Our training team

Lisa Jennings | Director, Learning and Education
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MMus, MPPM, Diploma of Training Design & Development, Dip. Gov. FICDA

Lisa joined Our Community in 2018 and spends her days training, writing and overseeing the content and learning resource creation for the Diploma of Governance and other offerings. Lisa’s background is as a professional orchestral musician, lecturer and higher education department head in music and arts management and has previously worked in social enterprises and government using the arts as a vehicle for learning and social change. Lisa holds postgraduate qualifications in music performance, arts management and public policy.

Key areas of interest:

  • Not-for-profit sector governance and management
  • Public policy
  • Women in leadership
  • Arts management and leadership
  • Fundraising and grant seeking

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Ange Andrews | Community Trainer
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MTeach (Syds), BComm (Melbs), Adv Dip Facilitation (Groupworks), Certificate IV (Training and Assessment), Certificate II (Business)

Ange joined the Institute of Community Directors Australia in 2020. She started her career as an academic in the Economics departments of both Melbourne and Sydney universities where she won numerous awards for her teaching excellence. Since then, she has held a variety of roles in education, most recently working in environmental sustainability and behaviour change programs in local government and the CSIRO. She is the immediate-past President of Environment Education Victoria where she has served as a board member for five years, and runs her own private consultancy, The fourth R.

Ange is passionate about supporting not-for-profit organisations and community groups about how to engage with our individual, collective and systemic responsibilities in response to the climate crisis and living systems emergency. Her expertise lies in offering meaningful guidance about how to integrate a philosophy of sustainability within an organisation, as well as sensible advice about how to embed sound environmental practices across an organisation’s operations and activities.


Jon Staley

Jon Staley | Community Trainer
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BA with Hons, DipEd, Certificate IV (Training and Assessment) Dip. Gov. FICDA

Jon joined the Institute of Community Directors Australia in 2020. Jon has a background as a Teacher, Trainer, Social Entrepreneur, Filmmaker, and Writer. Jon began his career teaching at Northland Secondary College where in 2000 he was awarded the Peter Clarke Teaching for Reconciliation Award based on his work with the Aboriginal and non Aboriginal community at the school. Following this Jon spent several years being mentored by and working alongside Gunditjmara artist and filmmaker Richard Frankland and together they developed a cross cultural education workshop program called Planting Seeds that shone a light on the invisible load that Aboriginal communities in Australia have carried in the wake of colonisation.

After a period teaching within youth programs at NMIT Tafe in 2008 Jon founded the youth media social enterprise Youthworx that was established as a vehicle to train and employ young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in creative and commercial media production. In 2017 while at Youthworx Jon co-wrote and directed the short film Brown Paper Bag based on a story by acclaimed Birri-gubba/Kunggandji author and storyteller Boori Monty Pryor that won the award for Best Indigenous Film at the St Kilda film festival.

Jon is excited to be part of the team at ICDA and is passionate about the role that the social sector can play in helping to build culturally rich, diverse and healthy communities.


Ian Coutts

Ian Coutts
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Ian joined Our Community in 2020 and delivers training for Class B Cemetery Trusts.

Having started in a Government role Ian worked in Marketing at The Age newspaper and Syme Magazines before moving into sports administration in 1990 with the North Melbourne Giants in the National Basketball League. In 1992 he joined the Carlton Football Club administration, starting in the Marketing Team before becoming the first Media Manager of an AFL Club in Victoria.

In his 20-year association with the Carlton Football Club, during which time he was part of the Executive Team, he developed the Club’s media and communications structure and strategies and built exceptional personal communication and relationship management capabilities through experience across complex management and board structures and is regarded as an expert at cultivating and managing sensitive stakeholder relationships and interests.

A graduate of the ICDA Diploma of Governance, Ian is a great supporter of, and has a long association with, community groups, including roles as a board member, advisor, and volunteer and is a co-founder and director of a not-for-profit organisation promoting reconciliation through sport.


Patrick Moriarty
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Having delivered training throughout the country to more than 50,000 organisations, Patrick's reputation as a practical and passionate adviser and trainer is unparalleled. As a grant assessor and consultant, a junior sports' coach and a long-time community sector board member and volunteer, Patrick brings knowledge from both sides of the fence to his highly practical and engaging presentations.

Patrick is an ASQA accredited trainer and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing.

Key areas of interest:

  • Not-for-profit sector governance
  • Fundraising
  • Grantseeking

Natalie Bramble
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Natalie is a nonprofit trainer and consultant. Her focus is to create maximum value and impact by providing community leaders with practical skills and knowledge so they in turn can positively impact the communities they serve. She has experienced first-hand the difference it makes when people are given access to education.

Whilst operating her own consultancy business for the last 10 years, Natalie has had the pleasure of working with non-profits; social enterprises; businesses and government agencies. As a result organisations are working better with less, increasing their impact and improving their sustainability.

Boards, Entrepreneurs, Volunteers and Staff have increased their capacity to lead and govern; raise more funds; make better informed decisions and improve their outcomes. Natalie develops and delivers training programs including accredited material up to Diploma level; engaging conference presentations; fun workshops and planning sessions and hard-hitting seminars as a change agent.

Natalie holds an MBA with a focus on governance and entrepreneurship, is a company and non-profit volunteer director and sits on non-profit boards in a pro-bono advisory capacity.

Key areas of interest:

  • Social return on investment and program logic
  • Impact investing and donors
  • Funding business cases and ROI
  • Community and economic development
  • Governance and leadership
  • Integrated digital marketing
  • Grant and tender writing

Cirak Kylie

Kylie Cirak
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Kylie is the Founder and Executive Director of Tiger Grace Consulting.

She is also a passionate team member of Our Community, Australia's Centre for Excellence for the nation's 600,000 not-for-profits and schools, providing advice, tools, resources and training. Kylie is the ICDA Membership Experience Director and prior to this spent six years as Executive Director of GiveNow.com.au, Australia's only commission-free online donations platform, and hub for the many ways we can all give.

For nine years Kylie worked for Alcoa of Australia in operational and senior community relations roles, most recently as National Partnerships Manager managing Alcoa's national employee volunteering programs, and working with the global philanthropic trust, the Alcoa Foundation, to secure funding for Australian community groups.

Kylie is a graduate of PBAS, the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme facilitated by the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum and the Overseas Development Institute, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Key areas of interest:

  • Community Business Partnerships
  • Community Boards
  • Fundraising
  • Foundations
  • Building the capacity and sustainability of community groups

Brett

Brett de Hoedt
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Brett is the founder and self-appointed Mayor of Hootville Communications, a PR agency that serves community sector clients, as well as an in-demand speaker, trainer and facilitator.

His entertaining, irreverent style has seen him become a highly popular member of the AICPG's training team.

Before Hootville, Brett worked as a print journalist, talk radio host and publicist with media organisations including Truth, New Idea, Channel 7 and radio station 3AK. He's also contributed to The Sunday Age in Melbourne and ABC 720 Perth.

Brett is a true believer in not-for-profit causes, not-for-profit organisations and the people who choose to support them.

As well as his paid work with the not-for-profit sector, he is involved as a mentor and guest tutor with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, which selects aspiring green university students and readies them for the pragmatic world.

He has also participated in voluntary building projects in Sri Lanka and Ghana with Habitat for Humanity and in southern India with the organisation KEEP, which runs five schools for tribal children.

Key areas of interest:

  • Not-for-profit communications & PR
  • Web-based communications (including Web 2.0)
  • Marketing for community organisations

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Fiona Dempster
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Fiona is a Director of the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM), a division of Our Community that is devoted to building best practice in Australian grantmaking.

Working with her partner Barry Smith, Fiona co-authored the AIGM's best-selling Grantmaking Toolkit which has now been digitized and made available online through the AIGM and SmartyGrants membership.

She is a senior member of the AIGM's training team, devising and delivering grants management training programs, including a program on social inclusion in grantmaking.

Fiona has also been a regular presenter at the AIGM's annual Grants Management Conferences and Local Government Masterclasses.

Fiona previously worked in the Australian Public Service and as a Ministerial Adviser, and has over 10 years experience in program management and delivery.

Key areas of interest:

  • Best practice Grants management
  • Grant program health check training courses
  • Grant program reviews for organisations
  • Guiding individuals and teams through the program review and diagnostic process
  • Identifying strengths and gaps of grant programs and ways to streamline and improve them

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Barry Smith
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Barry is a Director of the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM), a division of Our Community that is devoted to building best practice in Australian grantmaking.

Working with his partner Fiona Dempster, Barry co-authored the AIGM's best-selling Grantmaking Toolkit which has now been digitized and made available online through the AIGM and SmartyGrants membership.

He is a senior member of the AIGM's training team, devising and delivering grants management training programs.

Barry has also been a regular presenter at the AIGM's annual Grants Management Conferences and Local Government Masterclasses.

Barry previously worked in the Australian Public Service, and has over 30 years experience in program management and delivery.

  • Best practice Grants management
  • Grant program health check training courses
  • Grant program reviews for organisations
  • Guiding individuals and teams through the program review and diagnostic process
  • Identifying strengths and gaps of grant programs and ways to streamline and improve them

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