Collective Action Social Impact Ltd’s Board is comprised of a diverse and comprehensive mix of competencies and perspectives.
Michelle Coats (Chair)
Michelle has significant experience in financial management within the not for profit and local government sector. She has a strong understanding of implementing robust internal governance and financial standards to ensure growth and financial viability. Michelle has significant experience overseeing strategic development of social impact investment initiatives. Michelle holds a Masters International & Development Economics, Masters of Commerce and a CPA. She also serves on several boards operating in the social and human services sector.
Jo Paringatai (Secretary)
Jo has extensive experience as a mental health specialist manager with extensive sector knowledge and skills across Australia and New Zealand. Her leadership of both clinical and non clinical teams utilising the capacity of both to build effective services based on best practice principles, data analysis, performance review and outcome measurement have seen her hold positions as State Manager Queensland and Northern Territory for headspace, General Manager of the Thompson Mind and Neuroscience Institute and Head of Services Queensland for LiveBetter.
Bob is an accomplished businessman with over 35 years extensive experience in the civil contracting industry. After completing his qualifications as a surveyor Bob spent many years working in all areas of civil construction both in Australia and overseas. In 1995 Bob founded McCosker Contracting. Since this time Bob’s intimate knowledge of the construction industry has been the driving force behind the company’s successful growth. A highly regarded Community Leader, Bob has held numerous voluntary positions including Chairman of EQIP, member of the Gladstone Foundation Board of Advice, Patron of the Gladstone Men’s Shed Inc, Wildlife Carer with Gladstone and District Wildlife Carer’s Association Inc and President of the Rotary Club of Gladstone in 2010/2011. As owner of Quoin Island Retreat, Bob has constructed and maintains the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Bob joins our Board of Directors with a passion for improving the wellbeing of people in the Gladstone region.
Lesley has had extensive involvement in community issues with regards to education, advocacy, and promoting awareness of youth, mental health, addiction and disability. Lesley previously established and managed the Walali Neighbourhood Centre in Rockhampton. This experience and her passion towards human rights have brought her to be a Director of Collective Action Social Impact Ltd. With over 12 years management experience and up to 30 years working in the community services sector across Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions she is a passionate advocate for better access to health services for vulnerable. populations.
Melissa Cook is a proud Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman, she is a traditional owner and descendent of the Bailai (Byellee) people of the Gladstone region. Melissa has a strong commitment to achieve optimum outcomes for the community particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. Leadership roles at Nhulundu Health Service and the Gladstone Women’s Health Service have steered her towards becoming a Director of the Collective Action Social Impact Ltd. Melissa is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families receiving access to essential services required for their health and wellbeing.
Wendy has significant experience in project management within the not for profit and social services sector. She has a passion for connection and making sure community resources are well utilised. Wendy is the Executive Officer for the Communities for Children Project in the Gladstone region, responsible for building on local strengths to support and enhance the development and wellbeing of children from birth to 12 years and their families. Prior to this, Wendy was a Project Coordinator with Nhulundu Health Service overseeing the Deadly Choices program. Wendy has a Degree in Professional Communication (Marketing).
She volunteers with several local organisations and is the current Secretary for the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence.
Dr Marco Giuseppin - BPharm(Hons) MBBS JCCA FACRRM
Dr Giuseppin is a Rural General Practitioner working in Queensland. He has over 10 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner, with a focus on the delivery of effective and quality healthcare in Regional and Rural Australia. With specific interests in mental health, the interface of technology and medicine, and corporate governance, he brings unique technical and healthcare knowledge to the Board. He also has expertise in stakeholder and government relations, and holds multiple senior leadership roles within the Australian Medical Association and other advocacy organisations within Queensland and nationally.
Carli is a senior executive who has worked across a variety of roles, predominantly in the resource and economic development sectors. She has experience working throughout Australia and strong linkages with economic development professionals across Queensland. Carli has worked with project and operations teams to develop and implement strategies managing company reputation, social performance and organisational business development. She has broad practical expertise in stakeholder management, communications, community relations, business support, Government relations, dispute resolution and project
management. Carli's ability to influence and negotiate allows her to gain lasting relationships with community leaders and company stakeholders. Carli holds Australian Company Director certification with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.