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.
Scott Duncombe, President
Scott who joined the Board in his first term (2019/20) brings over 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience across the Food, Beverage, Racing, Wedding and Funeral industries. Looking after brands, events and sponsorships in various capacities, he brings to the Board a good understanding on how Brands and Members should align.
Presently Scott is a Funeral Director at the Sydney Funeral Co. as well as a Marriage Celebrant based in Darlinghurst and plays an integral part of the BNI Network where he has the ability to strongly connect with people, businesses and brands.
Darwyn Jolly, Vice President
Darwyn who has a Business Degree and MBA joined the Board in July 2021 to assist with Special Events and Partnerships. Five months later he was elected Vice President. An accomplished high performing & award-winning commercial & operations executive, with over twenty years’ experience across diverse industries, Darwyn has a leadership role with Taronga Zoo, one of Sydney’s iconic destinations.
With an extensive background in public, private & NFP sectors, he has specialist skills in Strategic Leadership, Commercial Operations, Marketing, Communications, Business & Economic Development, Project Management, Customer Acquisition, Stakeholder & Community Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, Financial Management, Organisation Development, Change Management, Corporate Governance and Safety & Risk Management.
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 in Corporate Governance and Information Management and is a Life Member and Fellow of Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia and Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.
Holding a PhD in Humanities & Social Sciences, Chris has also acquired a Bachelor of Applied Science (Information Studies), a Master of Arts (Information and Knowledge Management) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.
Mitchell Sutton, Finance Director / Treasurer
Mitchell joined the Board as Finance Director / Treasurer in May 2022, bringing experience in finance, accounting and corporate treasury. He is currently a Treasury Risk Analyst at GrainCorp focussing on financial risk management, reporting, and trading compliance. He was formerly with Deloitte Australia and served as Treasurer for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, Australia’s oldest surviving NFP performing arts organisation.
Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne with majors in Finance and Economics, and is currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Michael Rogers, Events Director
Michael joined the Board in October 2020 and is a licensed Real Estate Agent and Owner of Love Property Australia. He has over 15 years general management experience with global companies across sales and marketing in Australia and New Zealand as well as various industries including luxury and retail.
Michael who has a proven track record in aligning strategy with vision and leadership, holds extensive experience in Business Growth, Finance & Strategic Direction, Stakeholder & Customer Management, Brand Protection, Product Development and Consumer Strategy.
Chris Summers, Marketing Director
Chris joined the board as Marketing Director in May 2022. Chris has extensive experience working in marketing and advertising, initially working at the Sydney Business Enterprise Centre’s (BEC’s) and then moving into the NSW Business Chamber to help SME’s.
Chris then worked for Leo Burnett looking after many big brands such as Samsung, Woolworths, Canon, GIO, Diageo, P&G etc picking up a number of awards along the way. Chris then led a team to build the new Calvin Klein, Tommy Hillfiger and Van Heusen websites for PVH brands. Following this Chris setup his own agency Sweet and Sticky.
Mark Morrison – Member Services Director
Mark who joined the Board in July 2020 is passionate about delivering life and delight back into Sydney’s gardens and is a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) and Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers (AILDM).
As the Proprietor of Morrison’s Gardens, he presents 20 years’ experience across design, install and maintenance of gardens Sydney-wide providing pleasure and heightening property values to homeowners and garden enthusiasts.