Our Board are passionate about fostering healthy, connected communities.

Their experience spans community based services, finance, law and business consultancy

Our Board

Karen White


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 has held National  Research and Evaluation manager roles.

​Chris Newey


Chris (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.

Robert Kershaw


Robert 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.  


​Louise Doyle

General Member

Louise has worked at 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 implementation of constructive change within the organisations.


​Jane Hadjion

General Member

Jane 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

General Member

Dayo Sowunmi brings to the board over 25 years’ experience in executive and business consultancy gained in Australia, UK and Africa. With a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from Monash University, Dayo guides organisations on how to explore AI’s offerings. Dayo is a Mentor with Leadership Victoria and with Australian Business Community Network mentoring high-school students.

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PO Box 8 Abbotsford Vic 3067

(03) 9429 3084


Cultivating Community is a Melbourne based not for profit organisation creating joyful, connected communities who care for each other and the earth.

Cultivating Community © 2020           ABN 26 998 940 299

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