Chris is currently the CEO of an independent, Australian-owned, strategic communication company and prior to this was the longest serving Chief of Staff in the NSW State Government across the portfolios of Sport, Fair Trading, Police, Emergency Services, Western Sydney, Trade, Tourism and Major Events for almost six years. This experience means Chris provides a unique perspective across all strategic and operational communication needs. Chris is also able to provide an expertise in government relations and political strategy. Over the past 17 years besides his work in the State Government Chris was the Government Relations Director for the NSW Minerals Council, had worked at Primary Communication where he worked mainly on industrial clients in the B2B space. He has also staffed for a Federal Member of Parliament and developed and managed campaigns across Western Sydney.
Outside of work Chris has a passion for sport, including the AFL’s GWS Giants, the NBL’s Sydney Kings and the Australian Wallabies, while keeping up to date with the happenings of the Australian Cricket team. He also sits on the Board of Sport NSW.
Ricky Mentha is an Indigenous Research Fellow employed by the Baker IDI Central Australia for the previous 10 years and an elected company Director for the Central Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services ‘Central Australian Aboriginal Congress’ (CAAC). He is a member of the
‘Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory’(AMSANT research sub-committee) and has been an active member of the ‘Northern Territory Primary Health Care’ (NTPHN) Clinical Council since 2015 after completing his Master of Public Health at Deakin University. Ricky is a qualified as
an Aboriginal Health Practitioner since 1997 and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Register Association (AHPRA).
Ricky’s key successes have been underpinned by being involved in the work that overcomes socio-economic determinants of ill-health, and research activity that reduces exposure to unhealthy lifestyle behaviours. Ricky believes that “Aboriginal Health Research needs to involve Aboriginal people as partners with academic and scientific groups to ensure capacity to deliver continuous quality improvements in Aboriginal health services through a strategically developed and led by an
Aboriginal health research agenda.”
Eugenia is a Partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Team at Corrs and is sits on the firm’s Board. She has over 20 years’ experience advising clients across the public and private sectors on all aspects of intellectual property and technology law including IP commercialisation,outsourcing arrangements, technology transactions, data licensing, complex procurement agreements, advertising and marketing, privacy and data protection. Eugenia brings an extensive legal background to Charity Bounce to advise on legal issues related to the organisations operations and profile.
He has over 20 years of senior management experience in health care spanning acquisition, management and growth of private hospitals, sports medicine and workplace health businesses. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Healthe Care Australia business in 2005 and he has played a leading role in the growth of the group, initially as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Executive Officer and Director. Steve holds a Bachelor of Nursing, an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety.
He has also been a board member of the Australian Private Hospitals Association. Steve rings an expertise across a range of areas including business and corporate management,effective health intervention and industry employment pathways, and regional engagement programs. Steve has a passion for basketball with more than 30 years involvement and is the president of the Taree Basketball Association.
Gina Lednyak is the Founder and CEO of global agency L&A Social Media and has been at the forefront of social media strategy and implementation since Mark Zuckerberg tested and launched ‘the Facebook’ in her University town of Boston. Gina studied engineering and psychology before relocating to Sydney in 2007. She quickly recognised an opportunity in the local market and soon launched L&A Social Media, a full-service strategic social media and digital agency, with a strong focus on creative content execution, analytics, and consumer behaviour. L&A Social manages the social media strategy, content and implementation for brands like NETGEAR, Sol Beer, Rekorderlig Cider, AutoDesk and many more consumer brands.
The company has grown significantly from its humble beginnings in Sydney, Australia now with over 60 global clients across 3 countries and a thriving team. Gina is also the 2016 NSW Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year and previous winner of AIMI Future Leaders Award and B&T 30 under 30.
Cain brings extensive experience in the area of Indigenous employment and sports community programs with a passion for effective sports programs for Indigenous young people. Cain is a talented and solutions focused leader with a successful career in executive and leadership roles at Souths Cares, the National Basketball League, National Indigenous Culinary Institute and the William Angliss Institute. Cain has been involved in strategic/operational planning and policy advice in his roles over many years with a strong background in human resource management, including Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation and compliance requirements. Cain has completed a Master of Business Administration supported by extensive qualifications in Business, HR, Management Hospitality and Vocational Education and Training.
Cain has worked hard to establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships across the community, business and government sectors, ensuring continuity and efficient program delivery. Cain is an Indigenous representative with established connections within the Indigenous community and experience in delivering successful outcomes for Indigenous Australians and community partners.
Jacob played 14-years in the National Basketball League, retiring in 2015, and has represented Australia internationally, winning a Gold Medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Jacob is on the Board of the Australian Athletes Alliance and was President of the National Basketball League Players' Association for three years before establishing the Australian Basketballers' Association in 2015.
Jacob brings extensive experience in player engagement and has successfully worked to promote effective systems and processes for players engaged in professional sports and the promotion of positive player community and career pathways.