Mentors

We are pleased to have the following Mentors as part of the Pay It Forward Mentoring Program:

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Tara Choudari

Leisure and Aquatics Facility Manager, Maroondah City Council

With over 15 years experience in local government and a passion for community service, Tara has a solid track record of achievement. Influencing and leading teams is one of Tara's strengths and as a strong and innovative leader, Tara has the capacity to develop a clear vision and build a dynamic and corporate culture across multiple sites. Learning from others and implementing best practise from inside and outside the leisure industry are key skills that Tara has used to create industry leading facilities including Victoria's newest premium facility, Aquanation. Tara strives for continuous improvement and can confidently say that the teams she has led have flourished under her leadership and have shown commitment to the organisation goals. 

 

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Ursula Corvan

Principal Policy Officer, Department of Health & Human Services

Ursula offers 30 years’ experience in senior management roles in both community and government organisations. Working in operational management, service design and implementation and as an innovative change agent for many years before transitioning to a social policy development and strategic focus in her work.

She has complimented her work with superb engagement skills (IAP2 accredited), developed an empowering style (Accredited Klein Group Instrument for Effective Leadership and Participation in Teams) to support and grow teams and colleagues she works with.

Ursula has fostered a range of pragmatic tools and knowledge experientially as well as tertiary qualifications in Human Services and numerous professional courses including being an accredited trainer.

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Daniel Davison

Manager AquaHub, Maroondah City Council

Daniel's agile leadership draws on over 20 years of experience in developing high performing teams for corporate outsourcing providers, not for profit organisations and local government. Known for being a persuasive communicator with a smile, Daniel challenges the status quo. His style is fast paced, innovative and transparent. With a natural curiosity for finding the gaps, Daniel delivers practical techniques to build individual and team effectiveness in the areas of leadership, process improvement and organisational culture change.

 

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Kerryn Ellis

Director Corporate Services, IBAC

Kerryn is a passionate public sector government leader with over twenty years’ experience, who is energised by working with the changing environment and external pressures currently facing the sector. Kerryn’s main professional love is building high performing and agile organisations with positive, values-based leadership that can work in partnership to deliver great outcomes for their communities.  Kerryn’s current role is Director Corporate Services at IBAC.  Before making the move to IBAC Kerryn was the Director of Corporate Performance with the City of Greater Bendigo. She has also held roles as the Manager Governance and Innovation at Knox City Council and has previously worked for the City of Melbourne and Bayside City Council.  Kerryn holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Public Policy and Management, and completed the LGPro emerging leaders program in 2005, and the XLP in 2016.  Kerryn has also had the privilege of serving as an LGPro board member in recent years.

 

Nicole Hunter

Nicole Hunter

Manager, Agency Connections | Outer East | East Division, Department of Health and Human Services

Nicole has over 16 years local government experience and is an experienced leader of high-performance teams, delivering projects throughout diverse communities, and designing and building strategies for economic, social, built and environmental growth and development. Qualified, with a Master of Public Health, Diploma in Community Services, and with training in Negotiation, Mediation and Influencing skills. Nicole has led a range of successful teams both in business units and cross-functional project teams through the development of key Council and community priorities including the Municipal Strategic Disability Leadership Model and Outer East Preventing Violence Against Women in Our Communities Program and Community and Council Plan. 

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Toni Lyon

Co-ordinator Organisation Development, City of Greater Bendigo

Toni has 30 years’ work experience in the public sector, with the last 8 in local government, as an Executive Assistant and in organisation development. Her current role at the City of Greater Bendigo focuses her on leading a team of specialists to deliver a range of initiatives related to organisational culture, professional development, corporate training, work placements and supporting volunteer management. Toni has a keen interest in all things people and culture. She loves working with colleagues to co-design solutions that help her workplace keep pace with change and become future-ready. Her multiple Masters' qualifications in Education, Research and Environmental Science have helped Toni understand the value of universal learning and development, including her own. A Human Synergistics Lifestyles Inventory diagnostic tool accreditation enables Toni to support others to become more aware and more effective in their leadership roles. As a values-driven professional, Toni specialises in supporting stakeholders to remain relevant, thoughtful and enthusiastically responsive to community needs.