board of directors

Our dedicated directors have been drawn from the community, government and business sectors, bringing skills from a wide variety of fields – management, accounting, auditing, finance, health, IT, legal and more. Together they are deeply committed to improving the lives of migrants and refugees settling in Australia.


Sherman Young

Sherman has over 20 years of experience in higher education, holding academic leadership, research, teaching and governance roles at both RMIT and Macquarie Universities.

He is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Vice-President at RMIT, and he joined the Spectrum Board in 2021. Prior to becoming an academic, he ran a multimedia production company, building interactive media for corporate and publishing clients. Sherman has a deep understanding of what is required to lead organisation transformation projects, and embraces the concepts of diversity and inclusion in all of his work.

Sherman has a BSc (UNSW), Masters in Media Technology and Law (Macquarie University) and a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies (UQ).

“As a migrant myself, I’m passionate about ensuring that new arrivals have every opportunity to succeed. Spectrum can help build a truly welcoming Australia that celebrates diversity”.
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Rebecca Power

Board Member – Chair of Governance Committee
Rebecca joined the Board in 2019. Currently the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Rebecca has had a passion for innovation and improvement throughout her career, with a particular interest in system redesign, reducing fragmentation and supporting ‘hardly reached’ communities. Rebecca has senior leadership experience encompassing strategy development and deployment, design and delivery of new models of care and supporting operational performance. With a keen interest in translational research, Rebecca has published on topics including workforce redesign (using co-design), and health and homelessness. Rebecca has a Masters of Health Administration, and eclectic training and experience in lean/six sigma, IHI breakthrough collaborative model, executive coaching, co-design and design thinking.
Spectrum Rebecca Power

Chris Baring Gould

Board Member – Chair of Finance Audit and Risk Committee
Chris is a people and values-driven finance professional, with over 30 years’ experience in the community welfare services, investment, funds management, stockbroking, money market, banking and heavy equipment leasing sectors.

Chris is a Principal with the CFO Centre in Victoria, and has a portfolio of clients in a variety of industries. Prior to this, he was CFO for 18 years at Anglicare Victoria, one of the Victoria’s largest child and family welfare organisations.

He is also experienced in managing non-financial functions such as Property and Vehicle infrastructure, Human Resources, and Information Technology.
Spectrum Chris Baring Gould

Nesan Naidoo

Board Member
Nesan joined the Board in 2015. He has 28 years of experience in leadership and executive management. He is currently CEO of an international Consulting company, and serves on the board of three not-for-profit organisations in the health, education and financial services sectors. Nesan brings to the board; specialist skills in business improvement, change management, strategic leadership and human resources. He has an MBA from MBS, BA and qualifications in strategic leadership, business, marketing and General Manager Program through AGSM.

“Spectrum allows me the opportunity to support new migrants and refugees to feel Welcomed and Respected in a diverse Australia where everyone is appreciated for who they are, irrespective of race, colour or creed.”
Spectrum Nesan Naidoo

Andrew Staniford

Board Member
Andrew joined the Spectrum Board in 2022 and has over 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in the energy industry working in operations, business development and customer service. His most recent role was Chief Customer Officer for the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group. He has qualifications in science and economics, including a Master of Economics degree from the University of New England.

An experienced Non-Executive Director, he has served on various community and industry Boards for over 25 years, including five years as Chair.

Andrew is passionate about identifying opportunities to help shape and achieve meaningful social support and change in our community to create a more inclusive and connected society. Spectrum provides an opportunity to achieve this end through its work with new refugees and migrants, assisting them to settle, and feel welcome, in Australia.
Spectrum Andrew Staniford

Ross Dawson

Board Member
Ross joined the Spectrum Board in October 2022. He has over thirty-seven years of successful experience at the CEO and governance level in the not-for-profit aged and disability services sectors which has given him a deep strategic and operational understanding of these sectors which depend so heavily on staff born overseas. He has also served on several Boards including ten years on the Board of a major not-for-profit organisation (Baptcare Ltd) providing aged care, family care, disability care and refugee services in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. During this time he chaired the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee.

He currently serves on the Australian Board of an international Christian aid and community building organisation and is a voluntary Community Educator with Housing for the Aged Action Group.

Ross has an excellent understanding of what is required for the good governance of an organisation and brings extensive knowledge and experience in the provision of aged care and refugee services.

He has an undergraduate degree with majors in psychology and earth science and post-graduate qualifications in education and business.

Right from his childhood as the son of a worker in the Snowy Mountains Scheme through to his lengthy employment in the health and community services sectors Ross has seen the enormous positive impact migrants have had and continue to have on the culture, workforce, society and world outlook of the Australia of today.
Spectrum Ross Dawson

Casey Kaminskyj

Board Member
Casey joined the Spectrum Board in 2022. She has Senior Leadership & Transformation experience across a range of Private and Government enterprises, particularly within the utilities sector. She's also held Governance and Executive roles within NFP space, and is currently Chairperson of the Board of Wombats Wish. She has a particular interest in Continuous Improvement and experience in scaling Systems and Strategy. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (MIS), Diploma of Business / Diploma of Management and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors.

Casey grew up in Dallas and the North-West, and has familial experience with migrant journeys. She is purpose driven and passionate about diversity, as well as leaving people & environments in a better place. An avid traveller and sports fan; if she’s not soaking up being a new mother, you’ll find her watching footy, or doing something in, on, or under the water.
Spectrum Casey Kaminskyj