Our structure and history
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Structure

Lirata Ltd is a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in Australia. Lirata is governed by a Board which currently includes three Directors: Celia Clapp, Mark Planigale and Tonya Stebbins.

Lirata Consulting is a registered business name of Lirata Ltd. The word Lirata and the Lirata flower logo are registered trademarks of Lirata Ltd.

History

Lirata's staff and Associates have worked in the health, community services, education, development and environment fields since the 1980s.

Lirata's consulting practice was established in 2010 by Mark Planigale, originally under the name Mark Planigale Research and Consultancy. Between 2013 and 2015 Dr. Tonya Stebbins and Celia Clapp joined the leadership team, the range of services expanded and the consulting practice was rebranded as Lirata Consulting.

In 2016 we clarified our focus and reasons for existence as an organisation, and re-structured as a not-for-profit - Lirata Ltd - to reflect our core purpose of advancing social justice. Lirata Ltd was incorporated on 1 September 2016.

Our organisation is named after the Snow Daisy Bush, Olearia Lirata, a native Australian plant with beautiful white flowers which grows in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Funding and not-for-profit status

Lirata operates as a social enterprise. All of Lirata's funding is currently derived from our fee-for-service consultancy and capability building activities. Consistent with our objective of making high quality consultancy services accessible to those working for social justice, we offer competitive rates for not-for-profit organisations, and undertake a substantial amount of pro bono consultancy.

Lirata is working to broaden its funding base to include grant funding, donations, crowd funding and other forms of funding. This will allow us to further diversify our activities and to work more with smaller organisations with limited resources.

Lirata Ltd's Constitution clearly establishes us as a not-for-profit organisation. It stipulates that all income and property of the organisation will be applied solely in pursuing our goal of advancing social justice, and will not be used or distributed for the private gain of members or Directors.

Lirata Ltd is not a charity. All of our work is focused on benefiting communities, vulnerable and disadvantaged people and the environment. However, as part of this we provide consultancy services to a broad range of organisations including governments and socially responsible businesses. This places us outside the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission definition of a charity.