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 LGBTI community and working with SGLBA members to help them succeed.

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

Mark Haines, President

Mark joined the Board in September 2007, and has been President since 2012.  His background is in Operations and Customer Service, with over fifteen years experience in these fields at a Management level. He has a Diploma in Business Management from the Australian Institute of Management.

In January 2017 he joined the Australian Leadership team at US-based skin care company, Rodan + Fields as they prepare to launch in Australia.


Cath Pope, Vice-President & Women’s Director

Cath is known as a leader in the digital marketing space. In her role as co-founder and Managing Director of Curated Content, Cath sets the company vision and supporting strategy while overseeing the executive management team to deliver on the goals of the business. Cath manages the Australian operations and oversees the strategic growth path of the US market.

An expert in digital media for large and small business, Cath brings her wealth of experience to the SGLBA board. She is a passionate advocate of women in business, and believes strongly that the SGLBA must play a role in providing business education opportunities to members both on a small business and corporate level.

Having started a company that now has offices in Australia and the US, Cath understands the challenges facing small business owners and entrepreneurs, but also believes it’s essential the SGLBA provides opportunities and a supportive environment for women in the corporate sector.

Gin Chun – Financial Director

As a Foreign Exchange Business Unit Manager for a good decade, Gin Shum is experienced in Finance and in various Management Accounting projects in his capacity through his role.

Graduated from the London school of Economics in Economics with a BsC in Economics and Finance, he garners a wealth of technical knowledge to ensure that Financial health and integrity of the SGLBA is sustained.

Gin strongly believes in good controls, strong governance of expenses and greater focus of Returns of Investment/Capital to improve the efficacy of SGLBA in delivering to our members, experience and the LGBTI business Community.

Jake Thornton – Membership Director

Jake is an enthusiastic member of the Board, who brings a background in HR and organisational strategy to the Member Services portfolio.

He is currently working in the Consulting space for Deloitte, Australia and is on the forefront of pursuing corporate level partnerships in addition to our valued individual membership services. To further his knowledge, he is also studying his Master’s in Strategic HRM and Industrial Relations at the University of Sydney. 

He is ambitious, pragmatic and thorough in his approach and would be happy to speak to anyone regarding the value proposition of the SGLBA and any memberships related queries. 

Derek Bell – Media & Communications 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.