Our Board

Our Board are passionate about fostering healthy, connected communities.

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

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Jane Hadjion, President

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 (GAICD), Vice President

Dayo Sowunmi (GAICD) 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.

Diana Baker, General Member

Diana served for several years with the United Nations in countries emerging from conflict, working alongside political and community leaders to rebuild institutions and social cohesion. Diana currently provides advisory services to international and national clients seeking to review, evaluate or design programs and organisational systems that bring about social change in communities. She loves to support programs and organisations that have an integrated social, economic and environmental purpose.   

Maggie McKeand, General Member

Maggie (joined July 2021) is a community engagement specialist and has over 10 years experience in the public, private, and NGO sectors as well as a Masters of Environment. She is passionate about sustainable development and purpose-led business models that enable us to reduce our carbon footprint and enhance community wellbeing. 

Haley Graydon, General Member

Haley joined the board in October 2022. Haley is a senior solicitor with over 5 years of specialised experience in complex, multi-party construction and finance disputes in Victoria and Western Australia. Completing a double major in Law and Environmental Science at The University of Western Australia, Haley brings her expertise and passion to expand the harmonization of urban development and sustainable agriculture. Travelling extensively, Haley appreciates the cultural significance of food and the positive contributions it can make to mental health, community spirit and intergenerational learning. Haley enjoys getting her hands dirty (in the gardens!) and assisting to grow cultivating community's vision of inspiring a healthy and just world. 

Pirathap Naguleswaran, General Member

Pirathap joined the board in October 2022. Pirathap currently serves as CFO for Sourci, prior to Souri he held many positions for companies from various industries in Australia and internationally. He brings over 12 years of experience in finance management, treasury management, risk management, governance, and leadership experience to CC's Board. Pirathap is a CFA charter holder, a member of CPA (Australia), and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Computer science. Pirathap is passionate about serving communities, eliminating poverty, and protecting the planet.

Jazmin Poyser, General Member

Jazmin brings expertise from the property industry. She has a deep knowledge of the planning & development process, valuations, project feasibility & financing across major asset classes. She couples this with her operations and digital transformation experience.

She has a keen interest in sustainable food systems and is passionate about shaping thriving sustainable cities & communities that serve the many, not the few. In her downtime, she enjoys tending to her balcony garden, baking sourdough and cooking new recipes.

Jazmin has a Bachelor of Environments & Master of Property from the University of Melbourne, is a member of the Australia Property Institute (CPV, MAPI) and Startmate Women Fellow.

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Dr. Karen White, General Member

Dr. Karen White joined the CC board in 2018. Karen is a social work professional with experience in mental health practice, policy, social work education, research and evaluation. An experienced board director with NFP and community committees, Karen brings expertise in governance, evaluation and consumer participation. Karen has a strong interest in the benefits of community gardening as a catalyst for promoting wellbeing and connection.