Leep enables people to use technology in an increasingly digital world.

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.

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Our Values

Responsive

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.


Empowering Knowledge

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.


Clarity

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.

Our Personality

We’re inclusive

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’re to-the-point

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’re engaged

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.

Our Team

Cecily Michaels

Chief Executive Officer

Himalee Raj

Head of Digital Inclusion

Jed Walker

Head of Learning and Development

Janeen Harris

Senior Project Officer

Julie Dempsey

Office Manager

Emily Sparkes

Project Officer - Events and Communications

James Lloyd-Martin

Communications and Marketing Assistant

Christopher Babet

Project Assistant - Digital Inclusion

Our Board

Mike Allen
Chairperson

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.


Dominique Chandler
Vice Chair

Dominique Chandler is an experienced marketing director who has worked with within many prominent Australian companies, including Kimberly Clark, NestléAustralia, Greens General Foods, Cadbury Schweppes and Pepsi Cola Australia.  She has successfully planned and implemented nation-wide promotions and campaigns, and has led highly skilled teams to achieve goals and targets.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Western Sydney University, and has continued to use her skills and knowledge to innovate new digital and brand marketing strategies throughout her career.

 

 

Guy Freeland
Treasurer

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.

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.

 

Brian Dalton
Secretary

Brian has more than 30 years demonstrated experience in business development, marketing and communications in the for-profit sector, holding Australian and Asia-Pacific regional senior executive roles at prominent companies, including American Express, Goodman Fielder and Nestlé.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing/Marketing Management from the University of New South Wales. 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.

 

 

Melanie Tran
Director

Melanie Tran is a skilled digital designer who uses her skills and experience to work closely with disability service providers. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media with a major in Interaction Design at the Billy Blue College of Design.

Melanie has previously worked with Muscular Dystrophy NSW and is currently working as a Project Officer at Northcott Innovation. She is also the first person in the world with a neuromuscular condition to complete The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, as she has achieved her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

 

Belinda Chapman
Director

Belinda Chapman has over 20 years’ experience in the scientific and industrial fields. She is currently the Director of Quantal Bioscience, a research and development company that offers science management, research consulting and specialist testing services in applied microbiology and microbiomics across a variety of different sectors.

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Science Management from the University of Technology Sydney, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Tasmania. Belinda has previously worked at the CSIRO and KPMG Australia, where she delivered research and development strategies.

 

 

Geoffrey Buchanan
Director

Geoffrey Buchanan is a highly successful corporate leader with a proven record of directing large-scale acquisitions and change management programs within the sector. Geoffrey is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience in Australia and in emerging markets in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.

From 2013 to 2018, Geoffrey was the Regional CEO for the Solomon Islands & Timor Leste for ANZ. He led a series of highly successful and innovative endeavours that had many successes, including the launch of the ANZ goMoney App in the region, the first bank to deliver the service in the Pacific.

 

 

Monika Gisler
Director

Monika Gisler is a professional coach, consultant and co-founder of ThinkChangeGrow, a consultancy firm with a strong focus on bringing positive change to workplaces around the world.

Monika has had an impressive career, previously working at Google Australia (?) as Head of Peer-to-Peer Learning, and founding a variety of different organisations focusing on important and often overlooked causes. Monika holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and History, as well as a Masters of Media and Communications Studies, German Linguistics and Literature from the Universität Basel in Germany. She also holds a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney.

 

 

Stewart Hay
Director

Stewart Hay is the Managing Director of Intopia, a social enterprise focused on creating an inclusive digital world. He is a self-described technology and business geek, and is a passionate advocate for accessibility and digital design.

Stewart holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Science (GIS) from Curtin University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New South Wales. He has worked for a variety of different organisations in the past, including community organisations, state government and start-ups.

 

Our Journey

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.