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.
Katherine Maver, Vice 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.
Chris Colwell, Secretary
Chris joined the Board as Secretary in November 2017. 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 Associate 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.
Gin Shum – 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.
Jarrod Lomas – Membership Services Director
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.
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.
Michael Shevers – Partnerships Director
Michael brings significant experience in B2B sales, business management and consulting to the role of Partnerships Director.
His mandate is to create and develop strong relationships with key corporate and public-sector partners for the delivery of SGLBA programs, events, projects and community initiatives.
Michael is the Founder of Profita Group, a Sydney-based business helping SME clients with sales recruitment, sales training and team management solutions.
Ivan Flinn – Data & Analytics Director
Ivan is an IT Project Manager by trade, delivering ICT solutions for Public-listed companies and Govt departments. Highly regarded to successfully deliver cost-effective outcomes, Ivan brings with him data analytics skills, methodical strategies and judgement, and management experience.
Ivan is a board member as Business Representative of Fujitsu Oceania Diversity & Inclusion Council working on gender, generational, cultural, disability and LGBTI diversity and inclusion in society. In a world of globalisation, he is passionate in ensuring that SGLBA is well represented to maintain support and network connections for Sydney’s LGBTI professionals and business community.
His focus is to effectively communicate a holistic true picture of SGLBA through data analytics to identify room for improvement, help build Board consensus, provide effective organisational management and to stay relevant in a constantly changing business environment.
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.