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.
The 2019/2020 Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 26th October 2020. Once the board meets in November and portfolios are agreed, the new board members and portfolios will be updated to reflect those changes. The association expresses thanks to Jonny Heron, Ben Cabello, Alvin Paronda, Kat Conner and Cesar Moreno for their volunteer service to the community.
Scott Duncombe, President
Scott Duncombe joined the board in his first term in 2019/20. Scott brings over 20+years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Food, Beverage, Racing, Wedding and Funeral 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 at the Sydney Funeral Co., 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. 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, and he loves connecting people with people, brands with people or businesses with people, and he has been part of the BNI CBD Connect group since 2013
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.
Scott Young, Treasurer
Scott joins the board in his first term in 2021. Scott has worked as a qualified financial and management accountant for many years and has worked across a variety of industries providing reliable financial information to senior management whilst implementing and improving financial and business processes to drive high performance.
- Financial & Management Reporting
- Cash Flow Management & Analysis
- Budgeting & Forecasting
- Business & Financial Process Improvement and Implementation
- Training Financial and Non-Financial Staff
- Corporate Tax Preparation
- Capital Expenditure Reporting and Asset Management
- Account Reconciliation
Michael Rogers, Events Director
- Licensed real estate agent and owner of Love Property, helping people invest strategically in property.
- Sales and Marketing General Manager with over 15 years experience in Australia and New Zealand with global companies in various industries including luxury and retail.
- A solid understanding of the value of investing strategically and the importance that research plays in property selection.
- Specialised in developing, implementing and maintaining global sales and marketing strategies that are aligned with company strategic direction.
- Proven track record in aligning strategy with vision and leadership resulting in sales growth, profit increases and brand image improvements.
- Business growth through achieving sales targets
- Leadership and stakeholder management
- Financial, as well as profit and loss management
- Reputational and brand strategy development and driver
- Creating and developing high performing sales and marketing teams
- Managing luxury new product market entry
- Consumer and customer centric strategies
- High profile brand protection
Darwyn Jolly, Special Events Director
Darwyn who has a Business Degree and MBA joined the Board in July 2021. He is an accomplished high performing & award-winning commercial & operations executive, with over twenty years’ experience across diverse industries.
With an extensive background in public, private & NFP sectors, he has specialist skills in Commercial Operations, Strategic Leadership, Marketing, Communications, Business & Economic Development, Customer Acquisition, Stakeholder & Community Engagement, Financial Management, Organisation Development, Change Management, Corporate Governance and Safety & Risk Management
Andrew Mackay, Memberships Director: Corporate & Business
Andrew is the Director of Operations for NEXX Projects, Managing day to day running of commercial office fit outs, building refurbishments and general reactive maintenance projects. Andrew has worked within the construction industry for the last 35 years spending the last 16 years in Sydney after he immigrated here from London in the UK.
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
Mark Morrison – Partnerships Director
I’m passionate about delivering life and delight back into Sydney’s gardens. That’s why I’ve developed a committed team at Morrison’s Gardens. Drawing on my 20 years of experience and their broad range of skills, we design, install and maintain gardens Sydney-wide.
As someone who loves gardens, I understand how important they are to the enjoyment and wellbeing of residents, which is why I’m always happy to discuss gardens with residents and committees — while being mindful that gardens must be managed within a budget.
We are always improving our service — whether it’s by travelling internationally to see what’s new or by bringing in experts in specific disciplines (like turf, construction or irrigation).
It’s all about delivering gardens that bring pleasure and that maintain (or increase) property values.
If you’re managing a strata property or a retirement village and you think the gardens have greater potential than is being realised, I’m always happy to stop by for a look. Also, if you have a home where the garden is a focal point of the property, we can help.