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Lirata's Staff and Associates provide a highly experienced team with a deep understanding of strategic and operational issues across multiple sectors including health, community services, education, international development and advocacy.

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Celia Clapp

Director of Consulting Services

Celia has extensive leadership and practice experience in the community and not for profit sectors, through a range of management, consulting and quality roles.

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Karen Rosauer


Karen is an experienced researcher and evaluator with a strong portfolio of work in the education sector.

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Kate Randall

Consultant (Evaluation Specialist)

Kate is a values-driven consultant and manager of community projects and programs, with expertise in design, monitoring and evaluation.

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Dr. Leannda Read

Senior Consultant

Leannda has strong executive management expertise and a track record of delivering complex consulting projects across Australia.

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Mark Planigale

Chief Executive Officer

Mark is a high-profile consultant and organisational leader who combines expertise in social work, IT, advocacy and social innovation.

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Mark Yin

Research Officer

Mark is a final-semester student at the University of Melbourne with experience in the youth and multicultural sectors.

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Nich Rogers

Senior Consultant

Nich is a consultant and social justice advocate with 25 years experience working across the health and community services sectors.

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Pam Kennedy

Senior Consultant

Pam is a highly experienced senior executive with expert knowledge of quality improvement and organisational development.

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Steph Lim

Administration Coordinator

Steph is an experienced administration and marketing professional in the not-for-profit sector. She is also an advocate for biodiversity conservation and community empowerment.

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Dr Dharshika Sabanathan 


Dr Dharshika Sabanathan leads the change enablement function for Australia’s largest bank’s technology transformation.

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Jessica Williamson


Jessica is a human rights lawyer, and CEO of an award-winning immigration law firm. 

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Justin Welfare


Justin Welfare is a quality and compliance focused professional with a range of experience within Australia’s health and community sectors, including Aboriginal Medical Services.

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Professor Tonya Stebbins

Board Chair

Tonya is a member of Lirata's leadership team and a senior staff member in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University.

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Anne Leonard

Associate Consultant

Anne is an experienced senior manager and consultant with extensive expertise in service management, development, planning, evaluation and review.

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Dr. Dorothy Bottrell

Associate Consultant

Dorothy has worked as a youth worker, secondary teacher and teacher educator and has extensive background in research on the resilience of marginalised young people.

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Elaine Hendrick

Associate Consultant

Elaine Hendrick has over 25 years experience in the not-for-profit, government and non-government sectors in Australia and Singapore.

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Dr. Jillian Marsh

Associate Consultant

Jillian is an Adnyamathanha multidisciplinary researcher who has a long track record of work in Aboriginal health and wellbeing, and Aboriginal Education.

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Nick Johns

Associate Consultant

Nick is the Director of Johns Education Consulting, and a specialist in designing and evaluating education programs for marginalised young people.

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Tanya Hough

Associate Consultant

Tanya is an experienced community sector practitioner, manager and consultant, with a passion for organisational and leadership development.

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Vivienne Cunningham-Smith

Associate Consultant

Viv has long experience in executive leadership roles across a range of sectors, and is a specialist in outcomes-based planning and outcomes measurement.