executive leadership team

Our Executive Leadership Team has a diverse range of global experience across many industries and sectors. Together they are passionate about supporting people with migrant and refugee backgrounds to feel at home in Australia.


Bernie Nott

Chief Executive Officer
Bernie has seven years’ experience at Chief Executive level and an extensive 25+ year career in community services across the NFP sector and government. Bernie brings a record of achievement in leading purpose driven organisations to grow their social impact, maximise the quality and reach of the services they provide, and their influence on government policy and future directions.

Bernie was previously Chief Executive Officer of Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) and oversaw a significant expansion of its service reach, positioning ECMS as a leader in the provision of early childhood education services. During this time Bernie was appointed co-chair of a national peak body and was a prominent advocate for policy reforms and change to deliver better outcomes, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families.

Prior to this Bernie held executive leadership roles at Melbourne City Mission, one of the largest community organisations in Victoria, Bernie’s work saw him engaging with teams delivering child, youth and family services, education and training, aged care and disability services across many diverse and disadvantaged communities.
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Roxanne Strauss

Chief Growth Officer (currently on maternity leave)
Roxanne has over 17 years’ business experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors, with roles covering the Australian, European, African and American markets. With a Master of Management, Graduate Diploma in HR, Advanced Diploma in Group Facilitation and Bachelor of Commerce, Roxanne has accreditation in a variety of coaching and leadership modalities and tools.

Roxanne’s passion is to ignite change and she does this in two ways; through working in business to lead growth, brand and cultural transformation programs and with individuals to help them find direction, purpose and take action in life. Roxanne has held a number of volunteer Board positions and is currently the Chairperson of a grassroots not-for-profit organisation in Australia and Tanzania.
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Silvio Pontonio

Chief Growth Officer
Silvio has worked in Executive management roles in Australia and the UK from 2003. During this time he served on Boards of not-for-profit organisations as well as peak bodies, actively engaged and contributed to government and departmental advisory committees to inform policy and innovation in redesigning hospital services with a view to community orientation and efficiency. Silvio has been an active contributor to healthcare reform with a view to creating synergy between hospital and primary care.

Silvio is currently a Principal, Health Nexus Group, and is increasingly involved with planning service delivery for specifically targeted groups including mental health, forensic mental health, and aged care especially as these relate to CALD groups
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