Our Board

committed to our sector's future

  • Michael Raper
    Chair

    Appointed in 2016, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the NFP sector to the C21 Board. He has served on, and been President of, ACOSS, the Mandela Foundation of Australia, the National Welfare Rights Network, the International Council on Social Welfare and the Independent Education Union.
    As the former Director of Services and International Operations for the Australian Red Cross and Director of the Welfare Rights Centre, he is well-positioned to advise the Community 21 Board on pertinent issues relating to the sector, particularly in the areas of human rights and social services. His qualifications include BA Dip Ed and Dip L Law, and he is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Julia Mason
    Director

    Julia is the Executive Officer at the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia, and a non-executive director with Respect Victoria and the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC). Julia joined Community 21 (C21) in November 2017, and the Community Sector Banking (CSB) board in October 2018. Julia holds an MBA and a Graduate of the AICD. Julia is focused on creating value for C21 Shareholders and the community sector from the CSB venture. Julia has a more than 25 year career focused on creating growth and value in both Australia and Asia. Julia was previously Chair of the Victorian State Emergency Services (VICSES) and One in Five, and a non-executive director with VicUrban. Julia lectured in Corporate Financial Management in the Masters program with FinSia, the former Securities Institute of Australia and is a member of Alchemy Ventures Investment Committee.

  • Peter McNamara
    Director

    Appointed in 2016, Peter brings a strong governance background to the C21 Board with qualifications from Harvard Business School in Finance and Melbourne Business School in Social Impact and Governance. As well as having over 15 years’ experience in senior management in the NFP and corporate sectors, Peter has been on Boards and Board Committees for Audit & Risk, HR, Fundraising and Public Policy.
    Peter has a very solid understanding of the challenges of the NFP sector having overseen the accreditation, quality assurance, compliance, funding, learning and development of 250 NFP organisations across 650 national sites. Currently overseeing $230 million worth of private and government contracts, Peter brings strong finance expertise to the C21 Board. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Rhyll Gardener
    Director

    Rhyll is a the Managing Director or Foresters Community Finance Ltd and a former financial services executive with 30 years experience at major ASX listed banks – most recently St.George, BOQ and Westpac. Her experience includes distribution, marketing, risk, p&l executive responsibility and 4 years of pure strategy. She brings value to Community 21 through deep finance and financial expertise along with broad experience across governance, risk management, strategy and M&A, digitisation, people and culture.

    Over a long career in banking and financial services, Rhyll filled executive and general management roles in treasury, risk and compliance, marketing, corporate banking, retail banking and group strategy. She played a key role in St George’s considerable growth and achievements as a business bank and extended this expertise to encompass retail banking, increasing performance and profitability, customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

    Rhyll is currently a director of Foresters Group, Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA) Ltd, The Blue Space Ltd and Expressions Dance Company. She is a past director of Qld Symphony Orchestra, St. Margaret’s School and the YWCA. She is a Graduate Member of the AICD and her qualifications include a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

  • Stephanie Crosby
    Director

    Stephanie was elected to the Board of Community 21 in November 2018. A Chartered Accountant with a background in finance, strategy and process improvement, Stephanie has worked in taxation and audit roles with KPMG, as well as a 12year career in accounting, transformation and project management with QANTAS.

    Stephanie is currently employed as Operations Manager at the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), where she oversees finance, administration and governance functions. Stephanie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDip CA).

  • Farah Farouque
    Director
  • Michael Raper
    Chair
  • Julia Mason
    Director
  • Peter McNamara
    Director
  • Rhyll Gardener
    Director
  • Stephanie Crosby
    Director
  • Farah Farouque
    Director