Peter van Vliet is the CEO of ISS Australia, a not-for-profit specialising in legal, mediation and social work services for children and families across borders. Peter has a background as a senior executive in the Commonwealth and Victorian governments and has also led several other not-for-profits in the community sector, including FECCA and ECCV.

Peter is committed to building an inclusive and harmonious society and has a long career working in social services, social policy and assisting migrant and refugee communities. Peter has a Master of Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia, and a Graduate Diploma in Migration Law from Victoria University.

Rola is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia, with over 20 years of experience in immigration law. She is recognised as an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law by the New South Wales Law Society since 2012.

She is the Principal Solicitor and Director of Hijwel Migration Lawyers, who work with a range of clients from multinationals to individuals and displaced people. Previously working with global immigration law firm.

She has a passion for working with diverse communities’ and advocating for social impact and representation. Currently serving as Board Chair of Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre.

Rola brings extensive experience in law, governance and an understanding of the community sector and the needs of migrants.

Stephen has many years of experience in the community care and disability sectors in NSW, with over 45 years in operational and Executive management positions with the Home Care Service of NSW (HCS), the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care and SSI. Stephen is a past Chief Operations Officer with SSI, leaving the organisation in late 2018. Since then, he has undertaken a number of project-based and acting roles with SSI, leading the implementation of key programs such as the NDIS Partners in the Community program and overseeing the Service Delivery – Community division. Stephen has also returned recently to act in the General Manager Service Delivery – Community role.

His experience encompasses operational management, service and strategic planning, community development, program planning, organisational management and development, consultation at local and regional levels, to executive management and leadership positions with state-wide responsibilities. Stephen also has considerable experience in working with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, organisations and communities.

The Service Delivery Community Division encompasses the program and service areas of Multicultural Child and Family in NSW and Victoria, Partners In the Community (Local Area Coordination) in NSW, Employment Services in NSW, Qld and Victoria and the Practice Management Unit.

Sandy is a passionate executive leader who creates systemic change through her work across government, policy, law and advocacy inspired by her belief in compassion and equality to deliver solutions that shift the dial to improve the lives of everyday Australians.

Sandy has over 12 years’ experience in government, policy and law across high-profile political, state and federal government and industry settings. Sandy is the Group Head of Stakeholder Relations, Research & Policy at the non-profit organisation SSI, which provides life-changing human services to enable individuals and families to realise their full potential.

Prior to joining SSI, she was the senior adviser for the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, providing strategic policy and legal advice over the course of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

As a qualified lawyer with experience in leadership, policy and government, Sandy has also held roles with the NSW Ministry of Health, industry regulator Greyhound Racing NSW during the nationwide crisis, AUSTRAC and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Sharon is a dynamic executive leader who designs communication and engagement pathways to influence more equitable outcomes and enhance the impact organisations make on their people, partners and communities.

As the Group Head of Strategic Communications and Engagement at national non-profit SSI, Sharon has been instrumental in creating the brand vision, including leading a national brand refresh and cementing the final step in SSI’s merger with Queensland-based Access Community Services. She is responsible for protecting and enhancing the organisation’s professional image and aims to promote a greater understanding amongst the Australian public, politicians, media and opinion leaders on SSI’s impact and the strengths and needs of the communities it serves.

Sharon has an MBA (Social Impact) from UNSW’s AGSM and a BA in Management Communication. She is committed to collaborative practice that enables communities to co-design innovative solutions to achieve positive social impact, and in 2019 was awarded the UNSW Anton Mischewski Design for Social Innovation Prize.

Prior to joining SSI, Sharon held executive marketing and strategy roles with national and international brands including WestTrac Caterpillar, Bluescope Steel, Unilever, Leo Burnett USA and BBC London. She also spent eight years as a director of design thinking consultancy, iSEE Impact.

Rob Hoitink is the Queensland State Director for SSI, a community organisation and social business supporting newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential.

Rob is a highly experienced leader and manager who has a background in managing significant financial resources and large geographically dispersed work teams. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience developed over 25 years working across the Australian Government including over a decade at the senior executive level.

Rob has worked across several Australian Government portfolios, including Defence, Primary Industries and Energy, Transport & Regional Services, Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Prime Minister & Cabinet and Social Services, on a range of complex and challenging public policy issues facing Australia both domestically and internationally.

He has extensive experience in policy development, program delivery and regulatory management, international policy and engagement, organisational strategy, national security and border management and has worked closely with major private sector organisations, NGOs and international organisations.

His experience in government has provided him with a unique policy perspective on issues relating to multicultural policy, refugee and humanitarian policy, settlement, migration and issues impacting global people movement. He has led the division responsible for multicultural affairs and settlement and provided policy advice and advocacy in this area. He partnered with various peak bodies to steer national policy development and action on multicultural issues, migration and settlement and advise government in these areas.

In addition to his career in Government, Rob is an experienced registered psychologist and consultant who has worked with a broad spectrum of clients in a range of settings in various organisations, private practice and in a psychiatric hospital.

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John has decades of experience in building successful projects and teams in the employment, education and training sector. He has an unmatched knowledge and understanding of this sector and how economic and labour market conditions of the day impact businesses, communities and people. John’s approach to the Local Jobs Program is to understand the staffing needs of business and to work with the employment services provider network to best prepare unemployed people to meet the requirements of these opportunities in a sustainable way. 

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Oggie has over 15 years of employment services experience and over 10 years of management experience. He has worked in the Sydney South West region for the last seven years.

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Jodi is a perceptive and visionary leader with an eye for opportunity. With over 25 years of experience within the Employment, Training and Community sector, Jodi offers high level negotiation skills and solution-based strategies for internal and external stakeholders within the Employment and Education sector. With a passion for empowering people, changing lives and giving back to the community, Jodi is dedicated to supporting people to overcome barriers and provide opportunity for social and economic participation.

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Caroline is a senior human resources professional with experience in industries such as construction, professional services, infrastructure, telecommunications, banking and the community sector.

She is confident in building strong stakeholder relationships, leading teams, managing critical conversations, engaging employees, developing leaders and organisational capability, creating inclusion, attracting talent, building commercial acumen and embedding flexible workforce planning.