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Common Ground Queensland - Board and Staff Members

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 risk.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 sectors.

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