Our team

We believe that digital technology can support equality of opportunity, and ensure everyone can participate fully in today's society.

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Jess Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Jess leads the work that Good Things Foundation does in Australia. She supports the team, connects with local, state, national and international stakeholders and most importantly ensures that we are building a strong, collaborative and supported network of great community organisations across the country. Jess is a community worker at heart and has lived in three states of Australia, so she loves travelling to all the different parts of this wide-brown land to meet people doing great work in their communities. She ensures that the Good Things Foundation team is providing high-quality support to our Network Partners and knows that to do that, we need to be constantly listening, learning and improving.

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Dur-e-Shahwar Bilal

Network Support Manager

Dur-e-Shahwar (we call her DS) is the eyes and ears of the network. She regularly liaises with network partners, potential partners and learners. DS enjoys being able to connect and talk to the beneficiaries of the program because she gets to see how the vision of the program is translating into reality and how it's affecting the target audience. "Technology has taken over every part of our lives. Everyone should be able to enjoy and access facilities, services and benefits equally."

Linda Berrigan

Director of Brand and Storytelling

Linda is a brand, marketing and communications specialist with experience across not for profit, government and corporate organisations in both Australia and the UK. An inspirational leader, skilled strategic thinker, experienced stakeholder manager and marketing specialist, Linda is passionate about tackling social inequality and driving positive social impact through innovative campaigning, communication and advocacy.

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Claudia Chan

Grants Coordinator

As a Network Coordinator, Claudia likes to interact with all the Network Partners and learners that reach out to her throughout the day. Her aim is to quickly and methodically solve any issues that come her way, but she isn't opposed to having a chat about how your day is going. Her past jobs have had her working with people with Alzheimer's and people with disabilities, so she finds it very rewarding to help people find their independence in an increasingly digital world.

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Zoe Chan

Network Coordinator

Zoe's role is to assist the Network to run smoothly by communicating with Network Partners and learners. She enjoys being part of social change that challenges structural inequality and encourages people to try new things. "Having worked in community organisations for 5 years, I love the challenges every day can bring and seeing the result of people making empowered choices."

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Elise Fixsen

Policy and Projects Officer

Elise enjoys helping organisations get excited about digital inclusion, and supporting people on their journeys to get online. Elise studied psychology and completed clinical research surrounding the impact on connectedness on mental health. "Being able to connect with others is extremely important, and in this modern world that means getting online. It is especially important for those who are already at risk of social isolation, and I enjoy being a part of a program aiming to decrease these disadvantages."

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Zena Hosseini

Head of Growth and Operations

Zena's role is to ensure the organisation's internal systems, tools and processes are in place, available and efficient, to support the broader team in service delivery. She has oversight of Finance, Human Resources, Digital and Technology, Legal, Compliance, Insurances, Administration and Project Management aspects of the organisation.

When not creating plans and checklists or gushing over colourful Monday.com boards, Zena can be found studying human anatomy, reading on stars and planets or staring at artworks trying to understand how they were created.

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John Hurley

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Liz Jones

Director of Partnerships and Growth

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Roupen Manjikian

Grants Manager

Roupen is responsible for optimising the grants administration processes of the Be Connected grant program. Roupen has worked in grants management for over 15 years and thoroughly enjoys working with local community-based organisations. "I'm excited to be part of the Be Connected program and feel it's a vital part in ensuring older Australians are not left behind in this digital evolution."

Dannielle Meredith

Community Learning & Development Manager

Danni Meredith is an experienced and highly motivated educator with a strong background in health, who has enjoyed a variety of training and educational roles within the Vocational Education and Not for Profit sectors since 2004. She enjoys working collaboratively with teams internally and externally to build collegial relationships.

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Helen Milner

Group CEO

Helen’s job is to keep all of the plates spinning! She’s both hands-off - planning for an ambitious future - and hands-on - motivating the team and our partners in Australia to do the best they possibly can. She’s passionate about helping people to get the most out of the web and all of the opportunities it brings. She loves talking to the people in local communities who make it all come together, and to the wonderful people who have taken the plunge to do something different and digital with their lives.

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Robert Sollars

Network Coordinator

Robert’s role is to engage with small and large organisations that would like to become part of the Be Connected Network. Robert thrives on developing these relationships with Network Partners and enjoys helping people that need it the most.

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Cass Strakosch

Head of Engagement & Learning

Having worked in the Australian not-for-profit sector for over ten years, Cass mobilises community organisations across Australia to help close the digital divide and finds opportunities to share our knowledge and tell real stories of what being digitally included means to people.

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Blake Utomo

Network Engagement and Communications Officer

Blake's passion is helping drive real community change. He coordinates our strategies to engage, grow and strengthen our network of community partners.

Our Values

We’re positive

It’s not a sin to be ambitious. We’re set on creating change through digital and the 2 million people we intend to help by 2020 is just the start.

We’re collaborative

Good partnerships are key to what we do. We love to share our knowledge and there’s nothing better than connecting with people who share our vision.

We’re inquisitive

Finding things out is just one of the things we do well. We love to be informed and the only way to find things out is to always be asking the right questions.

We’re people-focused

No matter what we’re doing, people come first. Whether investing in our staff or designing a community learning programme, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate fully.

We’re creative

There’s always more than one way of doing something. We might not always take the obvious route but we make new discoveries along the way to getting it done.