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 Stephen Peoples
Secretary Stephen Peoples

In early 2011, Stephen farewelled his birthplace of Sydney for Melbourne. The first community organisation he joined was GLOBE. In 2012 Stephen was elected as Secretary of GLOBE, a position to which he has been re-elected in subsequent years.

In Sydney, Stephen was an active member of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA), joining in 1998. In 2004 he was elected to the position of Fruits in Suits / Events Director and the following year he was elected as President, a position he held for three terms. In 2009, Stephen was honoured with Life Membership of the SGLBA.

After three decades working in a variety of public sector, private sector and ministerial (political) roles in the aviation, tourism and transport fields, Stephen’s current occupation is in an operational role in the automotive retail sector.

Stephen has a very active interest in property economics and investment, politics and restoring classic British motor cars.

Treasurer 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 Steven Bruni
Brand & Marketing Director Steven Bruni

Steven is a passionate public relations and communications professional with experience gained working in both the private and public sector.

He has collaborated with business clients and senior executives across a broad range of industries – including Defence – to provide innovative branding and public relations advice on safeguards and to develop strategies to defend an organisation or an individual that is at risk of or experiencing issues which could impact their brand.

Steven draws on his extensive communications, marketing and management background and expertise to advise on GLOBE Brand, Marketing and Social media strategies and initiatives for public relations-related activities and event planning.

Steven has some impressive awards and achievements, achieved for his ADF work, and for services within Australia. These are:

  • Australian Active Service Medal – ADF Contribution deployed to the Middle East for the United States-led military response to international terrorism
  • Australian Defence Medal – 4 years’ service in the Australian Defence Force.
  • Certificate of Recognition – Penrith City Council

Certificate of Appreciation – Assisted with the clean-up of the 2011 Brisbane Floods, City of Brisbane. Steven flew up to Brisbane to personally volunteer for this wonderful work.

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.

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 Lucas Bracken
Lucas Bracken
Events Director Lucas Bracken

Lucas is a highly skilled marketing and communications strategist. Originally beginning his career in the banking and financial services industry, Lucas found himself drawn towards marketing.

Lucas has an extensive academic background and comprehensive work experience spanning many industries and sectors providing him with invaluable knowledge and insight.

Working for a global life science and healthcare company, Lucas is currently under contract as a Global Communications specialist.

Throughout his career, he has helped many organisations and brands review and analyse their communications and messaging, including the way they use language and alternative mediums to convey a message. He helps identify what areas can be improved and outlines a strategy to implement change across an organisation.

Not only does Lucas understand the value of connecting people with effective communication, he understands the importance of connecting people. People who feel more connected to others often have lower rates of depression and anxiety. Lucas is a driving force behind mental health first aid programs in organisations and making workplaces more diverse and inclusive for all.

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 the Arts, and apparently “Northside lesbian clichés”.

Portfolio Growth Director Jason Hay
Jason Hay
Portfolio Growth Director Jason Hay

Jason has been a GLOBE committee member since 2016. He is the primary contact for our corporate members. Jason feels that GLOBE helps develop your career with the support of your community.

The property industry is fortunate to have Jason’s talent, knowledge and attention to detail. As an asset manager of shopping centres and office towers, Jason handles constantly changing situations and challenges. Jason has worked in Melbourne, Sydney and London, but at heart he is a true Melburnian.

Jason was a founding member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Outlook Committee, Vice President of the Master of Business Administration Student Association at RMIT and he was formerly a committee member of Melbourne Frontrunners. Jason holds a Master of Business Administration (MB) – Executive.

Jason is the proud father of a girl and a boy. He loves running and is a coffee enthusiast.

Brand & Marketing Lead Matt Nicklow
Brand & 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.

Corporate Engagement Lead Lazaro Hernandez
Corporate Engagement Lead Lazaro Hernandez

A global citizen, Lazaro has lived and worked in a total of 23 countries and visited 62. Now in Melbourne, Lazaro looks after Marketing and Communications for ONCALL Interpreters & Translators.

Holding several qualifications, including an MBA in Marketing & International Business from New York University, Lazaro brings with him more than 20 years of experience in marketing, producing, consulting, business development, and client management.

Lazaro is a curious & inquisitive person, loves travel, fitness & sports, music of many types, music festivals, movies and the Arts. Lazaro has competed in several Gay Games over the years and has won 3 medals in bicycling competitions.

He also likes to push his boundaries with exhilarating activities like mountain climbing, diving, bungee jumping and skydiving.

Supporting our Portfolio Growth Director, Lazaro will manage the day-to-day relationship with our soon to be new Community Partner and develop a master file of our corporate partners that will house rich data and intel to support better meeting our Corporate Partner’s needs.

Corporate Events Lead Walter Gee
Walter Gee
Corporate Events Lead 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 Lead Anthony Benedyka
Diversity Lead Anthony Benedyka

Anthony is a passionate advocate in the community for social justice, diversity and inclusion. With extensive experience in the social sector and active engagement in the community, Anthony has a strong skillset and deep community networks that will see him succeed in this new role.

Working for the Red Cross (Humanitarian branch), Anthony has a vast amount of experience working with not-for-profit and volunteer organisations. This along with his passion and commitment for diversity will drive a more welcoming and inclusive environment at GLOBE.

Supporting the Diversity Director, Anthony assists in the development and ongoing management of our Diversity Strategy; develops new community relationships and deepens existing connections, as well as the execution of quick wins to better position GLOBE within the broader LGBTI community.

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 Jack Marquis
Jack Marquis
Events Lead Jack Marquis

Jack is a practicing lawyer in the Family & Relationship Law team at Lander & Rogers. Throughout his studies and career to date, Jack has been involved with a number of volunteer organisations responsible for events and networking, including acting as the Vice President and Director of Administration for the Monash Law Students’ Society, and as part of Lander & Rogers’ Next In Line Network, providing networking opportunities for junior professionals from a range of industries in Melbourne.

Jack is also a volunteer with the Mental Health Legal Centre, and has involvement with surrogacy, IVF and other LGBTI and gender diversity cases. Originally hailing from Tasmania, Jack is a die-hard North Melbourne Footy Club supporter.

Events Lead Luke Saunders
Events Lead Luke Saunders

A South Australian native, Luke has a long history with GLOBE, representing ANZ at many of our events before officially joining our committee in 2017.

With a background in Banking and Finance, Luke has extensive skills in event planning, customer engagement and project management.

In addition to these skills, Luke has significant experience supporting the LGBTI community. For a brief period, Luke was the Australian Chair of ANZ’s Pride Network. Prior to this Luke was the State Lead for South Australia where he was responsible for ANZ’s sponsorship of Adelaide’s Feast Festival.

Luke is now a valued member of our Events team and has been responsible for some of our most historic GLOBE Networking events where we saw record attendance.

Personally, Luke is a wine connoisseur, loves a laugh and enjoys meeting new and interesting people, which makes him a perfect fit for our events space.

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.

Our Partners

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.

https://joy.org.au/

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.

https://www.hares-hyenas.com.au/

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.

http://www.switchboard.org.au/