Our Committee

Our GLOBE committee members are professionals and small business owners. They selflessly volunteer their time to ensure that GLOBE operates efficiently and effectively, and they continually expand its projects and events.

President Dan de Rochefort
Dan de Rochefort
President Dan de Rochefort

Dan has a background in Banking and Finance spanning 12 years, where he’s held roles across operational functions, Project Management and Product Management.

In recent years, Dan played an integral part in ANZ’s LGBTI Diversity agenda, leading the People and Logistics stream of ANZs Principal Partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as well as holding the position of Australia Country Lead for ANZ’s Pride Network.  In this role, Dan was responsible for developing a country specific strategy that drove the development of an engaged, diverse and inclusive workforce at ANZ, whilst educating the organisation on the struggles of the LGBTI community in a corporate environment.

Before his appointment as President of GLOBE in September 2017, Dan was Vice President, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of GLOBE, including the much-loved GLOBE monthly networking (Blended Fruits) events.

In his newly-appointed role of President, Dan aims to ensure GLOBE’s members are more reflective of the LGBTI community and that the strong expertise of running an LGBTI organisation can be passed on to smaller LGBTI organisations through mentorship.

Vice President Andrew Fellowes
Andrew Fellowes
Vice President Andrew Fellowes

Andrew is GLOBE’s current Vice-President and former Blended Fruits Director. As a lawyer with ten years’ experience at a mid-tier Melbourne law firm before moving to work in-house, Andrew now manages a team of lawyers responsible for a range of commercial and dispute work.

While he has a passion for managing risk and governance, Andrew is also responsible for making the workplace fun through social committees and LGBTI (and allies) clubs and events.

Andrew is excited to be part of the GLOBE team and looks forward to supporting and providing opportunities for LBGTI professionals to grow their own networks and businesses.

Secretary Paul Keith
Paul Keith
Secretary Paul Keith

Paul is a senior in-house lawyer and Company Secretary with over 20 years experience in large successful national organisations.

With recent NGO experience, including working at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and Family Court as a Court Networker and as a Microfinance coordinator with a leading charitable organisation.

Paul has also managed the provision of compliance and pragmatic legal, finance, governance and strategic advice to Boards of Directors, staff and commercial and community-based clients. He has a broad range of project work experience and the development of governance, OH&S and Trade Practices and other risk management compliance programs.

Paul joined the GLOBE Committee of Management at the September 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Treasurer Lyall Griffiths
Lyall Griffiths
Treasurer Lyall Griffiths

Lyall works for Rio Tinto Exploration as their Finance & Compliance Manager for Australasia. His job involves making sure all aspects of finance are managed properly in diverse countries such as Mongolia, India, Laos and China.

Currently based in Perth, Lyall supports GLOBE remotely as a group that he has enjoyed being involved with in the past. He is buoyed by GLOBE’s contributions to worthwhile causes through the annual Community Grants program and regular social and community events.

Lyall is working to help GLOBE become well recognised in the LGBTI community as an organisation that is valued through its professional membership and providing resources to other parts of the community.

Lyall’s expertise in financial management and compliance support GLOBE’s day to day running and enables the organisation to achieve its goals.

Brand & Marketing Director Allan Dib
Allan Dib
Brand & Marketing Director Allan Dib

Allan has spent the past 25 years understanding what people do and why they do it.  He works with clients to understand their business goals, their communities and builds plans to deliver the desired results for clients.

Allan recently returned to Melbourne after a 15-year stint in NYC.

Allan has been advocating for LGBTI professionals for over 20 years.  He was instrumental in creating Fruits in Suits in Sydney.  Since then he has been involved with Out Professionals and Égalité in NYC (an LGBTI employee group Publicis Group employees).

He is passionate about breaking down LGBTI stereotypes in marketing, a topic he has written a lot about and presented on at ADWEEK in NYC.

Allan is excited to be part of the GLOBE team and building the GLOBE brand.

Community Director David Micallef
David Micallef
Community Director David Micallef

David is a past President of GLOBE and was the founder of the GLOBE Community Awards. He now takes care of the community portfolio.

In his day job, David is a director of communications for a state government department. In his spare time, David lectures in marketing communications.

For David, GLOBE provides an opportunity to bring together our community for a shared focus on business, career and profession.

Community Awards Event Director Jahmiel Sowman
Jahmiel Sowman
Community Awards Event Director Jahmiel Sowman

Jahmiel is a driven and committed individual with over 13 years experience, across a diverse range of industries, both in private and public sectors.

A generalist experienced in management, events, marketing, communications, media, PR and sales.

Jahmiel thrives on new challenges and bring a wealth of varied experience and skills highlighted below.

The Major Events team plans and delivers major Departmental events and provides events management and stakeholder engagement advice.

Currently a Major Events Manager for the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Jahmiel is responsible for the delivery of a program of quality, strategically-aligned major events and stakeholder activities, providing specialist advice to the Department on events and stakeholder engagement, leading a team and managing resources in line with departmental values and policies.

Corporate Events Director Walter Gee
Walter Gee
Corporate Events Director Walter Gee

Walter is a geriatrician – a doctor specialising in the care of older people. Walter is dedicated to his wonderful work and provides his services full-time through a public health service.

When he is not working, Walter packs his suitcase and travels the world to new and interesting places.

Walter is a long-term committee member of GLOBE. He loves to organise all kinds of events that members and guests enjoy. Walter gains immense satisfaction from managing our Community Grants program.

Diversity Director Ishwar Singh
Ishwar Singh
Diversity Director Ishwar Singh

Ishwar (or Ish for short) has a varied professional background. He has held roles as a commercial lawyer, in the not-for-profit sector and currently acts as a Senior Consultant in EY’s People Advisory Services Team.

Ish comes to GLOBE after three years of being the Program Manager for Pride in Diversity in Melbourne. In that capacity, he assisted more than 50 private sector employers, government departments and universities headquartered in Melbourne with their LGBTI inclusion initiatives.

Ish has been passionate about the inclusion and empowerment of the LGBTI community and other vulnerable groups throughout his professional career. He has been appointed to the GLOBE Committee to enhance the way GLOBE connects with the wonderfully diverse LGBTI business community in Melbourne.

… He also likes Beyonce A LOT!

Events Director Andrew Shepherd
Andrew Shepherd
Events Director Andrew Shepherd

Andrew is Operations Manager and Assistant Vice President at global risk management firm Marsh and McLennan.

Andrew has always had a passion for giving back to the community. Until July 2017, he was President of Young Insurance Professionals of Australia and New Zealand, a not for profit that runs networking and educational events. During his 4 years with YIPs he held various management positions. Andrew is also a mentor for both RMIT and Out For Australia.

As GLOBEs Events Director, Andrew and his team are responsible for planning and executing our much loved GLOBE Networking events as well as a range of Small Business focussed events.

Andrew is looking forward to bringing his energy to the GLOBE Events portfolio in partnership with the events team.

Membership Director Meg Edwards
Meg Edwards
Membership Director Meg Edwards

Originally from Adelaide, Meg made the move to Melbourne in September 2013.

She has worked in banking for 10 years in various roles across Small Business, Corporate and Institutional Finance and now works in Private Banking at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

When Meg moved to Melbourne, she took an active role in the creation of Westpac’s Victorian LGBTI Employee Group (GLOBAL). Meg was co-chair of the Victorian Committee and soon moved to the GLOBAL National Committee where she assisted with producing and managing large events to grow the membership base of GLOBAL, as well as key speaker and panel events focused on varied LGBTI topics, and community-corporate partnerships.

During this time, Meg forged a strong relationship with Midsumma Festival and was offered a role on the Midsumma board in 2014. She spent 3 years working with the staff and volunteers of Midsumma to assist with strategic development and community consultation. Meg is extremely proud of the work she was part of with Midsumma and continues to be an avid attendee of the program.

Outside of this, Meg lives in Brunswick with her partner and cat. She has a passion for soccer, theatre and food.

Portfolio Growth Director Andrew Georgiou
Andrew Georgiou
Portfolio Growth Director Andrew Georgiou

Andrew is a senior change specialist in the telecommunications and technology industry with a current focus on business unit diversity and inclusion program execution and change management for strategic projects.

Andrew has a passion for LGBTI+ inclusion and is a council member lead for Telstra’s LGBTI+ network (Spectrum) Victorian chapter where he has been active in developing the Spectrum strategy including membership, governance including council roles and responsibilities and executive engagement and sponsorship.

He also organises local networking events for members and has played a lead role in supporting Midsumma, IDAHOBIT, Wear it Purple and other LGBTI+ related events and engagement series.

As Portfolio Growth Director, Andrew will focus on growing GLOBE’s relationship with ourCorporate Partners and Members.

Small Business Director Marc-Andre Savard
Marc-Andre Savard
Small Business Director Marc-Andre Savard

Dre is the founder of Backstage Insights & Strategy, a consumer insights consultancy which aims to help organisations better understand their customers (what they want, what they like, what they think, etc.) to make more informed business decisions.

Originally from Montreal, Dre has over 12 years of experience in converting market research projects into actionable and meaningful insights. Prior to moving to Australia, he managed the consumer insights department at Cirque du Soleil and led many global-scale projects.

As a small business owner himself, Dre understands very well the challenges entrepreneurs face and is looking forward to help GLOBE small business members make strong connexions and thrive.

Community Awards Event Lead Brad Lowry
Brad Lowry
Community Awards Event Lead Brad Lowry

With over 5 years experience planning and executing events, Brad is an asset to the GLOBE team.

Currently a Major Events Advisor with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Brad has extensive experience ranging across customer service, events, public relations and arts administration.

Having worked in both the Australian private and public sectors, as well as extensive recent experience as the company manager of a major arena production, Brad’s passion for hosting impeccable events is tough to challenge.

Corporate Engagement Lead Prashant Bhatia
Prashant Bhatia
Corporate Engagement Lead Prashant Bhatia

Prashant is the recipient of the 2018 GLOBE Scholarship. He is currently in the final semester of Masters of Global Media Communications at the University of Melbourne. He is an Ambassador for the Faculty of Arts and a representative for the Graduate Student Association. He is one of the co-founding members of the University’s first LGBTI policy working group called Pride and Diversity.

Prashant’s background is in Accounting and Economics. He has worked as a Research Analyst and a university tutor in Melbourne, teaching Macroeconomics and International Finance. He decided to finally pursue his life-long aspiration of building a career in media and communications. He aims to have a diverse portfolio of roles in media: writing, interviewing, producing media content and telling stories.

Prashant is a mental health advocate and works as a speaker with Beyondblue, raising awareness and ending stigma around mental health conditions.

Originally from India, Prashant arrived in Australia in 2008 as an International student, and worked his way to become an Australian citizen in 2013. This gives him a unique reason to stay politically and socially engaged. He firmly believes in GLOBE’s vision of connecting all LGBTI Australians and is excited to work with GLOBE as the Corporate Engagement Lead. He is looking forward to strengthening GLOBE’s partnership with ANZ and Optus, and add new corporate partners to the portfolio.

Digital Communications Lead Samuel Higgins
Samuel Higgins
Digital Communications Lead Samuel Higgins

Samuel’s a country boy, hailing from Deniliquin, NSW.

Post a brief stint in Property Management, he made his way to Melbourne, where he has been for 3 years.  He now works as a Store and Brand Manager for Exhibit Interiors, a furniture and homewares store. However, his true passion lies in Health and Fitness since losing around 60 kg a few years ago. Samuel has begun studying a Cert III and IV and will be fully qualified in December 2018.

Since moving to Melbourne, the LGBTI community has really supported Samuel which is why he finds it important to volunteer with an organisation like GLOBE. Samuel’s role will be responsible for our website and social media channels.

Events Lead Clive Carl
Clive Carl
Events Lead Clive Carl

Clive’s experience in producing Jet Lounge, once a Friday night institution for our diverse community and their friends, and many other events, will support GLOBE’s continuing development of its premier monthly networking event into an inclusive, well run and fun event.

While maintaining a full-time career within the electrical contracting industry from being ‘on the tools’ to project manager and now business owner, Clive has maintained a strong focus on networking both within construction and maintenance industries, as well as the LGBTI community. This was why GLOBE was an obvious choice when he started his own business two years ago.

Using skills developed over years in negotiating and organisation, Clive will able to deliver on GLOBE’s response to feedback from members and guests featuring different venues for events around Melbourne, and further making Blended Fruits into a slick and exciting event for our members and guests to promote their business and themselves and be a part of our community.

Events Lead Tom Albert
Tom Albert
Events Lead Tom Albert

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Finance Lead Jonathan Low
Jonathan Low
Finance Lead Jonathan Low

Jonathan has over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance across various industries. He started his accounting career in television industry for high profile American productions, he worked along with the production crew in Australia, Asia, Central America and Europe. Jonathan eventually has made a transition to the corporate world and held various functional roles. He is currently a Finance Manager with one of the Forbes Top 100 companies.

Having a passion for dragon boating and governance, Jonathan is Board Director of Dragon Boat Victoria and leads Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. He is also involved in Out for Australia, a national organisation supports and mentors aspiring LGBTI professionals as they navigate their way through the early stages of their career.

A long-term former member of a LGBTI music performance group for almost a decade, Jonathan joined GLOBE committee to reconnect with the community and help the organisation in achieving financial sustainability.

Marketing Lead Matt Nicklow
Matt Nicklow
Marketing Lead Matt Nicklow

Matt has a background in brand development and digital strategy with over 8 years’ experience in the marketing & advertising industry. His current role as a Digital Strategist allows him to work with a variety of clients across government, higher education, retail and more. His expertise lies in developing comprehensive digital campaigns while maintaining a consistent brand message and planning for future digital trends.

Originally from the US, Matt has made Melbourne his home for the past 3.5 years. He has a passion for fitness & tech trends and has used his new home as a base to travel throughout Australia & Southeast Asia. Matt currently serves as the Brand & Marketing Lead for GLOBE and is excited to be part of an organisation that offers LGBTI professionals the opportunity to grow their networks through professional and social events.

Membership Engagement Lead Jordan McCabe
Jordan McCabe
Membership Engagement Lead Jordan McCabe

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Small Business Lead Lee Maher
Lee Maher
Small Business Lead Lee Maher

Coming from humble beginnings, Lee has faced adversity head on, which has seen her become a formidable professional and role model for many.

Very early in life, Lee learnt that often when presented with an opportunity some will see the potential to learn and search to find the good in others, while some decide a different path.

Now the proud Managing Director of Urban Property Melbourne & Real Estate Busy Bodies, Lee has over 22 years’ experience in Retail and Commercial Property sales and management. She has worked with and been coached by some of Australia’s best Real Estate practitioners

A valued member of the GLOBE family, Lee is an advocate for the Lesbian community on the GLOBE committee. Further, as one of our Small Business Leads, Lee works tirelessly to ensure we continue to engage and encourage the LGBTI Small Businesses of Victoria.

Small Business Lead Mark Grogan
Mark Grogan
Small Business Lead Mark Grogan

With over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, Mark is a business owner, trainer and expert in commercial and residential property management.

Mark started coming to GLOBE events 16 years ago and soon joined the committee to help shape the direction of the group. His tenure, including two years as president, saw GLOBE reach many milestones and grow as a community group that serves to provide social and business networking opportunities to its members and the wider community. Mark has returned to the committee to continue his work.

Mark is excited to help GLOBE work within the LGBTI community, creating and running a variety of events and supporting other groups to do the same. He would like to see GLOBE take on more opportunities and explore greater engagement with the community.