Our Board

Plumtree is supported by a dedicated board with diverse experience, united by their commitment to children and families.

Nick Walter

Nick Walter

Chair

Nick has worked in Australian investment markets since 1998 and is currently with Macquarie Bank. In his role, he works with not-for-profit organisations, assisting them with corporate governance, policy development and investment management. Nick has business and accounting qualifications. He joined the Plumtree Board in 2011 and has been the Chair since 2012. After joining the board Nick focused on developing Plumtree’s fundraising efforts, in particular the annual City 2 Surf team – The Running Plums.

Melinda Stevenson

Melinda Stevenson

Treasurer

Melinda is a senior Accounting professional with a strong blend of accounting, process and system improvement expertise and is currently working with Loci Solutions as Senior Property Solutions Consultant. Melinda has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), CPA Program Examination Marker, Fellow member of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA) and a Fellow member of Institute of Financial Accountants (FFA). Melinda commenced volunteering at Plumtree in 2008.

Rimma Dinkin

Rimma Dinkin

Vice-Chair

Rimma has been involved with Plumtree since 2003, after she became involved with Plumtree for her son Joshua. She joined the Board in 2006 and was ‘thrilled to have the chance to give something back to an organisation that gave our family so much’. She has been on the Board since then, in the position of Secretary in 2006, Chairperson from 2007-2011 and is currently the Vice Chair. Rimma has an IT background and currently works in a community based organisation.

Sylvana Mahmic

Sylvana Mahmic

Director

Sylvana is the CEO at Plumtreee and has worked for over twenty years in the early childhood intervention field, with a particular expertise in a whole of family and community approach to early childhood intervention. . She is passionate about innovation in the field of disability and is an advocate for Early Childhood Intervention and self managed funding. Sylvana is mother of three adult boys and is managing the individual funding of her eldest son Karim who is 28 years old. Read more about Sylvana’s expertise.

Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew is the CEO of AltusQ Australia, an international firm with over 40 professional business coaches working across many industry sectors. Andrew’s business career has an entrepreneurial and business development focus in both product and services industries. Andrew is highly regarded as a thought leader in the area of professional coaching education, having co founded the development of the first International Master of Business Coaching. He is also the Chairman of the not for profit Darlinghurst Theatre Company and a board member of Academic Search International.

Yvonne Nicholls

Yvonne Nicholls

Yvonne is mother of three children and a Sales Manager in Online Media. Her eldest has Atypical Autism and came to Plumtree at the age of 18 months. Yvonne joined the board in 2005. ‘When we look back at the years behind us, my husband and I do not know how we would have managed without the help and guidance of all our friends at Plumtree. And when we look towards the future, we do so knowing we have learned so many skills along the way that will help us to help Luc be the best that he can be.’ In Yvonne’s blog, ‘Take my hand…’ , she shares the highs and lows of being a parent of a child with additional needs.

Adrian Ciaschetti

Adrian Ciaschetti

Adrian is the co-founder of Sparrow Flights. He drives the vision, design and technical strategy for the company, and is dedicated to building the world’s leading customer experience for flights on mobile. Adrian is both a User Experience Designer and Full-stack Developer. He has worked with many large organisations and start-ups on user experience projects, has sold more than 3000 copies of his digital creations online, and studied computer science at UTS.

Penny Bowring

Penny Bowring

Penny Bowring has an enviable reputation as a specialist in brand and creative strategy and is principal of Fix Branding. She headed the prestigious branding firm Energy Vincent Design for 17 years, working extensively in Australia and Asia. Penny was responsible for the long-term management of brands for companies of the calibre of Macquarie Bank, UTS and the City of Sydney. Penny works with a breadth of companies to develop, manage and implement creative and brand strategy.

Jennifer Brock

Jennifer Brock

Jennifer has been a Board Member of Plumtree since 2001. Jennifer’s specific duty as a board member has involved visiting community groups in order to raise the profile of Plumtree. She has visited GPs, paediatricians, Early Childhood Clinics and a variety of local community organisations. During these visits, she has been an ambassador for Plumtree, in addition to being a strong advocate for early childhood intervention, particularly for increases to early childhood intervention services in the Sutherland area.

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