Sally Isles - Chair
- Sally’s interest in multiculturalism was sparked during her formative years when her parents regularly hosted overseas students who arrived in Australia under the Colombo Plan.
When her family moved to Indonesia in the early 1970’s, Sally’s immersion in the Indonesian education system led her to experience the other side of being ‘an overseas student’.
- As the only Australian in her university and living in a hostel where the only language spoken was Indonesian, Sally worked hard to assimilate, learning Indonesian and completing a degree there. Her return to Australia in the early 1980’s brought new challenges with the alienation that many refugees and migrants feel when they return to their home country, Sally says it took a number of years for her to “feel at home and to feel Australian”.
- As an English teacher and tutor to overseas students, and later as a volunteer at the Multicultural Legal Centre, Sally was able to use her experience and insights to facilitate positive outcomes for those she supported. Her interest in people led her to work in human resources, attaining post-graduate qualifications in that area. Sally’s interest in multiculturalism and the rights of an individual to feel safe and secure wherever they are remains strong, and her membership of the MDA Board allows her to fulfil her dream of supporting those who work with refugees.
- Currently working as HR Manager in a not-for-profit organisation, Sally brings a wealth of professional and personal knowledge and experience to both her work and Board roles.
Peter Forday - Deputy Chair
- Peter Forday is well known and respected within the Queensland multicultural and broader social services due to a successful career spanning three decades and multiple sectors including disability, child protection, youth justice, family support, multiculturalism and Indigenous education.
- Peter’s roles have included direct service delivery, program and policy development, and management and leadership roles to CEO level.
- He is a Foundation Alumnus of the Harvard based Queensland Leadership Program, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow for the Griffith Health Institute and a White Ribbon Ambassador for the elimination of violence against women and children.
- Peter brings to MDA his extensive past and current board and committee experience and his strong networks within and beyond the multicultural sector. He is particularly keen to add value to our strategic vision and our sustainability, and to how we market and promote the economic and social capital provided by a multicultural society.
Angela Moody - Treasurer
- Through both her professional and community interests Angela has demonstrated a commitment towards empowering individuals to become active and confident
members in their communities and for communities to have an effective voice.
- Angela is currently the CEO of Partners for Livable Communities Australia, a not for profit committed to collaborating with Australian communities to enhance liveability.
- Since joining the MDA Board in 2009, Angela has served on the finance and audit and IHSS tender committee and became the Treasurer in 2010. She is currently the
co-chair of the Incorporation committee.
- Angela has considerable experience in regulatory strategy and reform; market structure and design; economic policy and development; competition and microeconomic
policy advice and regulatory compliance. She is currently an Associate Director at Synergies Economic Consulting, an economic and public policy advisory business with
offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
- Prior to joining Synergies, Angela was the head of regulation for Powerdirect Australia (formerly Ergon Energy Retail) the fourth largest electricity retailer by load in the
National Electricity Market.
- Angela holds a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Professional Economics and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance.
Fraser Power - Secretary
- Fraser Power is a founding member of the Multicultural Development Association and has held various positions on the Executive and Board since its inception. Fraser has worked extensively with refugee communities and advocates in Australia and internationally having spent time working in Cambodia with asylum seekers. Fraser has worked across government, industry and non-profit associations in different industries and has a background in customer advocacy, stakeholder engagement, community relations and feedback management.
He is currently the co-chair of the Incorporation committee
Cathy Pappalardo – Board Member
- Having migrated with her family from Italy to Australia as a child, Cathy has a unique insight into the issues faced by migrants and new arrivals to Australia, particularly language acquisition and acculturation.
These early experiences honed Cathy’s interest in the areas of education, training and teaching, particularly language studies (she is fluent in English, Italian and her regional Italian dialect) and she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with majors in French and German.
Cathy began her career in education as an English language teacher, initially in the field of Adult Education. Later she joined the Education Department at Corinda teaching adolescents at a school established specifically to educate children of the post-Vietnam war refugee cohort. Cathy was an inaugural staff member of Milpera State High School, an educational institution totally dedicated to the settlement and English language development of recently arrived migrants and refugees from a non-English speaking background.
- After working with the children of Vietnamese refugees, Cathy recognized that addressing settlement needs is essential to enable students to be ready for learning and this precipitated her move into the guidance area of education, completing a Masters in Education in 1987. Cathy has worked and held senior positions in the guidance area for 25 years and has most recently worked in the Education Department in Deputy Principal and Principal positions.
- Cathy uses her educational leadership role to influence positive change in the school system. She views her role as an advocate, working to achieve more equitable access to education for all students including Australia’s newest arrivals.
- Cathy joined the Board of Management of the Multicultural Development Association in March 2013.
Bob Atkinson AO – APM Board Member
- Bob Atkinson AO APM served as the Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service for 12 years from 2000 until his retirement in October 2012.
In a 44 year career with the Queensland Police Service, he served throughout Queensland from Goondiwindi to Cairns. He was a detective for approximately 20 years and acted as the police prosecutor in various Magistrates Courts during this period. Commissioner Atkinson oversaw reforms after the Fitzgerald inquiry from 1990 and following the Public Sector Management Commission Review and Report Recommendations of the Queensland Police Service in 1993.
- Following his retirement from the Qld Police Service he became a Commissioner on the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse. Bob has a longstanding interest in multiculturalism and supported MDA’s work during his time as Police Commissioner.