision come to life. Yas is passionate to make a deep contribution to the scaling of social enterprises in Queensland.
Vice President - Adele Laughton
Adele is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history working in the NFP, Social Enterprise, Agriculture and FMCG industries. She is CEO of Future Farmers Network (FFN), a national not-for-profit in its 20th year that focuses on building the engagement and retention of young people in Australian agriculture. Adele will also use her experience in leading a national accelerator program to step into the role of Director and CFO for YouthX, from mid-2023. YouthX is Australia’s only start-up accelerator for youth-led entrepreneurs, with a strong focus on personal and values-based leadership development. She is a Board Director on DV-focused charity Friends with Dignity, as well as agriculture not-for-profit Ability Agriculture, which enables awareness and opportunities for people with disability within the sector.
Treasurer - David Toohey
David Toohey has a management background, primarily financial and operational having owned and managed several businesses. Now he has a consultancy and an early stage social enterprise. He’s always valued social purpose, having been on several not-for-profit and charity boards in the past and volunteering, for example, as a surf life saver. He believes in collaboration and supporting others, especially in making positive social impact so when QSEC had the need to fill the Treasurer role, he felt this was a perfect opportunity to offer his skills and experience to an organisation that was all about supporting those doing good.
Non Director, Company Secretary - Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor is an organisational whizz, with a wealth of experience in event management, small business and customer experience. He has previous experience as a business owner, rolls with whatever we throw his way, and has a knack for keeping us on track. Andrew's passion is to help people, get things done and make things happen. Andrew has worked at CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland), Crowd Round Unconference and is now at a QSEC member, Grandshake, helping bridge the gap between education and the real world.
Board Director - Anne-Marie Walton
Supporting parents and carers to engage face-to-face with their kids, away from a screen “in real life” is my mission. An experienced business owner from Ipswich, I am currently one of just 23 Entrepreneur Facilitators across Australia under a Federal Govt initiative to provide mentoring, training programs and networking events to our region. I want to add my experience in enterprise, networking and community building to the already strong skills and passion held within the QSEC Board and its members.
Board Director - Terri Waller
A visionary innovator, Terri Waller has selflessly devoted her life to nurturing collective movements that focus on self-sustaining intergenerational social impacts. Her passion for helping first began with teaching, however, a strong belief in empowering people to manifest their ideal selves drove her to find a new model of community development.
Terri's achievements have been honoured by sitting on many executive boards, ministerial advisory boards and working groups and says that joining the Queensland Social Enterprise Council board is her happy place.
Associate Board Director - Narayan Gopalkrishnan
The main reason for my putting in for the position of QSEC Director is to bring the voices of North Queensland and FNQ to the table. Social Enterprise provided unique opportunities to make a difference to people and communities in NQ and I have been working towards developing this over the last few years, both by setting up the Social Enterprise Network for the Tropics as well as acting as the Regional Champion of QSEC. I see many more opportunities to make a difference and would love to have the opportunity to do so in this role.
Appointed Board Director - Paul Garcia
Paul Garcia is the Chamber Relationship Manager for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. Paul collaborates with 115 Qld Chambers, helping them not just survive but thrive. Throughout his life, Paul’s had a Social Enterprise focus. While living in San Francisco, Paul chaired a Social Enterprise NFP whose purpose was to help those in the community feel valued, worthwhile and have meaning. Paul is currently the Chairman of a NFP museum called the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, whose claim to fame is the Abbey Medieval Festival. Through Paul’s many connections both in business and at all levels of government, Paul hopes to advance QSEC’s values throughout Queensland.
Board Advisor - Richard Warner
Coordinator of Australia's best small Social Enterprise in 2015. Social Worker and Community Development practitioner with experience in Cooperative and Social Enterprise formation. Primary practice experience gained working with people with disability as well as people from CALD and refugee backgrounds. I am passionate about social-change which sees those who are disadvantaged achieving a role, a stake & a fair share in the ownership of wealth.
Board Advisor - Emma-Kate Rose
Emma-Kate has over three decades of experience in working in business, social justice, environmental sustainability, food system advocacy, and political activism.
She is skilled in social enterprise and small business, bottom-up economic development, and place-based crime prevention.
EK has strong public speaking and facilitation skills with a Criminology degree from Queensland University of Technology.
Board Advisor - Jeremy Canard
I am a passionate social entrepreneur and environmental scientist seeking impactful and rapid solutions to reduce extreme inequalities and improve community resilience to climate change. I am currently working part-time at Give Industries and focusing on the triple ISO certification process, and I have recently joined UnitingCare as a Sustainability Project Officer to coordinate their rooftop solar installation across multiple BlueCare sites. I am confident to have the necessary experience and ethics to be a suitable advisor for the QSEC board and I look forward to further my involvement with the Brisbane and SEQ Social Enterprise Community.
Board Advisor - Andrea Jackson
Newly appointed QSEC Board Advisor, The MaraWay’s CEO Andrea Jackson is passionate about the growth and impact of the social enterprise sector. The MaraWay is an Indigenous owned and controlled social enterprise in Cairns which tackles the tough social challenges and creates long term positive change through innovation. Andrea is a creative, strategic thinker, AICD graduate and experienced Director in the commercial and community sectors. She believes that social enterprise has a vital role to play in finding creative solutions and creating long term change for our community.
Board Advisor - Elisabeth Lette
Elisabeth is a Chartered Accountant and the QLD-NT Director of ArcBlue, a specialist procurement consultancy. Elisabeth has 30 years experience in financial management and governance; strategy and policy development, procurement reform and implementation. She is passionate about the opportunity to deliver greater value to our communities through procurement, is a recognised leader in sustainable procurement and led the development of Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework from policy inception to implementation across 300 entities. Elisabeth is looking forward to drawing on her past experience to support QSEC to deliver social, economic and environmental benefit to QLD communities.