Our Committee

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.

Acting President Andrew Georgiou
Andrew Georgiou
Acting President 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.

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.

Secretary (Acting) & Membership Growth Director Andrew Shepherd
Andrew Shepherd
Secretary (Acting) & Membership Growth 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 Membership portfolio.

Corporate Partnership Director Megan Williams
Megan Williams
Corporate Partnership Director Megan Williams

Megan has been involved with GLOBE by attending networking events over the last 10 years. She also supports the LGBTI community by participating in events such as Pride March and has been looking to get more involved in the community in a volunteer capacity.

Megan has worked in a number of professional services industries in project management roles which have a significant focus on stakeholder management and managing relationships with internal colleagues, external clients and other stakeholders.

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.

Events Director Brad Lowry
Brad Lowry
Events Director 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.

Marketing & Communications Director Emily Alvis
Emily Alvis
Marketing & Communications Director Emily Alvis

Emily is a Communications professional with over nine years of integrated marketing, project coordination, website redevelopment and media experience within the non-profit social service sector and independent arts industry.

Specialising in marketing, account and project management, communications strategy, copy writing, social media management and sponsorship, Emily has a deep understanding of driving successful campaigns and leading cross-functional teams to deliver results and exceed targets.

Emily is passionate about community development, equality and participation, and excited by digital marketing and the shifts from traditional advertising to creative new media.

Director Luke Saunders
Luke Saunders
Director Luke Saunders


LBTI Consultant Cordelia Attenborough
Cordelia Attenborough
LBTI Consultant Cordelia Attenborough

Cordelia’s journey in LGBTI  advocacy and community volunteering began in 2016, where she begun as the co-director of the not for profit organisation Diversity Launceston, an LGBTIQ+ not for profit that provided safe spaces, events and community outreach for the Queer community in Tasmania.

During this year, Cordelia volunteered for ABCs Haywire initiative, where she directed and produced a podcast series that provided a platform for LGBTIQ+ rural youth to share their stories. In this same year, Cordelia also served as a representative for LGBTIQ+ issues in the Tasmanian Youth Conference, where she ran workshops around educating others about the LGBTI community.

After moving to Melbourne in 2018, Cordelia started volunteering with Minus18 in an online community moderation position as well as being apart of the Youth Advisory Committee for the Queer Ideas Festival. During this time she also begun their Internship with Unicorns and volunteer work with Monash Universities diversity and inclusion department.

In 2019 she will serve as the Central Residential Advisor for diversity, inclusion and wellbeing at Monash University as well as represent Queer youth issues in the Victorian Youth Congress.

Cordelia’s passion is working for the Queer community in all its multifaceted diversity and complexity. Specifically she believes in creating diverse and inclusive LGBTIQ+ spaces that promote unity and celebration.

LBTI Consultant Michelle Sheppard
Michelle Sheppard
LBTI Consultant Michelle Sheppard

Michelle Sheppard is a transgender woman, public speaker, diversity trainer, and radio presenter who has spent the last five years advocating for Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Non-Binary (TGDNB) people. She has worked with various organisations, including the AFL, Corporates, Local City Councils, Universities as small businesses, to help build inclusive and safe workplaces for LGBTIQ+ people. Michelle has received national recognition for her contribution to the LGBTIQ+ Community.

In a first initiative of its kind in Australia; transgender advocate, Michelle Sheppard joined Fitted for Work as a Transgender Community Liaison Officer to develop and deliver a pilot program to support 200 TGDNB (she/ her/ they/ them) jobseekers on their journey to finding employment. The program offers a suite of employment-related services tailored to help increase work readiness and self-confidence.

Former President Dan de Rochefort
Dan de Rochefort
Former 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.

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.

Our Partners

Hares And Hyenas

Hares and Hyenas is a sexuality and gender diverse bookshop, carrying a huge range of books, erotica, DVDs, cards and magazines from around the world, as well as tickets to all the main LGTBTI events. Hares and Hyenas has a café and a fully licensed performance venue called the Hare Hole, where they host shows every week.


JOY 94.9

JOY 94.9 is an independent voice for members of LGBTI communities in Melbourne, broadcasting hundreds of free community announcements, award winning music, news and current affairs and arts and cultural programs. JOY is fuelled by the dedication of almost 300 volunteers and just a handful of paid core staff. It is proudly self-funded through sponsorship, membership and donations.



Proud 2 Play helps to shape the landscape of sports inclusion for LGBTI+ people in Victoria, and parts of Australia.

We approach LGBTI+ inclusion in sport from all angles to provide grassroots organisations, clubs, state and national sporting organisations and other sporting associations with education, inclusive policy and procedure, inclusive events and improvements in LGBTI+ visibility in their sport.

Through these approaches, we estimate to have supported over 1,000 LGBTI+ community members in sports inclusion.


Star Observer

Star Observer has been setting Australia’s LGBTI agenda since 1979, with a long and proud history of independent journalism.

They have over 500,000 loyal readers who embrace their publications, which include a popular news website and social media channels, as well as their monthly Star Observer and Gay Scene Guide magazines.


Switchboard Victoria

Switchboard Victoria is a community-based not for profit organisation that provides a peer based, volunteer run support service for LGBTQI people and their friends, families and allies. Their services include:

  • referral, phone and web counselling in partnership with QLife
  • Out & About a visiting service for older LGBTIQ people who are living at home or in aged care
  • and QTIPoC project aiming to build greater equity for Queer and Trans Indigenous Peoples and/or People of Colour and People of Faith.