Richard Warner – President
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 achieiving a role, a stake & a fair share in the ownership of wealth.
Gaala Watson – Vice President
Gaala Watson is a Gungalu and Birri-Gubba (Wirri) woman, born and raised in Brisbane. A graduate of the Murri School, she holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Australian History from Deakin University’s Institute of Koorie Education and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Griffith University. Gaala is currently an Associate Lecturer at the UQ Business School, and runs a creative arts business, Bimbi Love and a bespoke media company, Humanize Media.
“I am excited to be part of such a pivotal movement for business in our state. I am looking forward to making space for and increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and opportunity within the social enterprise sector in Queensland”.
David Toohey – Treasurer
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.
Tony Sharp – Board member
As the founder of Substation33 it gives me great pleasure to see our operations growing and blossoming on many fronts. Substation33 was just a start-up 8 years ago with the main drive to provide meaningful work and skills development to volunteers and employees, generate social returns for YFS and the Logan community, divert electronic waste from landfill and chance the conversations about these important topics in the broader community. It pleases me to see the immense development we have experienced into new and progressive markets. In recent years my focus has expanded; encompassing a much broader range of people; and to further develop the 'Start-up Innovation' culture in Logan and beyond. I personally oversee the day to day operations at Substation33, which offers broad range of daily activities and challenges. My passion lies in creating sustainable social enterprises that create opportunities to people to participate in a supportive work environment as they develop the skills and behaviours they need to work in mainstream workplaces. I was the driving force behind the development and continued growth of the ' Social Enterprise Network - Logan' as the founding and current Chair. I currently sit as a director at the Queensland Social Enterprise Council. I am the foundation and current chair of INNOV8 - Logan Most recently I have accepted an additional role as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Griffith Universities Yunus Centre. In 2019 I was awarded the Australian Social Enterprise Champion of the Year and Substation33 was awarded the Banksia Foundations - Ministers award for the Environment. 2020 has started off with the announcement that our work with Griffith University on the SmartBouy's project has resulted in a Australian Research Council - Linkage grant.
Dr Crystal Williams
I have a very keen interest in raising social entrepreneurs as innovators in business. I am an individual with an inherent flair for converting chaos into opportunity, motivating others to embrace change and providing perspectives that demonstrate creativity towards tangible economic recovery. I am the Manager of Social Enterprise Australasia and I possess a PhD in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (2019) and Bachelor Degree in Creative Industries (2013) with Honours. Despite uncertainty surrounding the future post COVID-19, I see great opportunity for social-led businesses to embrace changes and to develop competencies and opportunities overlooked pre-COVID-19. I have proven that I am committed to strengthening the social enterprise sector and ecosystem, with a particular focus on creative and cultural industries and areas under resourced, such as rural and regional Queensland. I am honoured to take the role as your board member and lead a more inclusive society post-Covid-19.
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.
Non Director - Company Secretary
Andrew Taylor is an organisational whizz, with a wealth of experience in event management, business and hospitality. 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 also works at CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland) helping business through the state access support and runs the Crowd Round Unconference events bringing people together and support to the regions. He is friendly and always up for a chat.