I am the founder and CEO of the Launch Group which is comprised of Launch Recruitment, Launch Professional Services and Launch Technical Field Services. They are award winning businesses providing a positive repeatable customer experience demonstrating the core brand values of Launch. The businesses span all States of Australia, NZ and Singapore, with over two hundred and fifty committed and talented staff.
Prior to Launch, I had a rewarding career in Education and Health. I have a degree in Education and Visual Arts. I am AICD qualified. I have been involved with Weave through family for many years however became an active Board member in December 2014. I feel privileged to Chair the Weave Board as the dedicated staff at Weave have truly made a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged local people for over 30 years.
Background & key skills: I have worked for a range of not for profit organisations over a 22 year period. In these roles I have successfully managed cross functional teams in marketing, fundraising including direct marketing and events, digital, retail, public relations, and communications units to an agreed vision whilst being on the organisational Executive team to develop and implement organisational strategy. I also have experience in Budgeting and PR.
Current role - Australia for UNHCR, Deputy National Director
Australia for UNHCR is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing humanitarian support to refugees and other displaced and stateless people who are supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency. We achieve this by raising funds for UNHCR's international humanitarian operations.
The key focus of her role is to direct day to day management of the Communications, Media, Marketing and Fundraising teams and to Deputise for the National Director.
Previous role - CANCER COUNCIL NSW - Director of Marketing & Communications June 2011 - July 2015
I have worked in the travel and tourism industry for nearly 30 years and have had long term experience as Managing Director of a tourism marketing and representation business in both a private and publicly listed environment. I have a depth of experience and relationships across all aspects of tourism, both outbound from and inbound to Australia.
I joined Weave board in the role as treasurer in December 2015 and am looking forward to contributing to Weave’s finance and government oversight. I bring board experience served as a director on the board of Liontamer Financial Investments for 12 years and as a director of the Australian Tourism Export Council, chairing their Audit & Finance committee. My tertiary education has been in business studies and administration and I have completed the AICD Company Directors course.
I have been really impressed with what is being achieved by the dedicated and passionate team at Weave and feel privileged to be involved.
Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove
I am an experienced senior journalist having worked in range of roles across the industry. I first joined the Weave Board in December 2015 and I am very excited to be working with the committed team at Weave.
My skills include advanced communication and broadcasting, advanced writing and research, copywriting and the ability and patience to analyse complex policy and legislation. I am a strategic thinker, both proactive and reactive.
My specialties include the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interests; effective communication and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations and communities; promoting positive relationships; community engagement; Human Rights; Policy and legislative analysis; research and writing; storytelling; teaching/guiding through traditional and non traditional models and photography as story.
Weave Board Member
I have 27 years' experience in financial services spanning strategic growth, distribution, business and practice development, dealer services and operations management.
I joined BT Financial Group in 2011 as the National Capability Manager for Securitor & Licensee Select and later became the Head of Strategic Growth where I was responsible for driving strategy and developing market leading licensee services including the industry recognised education and insurance strategy.
I have active voice in the financial services industry and trade media and regularly discuss the merits of strong leadership traits. I have been awarded a place in the FS Power 50 in 2014 for my contribution to the industry across digital channels. I am passionate about leadership and was selected as part of a team in early 2014 to undertake the prestigious leadership program across BT, the David Williams Fellowship, this included a secondment in an indigenous community where we were asked to provide business & financial support for a Health Services group. In 2013 I was a finalist in the inaugural Money Management Women in Financial Services awards in two categories - Mentor of the Year & Industry Advocate of the Year as well as being a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence - Customer category. I am a director of Weave, an indigenous NFP youth service group, a member of the advisory board of Professional Planner Magazine, a member of the 2016 Afiniation Fintech Selection Committee and a member of the Advisory Board of Our Big Kitchen, a community kitchen providing meals to the needy.
Weave Board Member
I am the Managing Director of Jack Morton, Australia. We create experiences that strengthen the relationships between brands and the people who matter most to them. Clients build a better customer experience by investing in event marketing, promotional marketing, digital, social and mobile, sponsorship marketing and employee engagement.
Having completed a degree from the University of London I started my career in marketing, moving to Australia and joining Jack Morton in 1999 becoming Managing Director in 2009. I started my involvement with Weave at the end of 2015 and am really excited to work with the organisation and support the team in the incredible work that they do.
Weave Board Member
I am a barrister at Forbes Chambers, specialising in criminal law, coronial inquests and medical disciplinary matters. Prior to coming to coming to the Bar, I had a very rewarding career as a solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern, and then in the Northern Territory. I loved working with the Redfern community and am passionate about using the law to empower people who have had a challenging start to life.
I first met some of the staff of Weave when I was the children's court solicitor for the ALS at Redfern in 2000. I saw the fantastic work that they did with kids who had got into trouble with the law, helping them to deal with substance abuse, get back into schools and connect with family again. While criminal lawyers are important to deal with the immediate crisis of a criminal charge, the work Weave does is truly transformative, and I am very proud to be a member of the Board.
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I have had an extensive commercial career in leadership positions at Coca-Cola Amatil, The Coca Cola Company and Rubbermaid Incorporated, holding positions responsible for Sustainability, Public and Corporate Affairs, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales Management. I moved into the NGO sector working for St James Ethics Centre while doing pro-bono work for other not-for-profit organisations. I have always held a keen interest in the community and social sector and know that each of us can contribute in various ways to make a difference for others.
I studied my MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and my Diploma in Marketing from Swinburne University. I am currently undertaking my Masters in Science (Psychology of Coaching) at Sydney University while establishing my own Psychological Development Coaching practice. I am a graduate and ambassador of the "Social Leadership Australia" 2014 program and it was through this that my interest in the health and welfare of indigenous people was re-ignited, having first been inspired by an Aunt who spent 15 years as a midwife in the town of Arakun in the 1960's. I am please to be able to contribute, along with my fellow board members, to the important work of WEAVE.
Current role – Executive Officer, Division of Alumni and Development, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Education - BSocSci, MPM
I have worked in the public and university sectors for over 20 years. OI have held a range of positions in both the Commonwealth and State Governments, including as an adviser for a member of the NSW Upper House and a Ministerial Policy Advisor in the NSW Government. I have worked on employment and training policy development and program delivery in the Department of Employment, Education and Training and the Redfern-Waterloo Authority. I have a Masters in Project Management.
My new role is within the Alumni & Development division of the University of Sydney, which is the area that does major fundraising for the university.