The GLOBE Committee is a working committee that devotes its time to the running and development of GLOBE's projects, events and goals.
The committee is made up of professionals and small business owners that contribute their time on a voluntary basis and actively participate in GLOBE's events and projects.
Committee member elections are held at GLOBE's annual general meeting and any GLOBE member can nominate to be a member of the committee. To provide feedback email: firstname.lastname@example.org or come speak to one of us at our next GLOBE event.
President & Sponsorship - David Micallef
David is runs his own public relations firm and is a sessional lecturer in marketing and public relations. He works mainly on larger scale campaigns for governments, not for profits and corporates in the areas of health, infrastructure and the education sector.
He has been on the GLOBE committee for 6 years and the position of president for 4 years, helping set up a number of partnerships and sponsorships, as well as creating strong links with Victoria’s LGBTI community.
David’s aim is to continue to grow GLOBE so that it continues to be a strong part of the LGBTI community.
Vice President - Operations: Dan de Rochefort
Secretary: Stephen Peoples
Stephen moved to Melbourne in February 2011 and the first Melbourne-based community organisation he joined was Globe.
Originally from Sydney, Stephen was an active member of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association for in excess of ten years, serving a term as Events Director and a term as Fruits in Suits Director before assuming the Presidency from 2004 through to end of 2007.
Stephen has been an active member of community-based organisations for more than thirty years serving in the capacity of Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman or President of many of the organisations of which he was a Member. Accordingly he brings to Globe extensive experience in accountability, administration, corporate governance and leadership.
Stephen has served as Secretary of Globe since August 2012.
Marketing: Nicholas Edrington
Nicholas is a seasoned writer, online content developer, social media planner and advertiser. He has diverse experience from consultation and management of marketing for local SMEs, to serving corporate and government clients, as part of an agency team. Nick has worked for several PR and Marketing agencies including Sentius and Edelman in Melbourne and GolinOpinion in Mumbai, India.
Currently a Senior Account Executive at Think HQ, Nicholas serves philanthropic, not-for-profit, corporate social responsibility and government clients in a broad range of projects including social media campaigns, media relations, stakeholder engagement, internal communications and website development.
A passionate PR practitioner, Nicholas is a member of the IABC and PRIA. Most recently Nicholas sat on the New and Emerging Practitioner subcommittee of the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s Victorian division, which connects students and early career professionals with learning and networking opportunities.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication with a PR major and Journalism minor from Monash University with a distinction average.
Passionate about business, entrepreneurship and networking, Nick has served the Marketing subcommittee of GLOBE since 2015.
Special Events: Walter Gee
Walter is a medical specialist working in the public health service in the South East of Melbourne. With a passion for events, Walter is enthused by organising events that GLOBE members will find educational, entertaining and rewarding. He enjoys GLOBE for its professional and social networking opportunities and working with the vibrant and energetic committee of management.
Walter is particularly passionate about GLOBE’s Community Grants program and providing financial support to a range of individuals and groups in the Victorian LGBTI community.
Networking and Blended Fruits: Clive Carl
In August 2014 Clive Carl assumed the role of Networking (formerly Fruits) Director, therefore taking on the responsibility of co-ordinating the monthly networking event Fruits & Blend. Clive brings with him more than a decade of event management experience, specialising in gay and lesbian events.
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.
Finance: 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.
General Committee Member: 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.
Board advisor: Natasha Norton
Natasha Norton is the CEO of Accuteque; an Australian management advisory company.
Over the course of her career, Natasha has worked her way from fiction writer and athlete, to IT advisory where she specialised as a Program and Project Manager in the QA space, gaining extensive experience at senior levels in a number of multi-national companies. With significant experience in not-for profit Board Governance and strategic delivery. In addition to managing the operational and strategic function of a growing organisation that is required to be pro-active and at times pre-active.
Focused on outcomes that are value-add to the organisations and people she works with, Natasha understands the importance of rolling your sleeves up when required. Her focus is on making a difference in people’s attitudes towards the challenges and opportunities that they face on a daily basis. Keen to give back some of her time to a community, Natasha hopes that her background in governance and her commercial acumen will be something that she can put to good use at GLOBE in helping to define their 3 year strategic plan and delivering measurable outcomes for the membership.
Sponsorships and Partnerships: Jason Hay
Individual Membership: Clinton Elliott
Clinton is a communication professional who works in complex service environments. Having started his career in member-focused organisations he increases employee engagement, improves customer experience and aligns business operations using campaigns built on shared value.
Originally from Tasmania he worked in music and entertainment in Sydney before moving to Melbourne. He enjoys traveling, home renovations, weekends away and is passionate about community radio. He hosts and produces Sunday Bloody Sunday on Southern FM with his best friend each fortnight.
Having joined the board in 2016 he plans on using his skills to ensure GLOBE are able to greater serve the needs of our members, represent our diversity and further our relationships in the wider community.
Corporate Membership: Shea Heard
Shea started off as a high school teacher, but later transitioned to adult education during a six year stint in Madrid. She then discovered a love for business which led her to design training programs in leadership, emotional intelligence, and customer service for a Melbourne consulting company.
Nowadays, Shea is a learning designer for Online Education Services and is part of the team that creates Swinburne Online. She has discovered an unexpected love of html code and is still trying to nail the unassisted pull up. Because you never know when you might need to do a pull up.
Shea is also the co-founder and co-producer of She Speaks Northside, a discussion panel series exploring life in an LGBTIQ context.