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 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.