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Board of Directors

PPCG is governed by a volunteer Board of Management elected annually by members.

Michael McGann

Chair | since 2016

Michael’s experience includes financial services, consulting and social enterprise management.

Since 2013, Michael has been working for Skysdesign, a graphic design social enterprise element of the parent charity organisation, St Kilda Community Housing.

His experiences provide a great insight into the challenges that social organisations such as PPCG face in the attempt to develop, run and grow social enterprise and more importantly the creativity that needs to exist to make a sustainable difference.

Michael’s expertise in social enterprise management and his creative approach is crucial to expanding an organisation such as PPCG.

Bernard Joffe

Treasurer | since 2012

Bernard holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

Bernard has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and generously shares this expertise with PPCG through his role as Treasurer.

Prior to joining the PPCG Board, Bernard has been helping our clients complete their tax returns for the past 14 years as part of the PPCG Tax Help program.

Tullia Gilarry

Board Member | Since 2016

With a Masters in International Development & Environmental Analysis, and more than a decade working in the sector to empower communities through civic engagement, neighbourhood building, arts based projects and direct service delivery, Tullia’s diverse roles and her relationship with the local community give her a strong insight into the social justice activities of PPCG.

Tullia worked for PPCG for 7 years before commencing work at the City of Wyndham as Team Leader Neighbourhood Hubs.

Tullia also sits on the board of Greyfiars, a local residential management company.

Reverend David Pargeter

Board Member | Since 2017

David currently sits as Minister at the St Kilda Uniting Church (a Progressive Christian Community). Previously, David was the Executive Director of the Uniting Church’s Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, responsible for overseeing many departments including Community Services. He also serves on the board of St Kilda Legal Services.

David is particularly interested in service innovation, funding and marketing. His personal interessts include governance, politics, portrait painting and writing.

Gina Fiske

Board Member | Since 2017

Gina’s qualifications include Masters of Organisational Change and a Bachelor in International Politics and Anthropology.

Her professional career for over 40 years has primarily been within the community and human services sector in program management and direct service delivery.

She is passionate about improving the lives of children, youth and families and to promote the health and well-being in the community.

Her involvement at PPCG has long known ever since her role as past Councillor of the City of St Kilda and a member of the Community Consultative Group.

Peter Giles

Board Member | Since 2018

Peter is a specialist in Marketing and brand development. His 20+ years’ achievement in the industry reflect his qualification of a Master in Communication (Advertising) from RMIT.

Peter currently works as Marketing and Communications for Connect Health & Community. Throughout his career, he has been building strong brand images, winning award for his marketing campaign and curating new initiatives to provide solutions for business.

His expertise in marketing and brand development will contribute towards strengthening PPCG’s brand.

Susanne Birks

Board Member | Since 2018

Susanne works as Manager of Community Psychiatry (Mental and Addiction Heath) at Alfred Health. She has been in the field of mental health for over 30 years in both direct care and leadership and management positions.

Susanne’s professional interests include social justice, mental health, housing and homelessness, complex needs and risk assessment and management; all of which reflect PPCG’s primary focuses in delivering our services to the community of the City of Port Phillip.

David Weinberger

Board Member | Since 2018

David is a Principal Lawyer and the co-head of the commercial dispute resolution department at KCL Law (formerly Kliger Partners Lawyers).

He has handled matters in all of the lower and appellate courts in Victoria.

David is governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham), a member of the New York State Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia, and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Taskforce on Social Media.

His ever growing involvement in the local community led him to volunteer as a board member at PPCG.

Claire Edmanson

Board Member | Since 2018

Claire has social work qualification and currently works for the Salvation Army Youth & Family Services as the assistant program manager.

Claire has worked at the Salvation Army since 2010 in a variety of roles; after hours refugee support, intensive outreach case management and now directs client services and supports the case management team,

Claire has experience working in a crisis setting with particular focus on high and coplex needs of young people and families.

Karen Sait

Executive Officer | Since 2016

Karen’s qualifications include a Masters in Primary Health, Bachelor of Social Work and A Bachelor of Arts.

Karen has held senior management and leadership positions at the Transport Accident Commission, Western Region Health Centre (now cohealth), and Inner South Community Health Service (now Starhealth Group).

She has implemented and led a range of service and social inclusion initiatives for diverse and disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Karen brings to PPCG expertise and experience in management, strategic development, partnerships, collaboration, policy and research.

Karen is a resident of the City of Port Phillip and has lived in St Kilda for 30 years.

From 2004 to 2008 she was an elected Councillor on the CoPP Council.

She has strong local networks and wants to live in and contribute to a community that values inclusiveness, diversity, learning, and health and well-being. Her personal interests include politics, art and philosophy.

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