OUR BOARD

inTouch is a company limited by guarantee. We are governed by a constitution and a 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.

Deputy Chair

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 is the Chief Executive Officer 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 Management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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. She is currently 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

Maria Hagias has worked in the domestic violence sector of South Australia (SA) for 25 years. She has advocated for and informed policy development on gender based violence, resulting in responsive service models being implemented which promote women and children’s safety, and make men who use violence accountable for their behaviour.

Maria has participated in a number of national and state committees that inform systemic changes and responses. Through her current role as CEO of Women’s Safety Services of SA, she has worked with the community to change attitudes and address ways of working together to eliminate violence against women.

Maria has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work and Graduate Diploma in Community Services Management. She is also a member of Migrant Women’s Emergency Support Service.

Board member

Imaan joined the inTouch Board of Directors in August 2020 through the Young Women on Boards initiative. She is driven and passionate about the value of preventative and early intervention work in addressing family violence, and the importance of holistic and trauma-informed approaches to mental health interventions.

Imaan is an advocate for enhancing access accessibility and increasing organisations’ ability to better respond to culturally diverse and/or minority groups in the wellness and human services spaces.

She has extensive experience in the multicultural and social work sectors, including undertaking internships at Services Australia, Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights, Shine for Kids and Baptcare.

Imaan has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from The University of Melbourne.

Board member

Mark Pierce is a writer and a retired Foreign Service officer. He served Australia overseas in Canada, Israel, France, Germany, Italy, the United States and India.

He has also worked as chief of staff to Commonwealth Ministers and as Director of a Research think tank.

Board member

Dr Niki Vincent was appointed Victoria’s first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner in September 2020.

Dr Vincent has a wealth of experience in gender equality and organisational leadership. This includes most recently serving as the South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity since May 2016. In this role, Dr Vincent was responsible for the general administration of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA).

In her capacity as Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, Niki Chaired the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), served on the national management committee of Play by the Rules, and was a member of the SA/NT Advisory Council for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). She holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in UniSA’s Business School. In addition, she is an active ambassador for Time for Kids – a respite foster care organisation.

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, Niki held the position of CEO of the Leaders Institute of South Australia as well as a concurrent appointment as a member of the Remuneration Tribunal of South Australia. She has also led major programs of research in previous roles and has established and run two successful not-for-profit organisations.