Board & Governance

AMES Australia is an autonomous Adult Education Institution, accountable to the Victorian Minister for Skills and Training under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

The Board is established by the Constitution of the Adult Multicultural Education Services Order 2013 and comprises between nine and eleven members appointed by the Minister.

The Board members bring a broad range of experience and skills to AMES Australia in areas such as Management, Finance, Commerce, Law, Corporate Governance, Community, Education, Employment and Settlement and Asylum Seeker Programs, as well as an understanding of AMES Australia client communities.

Board members

Stuart Crosby (Chair)

Stuart Crosby has had a distinguished corporate career culminating as President and CEO of Computershare, an S&P/ASX 50 company with over $2 billion in revenue and over 14,000 employees worldwide.

 

Mr Crosby was also Chairman or Director of several joint venture companies in South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Germany and Japan; and Director and key driver of the Computershare Change-a-Life Foundation, which supported development and relief projects in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean (www.changealife.com.au).

Megan Boston (Deputy Chair)

Megan Boston (Deputy Chair)

Megan Boston is a chartered accountant with significant experience in the areas of finance, audit, risk management and governance.

 

Ms Boston is currently a Board Member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, where she also chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Megan is also a member of the Court Services Victoria Audit Committee.

Catherina Toh

 

Catherina Toh is a Legal & Regulatory Compliance Consultant working with various clients in providing legal, regulatory and strategic advice and consulting to financial services and infrastructure organisations in Australia and Asia.

 

Catherina is currently Board Director and Audit Committee Chair at Independence Australia, Audit Committee Member of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and Board Director and Finance and Investment Committee Chair at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. She was inaugural Chair of Social Venture Partners Melbourne and trustee director of its public ancillary fund, The Social Venture Partners Australia Fund, a start-up venture philanthropy organisation.

Ikenna Nwokolo (Nominee)Ikenna Nwokolo
 

Ikenna has over twenty years legal experience and is currently a Partner at Slater and Gordon specialising in public / product liability. Ikenna has lived in Papua New Guinea and spent several years living with his family in Nigeria before returning to Melbourne to undertake law at Melbourne University.

Ikenna is the immediate Past President of the Nigerian Society of Victoria and has been actively involved in mentoring African Australian youth.

Jo Pride (Nominee)Jo Pride

Ms Pride is the Chief Executive Officer of Hagar Australia, which is committed to the protection, recovery and reintegration of women and children in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan who have suffered severe human rights abuses.


She is an experienced leader, strategist and people, issues and change manager, working in government, politics and the not-for-profit sector across a broad range of global, national and local issues. Her focus in the last decade has been on international development.

Jo was previously the Head of Policy and Advocacy in Australia for Oxfam. She has also drafted, advised on, interpreted and advocated a broad range of policies and laws, having previously worked in the South Australian Government as a lawyer with the Crown Solicitor's Office and as a political advisor in Federal Parliament.

Michelle Foste

Michelle Foster

Dr Michelle Foster is Professor, Associate Dean (Research), and Director of the International Refugee Law Research Programme with the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School. 

Dr Foster’s career has included teaching in the university sector and she has published widely in the field of international refugee law, including her first book International Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from Deprivation (CUP, 2007). She is the co-author (with James Hathaway) of the second edition of the seminal Law of Refugee Status, (Second Edition, CUP, 2014).

Dr Foster’s experience includes conducting training workshops for the New Zealand Refugee Status Appeals Authority and the Australian Refugee Review Tribunal. She has been engaged as a consultant by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Michelle is an Advisory Board Member of the Melbourne Journal of International Law, and an Associate Member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges.

Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts (Nominee)Mimmie Claudine NGUM CHI Watts 
 

Dr Chi Watts is a Lecturer at the College of Health & Biomedicine, Victoria University. Her skills and expertise include migrant and refugee health, women’s health, social inclusion, and health and community policy.  Mimmie is published in international journals and is a reviewer and editor in public health related journals.


Improving health needs for women, providing better education for girls and disadvantaged persons and increasing opportunities amongst disadvantaged groups are key areas of interest for Mimmie. 

Mimmie is currently a Director on the board of Western Health and a Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. She is also an Ambassador for the Universal Peace Federation and Women’s Federation for World Peace.

Stuart Alford (Nominee)

Stuart Alford 

Stuart Alford is a chartered accountant with over 40 years’ experience in corporate governance, risk management, auditing and accounting. He was a partner at Ernst & Young until retiring in 2008 and is now Non-Executive Director.

Mr Alford is Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Intervention and Prevention Science and is on the boards of Eastern Health, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (the MFB) and Kilvington Grammar School. He also has Audit and Finance Committee roles with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, the Office of the Australian Accounting Standards Board, and the Office of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Vedran Drakulic

Vedran arrived in Australia in 1995 under the Australian Government’s refugee resettlement humanitarian program.  He brings with him significant experience in the humanitarian sector through his work for Australian Red Cross, International Red Cross and Oxfam, especially in marketing, fundraising and communications. These roles gave him a strong and deep understanding of the refugee and migrant settlement sectors and the issues related to CALD communities.


Vedran is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest family foundations in Australia, and he is an Australia Day Ambassador. He is also a President of the International Social Service Australia, a Member of the Committee of Management of the Hobson’s Bay Community Fund and a member of the Assets Committee of the Royal District Nursing Service.