About Jobsbank team

Our Team

Our small, dedicated team is made up of professionals from a variety of sectors who work with you to develop solutions for your business.

Staff Members

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Dr Karina Davis

CEO Jobsbank

With a wealth of experience in the education sector developing innovative educational and training programs and products, Karina has a passion for the power of opportunity to change lives.

After working as a Lecturer and Research Fellow within the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne, where she also completed her Ph.D, Karina worked in various roles at Melbourne Polytechnic including as Director, College of Education, Training and Leadership and then as Executive Director, Programs and Educational Leadership, where she oversaw the delivery of all Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education programs. Karina then joined Monash College and across her time there led the Learning Innovation, Bachelor of International Business and broader Education teams.

Karina brings to Jobsbank deep strategic expertise and understanding of how to support access and participation in successful industry outcomes.

Edel Conroy

Director, Strategy, Business & Governance

After many years at an executive level in national and international agribusiness, Edel moved into the not-for-profit sector, where for over a decade she has used her corporate, finance and governance strengths to deliver strategic and operational outcomes for a range of organisations.

Edel is passionate about job creation, empowering staff, and adding value through social enterprise.

When not working she enjoys good food, the arts, friendships and exploring the great Aussie outdoors.

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Romany Amarasingham

Romany Amarasingham

Director, Major Projects

An experienced community development practitioner, who works at the strategic level across policy and program development.

Romany is passionate about developing best practice programs to support disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

Romany joins Jobsbank from Youth Activating Youth, where she spent over two years as Head of Programs delivering organisational solutions to community issues, supporting social inclusion, and facilitating community capacity building. She has extensive experience leading diversity and inclusion programs across Victorian not-for-profits and in Local Government settings. Romany brings a keen strategic eye to the development of sustainable, community-centred programs.

In her spare time, Romany likes to travel and support the mighty Hawks!

Daniel Martinez

Acting Director, Business Engagement & Inclusion

Daniel is a senior consultant specialising in community development and best practice inclusive employment. A strategic alliance director with a reputation for delivering outcomes across a wide range of diverse stakeholders, he has worked with multinational corporations as well as at iNGOs.

Daniel has national and international experience and a passion for driving inclusion and equity across workforces. He previously managed new corporate partnerships at World Vision Australia and at Australian Red Cross, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an Undergraduate Masters in European Business, and two Masters in International Business Development and International Development Practice.

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Leigh Jones

Manager, Digital & Innovation

Customer focused and data driven, Leigh has spent the past 12 years in digital roles across a range of industries, from legal and investments to national and international retailers.

He then landed in the not-for-profit sector four years ago with Speckle Loans, bringing a world first ethical, digital lending product to market.

Leigh is committed to using digital and marketing for good, focusing on the “why” we do what we do.

When not working he can be found playing, coaching or watching various sports.

Valetta Fernandes

Manager, Finance & Business Operations

Valetta is a CPA qualified accountant and holds a dual Master’s in Business Administration (International) and Professional Accounting from Deakin University. Her career has been predominantly in the not-for-profit sector, and she wants to continue to use her experience and skills towards areas that positively impacts people’s lives. Her areas of specialty include financial and management reporting, project accounting, budgeting, forecasting, systems management and process improvement.

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Sophia Fatouros

Communications, Marketing & Evaluation Manager

Sophia holds an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester, a Bachelor of Communications and Mass Media from the University of Athens and an MA of Social Impact by Research from Swinburne University of Technology. She has a passion for digital storytelling for social impact and its application to commercial projects and uses her skills to amplify the work and impact of the Jobsbank team and partners.

She has rich experience in media production, digital campaigns and audience development.

Alison Read

Senior Consultant, Industry Partnerships & Inclusion

A senior consultant who understands firsthand the challenges for social and sustainable procurement from both the corporate and social enterprise lens, Alison is passionate about supporting diverse suppliers. She has spent considerable time focused on creating opportunities for Indigenous businesses and Social Enterprises to grow, both directly with corporates and indirectly with other organisations.

Previously, Alison led social procurement for NAB as well as having oversight of programs reducing NAB’s environmental footprint. She has moved recently into the not-for-profit sector and brings with her a commercial lens to diverse procurement.

Alison enjoys getting into nature, whether it’s in the garden, at the local creek or getting away to Australia’s national parks.

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Liz Ah Hi

Project Lead, engage community + industry

A business development specialist and project coordinator with ten years’ experience in the employment sector, Liz is passionate about Engaging communities and stakeholders to create inclusive and diverse pathways for jobseekers. Having worked in community and corporate sectors, Liz brings a deep understanding of the needs of both employers and employees to her role. She is fluent in Samoan and English.

Kim Schubert

Advisor, Engagement & Inclusion

An accomplished professional with a proven ability to develop people and implement strategies that support business and community objectives, Kim is a respected leader and recognised innovator. Kim has led key initiatives that contributed to social policy changes and positively impacted on marginalised and disadvantaged groups.

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Chris Ferdinands

Advisor, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Chris is a professional with a rich and varied background with expertise and experience of over 15 years in Sales and Marketing, business development and client relationship management. He served on the board of the Multicultural Community of Tasmania, working with the CLAD communities to implement community development projects. He was also responsible for liaising and developing relationships with peak funding bodies.

Laura Arroyo

Advisor, Digital & Innovation

Laura Arroyo is a passionate and experienced Digital Marketing professional. She has over 10 years of experience working in the area and holds an MA in Multimedia Technology.

Laura started her path in the not-for-profit sector 4 years ago with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, where her focus was to develop and maintain different digital platforms and website ecosystems, going from e-Commerce sites, donation pages, SEO implementations, digital events and performance reports to drive growth on the digital space.

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Board Members

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Wade Noonan

Board Chair

The Hon. Wade Noonan is Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Relations and Partnerships at Victoria University.

He is also Executive Director of the West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WOMEDA).

Wade was formerly the Minister for Industry, Employment, Resources, Police and Corrections.

He is highly respected for his significant successful career across government, the not-for-profit and private sectors.

Briar Stevens


Briar Stevens has been working in the for purpose and philanthropic sectors for more than 15 years.

Briar grew up in Zimbabwe, and as a woman in a wheelchair since the age of 3, she has forged a career improving outcomes in the social space driven by a strong sense of social justice.

She is currently a Grant Program Manager at Equity Trustees, working with a team of philanthropic professionals to manage over 650 philanthropic trusts and executing the distribution of approximately $76M per year into the for-purpose sector.

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Leigh Hardingham


Leigh is Managing Director and principal consultant at Hardingham Pty Ltd, maximising economic, environmental, social and cultural outcomes for a wide range of clients. 

With senior experience on major infrastructure and civil construction projects, most recently Leigh developed organisation-wide capacity as General Manager of John Holland’s Social Procurement and Inclusion team.

Leigh has developed and delivered strategies in social procurement, inclusion and diversity, social impact, community relations, Indigenous participation, Australian industry participation, business development and maximising procurement from local business.

Sam Sondhi


Sam is the CEO of Outlook, a social enterprise creating job opportunities for Victorians with disabilities. 

With significant senior experience in investment banking for Credit Suisse, Citigroup and his own investment company, Sam has advised some of Australia’s largest corporations on a range of acquisitions, divestments and capital raising initiatives. 

Sam has served as Chief Operating Officer of the international inclusive business NGO, Business for Development, and as the Director of Strategy & Growth for Lentara UnitingCare.

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Jim Hilaris


The General Manager of Procurement and Supply Chain at Metro Trains, Jim joins the Jobsbank board with extensive executive experience leading transformational change across community and commercial sectors.

Jim combines his professional expertise in procurement supply chains, finance, business process improvement and risk management with an MBA, CPA and GAICD.

A former Treasurer of the Arcadia Centre, Jim is currently Vice President of the Kynourian Philanthropic Association.

Justine Moss


A social procurement specialist, Justine is focused on driving Government and corporates to achieve their commitments in employment and goods and services procurement from Indigenous businesses.

As Managing Director and principal consultant at Justine Moss Consulting, Justine’s extensive experience has taken her from developing small Indigenous businesses at Koori Business Network to executive management for the Australian Employment Covenant, delivering programs for Reconciliation Australia, and working with Supply Nation as Head of Government Membership.

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