Our People

Our executive and board of directors work together for an Australia free of poverty.

The annual and financial reports provide an overview of our governance structures and activities and outline key statistics and financial results. 

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Executive Team


Conny Lenneberg, Executive Director

Conny Lenneberg is the Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a role she took up in January 2018. Conny has 25 years’ experience in the development and social justice sector, in Australia and internationally, from service delivery in the field to leading large teams, and senior executive and board roles.

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Sonia Bijelic, Director of Marketing and Engagement

Sonia Bijelic joined the Brotherhood in May 2018. Sonia is an experienced senior leader with a strong track record of success working across numerous organisations and industries, including sport, entertainment, hospitality, telecommunications, consumer packaged goods, and financial services.

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Dr. Lucia Boxelaar, Director of Community Programs

Lucia Boxelaar leads the Brotherhood’s portfolio of community programs which comprises Children’s Programs; Youth Services; Work, Economic Security and Social Inclusion; and Strategic Partnerships. She joined the Brotherhood in November 2018.

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Jonny Lee, Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan (Jonny) Lee has held the position of Chief Financial Officer since 2007. He has over 20 years’ experience in finance, having held key roles in the private, not-for-profit and professional service sectors. He qualified as a chartered accountant in Ireland, working at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (now PwC) in the audit and consultancy divisions.

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Tim Nayton, Director of Aged Care and Business Architecture

Tim Nayton manages the Brotherhood’s Aged Care division, which includes service and program delivery in residential, home and community care. He worked as a physiotherapist for over 15 years before changing career path to embark on numerous senior management and executive roles in health care, safety and aged care.

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Professor Shelley Mallett, Director of Research and Policy Centre

Shelley Mallett leads the research and policy work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and has a joint position with the University of Melbourne as a Professorial Fellow of Social Policy. Her career has been diverse, spanning service delivery, service development, and training, as well as academic research and teaching.

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Niamh O'Malley, Director of Shared Services

Niamh O’Malley began leading the Shared Services division in September 2018. The Division includes People Services, IT, Volunteer Services, and Facilities and Assets. Niamh joined the Brotherhood in 2011 as a HR Consultant and was promoted to Senior Manager, Retail in 2012 and General Manager, Social Enterprises in 2015.

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Rodney Weston, Director of NDIS

Rodney Weston founded the Brotherhood’s NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) service in North East Melbourne in 2016, which has since expanded to the North, South-East and West areas of Melbourne, and has more than 500 employees. Rodney joined the Brotherhood in 2011 and led a business transformation for the Social Enterprises division.

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The Board

The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier – Board Chair

Ian Paroissien – Deputy Chair

Dr Fiona Macdonald – Board Director

Dana Hlavacek - Board Director

A/Prof. Jane Freemantle - Board Director

The Right Reverend Kate Prowd – Board Director

Dr Stephen Duckett – Board Director

Zac Hatzantonis – Board Director

Tony Hallam – Board Director

Conny Lenneberg – Executive Director

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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