Robert Knapp (Chair)
Prior to retiring from the APS in 2010, Robert had worked for over 30 years in the Commonwealth Public Service including over 20 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. As a result of this experience, Robert has developed an in depth understanding of a wide range of social policy programs and services. As a Board member of Northside, Robert has been actively involved in the Board’s decision-making regarding the provision of community services and has effectively contributed to the making of executive decisions involving the delivery of aged care and related services by Northside. Robert has brought to the Board his strong experience in organisational management along with his specific knowledge of workplace health and safety and risk management. Robert has been a member of the Northside Board for more than three years, and has been Board Chair since February 2015.

David Garratt (Deputy Chair)
David has been a member of the Northside board for more than 10 years during which time he has contributed his extensive experience in governance, management and strategic planning informed by a career within the education sector spanning 45 years. As the former principal of Daramalan College, David has a long standing commitment to supporting the local community contributing significantly to several boards and organisations on a voluntary basis including chairing the National Folk Festival and representation on the Ethics Committee of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to which he was appointed in 2010.

Ilea Buffier
Ilea Buffier has over a decade of experience as a managing director and owner of Ninetwofive Interiors and Ninetwofive Sustainability—two Canberra-based businesses that specialise in commercial furniture and environmental consulting. Ilea’s achievements were recognised through the Telstra Australian Business Awards where she received the Telstra ACT Young Business Women of the Year award in 2004. As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Course (GAICD), Ilea brings strong business acumen and strategic thinking to the Northside team. She joined the board in 2013.

Angela Morella
Angela was appointed to the Board in early 2016. She has over 30 years’ experience in the Commonwealth Public Sector holding various executive levels positions specialising in the reform and delivery of Government health services. She has a demonstrated track record in implementing and managing complex Government programmes and has worked with public sector semi-commercial and not-for-profit agencies in strategic and organisational planning. Angela also has a strong background in human resource management in particular, workforce planning and change management in organisations undergoing rapid and complex change.

Leanne Monte
Leanne has over 30 years’ experience in health-related organisations in the ACT, including a diverse range of public and private sector management and executive positions. Her experience and skills have focused on people management, and managing substantial change in organisations. Additionally, Leanne has a key interest in strategic management, marketing and business planning and has contributed her expertise to the Northside board for more than seven years.

Leanne Gibbs
Leanne has over 30 years experience in the not-for-profit, university and government sectors and holds qualifications in early childhood education, politics and public policy. She has experience in managing large government programs and in leading organisations to deliver on social impact goals. Her roles have comprised strategic planning, organisational development, operational management, influencing public policy, media and advocacy for early education and children’s rights. She is passionate about the opportunities created by education and professional development. Leanne has authored and edited publications on leadership, policy and advocacy.

Pui Cheng
Pui joined the Board in August 2016. She is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Pui has a long career in accounting and financial management having worked extensively in commerce and the public sector. Pui had worked with KPMG at the beginning of her career and later at the chief financial officer level in a number of industries in Asia and Australia. Since 2007 Pui has worked in a number of Commonwealth Government agencies in senior financial management roles. Pui has a strong interest in the community service sector and is keen to make a contribution to the success of Northside.

Stephen Brand
Stephen is a professional social worker who worked for many years in the NSW mental health services in Sydney and rural NSW. Although a manager, his clinical work with people who have mental illness, and their families is where his focus remained. Recently, Stephen was Senior Manager for Policy and Advocacy for the Australian Association of Social Workers. He is on the board of Neami National (four years as Chair) which is a large national NGO providing mental health services in five states. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paula Gonzalez
Paula is a lawyer with almost 20 years’ experience in the public sector in regulatory, compliance and policy development roles. She brings her expertise in dispute resolution, governance, risk and organisational change to the Board. She is passionate about developing leadership, especially for women working in the not-for-profit and community sectors. She is strong believer in the power of community to combat social isolation and build a sense of belonging. Paula joined the Board in 2016 to contribute to Northside’s mission of building better and more connected communities. A keen dragon-boater, when she is not at work she paddles on Lake Burley Griffin, and spends time binge-watching TV shows with her teenage daughters.