Board of Directors

Mihajlo Starcevic – Chair

Mihajlo is a senior management consultant and executive with a strong record in delivering results, strategy, P&L and operations management. Experienced in coaching, motivating and coordinating complex teams when the times are tough, he enjoys applying a wide range of experiences in order to achieve outstanding results. He has extensive non-profit board experience.

Mihajlo graduated from the Australian Graduate School of Management with an MBA in 2010 and works with the global management consulting firm, Partners in Performance.

 

Abbey Richards – Vice Chair

Abbey started her legal career in the private sector, establishing a litigation practice while coordinating the firm’s Pro Bono Program and Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic. 

Her passion for social justice led her to the community legal sector where as an Employment and Discrimination Lawyer, she provided legal advice to disadvantaged clients and developed a pro bono referral scheme with private law firms. Abbey was named ‘Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year’ by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland in 2015.

Moving to the community engagement and development sector, Abbey became the Queensland Manager for an internationally affiliated social purpose organisation. She has held various management positions, including Committee Member positions on the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Law Committee, the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House, and was the Chairperson of the Management Committee of the Immigrant Women’s Support Service between 2014 and 2016.

Currently, Abbey is the Manager of Community Engagement for a local government city council in South East Queensland.  Her expertise is in efficient and purposeful management, employee relations, strategic partnerships and strong and effective community engagement strategies.

 

Claire Coxon

Claire has passionately fought for social justice and equality for over 14 years, both in Australia and internationally. She spent five years working in Cambodia improving access to education, human rights and women’s reproductive health. Claire lives in Melbourne and works in the area of Research, Service Development and Advocacy for Launch Housing, Victoria’s largest provider of housing and homeless support services. In her role she provides Service Development expertise and promotes innovative, evidence-based approaches to the goal of ending homelessness. Claire served as Board Chair of This Life in Cambodia for six years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy and is currently completing her Masters in International and Community Development.

 

Danielle Notaro

Danielle is an experienced social policy researcher in the university and not-for-profit sectors. Her expertise includes children and young people with disability, information and communication technology and domestic and family violence.  Core interests is social inclusion and the role of evidenced-based policy and research to drive positive social change.

Danielle holds a B.A. in Communications (Social Inquiry) from the University of Technology Sydney and a M.A. in International and Community Development from Deakin University.

Danielle  is currently a Research Assistant at the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University.  In 2010 she founded Spiral Research and Consulting and was awarded a $12,000 Australian Communications Consumer Action Network Grant.   

In the not-for-profit sector Danielle has worked for the Northern Rivers Social Development Council overseeing a research and community development project for children and families with disability; established the Lismore Women’s Resource Centre; worked in a policy role with peak body- The Communications Consumer Action Network and conducted grass roots advocacy and campaigns for Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.   Danielle has served on the Board of the Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre and as Secretary of the Lismore and District Women’s Health Centre.

 

Alan Morgan – Secretary

Alan graduated from the University of West Scotland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and completed his MBA at Edinburgh University in 1997.  He joined IBM UK in 1986 and has worked for IBM ever since in a variety of technical, support, sales and management roles.

In 2012 Alan and his family moved to Australia with IBM on an extended assignment and they later  became permanent residents.  He was previously involved with Enable, Scotland’s leading charity for people with learning difficulties, helping them with fund raising.   During a family trip to Cambodia Alan visited This Life Cambodia after learning about the organisation through an IBM colleague.  He subsequently became a monthly donor before joining the Board of Directors.

 

Shelley Walker

Shelley started her career as a registered nurse in the rural town of Shepparton in Victoria, Australia.  After moving to London and with many years of global travel, Shelly returned to Australia and completed a B.A. in Community Development at Deakin University. She spent ten years working in the youth health sector, including developing and running programs for marginalised young people, and managing projects focused on the sexual health needs of young people. A main focus was creating safe, inclusive and supportive environments for same sex attracted young people.

In 2012,  Shelley worked in a research/evaluation capacity building role with the Community Research Consultancy Program at The Life Cambodia.  During this time she helped to develop new program evaluation and research tools and an enhanced comprehensive evaluation model.  Along with TLC staff she conducted comprehensive evaluations of two key programs: This Life Beyond Bars and the Lower Secondary School Development program.  Shelley also supported the development and implementation of two research projects into  violence against women while the other focused on the experiences of This Life Beyond Bars program participants.

In 2013, Shelley completed her Masters (by Research) in Primary Health Care at Melbourne University.  In 2014 she embarked on a PhD at Curtin University, undertaking research focused on the experiences of 28 incarcerated young men (aged 19-24 years) with histories of injecting drug use.  Shelley anticipates completing her research in 2018.