Stephen Brand (Chair)
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.
Ilea Buffier (Deputy Chair)
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.
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 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.
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.