Michelle Blicavs has been Chairman of the Foundation since 2007 and is a strong advocate on the value that young men bring to their community. Michelle also leads the Unique Leaders Network providing strategic guidance and support to women in leadership. Michelle has been a Councillor with Wollongong City Council since 2011 and holds positions on the Audit Committee. She is also a Director of Local Government Superannuation where she is Chair of Risk, Chair of Member Services and a member of the Audit Committee. Always passionate about helping young people to reach their potential, Michelle has been actively involved in developing programs designed to support and encourage young homeless men and women to live successful and independent lives while working and volunteering in their community. Michelle believes mentoring and strong leadership is critical to raise young men who will, in turn, raise strong families, provide leadership and help to strengthen our communities in the future.
Courtney West is a Partner of KPMG. Courtney obtained her commerce degree with distinction from the University of Wollongong in 2001 and was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2003. Courtney commenced with KPMG Wollongong in 1998 as an undergraduate accountant and during her time with the firm has undertaken a secondment to KPMG’s Perth office. Courtney provides tax and business advisory services to clients from a diverse range of industries, including not-for-profits. Throughout her career, Courtney has actively participated in groups and forums which assist young, professional women and thinks that supporting young people is vital. Through her involvement with the Top Blokes Foundation, Courtney is looking forward to contributing back to the community she lives and works in.
Andrew Fitzsimons is the Principal of Dapto High School, a comprehensive public school based in the Illawarra region of NSW, that proudly has 1,000 students and 125 staff members. Andrew is a member of the NSW Secondary Principal’s Council and has held positions as Assistant Director of Curriculum and a Regional Director of Bradfield College (TAFE). Andrew joined the Top Blokes Foundation as a director to advise on educational matters, in particular, boys education and increasing the role of peer-mentoring programs in the education system. Andrew places high importance on the need for personal growth and says sustainability and Asian literacy are a personal and professional focus. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time on his farm when not working.
Born and bred in Poland, Bart arrived in Australia in 2006 and fell in love with the country the second he landed. Bart is a corporate and governance lawyer, working for a not-for-profit industry superannuation fund. In his role, Bart ensures that the organisation follows the relevant laws and regulations and advises the board of directors and senior executives on the full range of corporate governance issues.
Bart believes that the long-term prosperity of Australia’s economy and the wellbeing of communities depends on a healthy environment, social cohesion and good governance. Bart has a keen interest in social issues, including men’s mental health, and is determined to make a positive impact in this area. That’s why he is thrilled to be involved with the Top Blokes Foundation promoting the health and wellbeing of young men.
In his spare time, Bart is passionate about travelling - doing something fun and adventurous, seeing cool things, and meeting different people.
Having grown up in outer suburban Western Australia, Will understands the importance of the programs that the Top Blokes Foundation operates. Will previously volunteered with the Foundation, and is eager to help Top Blokes expand to reach more boys in need. Will holds a Master of Applied Finance with Distinction from the University of Newcastle, and currently works for AMP Capital as a Fund Analyst. He studied and worked in Germany for some time, and completed his BCom International Business through Curtin University and EBS Universität. Will’s motivation to be involved with the Top Blokes Foundation lies in his belief that a helping hand in the formative stage of young man’s life will make a huge difference to who he becomes and what he will achieve.
Arthur has supported the Top Bloke Foundation for some time, originally as a Community Ambassador supporting us with fundraising and profiling our organisation. He has a deep empathy with the challenges males face through their “rite of passage” years having struggled significantly during this time of his life. Arthur has been mentoring and supporting males with their life challenges for many years and believes in the maxim “better males, better world. Currently the Managing Director of Intuit Advisory, Arthur has more than 35 years’ experience in corporate management and professional services. Arthur served on several boards and committees before being appointed to the Top Blokes Foundation, including Sherrin Partners, Forsyths, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and the University of New England. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England. Arthur has always been an active participant in community life at both the business and non-business levels having served on many committees in a range of capacities. He is currently a member of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health and is part of the Beyondblue Community. Arthur places a high value on family and community. He is the proud father of 3 beautiful daughters.
Omar holds a Bachelor of Marketing and Economics from the University of Sydney. A marketing executive with over sixteen years’ experience in the music industry and most recently the interactive gaming and entertainment industry, Omar has enjoyed working on multi-faceted marketing campaigns with brands such Australian Idol, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Capcom and Disney. Omar currently holds a Head of Marketing role for QV Software/Turn Left Distribution, a leading group of Interactive Gaming and Entertainment Specialists in the APAC region. Omar is a competitive basketball athlete with a creative mind set and love for music, fashion and photography. Inspired to make a difference and encourage positive change and influence in our society, Omar’s involvement with the Top Blokes foundation is fuelled by his drive to give back to the community and contribute to the growth and mentoring of the young men of our society. He’s a strong advocate for breaking down the barriers around men’s health issues be it mental health or physical/social capacities.