Board of Directors

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

Michael McGann

Chair | since 2016

Michael has been a board member since 2016.

Michael’s experience and expertise includes financial services, consulting and social enterprise development and management. Since 2013, Michael has been leading Skysdesign, a graphic design social enterprise as part of the parent housing organisation, St Kilda Community Housing.

He has contemporary and relevant insight into the challenges that social organisations face in developing, running and growing social enterprises. His understanding and knowledge transfer skills promote the role that creativity and community connections play to make a sustainable difference in social enterprises. 

Bernard Joffe

Treasurer | since 2012

Bernard has been a board member since June 2012.

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

Bernard has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and generously shares this expertise with PPCG through his role as Treasurer.

Prior to joining the Board and in addition to his current board role, Bernard has for the past 14 years, volunteered his time to assist people on low incomes to complete their tax returns as part of the annual PPCG Tax Help Program.

Gina Fiske

Board Member | Since 2017

Gina has been a board member since 2017.

Gina has a Masters of Organisational Change, and a Bachelor in International Politics and Anthropology.

In a professional career spanning over 40 years, Gina has worked in the community and human services sector in program management and direct service delivery leading improvements in the lives of children, youth and families and promoting health and wellbeing initiatives in the community.

Her involvement with PPCG has been long term dating back to her role as a past elected Councillor of the City of St Kilda (prior to the formation of the City of Port Phillip), and as a member of the Community Consultative Group.

Peter Giles

Board Member | Since 2018

Peter has been a board member since 2018.

Peter has a Masters in Communication (Advertising) from RMIT.

Peter is a specialist in marketing and brand development with 20+ years’ achievement in the industry. Peter currently works as Marketing and Communications Manager for Connect Health & Community. Throughout his career, he has built strong brand images, winning awards for his marketing campaign and curating new initiatives to provide solutions for business. 

Susanne Birks

Board Member | Since 2018

Susanne has been a board member since 2018.

Susanne is the Manager of Community Psychiatry (Mental and Addiction Health) at Alfred Health. She has been in the field of mental health for over 30 years in direct care, 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 focus in delivering its range of innovative services to people and communities in the City of Port Phillip.

David Weinberger

Board Member | Since 2018

David has been a 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 also a 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 of the Port Phillip led him to his decision to volunteer as a board member at PPCG.

Claire Edmanson

Board Member | Since 2018

Claire has been a board member since 2018.

Claire has a Bachelor of Social Work.

Claire is the Program Manager Youth Services, Salvation Army Youth Services supporting the delivery of a range of client services and case management in both St Kilda and Fitzroy.

Claire has worked at the Salvation Army since 2010 in a variety of roles including after-hours refugee support, and intensive outreach case management. Claire has expertise and experience working in a crisis setting with a focus on high and complex 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 joined PPCG as the Executive Officer and Company Secretary in January 2016. 

Karen’s has a Masters in Primary Health, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology).

Karen’s professional career spans business, community, and human services. She has held senior management and leadership positions with the Transport Accident Commission Victoria, Western Region Health Centre (now cohealth), and Inner South Community Health Service (now Star Health). Karen brings to PPCG experience and expertise in management, strategy, partnerships and development, with a focus on innovation and social inclusion for people and communities on low income, disadvantaged, isolated and/or marginalised.

Karen was previously an elected Councillor of the City of Port Phillip. Her personal interests include politics, art, literature and philosophy.

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