Peter Pearce - Chair
Peter has over 40 years’ experience in not-for-profit
governance with organisations working in employment,
homelessness, housing, child and family support, acute
health care and child care. He has worked in senior roles in
aero-medical retrieval, aged care, health, energy, politics,
public service, business development and general management.
Mark Lightfoot – Director
Mark is a Partner in the Banking and Financial Services
Group of HWL Ebsworth. His clients include major Australian
Banks and financial institutions.
Joanna Spanjaard - Director
Joanna is a Director with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and is
the national leader of their risk transformation solution.
She has over 20 years’ experience in risk management
developing, implementing and providing assurance over all
aspects of risk management including risk frameworks, risk
appetite, risk maturity diagnostics, risk governance,
culture and operating models.
Michael Ryall - Director
Michael is the Chief Financial Officer of the property
development company Spyre Group. He is a Chartered
Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in property,
hospitality and professional services in Australia and the
Middle East. Over this time, he has developed an expertise
in financial management and reporting, governance, corporate
finance, strategic planning and business management. His
financial and commercial experience provides a detailed
understanding of the property industry, real estate
practices and financial reporting within the industry.
Christine Grose - Director
Christine Grose has over three decades of direct service
delivery and management experience in the community sector -
in particular in the areas of homelessness and youth at
Candice Sgroi - director
Candice joined the Board in May 2019 and is a member of the
Supporter Engagement and Advocacy Committee. She has more
than 20 years experience as a journalist and corporate
communications professional obtained in Australia, the
United Kingdom and Middle East.
Kate Jones - Director
Kate has more than 20 years experience in senior government
and leadership positions. Kate served as a Minister in the
Queensland Government for more than eight years in a range
of portfolios including State Development, Education,
Tourism and Major Events and Innovation and Climate Change.
Bretine Curtis - Director
With a background in social work, Bretine has over 25 years
experience in mental health, alcohol and other drugs and
suicide prevention. Her experience is underscored by her
passion for systems and service improvement to create
accessible, person centred services for the most vulnerable
in our community.
Mark Neave - Director
Mark has over 40 years’ experience working within the
Health and Welfare sectors as a frontline worker ranging
from direct clinical work as a social worker in mental
health, child safety and acute care and in Executive
positions within Government and Non-Government
organisations. He holds a unique understanding of the myriad
of services and associated complexities that are often faced
within community and acute responses.
Joell Ogilvie - Director
Joell is the Executive General Manager for the Flight Centre
Travel Group (FCTG) and has over 30 years’ experience
working for Flight Centre.
Sonya Keep – Chief Executive Officer
Sonya joined Common Ground Queensland in October 2012
bringing with her over 15 years of Senior Management
experience in both the commercial and not for profit