Board Members

Alf Lay

Board Chair

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

Deputy Chair

John is an accounting and finance professional with broad experience in accounting and the mining industry, including executive roles with companies within the resources industry in Western Australia. Currently CFO and Company Secretary with 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

Treasurer and Secretary

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.

Karen O’Neill

Board Director

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.

Tony Borger

Board Director

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.

Jesper Sentow

Board Director

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

Jill Jamieson

Board Director

Jill has over 15 years executive and management experience in WA’s tertiary education sector, most recently as the CEO of a large metropolitan TAFE college. Jill is an accomplished leader with a track record of managing change, driving innovation and fostering a values-driven culture. She has worked across a wide range of industry sectors to build the productivity of their workforce and led the provision of national and international education services. Jill is passionate about supporting individuals to reach their potential and collaborated with communities, employers and the not for profit sector to increase opportunities for individuals to achieve life-changing educational and employment outcomes. She is committed to good governance with executive director board experience and a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jill values the opportunity to join the Rise board and supporting the valuable work of the Rise team

Charlie Gunningham

Board Director
Charlie is an active supporter of Perth’s tech start-up sector, running Startup News, co-hosting the Startup West podcast and sitting on various advisory boards. His full-time role is with the federal government’s Accelerating Commercialisation programme, which provides access to commercial advice and matching grants of up to $1 million for eligible innovative projects. A former Economics teacher, Charlie landed in Perth in 1997, topped the MBA at the UWA Business School, cofounded and then later sold the online real estate business, ran and was CEO of Business News. As well as holding Economics and Business degrees, he’s a graduate of AICD.
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