Meet The Board

Communities@Work is a social enterprise that works across Canberra to deliver high quality children’s services, community services and qualifications and training in early education and care.

Alan has extensive experience in leading financial management and governance roles in the public and private sector. Most recently, Alan was responsible for the Commonwealth‘s financial reporting, estimates and cash management at the Department of Finance. Previous executive roles have included at the Australian National Audit Office, in the funds management industry and as a policy advisor at the UK Treasury. He has had a longstanding commitment to the community sector in Australia.

Starting his career as a diplomat, Brian has been the CEO of Families Australia since 2005. Passionate about helping disadvantaged children, Brian played a leading role in developing the National Framework of Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 – Australia’s first ever plan to address child abuse and neglect. He regularly speaks at forums and conferences on the subject around the world. He is also the Convenor of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing, the Chair of the Early Intervention and Early Years Strategy Working Group and Co-Chair of the National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children.

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Andrew has been partner of an independent accounting firm based in Canberra for the past six years. His vast experience in finance, auditing, reporting and governance, combined with his passion for the community and his flair for strategic thinking, has seen him serve on a number of boards, including as a corporate and financial advisor. He also works with the Institute of Chartered Accountants as a facilitator, mentor and examiner.

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Karen completed close to six years as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), a body under the auspices of CoAG. She has worked in both the public and private sectors. A varied background in a range of different subject areas has provided her with strong governance, change management, service delivery, regulatory, policy, representational and media advocacy skills. She also has extensive experience liaising with Ministers and senior executives across a range of portfolios, industry groups and with the community.

Bernice leads the commercial dispute resolution team at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, Canberra’s largest independent law firm. She has a background in tax and commerce, is a board member of a local disability service provider and is passionate about giving back to the Canberra community.

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John Runko is CEO of the Independent Property Group and has been involved in most facets of the property industry in Canberra over the past 25 years. John brings a wealth of business experience to the Board and is a strong advocate for the community sector.

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James is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience. He has a proven track record of success in a broad range of diverse and challenging leadership roles, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Canberra Data Centres having worked for KPMG, Macquarie Bank, Hutchison Whampoa and other leading infrastructure companies.

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