ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Board

The ACTCOSS Board is our board of governance. It provides financial and legal oversight and the strategic direction for the organisation. Its directors are elected from ACTCOSS members for a 3 year term at the AGM in November each year.


2021-22 Board

Executive

Board Directors

See below for bios of current Board directors.


Contact the Board

You may like to contact board directors with your thoughts about ACTCOSS, its direction and performance.

Please contact us and we will put you in touch.


Becoming a Board Director

Each year a number of Board positions become available. The existing Board looks at the current skill sets and lived experience in our Board, and identifies where there may be gaps. ACTCOSS then calls for nominations from our membership, encouraging candidates with skill sets and experience which would help round out the Board.

To nominate for the ACTCOSS Board you must:

  • Be a member of ACTCOSS – either an Associate Member or an appointed Delegate of a Community Organisation Member (Affiliate Members are not eligible)
  • Have paid your membership fees
  • Complete and return your nomination form by the closing date.

If we receive more nominations than there are positions available, the members present at our AGM vote. The nominees with the most votes are elected to the Board for a 3 year term (or 1 year for casual vacancies that have arisen).

Keep an eye out for the call for nominations prior to the November AGM.

You can find out more about our Board responsibilities and the election rules in the ACTCOSS Constitution (see Governing Documents).


Board Director Bios

Jeremy Halcrow – Chair Jeremy Halcrow, ACTCOSS Chair

Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT

Jeremy has over two decades of management experience in the not-for-profit sector. He has been CEO of Anglicare ACT/NSW South since 2013. He has a passion for advocacy and is a leader is the wider community sector, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance (CGRA) and Deputy Chair of Anglicare Australia. He was also a director of national sector peak body, the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) from 2013 to 2018, including terms as Treasurer and Deputy President.

Jeremy has significant governance experience and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2022 he is scheduled to complete an MBA specialising in Social Impact from the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.

Jeremy’s research interests are diverse. He has authored essays, papers and research reports on a range of social justice issues. In an earlier career, he worked in the media sector and was managing editor of a newspaper.

Andrew Rowe – Vice Chair Andrew Rowe

Associate Member

Andrew Rowe was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Havelock Housing Association, which provides low-cost safe and secure homes for people experiencing financial disadvantage, and accessible housing for people with a disability.

He is currently consulting to the community and NFP sector, advising on strategy and governance to disability housing and community housing providers, and working on international aid projects across the Asia Pacific region. 

He has served the community sector for almost 20 years, including as a board director and chair for a disability advocacy organisation, the ACT Council of Social Service, and is currently a board director of Common Ground Canberra, and Vice Chair of ACTCOSS.

Andrew is a champion of social justice and believes in creating enduring, values-based partnerships based on common purpose. He is a strong supporter of the Housing First, Youth Foyer and Common Ground housing models, and firmly believes that safe and secure long-term housing is the first step in rebuilding lives.

Hassan Riaz – TreasurerHassan Riaz

ANU Students’ Association

Hassan currently works as a Student Advisor at the ANU Students’ Association. He is also the treasurer of Molonglo Valley Community Council.

He has 6+ years of experience in the higher education sector and is passionate about addressing the matters impacting the youth of Canberra especially mental health, homelessness, poverty alleviation and wage theft. He has also served as an executive of the peak international body for international students in Australia (CISA). He aims to apply his project management and banking/finance qualifications in his current role as treasurer of ACTCOSS.

He is currently experiencing joys of new parenthood and plays cricket on the weekends (whenever it is COVID-safe to do so).

Alicia Flack-Kone – Ordinary DirectorAlicia Flack-Kone

ACT Down Syndrome Association

Alicia is the mother of a 12-year-old son with Down syndrome. Alicia is the President of the ACT Down Syndrome Association and was a former member of the ACT Office of Disability Board. She is a member of the ACT Disability Education Reference Group, member of ACT Council of Social Service and Board member of Down Syndrome Australia (DSA). Alicia’s career has spanned across 25 years in education and training, and she has been an activist and advocate for social change during this time. Alicia is currently employed as a corporate trainer in mental health. When she can Alicia enjoys mountain bike riding.

Andrew Scotford – Ordinary Director

CIT Student Association

[Bio coming soon]

Bec Cody – Ordinary Director

Mental Health Community Coalition ACT

[Bio coming soon]

Cathi Moore – Ordinary Director Cathi Moore

Parentline ACT and Associate Member

Cathi currently works part time in the area of mentoring and community consultation in the ACT and is a Company Director. Cathi has had extensive experience in governance and volunteering in the non-government sector.

Between late 1997 and 2007, Cathi was a Director of Como Services Pty Ltd. Cathi has extensive experience in undertaking community consultations, facilitation and evaluations. Cathi has a wide range of experience in social policies and programs and housing policy.

In 1975 she worked with the Australian Council of Social Service to establish National Shelter. In 1984 she was a member of the team at the Department of Social Security who established the first Supported Accommodation Assistance Program. From 1985 to 1987 she was responsible for the development of local government and community housing programs and management of crisis accommodation programs for the Department of Housing and Construction.

Cathi’s public sector experience (1987-97) was at the Senior Executive Service level and involved reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of government services in the former Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services and implementing improvements to client services. Cathi has also worked in the Northern Territory for three years and has experience in working with diverse communities.

Cathi has undertaken consulting work on a range of national social policy, including housing and program evaluations in conjunction with Strategic Partners and Success Works.

Cathi has extensive experience in liaising with all levels of government and consulting and working closely with tenant organisations, public and private tenants. 

Cathi has had experience in reviewing and writing policies and procedures in government and in the non-government sector.

Cathi is currently a Director of Community Housing Canberra, President of Parentline ACT, Assistant Treasurer of the Marymead Auxiliary and a Life Member of the YWCA of Canberra and YWCA of Australia. Cathi has also been a member of ACTCOSS for many years and has, in the past served in governance roles for ACTCOSS.

Cathi was appointed ACT Senior Woman of the year in 2018 and AM in 2020.

Fiona Loaney – Ordinary Director

Relationships Australia Canberra & Region

[Bio coming soon]

Liam McNicholas – Ordinary Director Liam McNicholas

Northside Community Service 

Liam is an experienced early childhood teacher, writer and advocate. As well as taking on strategic leadership roles in not-for-profit early education organisations, Liam has advocated for children's human rights; the need for investment in early childhood education; and for professional recognition and wages for early childhood professionals.

Lisa Kelly – Ordinary Director

Carers ACT  

Lisa Kelly is CEO of Carers ACT. She has worked extensively in the community sector and holds Degrees in Psychology and Community Development.

Previously, Lisa has worked in the mental health and youth sectors for agencies such as Lifeline, Headspace, Richmond Fellowship and the Australian Childhood Foundation. She has spent a large part of her career implementing innovative and award winning services and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role on the Board of ACTCOSS.

Mainul Haque – Ordinary Director Mainul Haque

Associate Member 

Mainul is an economist and commenced his professional career as an academic and later as a public servant with the APS since 1994, after receiving his education in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Canada and Australia. Mainul has significant experience at senior management level including leadership, governance, risk management, budget, strategic policy, consultation, and stakeholder management. He works to build and sustain high performing teams underpinned by effective organisational governance and honest communication.

Mainul is a multicultural community leader and enjoys community advocacy. He is a Rotarian and serves in several boards including a member of the ACT Multicultural Advisory Council, ACTCOSS, Senior Vice President of Community Radio 2XX, Chair of HCCA Digital Advisory Group, Gungahlin College Board, Refugee Action Campaign and Yarralumla Tennis Club.

Previously Mainul served the President of the Canberra Muslim Community and led the development and delivery of the multimillion-dollar Gungahlin Mosque in 2017. He also served as President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra; President of the Canberra Islamic School and was the founding Co-Chair of CALD network at a major government department.

Melissa Bell – Ordinary DirectorMelissa Bell

Barnardos Australia   

Melissa is a leader and a practitioner with a background in social policy, project management and strategy. As a qualified social worker, she brings more than 20 years experience in the child and family sector. Over the last decade, Melissa has led across various roles with Barnardos Australia, most recently since 2017 in the role of General Manager with ACT Together, the Barnardos led consortium responsible for out of home care service delivery in the ACT. Previously, she worked for 14 years within the NSW government, in both direct and indirect service roles.

Melissa has a comprehensive understanding of child and family programs and the ACT social services sector. She has extensive experience working with partner agencies and across organisations to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

Melissa is currently a participant in the inaugural ‘For Purpose Executive Leadership Program’ with the Melbourne Business School. She has diverse professional interests but has maintained at all times a strong commitment to achieving permanency and stability for vulnerable children involved with child protection systems.

Rosie Fisk – Ordinary Director

Care Inc   

[Bio coming soon]