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.
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.
Jonny Heron – Vice President & 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.
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), a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and a PhD in Humanities & Social Sciences.
Ben Cabello, Finance Director
Ben has enjoyed a career in strata title management for over 15 years and is passionate about people and property. More recently Ben is the founder and Director of a thriving small boutique business in the space that is a business member of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association.
Strata management is about leading diverse communities to achieve common objectives and Ben brings those skills to the Board of Directors, joining in 2018 as Finance Director. Ben has diplomas in Accounting, Mortgage Lending and Property Services is a public officer and is a member of other professional associations.
Ben is committed to supporting the LGBTI small business community, has sponsored SGLBA events, is a regular networker and patron of charitable causes. As Finance Director he is committed to providing members with value, managing revenue streams and ensuring the association remains cost-efficient.
Alvin Paronda – Marketing Director
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.
Scott Duncombe – Partnerships Director
Scott Duncombe joins the board in his first term in 2019/20. Scott brings over 20+years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Food, Beverage and Racing 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.
Currently Scott is a Funeral Director and Celebrant, as well as a Marriage Celebrant based in Darlinghurst. Looking after families and couples through the journey, he ensures that everything runs smoothly through his passion, experience and understanding of ceremony. Working for Picaluna Funerals in Sydney, he holds various roles from Funeral Director, Funeral Celebrant, AV Director, and Hearse Driver. The funeral industry is set for change and he is part of the change that this company is driving.
Scott also is part of the BNI Network, where he holds the Vice President seat. Scott loves connecting people with people, brands or businesses and he has been part of the BNI CBD Connect group since 2013.
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.
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.
Derek brings a wealth of experience to his Board Associate role. 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.
Andrew is a Project Director with over 30 years experience in the commercial and residential sector both here and the UK and has managed full life cycle of projects from design to construction of office fit-outs and retail stores across Australia. Andrew is also part of the Days of Significance working group for Interbuild an LGBTI+ Network for the property and construction industry.
Andrew comes to the SGLBA with extensive experience from being part of the NSW Committee for the Facility Management Association for nearly 5 years, Andrew was part of the NSW State Committee to win awards for their contribution to the FMA for two years running in 2016 & 2017