A team with heart & drive



Brett Johnson

Brett has worked in numerous roles spanning the community services (not-for-profit) sector, from residential youth services to large NGOs and peak bodies.

Most recently he has worked in various capacities, both for the Queensland Government and as a representative for the local government sector, undertaking multiple projects across a number of social policy areas.

Brett has a strong passion for social justice and aspires to work in developing a greater appreciation for community wellbeing programs and initiatives. Brett has been a member of several external reference committees undertaking research and developmental projects. He has previously been a member on the Anti-Poverty Week Advisory Committee.

Brett is currently the Manager – Digital Member Services with the Local Government Association of Queensland. He was previously their Principal Advisor, Community Policy and Strategy Development where he supported councils and undertook research surrounding the Queensland Government’s social services reform program, housing and homelessness re-alignment, renewal of youth services, and numerous local government social and community planning strategies and policy advisory pieces.

Brett has a bachelor’s degree in Communications, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism and diploma level tertiary qualifications in Project Management and Community Services. He has been employed with LGAQ for the past seven years to assist in supporting councils to deliver excellence in community services.


Vice President

Peter Tragardh

Peter’s breadth of experience derives from roles as a Director of the Monash Mt Business School, Head of HR for Bank of Queensland, the author of Government Owned Corporation HR/IR policy in Queensland, Executive Development Consultant to the Brisbane Graduate School of Management at QUT and as a Senior Consultant in one of the world’s largest corporate restructuring and change management firms – Right Management Consultants.

Peter has made a significant contribution to Queensland business over the past 30 years as a State Councillor with the Queensland Chamber of Commerce, a State Councillor and Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, State Secretary/Fellow of the Australian Institute of Banking & Finance and UQ Academic Board member, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

In 2009 Peter returned to consulting after a further four years’ senior corporate experience. His focus has been on organisational sustainability, employee engagement, corporate planning and cultural alignment across mining, local government and remote indigenous councils/corporations.

Peters experience is backed by undergraduate qualifications in organisational psychology and a post graduate qualification in business administration from University of Queensland as well fifteen years consulting across the private and public sectors.



Deborah Nisbet

Deborah is an experienced non-executive director and finance executive with a demonstrated history in strategic management.

An active listener who seeks to strengthen deliverables through strategic, innovative initiatives. Skilled in not-for-profit organisations, stakeholder engagement, business planning, team building, fundraising, governance and management.

Through her high-level interpersonal skills, she has developed and implement significant financial and change management strategies across complex and diverse organisations, with a strong focus on effective governance process.

Deborah is passionate about making a difference and her commitment to the not-for-profit sector has seen great improvement in the financial and social outcomes achieved. She places much of the credit for this success on building a strong team culture, encouragement of innovation and a focus on stakeholder communication.

Deborah is an FCPA, GAICD and FGIA. She holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), and an Associate Diploma of Business. She is currently a Vice President on the CPA Qld Divisional Council, a member of the CPA Qld Executive Committee, chair of the CPA Qld Not for Profit Committee, and past chair of the CPA Qld Corporate Committee.

She is a Non-Executive Director for SALDA (Speech & Language Development Australia), and is on the Audit, Risk and Finance Committees for the National St Vincent de Paul Society, the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, SALDA and Volunteering Queensland.



Jane Hedger

Jane has a strong background in change management, leadership and transformation. Her extensive experience spans across both government and the not-for-profit sector.

Jane has held senior executive positions in corporate services, media & communications, customer experience, information technology and organisational change across a number of Queensland Government departments. She currently work as Executive General Manager Strategy within the private sector. In addition she co-owns and directs StormBirds, a crisis and communications strategy consultancy across Australia and New Zealand.

An experienced board director and current Board Chair of Challenge DV, Jane has a long history of community service and is committed to growing board diversity and effectiveness. Jane has undertaken studies in law, leadership and futurism, and has a strong interest in digital disruption, workforce agility and organisational future-proofing.

She believes that volunteering is about giving back to our community in a meaningful and useful manner that is respectful and empowering of individuals and organisations.


Board Director

Natasha Doherty

Natasha is a partner with Deloitte Access Economics and leader of Deloitte’s policy and program evaluation practice. She works across the public sector, predominately in health and social policy.

Natasha is passionate about evidence based policy and practice and has led a number of evaluations for Commonwealth and state based reforms across health, community services, funding reform and the innovation agenda.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Natasha had 10 years’ experience in government industry development and reform including in health, economics, creative industries, investment, modelling, emerging industries and SME development. Natasha has worked on a variety of evaluations and reviews of state based reforms and initiatives, using qualitative and quantitative analysis, process, impact and outcome evaluation. She was involved in the development of Demand and Supply models for the Health workforce.

Natasha is an advocate for good governance, operational and workforce practices in the not-for-profit industry as well as a strong supporter of productive, respectful partnerships and collaborations between the private, government and community sectors. She promotes corporate engagement with community through giving programs such as corporate volunteering and the nurturing of the skills and development of staff through initiatives such as employee volunteering.


Board Director

Linda Lavarch

Linda is a lawyer by profession and has broad experience in developing and advising on public policy in Australia. She now combines her legal skills and policy experience as the Director of Member and Specialist Services for the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU). Linda served in the Queensland Parliament from 1997 to 2009 during which time she served as State Attorney-General in 2005/06.

After leaving Parliament in 2009 Linda joined the team at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofits Studies (ACPNS) at QUT co-ordinating a Nonprofit Law project aimed at streamlining the laws that regulate charities and not for profits in Australia. Through this project Linda gained extensive experience in working with and for the Not-for- profit Sector in Australia. She was appointed by the then Federal Government as Chairperson of the National Not-for-profit Sector Reform Council (2011-2013) and Chairperson of the Not for Profit Sector Tax Concession Working Group.

Linda currently serves as Chair of the Board of Screen Queensland. She is also a Director and Deputy Chair of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) and is Director of Volunteering Queensland. Linda also currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (QUT).

Linda has also previously held a number of Board positions including a Director on Hockey Queensland, Chair of Coast 2 Bay Housing Group and a Director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Research Foundation.

Linda was named as one of the YWCA 125 leading Queensland women and was chosen to be part of the National Library of Australia’s trailblazing women in the law project documenting the oral history of women lawyers in Australia.