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.

John Deppe

Director, Business Engagement

John is a senior executive and people leader with extensive experience in building business partnerships that produce positive commercial outcomes. Having led and grown Operations and Business teams across Australia, Asia, United Kingdom and Europe, John comes to Jobsbank with a lived passion for fostering successful stakeholder outcomes and coaching teams to achieve their goals and aspirations. 

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Michelle Cunningham

Michelle Cunningham

Director, Commercial & Corporate Services

An experienced executive with a passion for meaningful change, Michelle has worked in partnership with Boards, CEOs and teams to elevate the customer and employee experience.  With an MBA and an internationally recognised Change Management certification, Michelle focuses on improved commercial outcomes and operational excellence for organisations and the communities they serve. 

When she’s not at work, Michelle loves sharing a meal with friends and family or discovering a new 'favourite' restaurant in Melbourne's vibrant scene. 

Hilarin Mendis

Financial accountant

Hilarin is an energetic Certified Practicing Accountant with 15 years of experience. She has been working as a finance and payroll professional for a variety of businesses and industry sectors, ensuring efficient workflows and timely financial reporting. She possesses strong experience across statutory management and financial accounting with software knowledge that includes MYOB, Xero, QuickBooks and Excel 

Hilarin enjoys playing the piano and the violin on her free time, as well as doing arts and crafts with her daughter. 

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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.

Margaret Portelli

Manager, Finance & Operations

Margaret is a highly experienced FCPA who has built her career on strategic, financial, operations and commercial leadership. She has been responsible for establishing business and financial control systems from first principles, implemented commercial and strategic business plans and has extensive knowledge of SME business operations. She is results driven and thrived in positions as CFO, Senior FC and as a Financial and Management Consultant.She is passionate about travel, good espresso, her daughter and providing excellent service.

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Sophia Fatouros

Sophia Fatouros

Manager, Communications, Marketing & Evaluation

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.

Taylor Burge

Executive Assistant

Taylor brings four years of professional and administrative experience with the Australian Government, providing a high-level of support to departmental secretaries. She is a detail - oriented, diligent professional who has successfully implemented systems of tracking and organisation for secretarial tasks.

As a self-acclaimed coffee-addict, Taylor cannot start her day without an almond latte.

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Board Members

Claire Ferres Miles, new Jobsbank board chair

Claire Ferres Miles

Board Chair

Claire is an optimistic leader driven by curiosity, seeking out innovative partnerships with purpose-driven people and organisations to deliver tangible community outcomes of impact.

As Founder of CuriosityCo, former CEO of Sustainability Victoria and Interim CEO of the City of Melbourne, she has held executive roles in State and Local Government, Transport for London, and the private sector in sustainability, transport, infrastructure, city planning and place, business development and community engagement. Claire has been recognised as an IPAA Victorian Fellow and a ‘Top 50 Woman in the Victorian Public Sector’.

She has a Master of Transport, a Master of Traffic, a Bachelor of Planning & Design and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

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