our board

Melanie Raymond BA (Hons) MA (Hons) MAICD

Named one of Australia's 100 most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac "Women of Influence" awards, Melanie holds a number of leadership positions. She is Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Not-For Profit Advisory Committee, is on the Board of social enterprise Good Cycles, is a member of the AICD National NFP Steering Committee and on the Board of Melbourne Connected Communities. Melanie is a member of the Victorian Premier's Ice Taskforce, and is a regular speaker, media commenator and advocate on issues affecting unemployed youth, people who are experiencing homelessness, mental illneess and susbstance misuse. In 2015 she was a finalist in the NAB Not for Profit Leader awards and in 2016 a state finalist in the Australian of the Year awards.

Melanie is a member of the City of Melbourne's Homelessness Advisory Committee, its Social Enterprise and Micro Finance grants committee, an evaluator for the Committee for Melbourne's Future Focus Group, and has been a Director of the philanthropic trust, the Inner North Community Foundation, and Chair of both Opportunities for Carlton, a large, place based  urban renewal project in the inner north and the Inter-Government Working Group comprising several government departments leading a new whole-of-government strategic plan. 

Melanie was Chair of the Victorian Liquor Licensing Council for the Victorian government until March 2011, and served six years on the Board of Directors of the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade, where she was a member of the Governance and Risk Committee and chaired the Country Fire Authority-MFB Joint Activities Committee. She is a former chair of the Victorian government’s Prostitution Control Ministerial Council, served on the Community Advisory Board and Quality and Safety Committee of the Melbourne Health Network from 2001 to 2007, and chaired the Moreland Connected Communities Project in partnership with the Bendigo Bank. Melanie has also been a local government councillor.

Melanie has worked in media and public relations for 20 years and has completed the Executive program in labor-management relations at Harvard University. She also has a Masters Degree from the University of Melbourne.  In March 2008, Melanie was awarded "Woman of the Year" by Moreland Council for "outstanding achievements in advocacy and representation in advancing the status of women." In June 2009 Melanie received the Rotary Club Jim Esslemont Award for Community Service.


The Hon Monica Gould

The Hon Monica Gould

Monica Gould, joined the board of Youth Projects in 2007. In 1993 Monica was elected to the Victorian Parliament in the Legislative Council at a by-election representing the seat of Doutta Galla for over 13 years. She held various appointments while she was a Member of Parliament including Minister for Industrial Relations (1999-Feb 2002), Minister of Education Services, and Youth Affairs (Feb-Dec 2002), Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council (1999-2002), Shadow Minister for Aged Care (1996-1999) and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council (Feb-Oct 1999).

Monica Gould was elected 18th President of the Legislative Council of Victoria in 2003 and was the first female to hold this position. Prior to entering Parliament she held a number of offices in the union movement including a member of the ACTU Executive (1991-1993) and the General Vice-President of the National Union of Workers (1980-1993). Monica also serves on the Board of VicForest and the LUCRF Community Partnership Trust.

Non-parliamentary memberships and interests include the Australian Human Rights Society, Heidelberg Emergency Housing Group and Australian Rules Football.


Adam Rollnik LLM (Melb) LLB (Hons) B App Sc (Chem)

Adam Rollnik joined the Board in July 2014.

Adam is a barrister who appears regularly in all Victorian State Courts, the Federal Court and VCAT in connection with various commercial disputes.  Adam has particular experience in the areas of arbitration, building and construction, corporations, employment law, bankruptcy and insolvency, retail tenancy, misleading conduct, tort, contract, and franchising disputes.

Adam lectures in Torts Law at Monash University and has taught advocacy at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.  Adam was a Senior Associate at both King & Wood Mallesons and Ashurst in the UK, and he was also in-house counsel at Telstra.


Mark van Miltenburg MBA (Finance), B.Eng (Cons. Management)(Hons), MAICD

Mark van Miltenburg joined the Board in July 2014. 

Mark is a senior real estate investment and development executive with extensive experience in creating investor value in Australian commercial real estate.

Mark’s specific areas of expertise include setting real estate investment strategies for direct assets and prudently managing associated risks; identifying real estate investment opportunities; development management; transaction management; managing partnerships; and, rigorously maintaining financial accountability for teams in his control. 

Mark has held senior roles with some of Australia's leading funds management businesses including Charter Hall, Macquarie Bank, Mirvac and Lend Lease.

Mark is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and involved in numerous property industry groups including the Property Council of Australia.