EMILY WILSON O’NEILLChairperson
Currently working for the Victorian Government, Emily has an impressive background in criminal law and has completed a MSc Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics. As a board member of Wombat, Emily has held positions of Deputy Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.
Shorna is the Director of Policy and Community Development at WEstjustice. With a passion for social justice, Shorna is the Chair of The National School Lawyer Reference Group and sits on several other networks and advisory groups. Shorna is also involved in a number of local community projects addressing homelessness and housing. She joined the Board in 2014
SERGE SZTRAJTBoard Member
Serge joined the Board in 2008 and has more than 25 years of service to Victoria Legal Aid under his belt. Previously with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) and holding the position of acting Principal Solicitor at Fitzroy legal Service (FLS), Serge once again finds himself working with Legal Aid 3 days a week.
John is the Investment Manager for Spotlight Group Holdings with a focus on equity investments. John has over 14 years of financial services experience across domestic and international banks working predominantly with ultra-high net worth clients including charities, not-for-profit organisations and private ancillary funds. He joined the board in October 2018.
SASCHA SURGEYBoard Member
Sascha has many strings to her bow. She has worked for the Department of Health and Human Services focusing on disability and other areas. She has more than 20 years of experience in the human services and education sectors. As well as her extensive experience in community housing, Sascha is also a secondary school mathematics teacher. We are grateful that she also manages to dedicate her time to the Wombat Board.
MARK BALDWINBoard Member
Joining the Board in 1998, Mark is Wombat’s longest serving Board Member. He is a local resident and respected architect, with projects focused heavily on environmental sustainability. Mark pioneered ‘earth sheltering’, which is the most ecologically sustainable approach to domestic and small-scale architecture. Mark brings a unique perspective to the ever-changing housing landscape.
Ilana Jaffe Board Member