Led by James Meares, the Sparkways Board of Directors is made up of eight 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 Audit & Risk 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.
Chair - Governance Committee; Chair - People Culture & Wellbeing 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; TRY Mentoring Treasurer
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
Deputy Chair; Audit & Risk Committee Member
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
Finance Committee Member; TRY Mentoring Secretary
MAICD, MBA, G Dip Mgmt, B Eng (Hons) | Mark has more than 30 years of experience working in the commercial and industrial sectors in Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia.
His experience ranges widely from executive leadership, management, engineering, marketing, services development, customer engagement, and university lecturing through to consulting in the disability/assisted technology, youth support, disruptive technology, alternative energy, and logistics & transport sectors.
Moreland Affordable Housing – Non-Executive Director
Barker Trailers – Non-Executive Director
Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association - institute – Advisory Board Member
Governance Committee Member; People Culture and Wellbeing Committee Member
Diana Amato knows working with young people is the only way to support them to meet their aspirations, and to become successful adults. Diana is a youth and community development specialist having worked in the youth affairs and refugee and migrant sector since 1996. Diana has maintained a number of senior roles for peak bodies, including the Centre for Multicultural Youth and the State Government department - Office for Youth. Her career spans national and international contexts, working in the not-for-profit sector, state and local government areas. In 2016, Diana worked with a youth committee and was instrumental in supporting the development of Victoria’s State-wide Youth Policy, Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria.
She would describe herself as a lifelong learner, always curious about people, different cultures, and what makes good leadership in large organisations. This year sees her complete her Master of Management and Leadership in Organisation Dynamics, a field dedicated to systems thinking and group dynamics. She is currently the Senior Coordinator of the Welcoming Neighbourhoods team for Moonee Valley City Council.
Josephine De Martino
Audit & Risk Committee Chair
Josephine is an accomplished finance executive with more than 25 years’ experience working in public listed, private equity and private multinational entities within the Industrials, Consumer Staples, and Consumer Discretionary sectors. This includes beverage (non-alcoholic and alcoholic), food, household and personal care, logistics, transport, and aviation.
Former Non-Executive Director of Shelford Girls Grammar.
Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand – Chartered Accountant, Fellow and B. Bus
Australian Institute of Company Directors – GAICD
Australian Graduate School of Management – MBA
Mathew is an MBA qualified executive who has led a diverse group of individuals to create successful businesses throughout 20 plus years in business. Mathew has led and implemented business strategies resulting in sustainable growth for business and employee engagement. He is also passionate about championing children and their development as a Non-Executive Director with Foster Care Association of Victoria.