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

CHAIRMAN
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”.
Spectrum Sherman Young

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

Rebecca Power

BOARD MEMBER
Rebecca joined the Board in 2019. Currently the Director, System Improvement, Innovation and Leadership, Safer Care Victoria, Rebecca has had a passion for innovation and improvement throughout her career, with a particular interest in system re-design, reducing fragmentation and supporting vulnerable 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 the patient experience, Rebecca has published on topics including workforce re-design (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
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

Sherif Abada

BOARD MEMBER
Sherif joined the Board in 2020. He has over 25 years of extensive experience in strategic planning and decision making, leading digital transformation, information technology, merchandise planning and supply chain operations in the retail and consumer goods industries across a number of geographies and cultures. He brings to Spectrum a high-level of skills as an effective 'bridge’ between the strategic and the operational as well as a more holistic view of the customer needs. Sherif currently holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management.

"My father, a migrant from Egypt himself, dedicated much of his time to assisting other migrants to settle into Australia and so I can appreciate from personal experience the need for the work that Spectrum performs."
Spectrum Sherif Abada

Martina Rienzner

BOARD MEMBER
Martina joined the Board in 2021. As a Senior Government Advisor and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Martina brings to Spectrum deep governance expertise together with a strong passion for community engagement.

Martina started her career in Australia as a skilled migrant, establishing a high-quality cabinetmaking business and training many young people in her craft. Her entrepreneurial acumen and strategic leadership led to business success, evidenced by multiple awards and induction into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame.

Building on her business career to become a respected advisor, board director and committee member, Maria has a deep appreciation for the valuable role of migrants in the social fabric of Australia.
Spectrum Martina Rienzner
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