OUR BOARD

inTouch is a company limited by guarantee. We are governed by a constitution and an eminent Board of Directors chaired by Miriam Silva.

Our board meets monthly and is comprised of a diverse array of individuals with backgrounds in business, law, HR, finance, communications and non-profit leadership.

Board Chair

Miriam was appointed as Board Chair in September 2019. She has more than 20 years’ experience managing large and geographically diverse teams, across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agribusiness. Her influence extends across business, Government, media, Muslim and broader Australian communities.

Her previous roles have included Chief Operating Officer for FleetPartners, General Manager Commercial Operations for Elders Ltd as well as a number of roles with ANZ Banking Group Ltd.

Miriam has extensive Board and committee experience, holding numerous positions including: Chair of the Premier’s Council for Women (SA) and the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) (SA & NT); member of the CEDA National Board and University of South Australia Council; Director at the South Australia Film Corporation, the Islamic Museum of Australia and the Malek Fahd Islamic School (NSW).

Miriam is also the Patron for the International Women’s Day Committee (SA) and is the Multicultural Patron for The South Australian Police Academy.

In 2012 Miriam was named as one of Australia’s inaugural 100 Women of Influence in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review Awards. Miriam is a member of the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll (2011) and is the recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Multicultural Award for the Private Sector.

Azmeena Hussain

Board member

Azmeena Hussain is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

She is the Deputy Chair of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and Deputy Chair of the Islamic Museum of Australia. She is a Non-Executive Director at Football Victoria and Chair of Maurice Blackburn’s National Cultural Diversity Network.

Azmeena is listed in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as a preeminent Australian personal injuries lawyer and is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist, as well as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is an outgoing Director and Trustee of the Victorian Womens’ Trust, Advisor to Victoria Police, Chief Commissioner’s Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee, Judge for the Australia Day Awards, AFL Multicultural Ambassador, Vice President of the Office for Women at the Islamic Council of Victoria and Director of the Southern Migrant Resource Centre.

In 2015 and 2017, Azmeena was awarded a Victorian Women’s Governance scholarship by the Victorian Government.

Alecia Rathbone

Board member

Alecia is passionate about social justice and how we can all play an active role in shaping and contributing to the communities in which we live.

Alecia, who joined the Summer Foundation in 2018, has worked in the ‘for-purpose’ and social enterprise space for 11 years, and also has a strong commercial background.

Alecia is the General Manager of Housing Matching, overseeing a social enterprise that matches people with disability to appropriate housing. She is responsible for The Housing Hub website, where people with disability can search for suitable housing by housing type or location, and the Tenancy Matching Service, which matches people with disability to new property developments across Australia.

Prior to her role at the Summer Foundation, Alecia was the Deputy CEO at the Foundation for Young Australians and Chief Operating Officer of Girl Guides Victoria, which is part of the largest organisation for girls and young women in the world.

Alecia is currently a non-executive director on the Board of Directors of YWCA Australia and Deputy Chair of the CPA Australia Public Sector and Not for Profit Committee.

Alecia has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Certificate in Management of Not for Profit Organisations. Alecia is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Board member

Tassia has extensive experience in the not-for-profit and community sector and commenced her career in community health in 1996. Tassia has experience working across strategic and operational areas and takes a pro-active approach in developing and delivering innovative services and programs, to identified and emerging community needs.

Tassia has strong skills in advocacy, streamlining of systems and processes, change management, effective engagement of stakeholders and developing partnerships. Tassia is committed to the social model of health principles as a means to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and communities.

Tassia is a current Board member of Mental Health Victoria and a General Manager at Merri Health in Melbourne’s north where the reform paradigm has become the new norm and agility is a prerequisite for managing the ever evolving health and community sectors. Tassia has a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration, is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Board member

Professor Prasuna Reddy is Associate Dean International and Professor of Applied Health Technology in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University.

Prasuna works closely with Swinburne International to ensure the Faculty and the University are well positioned for enduring collaboration in international relationships and educational partnerships, including: embedding an explicit international dimension in our engagement commitment; supporting delivery of an international curriculum and student experience; enhancing high-impact research and graduate programs through targeted international collaboration; and building an inclusive organisational culture that supports and values diversity and international engagement.

Prasuna brings to this position over 10 years of experience in senior executive director positions in research, academia and government, and a substantial history as a research academic in behavioural science, public health, humanitarian science and engineering.

Board member

Karina Posanzini is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with over 18 years’ experience in senior leadership and governance positions in the Not-for-Profit and Commercial Sectors. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Karina has a strong commitment to community service and is passionate in supporting culturally and linguistically diverse families to achieve safety and independence from abuse.

Neveine Versace

Board member

Nevein Versace is a senior executive with over 20 years’ of experience in the financial and professional services sectors, including board and committee work.

Nevein has held senior advisory and leadership roles at REA Group, Medibank, NAB, KPMG and ASIC. She brings a deep understanding of the challenges faced by heavily regulated service industries, and organisations that attract concentrated and unrelenting political, regulatory and community scrutiny.

Most recently, Nevein held the position of Strategic Advisor, Global Risk Management and Assurance for the REA Group. REA Group is a top 100 ASX listed company providing services in digital advertising and technology in the property sector.

Since joining inTouch in 2014, Nevein has also held the positions of Treasurer and Chair of the inTouch Audit and Risk Board Sub Committee.

Nevein’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) and Master of Laws, from The University of Melbourne. She graduated the AICD Company Directors Course in 2012.

Nevein is passionate about health, education, social justice and providing leadership that inspires people and organisations to recognise and reach their full potential.

Nevein is currently on a leave of absence until 2020.