board of directors
Helena has more than 35 years in senior management and executive positions.
The most recent positions held have been CEO and Executive Director for some 15 years. She has been a member of 10 Boards of Directors during this period, including three Boards as President and three as Chairperson. She is a Past President of the Victorian Council of Occupational Rehabilitation Providers and Past Executive Director of the Broadmeadows Community Occupational Rehabilitation Centre.
She has also occupied the position of Chairperson of the Broadmeadows Further Education and Community Development Association.
Honorary Secretary/Treasurer/Public Officer
John is a resident of Westmeadows. He has a background of Management positions in the business and not-for-profit sectors.
He has extensive experience in financing, compliance, policy development and government relations having been the CEO of a number of welfare agencies in the north-western suburbs and served on a number of Boards. He is also a passionate advocate for social change and justice with strong advocacy experience, wide local networks and in depth experience in grass roots and community organizations.
He is currently self-employed managing two stores.
Senior Vice Chairperson
Neslihan is a resident of North Melbourne. She has completed a Bachelorof Laws (Deakin University).
Neslihan is a practicing Lawyer & Business Manager (Nicholsons Lawyers & Consultants). A member of the Law Institute of Victoria and Director – Lawyers Apartments Pty Ltd – Mt. Hotham Resort. She has extensive commercial, business and property knowledge & experience.
She has family members with disabilities & special needs.
Vic is a resident of Dallas, qualified in materials drafting and has extensive experience in document control processes.
He has been a strong advocate for local services through his community volunteering and has represented the local community Council. He is currently serving a second four year term with the Hume Council.
He is passionate about safety issues and local services for all people.
Cindy is a resident of Mill Park.
Cindy has long experience in warehousing and dispatch and has a child with a disability. She holds Workplace Safety certification allowing workplace entry to follow up suspected breaches of workplace safety.
Meagan is a resident of Eltham.
In addition to her time with Brite she has continued her consulting work advising on the design of the built environment for accessibility; particularly the design of urban spaces for mobility. She is currently a member of a Government Advisory Board; a member of the Board of Directors of the John Pearce Centre (providing services to people experiencing deafness) and is a sessional teacher at RMIT.
Whilst this time commitment can be a challenge at times her greatest passion is her family and supporting them, particularly her son Matthew and his school and sporting commitments.
Terri is a resident of Broadmeadows.
She is a long time advocate for social justice and for the establishment and maintenance of community support structures. Terri has served as a volunteer on many local organisations and in particular has been an active member and secretary of Vic PACE—Victorian People Against Child Exploitation—for many years.
Elizabeth is a business owner and business development manager with extensive entrepreneurial skills.
She is strategic and analytical, responsible for the promotion and brand management of her family business and works closely with industry leaders and the media in her capacity as public relations officer and business development manager. Elizabeth is also proactive in developing the food and hospitality industry working across the sector to enhance the development and awareness of policy, practice and training. She has a young family and partakes actively in worthy community causes including her children’s school committees.
Her involvement in Brite is part of that community spirit.
Ray has extensive experience in industrial relations and in the storage and packing industry. Ray is involved with maintenance of industrial award provisions for people with Disabilities
A past President, Communication Workers Union and a local resident of Tullamarine
Local Resident, active community member & public servant
Diploma of Accounting and Commercial Expert (Overseas). Extensive experience in local volunteering with emphasis on Adult Education. School Council President Meadow Heights PS since 2001, School Council member and President Pascoe Vale Girls College since 2007 and 2013 respectively. Board member Visycare Education Centre since 1995 past Treasurer, HR subcommittee and current President. Co-founder of Friends of Buchan Street Community Centre. Co-founder and Board member of Meadow Heights Community Foundation. Public Servant working locally for Centrelink community based programs. City of Hume resident
Unrestricted Building Practitioner VIC. Extensive experience in the Asset Management sector. Founding member of the Asset Management Steering Group. Founder and past COO of National Disabilities Living Solutions. Former Director of Properties and Assets for the Endeavour Foundation. Director Assisted Accommodation Consultants. Disability Housing consultant to the Community Housing sector