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.
Graham Lancaster is the Principal Director of Lancaster Law & Mediation, a law firm that specialises in resolving conflict through negotiation, mediation and litigation. Graham was also a member of the Apex Club of Corrimal Inc and as an Apexian has served on both State and National Boards., His most recent role with Apex Australia has been that of Constitution and By-laws Advisory Director, where he was responsible for interpreting the constitution and rule book. Graham holds other directorships, including one with the Illawarra Connection and actively supports Basketball Illawarra. He is also a regular blood donor. Graham recognises the need for young men, in particular, to be provided with personal growth and development opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential.
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.
Bill Dibley has worked the last 21 years in the NFP Charity sector with a high focus on building and increasing portfolios of Social Enterprise Programs both in NSW and in other states. Bill has undertaken many roles from General Manager Social Enterprise, Group Accommodation Facilities, Youth Training Officer, Retail Services and Volunteer Manager. During his years in Community Services, Bill has undertaken studies including a Graduate Diploma in Management -Professional Practice through CSU as well as a Diploma in Business Services - Human Resources. Bill is extremely passionate about working in the community sector and building programs that make a real difference in local communities.
Mark Marriott is the Managing Director of Kinnerton Confectionery Australia, one of the World’s leading chocolate manufacturers, specialising in branded, private label novelty and licensed confectionery.. Prior to this, Mark was the Commercial Director for Winning Moves International, a subsidiary of Hasbro,a games company that manufactures, markets and sells board games including many household favourites such as Monopoly, Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and Connect 4. Mark joins the Top Blokes Foundation team bringing his commercial and licensing expertise. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and has completed the London Marathon, several triathlons, and an Iron Man. Mark’s passion for the Top Blokes Foundation comes from a belief that encouraging people to strive to reach their personal potential is a key element to develop confidence, self-esteem and success.
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.
Chris Gibbs’ involvement with the Top Blokes Foundation began in 2010 as a finalist in the Top Bloke Awards. This experience opened up an opportunity for Chris to explore one of his passions, encouraging young men to give back to their community. He firmly believes that active citizenship has many benefits not only for the community but also for the individual. Chris works at BlueScope Steel as a Market Offer Analyst, having graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2010 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in International Business and Marketing. He also fills his time by volunteering for House With No Steps in a 1-on-1 support program and also with some project work for the Barnardos ‘Kids Friends Program’. Chris hopes that his involvement on the board, and his previous involvement with the foundation, will enable him to encourage more young men to volunteer in the Illawarra helping to build a new generation of Top Blokes.