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.

Board Members

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.

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.

Media & Communications

Alvin Paronda

As an experienced marketing manager in the field of Publishing, Telecommunication, Marketing Automation and soon to be a Masters in Marketing Graduate at the 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

Cath Pope

As a business owner and previous Board Member of the SGLBA, Cath brings a women's view to the association and has delivered a framework to support professional women in their careers. She works closely with our partners and other community based organisations to deliver relevant events for women and all members of the SGLBA.

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.