leadership team


Our 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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Silvio Pontonio

Executive Director, Strategy
Silvio has worked in Executive hospital management roles in Australia and the UK from 2003. During this time he served on the Boards of not-for-profit organisations as well peak bodies. Since 2015 Silvio has worked as a consultant to government, Departments of Health, hospitals and peak bodies and has been an academic staff member teaching postgraduate students, supervising students on clinical placement and providing lectures in health and mental health reform.

Silvio has remained actively involved in volunteering in the community and brings a passion and commitment to supporting CALD communities, mental health and aged care. Silvio has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Applied Science (Org Dynamics). He is also a member of ACHSM and AASW.
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Bevan Toerien

Executive General Manager, Commercial Services
Bevan manages Spectrum’s Central Support Team. A migrant himself, he worked in leadership positions spanning two countries and two different industries, roles in both corporate and government sectors. He established his Australian career by working in a both service level management and project management positions servicing the NTG in the outback Darwin.

With a passion for people, technology and leadership he completed his Microsoft Certified IT Professional Certification underpinned by his ITIL certification including various industry qualifications. Bevan has worked in service delivery and operational lead positions in South Africa servicing clients, investment giant Remgro Ltd supporting both Bloomberg and Reuters.

He opted to diversify and pursued an industry change, subsequently working in the Contact Centre industry. He worked as the Australia and New Zealand ANZ senior team leader for National Hearing Care part of the multinational Amplifon Group and has developed high performing teams in both the IT and Contact Centre industries.
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Judith Atkinson

Executive General Manager, Settlement and Employment
Judith has over 20 years’ experience in strategic policy and service delivery in NFP and government sectors. She has held leadership roles in a range of different organisations in Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA in the areas of housing/homelessness, child protection, regeneration, disability and refugees.

Judith is passionate about creating inclusive communities and supporting refugees to settle well in their new home.

Judith studied History, Politics, Theology and Public Policy and has a BA Hons (Leeds), MA (Cambridge) and Post-Graduate Cert (Birmingham).
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