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Alf Lay

Alf Lay

Alf is a Senior Project Manager for one of Australia’s leading property developers where he coordinates the delivery of residential projects. He has qualifications in Business and Management, and is a State and National Councillor for the Urban Development Institute of Australia. Alf brings to the Board his experience in governance and extensive knowledge that ensures Rise’s real estate and other assets are effectively used to deliver and grow its service streams.

John Sobolewski

John Sobolewski

John is an accounting and finance professional with broad experience in accounting and the mining industry, including 12 years in executive roles with companies within the resources industry in Western Australia. Currently CFO and Company Secretary of Mintrex Pty Ltd, he previously held the roles of CFO and Company Secretary with Galaxy Resources Limited and Vital Metals Limited, Financial Controller and Company Secretary with Croesus Mining NL and Group Accountant and Company Secretary with Titan Resources NL. John is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John feels fortunate to be able to contribute to the efforts of such a lively organisation as Rise.

Chris Nicoloff

Chris Nicoloff

Chris has over 20 years experience in providing external audit and advisory services to companies operating in Australia and throughout the globe with a focus on the not for profit sector. Chris has been an audit partner for 8 years, including 5 years at a Big 4, and has led the not for profit groups in that time providing audit, technical accounting, advisory and governance services to the sector. In Chris's spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and playing music and plays a lot of golf.

Tony Borger

Tony Borger

Tony Borger has worked in many sectors in Australia including Mining, Oil & Gas, Engineering and commercial industry, predominately at a State Manager level, and has run several Personnel Agencies. He has also been involved in the not-for-profit sector having sat on various Boards for many years, including Reliable Parents, and The Incest Survivors Association. As a result of the merger of Creative and Therapy Activities (CATA) Group Inc. with Rise, Tony joined the Rise Board in July 2016.

Patrick Crichton

Patrick Crichton

Before retiring in 2006, Patrick had a successful 25-year career as Programme Director of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts – Edith Cowan University, and was appointed Associate Professor in 1994. He founded the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (1983) and received a prestigious international award for his innovative service to music education. Patrick brings many years of experience from local, national and international not-for-profit organisations, where he has served in many different capacities. He is well-connected in the local community serving on a number of committees and Boards and is committed to the values that underpin the ethos of Rise. A past president of the Rotary Club of Mundaring, Patrick is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

Paul Leuba

Paul Leuba B Com; CA

Paul Leuba joined the Rise Board in 2009 as Treasurer. Paul is a Chartered Accountant and has worked with not-for-profit organisations since 1997, including ten years as Chief Accountant at St John Ambulance WA and the last eight years as Financial Controller of the Catholic Education Office of WA. Paul feels privileged to work with Rise and its board and brings many years of experience in the areas of financial management, reporting, planning and governance.

Karen O’Neill

Karen O’Neill

Karen is a finance and governance professional with executive experience across a variety of industries including resources, investment banking and professional services. Her strength lies with her strong commercial acumen and ability to develop and execute strategy to improve organisational performance. Her experience has been acquired working in Europe, Africa and Australia giving her valuable insights into how to manage cross cultural and jurisdictional operations. Karen’s motivation is derived from assisting organisations solve complex problems and realising the benefits from their strategic decisions through facilitating effective execution. Karen is grateful for the opportunity to work in the Not for Profit sector, enjoys the sense of community and hopes to add value to Rise Network.

Jesper Sentow

Jesper Sentow

Jesper has over 20 years experience as a Chief Financial Officer and/or Company Secretary of stock exchange listed and private, Australian and international companies. Jesper has worked in Europe, India and South East Asia. Over the past eight years, Jesper has operated his own management consulting business specialising in corporate financial management and strategic planning, corporate governance and commercial improvement.  Through this work he has been a director/committee member of many boards including several charities. Jesper is excited about being part of the Rise Network and is looking forward to be able to contribute to Rise, its staff and volunteers but most importantly to its clients.

Dr Anna Alderson

Dr Anna Alderson