Led by James Meares, the Sparkways Board of Directors is made up of six Directors who are responsible for overseeing the governance, management and strategic direction and for delivering accountable performance in accordance with the organisation's goals and objectives. All of our Directors are proud pillars of the Melbourne community and together they bring a wealth of experience gained from many years in both government and commercial sectors.
Board Chair; Member - Board Performance, Audit & Risk Committee; Interim Chair; Human Resources, Remuneration & Nominations Committee
James has an executive background leading major multinational corporations operating throughout Asia Pacific and a long history as a non-executive director. An accomplished corporate executive within complex industrial and service-based businesses. He has also held Board positions in health, superannuation, FMCG industry, and child & family service organisations; as well as executive directorships in corporate entities throughout Asia.
Neami Ltd. - Non-Executive Director & Member, Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee
Chair – Board Performance, Audit & Risk Committee
Jane was a public sector executive with more than 20 years’ experience across regulation, economic reform, and infrastructure policy. She now works with organisations on governance, regulation, integrity and change.
Worksafe Victoria - Non-Executive Director
Transport Accident Commission (TAC) - Non-Executive Director
Victorian Asbestos Eradication Authority - Non-Executive Director
Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal - Secondary Compliance Officer
Department of Treasury & Finance - Independent Member, Audit & Risk Committee
Chair – Finance Committee
Craig has in excess of 30 years professional experience in a wide range of audit, due diligence and corporate advisory roles including mergers and acquisitions. He has gained extensive audit experience in both Australia and the United States across a wide range of national and multi-national corporate clients (both listed and unlisted) as well as large privately owned and operated businesses.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu - Audit and Assurance Partner
Institute of Chartered Accountants - B.Bus and Fellow
Member – Finance Committee
Sharon has run strategic programs focussed on business expansion for more than 20 years. Working in the management consulting, education and manufacturing sectors she has extensive international, stakeholder management and product development experience. Former Board Director at Australian Volunteers International.
Member – Finance Committee
Greg has been practising law for two decades, has a background in general practice and now practises exclusively in family law.
Greg has previous board experience for a community health organisation
Law Institute of Victoria - Member
Family Law Section of Law Council of Australia - Member
Member – Human Resources, Remuneration & Nominations Committee
Jo has over twenty years in leadership roles across marketing, strategy and operations with a background in commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations. Jo has held leadership roles with Telstra, World Vision Australia, YWCA Victoria (CEO) and the State Library Victoria where she was the Director of Community Engagement.
Save the Children Australia - Director of Supporter Engagement