Warren McMillan - Chair
- Warren's early interest in travel, cross cultural experience and language learning formed the background to a career in multicultural policy and program development in the state public service. He held senior positions at the Bureau of Ethnic Affairs (subsequently Multicultural Affairs Queensland) from 1991-2006 and was Vice Chair of ECCQ in 2007.
- His professional and community interests have been forged strongly around developing the vision and practice of multiculturalism including leading on the development of the LAMP and CAMS programs whilst in government. These are widely recognised as National Best Practice in Multiculturalism.
- Since joining the MDA Board in 2007, Warren has served as Treasurer and Vice Chair as well as sitting on the building, finance and grants committees before becoming Chair of the Board in 2010. Warren has keenly supported MDA during its recent rapid growth and its move to the Brisbane Multicultural Centre.
- Warren holds a Masters in Cultural Policy and his dedication over many years to the cause of multiculturalism in Australia was recognised recently through his appointment as a People of Australia Multicultural Ambassador in 2012.
Sally Saeri - Vice Chair
- Human resources professional.
- Currently works with a community services organisation that provides a number of services to the multicultural community.
Angela Moody - Treasurer
- Holds Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Professional Economics, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance.
- Considerable experience in regulatory strategy and reform; market structure and design; economic policy and development; competition and microeconomic policy advice; and regulatory compliance.
- 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).
Frederika Steen - Committee Member
- Holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education.
- Was a public servant for Education and Immigration departments (1972-2001); inaugural Migrant Women’s Coordinator for Federal Immigration department (1984-86).
- Held the position of Director, Settlement Branch Immigration Brisbane (1993 to 1996); and Chief Migration Officer, Australian Embassy Germany from 1997 to 2000.
- Volunteers for a number of community organisations supporting multicultural education, broadcasting and womens issues including TAFE Council, ACT Multicultural Advisory Council (Chair), Romero Centre.
- Has been awarded: Canberran of the Year (1984), Centenary Medal (2001), Austcare Paul Cullen Humanitarian Award (2003), Pride of Australia Fair Go Medal (2007).
Sim Symons - Committee Member
- Began his career in radio and television in production and technical areas.
- Six years experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on cultural maintenance and performance projects, and produced two books on Aboriginal environmental history.
- 5 years in event management and community cultural development with ethnic and Indigenous communities.
- Was Director of the Interfaith Cultural Festival and related interfaith events for five years.
- Current Community Cultural Development Manager of Woodford Folk Festival.
- Holds the Award from Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation for commitment to reconciliation process and Centenary Medal for promotion of multiculturalism (2001).
Claire Schneider - Committee Member
- Admitted solicitor practising primarily in general corporate and commercial advisory work. Bachelor of Laws (Hons IIA) and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
- Served as the Associate to his Honour Justice Keane on the Queensland Court of Appeal (2008).
- Presently serves as the Chair of the Management Committee for the Volunteer Refugee Tutoring and Community Support Program (VoRTCS), and has previously served on the board of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Queensland.
- Awarded the Pride of Australia Medal - Peace in 2008.
Peter Forday - Committee Member
- 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.