Meet the Team

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association

The Board of the SGLBA is a group of volunteers with a diversity of qualifications. They are all passionate about the LGBTIQ community and working with SGLBA members to help them succeed.

The Directors and Board Associates are committed to providing opportunities for the LGBTIQ community to develop their business interests and networks both within corporate environments and as individual business persons.

Board Members

Katherine Maver, President

Katherine is an experienced Senior Project Manager who is a member of the Complex Programme Management practice within IBM. She is highly respected in IBM as a person who is driven and can deliver projects without the compromise of quality. 

Currently she is working at the A/NZ GBS Demand and Fulfilment Lead which looks at the pipeline of work and the associated management system.

Katherine is also the A/NZ Lead of IBM’s Employee Alliance for LGBTI Empowerment otherwise known as EAGLE. This is a Business Resource Group for LGBTI employees and their allies at IBM. Where the objective is to promote a safe and open working environment for our members and all employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The aim is to foster a strong sense of community within IBM and to facilitate networking, mentoring and ongoing education.

Katherine is an active member of the Trans community since transitioning 25yrs ago, and she uses her standing in the corporate world to influence to effect change and continue the fight of equality in the workplace. In 2017, Katherine also launched “The Diversity Shift” which is a public speaking and mentoring company, which sole aim is to shift the conversation around diversity from tolerance to acceptance.

Chris Colwell, Corporate Governance Director

Chris joined the Board as Secretary in November 2017, later to become the Corporate Governance Director in 2018. He has a background is in corporate governance and information management and is a Life Member and Fellow of Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia and an Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Information Studies), a Master of Arts (Information and Knowledge Management) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. 

He is currently completing his PhD in Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney.

Jonny Heron – Membership Director

Jonny joined the SGLBA Board as Memberships Director in May 2019, bringing extensive experience with not-for-profit grassroots organisations and a passion for supporting and growing membership engagement. 

Over the past decade, Jonny has worked in government across various roles including event management, media and communications and volunteer engagement. Through this work he has fostered relationships across government, community and business. 

Jonny is now bringing his experience to the SGLBA and is committed to expanding opportunities for members, encouraging greater engagement with Sydney’s business community and ensuring that the SGLBA is Sydney’s leading business advocacy organisation.

Natasha Badrov – Events Director

Natasha joined the SGLBA as a Board Associate in January 2017 and brings a broad mix of events, people development and communications experience to the team. She has over eight years of experience ranging from the agency to not-for-profit to the corporate sector.

Natasha has completed a Bachelor of Business and Commerce and is currently contracting for Google in the People Development team.

Bringing her passion for events, people and fun she will be focused on serving the SGLBA membership base and ensuring all individuals and businesses maximise the benefits of their membership.

Cesar Moreno – Information, Assets & Technology

After more than eight years supporting all the major Sydney based LGBTIQ non-for-profit organisations in different volunteers roles, Cesar decided to focus all his energy and community experience into the SGLBA. He was elected Director of Assets, Technology, and Information in November 2018.

He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the USA, Australia and CIMA (UK). He has founded four companies in Australia and overseas. The first when he was 20 years old, where the profits gained were used to pay university fees for his sister and himself.

Working in corporate finance in large IT corporations (IBM, NEC), he has performed roles that involved liaising across multiple countries. Through this experience in such roles and as a Venezuelan immigrant, he brings the importance of empowering business community’s based on the values of diversity, free market and access to a professional network.

Derek Bell – Marketing Director

Derek’s brings a wealth of experience to his role as Media & Communications Director. Derek has worked in the Sales & Marketing Consulting, Marketing Automation and CRM industries for over 25 years.

He’s consulted to companies in Australia and overseas helping them develop processes to support their lead generation, marketing and sales businesses. He sees CRM, Marketing Automation and Social as enablers and not solutions in and of themselves.

Derek is the Director of Marketing & Customer Success at an Australian based Marketing Agency, Marketing Cube an Oracle Marketing Cloud business partner.

Board Associates

Our team of board associates are all volunteers. Individuals, giving of their time to the association and the community. Without their help, the range of events and services we provide, would not be possible.

Lemons with a Twist

Ruby Phoenix

Ruby Phoenix

Ruby heads our Lemons with a Twist, she's know to most as the "Head Lemon". Ruby has overseen significant change for the format of Lemons and brings a dynamic feel to what is seen by many, as an institution in the Sydney Lesbian community.


Alvin Paronda

As an experienced marketing manager in the field of Publishing, Telecommunication, Marketing Automation and a recent Masters in Marketing from University of Technology, Sydney, Alvin is passionate in delivering the best products and services. Brand development, events, and acquisition are some of his strength but more importantly he believes in the power connecting people that gives equal opportunities.


Travis Hinds