By building skills to get online confidently and connect safely we are preventing the spread of poverty and disadvantage, and ensuring everyone can imagine tomorrow together. We create digital citizens one-by-one, using volunteer digital mentors.
We are constantly adapting and evolving the way we work.
We recognise that our fields of expertise, and the impact they have on communities, are in a state of constant flux. We ensure our methodology echoes this, responding to changing conditions to ensure relevancy.
We believe enabling is as important as delivering.
We share our years of expertise and proactive research to help our communities and partners better understand their options and identify potential in a changing landscape. This inspires confidence in us, and in themselves.
There are few things more powerful than clarity.
The understanding, capacity and capability we deliver to our partners and communities helps provide clarity. Clarity around options, methods and tools that enables them to act on the opportunities that matter to them.
We believe in building communities of value.
Our success means progress and prosperity for our community and partners. Our ambitions include the aspirations and needs of others, for their good and our own. We don’t work in isolation – we form relationships and seek input from other thought leaders and industry professionals.
We understand the importance of our advice.
Because of our experience and understanding of our fields, our communication is transparent, comprehensible, devoid of double speak and focusses on benefits.
We recognise that our clients are often disadvantaged.
Whether caused by physical, economic, or geographic constraints, we take the time to understand the issues of each situation, and shape our approach to achieve the best possible result.
Mike Allen is the former longstanding Chief Executive of Housing NSW, now part of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
He has accrued almost 40 years experience in social/affordable housing management and asset services, homelessness services, and community and Aboriginal housing.
Mike has led a number of major reforms including more recently the development of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.
In the 2011 Australia Day Honours, he was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in recognition of his outstanding and meritorious services to the community and for his strong commitment to the values and principles of social housing. In 2014 Mike was also made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (FIPPA) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Guy Freeland has held senior executive financial and general management positions in the infrastructure construction, ICT, industrial products and non-profit international development sectors for more than two decades. Guy is currently a Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair for UTS Insearch, the premium pathway provider to the University of Technology Sydney, an Advisory Board member for a privately owned security services company and a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO working across Australia and the Asia Pacific region to address housing poverty.
Guy completed a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW, has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 35 years and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Belinda holds a PhD in Microbiology and has 20 years experience in the scientific and industrial field. She has worked in areas such as food, medicine and the environment while employed in state and federal government organisations, academia and private industry, specifically the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, Vitramed Pty Ltd, the CSIRO’s Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences, the Sydney Catchment Authority, The Sanitarium Health Food Company, Macquarie University with Burns Philp and Arnotts.
She is currently Director of a small private R&D company, Quantal Bioscience Pty Ltd. Quantal Bioscience offers research consulting, science management and specialist testing services in applied microbiology and microbiomics across the health and medical, environment and agriculture and food industry sectors. Quantal Bioscience develops new IP to support commercialisation of new research. Belinda also brings her research and industry knowledge to her role at KPMG, where she works in the R&D Tax Incentives area, with a focus on working with companies in Greater Western Sydney.
Melanie Tran is currently a student at Billy Blue College of Design, studying Bachelor of Digital Media with a major in Interaction Design. Melanie has a particular interest in UX (User Experience) Design. Melanie brings her skills and expertise as a Digital Designer into the disability sector and works closely with disability service providers. With over four years experience working in the disability sector, Melanie had the opportunity to further develop her skills and knowledge as a Digital Designer. Melanie previously worked with Muscular Dystrophy NSW, and is currently working as a Project Officer at Northcott Innovation.
Melanie is also the first person in the world with a neuromuscular condition to complete The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – she is the recipient of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. Following from the success of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Melanie became a public speaker and spoke at many events including [email protected]
Brian has more than 30 years demonstrated experience in business development, marketing and communications in the For Profit sector holding Australian and AsiaPacific regional senior executive roles at for example American Express, Goodman Fielder and Nestle.
In 2010 Brian transitioned full time into the Not for Profit sector turning his expertise and insights towards advising and securing diversified funding source opportunities for organisations such as Mission Australia, The Salvation Army and Cancer Council Australia supporting sustainability that enabled them to respond to the growing demand for their evidence-based programs/services.
Founded in 1993 Leep was known as TRI Community Exchange, originally being Incorporated as a Family Resource Centre auspiced by Penrith Council. The Centre was part of a national program to improve connections between organisations working with families and communities focusing on access & equity, Aboriginal services and providing information via a Bulletin Board which became communityNet. Despite being defunded in 1997 TRI continued to offer services funded through Networking the Nation.
TRI continued to expand receiving recurrent funding to assist the frail aged, people with disability and their carers to access services as well as support those services providing IT support and solutions, cultural competency and volunteer management capacity development.
These services are delivered in Western Sydney and Western NSW.
In June 2016 TRI rebranded to Leep, a group dedicated to creating inclusive communities for people experiencing disadvantage through communityNet, digital inclusion and volunteer solutions. We believe an inclusive community can imagine tomorrow together.