Current Board Members

Karen White- Chair

Dr Karen White joined CC board in August 2018. An experienced board director with NFP and community committees, Karen brings expertise in governance, evaluation and consumer participation. Karen has a particular interest in the benefits of community gardening as a catalyst for promoting wellbeing and connection. She is currently National Manager of Research and Evaluation at The Reach Foundation.

Chris Newey- Treasurer

Chris Newey (CPA, GAICD) joined the board in May 2019.  Chris is a senior finance, corporate governance and risk management professional with 27 experience working in the mutual banking sector. He has a passion for working in organisations that exist to serve their communities and in his spare time enjoys growing and sharing produce from his backyard wicking beds.

Robbie Kershaw- Secretary

Robert Kershaw has been on the board of Cultivating Community for the past 9 years. He currently works as Design & Production Manager in the Communications division of a federal government agency (Bureau of Meteorology). He also lectures in both Aquaponics and Publishing, and enjoys his garden and his urban aquaponics farm.  Previously he has held positions of Managing Director, Sales Manager and Purchasing Manager for medium and large companies in the publishing and printing industries.

Lee Tozzi

After more than 20 years working in the food manufacturing industry, Lee completed a Masters in Sustainable Practice with Distinction at RMIT University in 2012.  Her studies and particular interest is in the sustainability challenges of urban food  systems and the strategies to address these. Lee works at Darebin and Moreland Councils, researching and implementing food and other environmental programs to achieve more equitable and secure local food systems.

Louise Doyle

Louise Doyle has worked at the Executive level in Human Resources and Change in a number of “blue chip” organisations including BHP, National Foods and the University of Melbourne.  She consults to a number of small to medium sized organisations in both the not for profit and corporate sectors.  Louise’s career has been characterised by her identification of the need for change and the active driving and implementation of constructive change within the organizations in which she has worked. She has a strong record of volunteering and service on not-for-profit boards.  Louise joined CC in February 2017 and believes gardens can provide the essential ingredients to sustain healthy communities.

Monique Adofaci

Monique Adofaci brings over 15 years’ experience as a Senior Executive and senior lawyer across Commonwealth and State public sector justice and regulatory agencies to her role with the Board.  She is currently in the role of General Counsel with the Department of Premier & Cabinet and has also held the role of Executive Director of Integrity & Accountability with the Department. Other significant roles held by Monique include Director of KPMG’s Justice & Security practice; Chief Counsel of the Australian Federal Police; Assistant Ombudsman NSW and National Manager of an enforcement practice with the national corporate regulator ASIC. Monique holds a Bachelor of Law & Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA (Honours) from the AGSM at UNSW.

Monique is a Board member on a number of not-for-profit Boards and a Mentor with the Smith Family Foundation; Melbourne University Law School and ANZSOG.

Jane Hadjion

Jane Hadjion joined CC board in January 2018. Jane brings expertise in business development, systems thinking and design thinking. Jane is particularly inspired by the benefits of community gardens as a tool to build well being and as a spring board for economic participation. She is currently self employed and supports business leaders who seek to align their business purpose and strategy.

Dayo Sowunmi

Dayo Sowunmi brings to the board over 25 years’ experience in executive and business consultancy gained in Australia, UK and Africa. He brings expertise in technology, strategy development, leadership, performance, compliance and risk. With a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from Monash University, Dayo guides organisations on how to explore and exploit technology and AI’s offerings, to thrive and flourish today and in the future.

He consults to both not for profit and corporate organisations. Dayo is a Mentor with Leadership Victoria where he mentors potential and current leaders from new and emerging communities across Victoria, and with Australian Business Community Network mentoring high-school students to widen their life choices and aspirations.

Dayo believes gardens are vital to developing healthy communities, both physically and mentally.

Daniyela Rob- CEO

Daniyela Rob joined Cultivating Community as the CEO in August 2017.  Having come from a long and successful career in aged care where she worked in senior and executive level roles she is now marrying her passion for a fair food system and a world where nature is respected with her operational and quality management skills and experience.