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 experience 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.

Jarrod Lomas – Vice President

Jarrod has spent the past eight years advising political campaigns, government and member organisations across Australia.

Since settling in Sydney in 2017, Jarrod has completed a Bachelor of Commerce with Curtin University and operates his own marketing, communications and campaign consultancy.

Bringing with him his passion for volunteerism, as well as grassroots activism, Jarrod is focused on growing the SGLBA membership base and ensuring that all individuals and businesses maximise the benefits of their membership.

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.

Emma Hunt – Women’s Director

Emma brings a wealth of corporate experience to the role of Women’s Director in funds management, strategy, M&A and capital structuring. Emma has worked across the private, non-profit and government sectors. Currently, Emma works for Landcom the NSW Government’s property and development corporation, in the partnership and business development group. Emma is a keen advocate for women’s equality and is a Board Director of Zonta Sydney Inc and is a committee member on the UTS MBA Women’s Network.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney, is a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology Sydney.

Blake Mason – Events Director

Blake brings a broad mix of marketing, events and communications experience to the SGLBA in leading the events portfolio. He has over ten years experience in marketing and events – covering community activation, sponsorship, corporate events across the corporate, agency and not-for-profit.

Blake works full time for communications agency, N2N Communications

He has previously held positions as Marketing and Communications Manager at the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), (the PR and communication industry’s peak body) and developed sound corporate communication, events and project management skills working for Nous Group; Australia’s largest locally owned management consulting firm. 

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.

Networking Women

Natasha Badrov

I am an outgoing, bubbly, ambitious and hard working individual. I take great pleasure in working with a team but also can independently thrive. Throughout my experience in both the Private and Not for Profit sectors I have been involved in multiple management of change restructures and have come to the conclusion that change is inevitable both professionally and personally and am always up for the new challenge that change brings.


Travis Hinds