Michael Creed has served on numerous boards across Western Sydney over a number of years including having served as an elected representative at a local government level. He has been an adviser to a number of State and Federal members of parliament as well as working in the private sector. Michael and his partner James are currently in the process of opening a local cafe in the Penrith CBD. Michael's own personal childhood experience is the core reason why he was excited and grateful to be apart of the Queen of Hearts Foundation and is determined to make the foundation the best it can be, so it continues to help those in our community that need it it the most.
Carol BennettVice Chairperson
Carol Bennett is a Senior IT professional who throughout her career has worked with many national and multi-national organisations and the NSW State Government. Carol, together with her husband Chris, embarked on a river change and since 2013 have owned and operated Penrith’s iconic tourist attraction, the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler. Carol understands the relevance of the Queen of Hearts Foundation and is dedicated to assisting the Foundation in its quest to support the Penrith Community.
Luke is the Principal of Witten Partners, a Penrith based firm of Chartered Accountants. In his professional life, Luke guides his clients through the myriad of financial and tax issues they face. Luke hopes that through his role as Treasurer for the Queen of Hearts Community Foundation he can use this expertise for the benefit of the wider community.
Natalie is a local woman born and raised in Penrith. She is now a Lawyer and an active member of the Penrith community serving on the board of Western Sydney Business Centre, Penrith Chamber of Commerce and the Penrith Giants AFL Club.
Emaleigh ZahabePeople & Culture
Emaleigh Zahabe is a Human Resources Practitioner with diverse experience across media, community services and technical & manufacturing industries. With experience developing and driving people strategy to assist in business performance and the wellbeing of employees, including health programs and managing and supporting mental health in the workplace, working with the Queen of Hearts as Board Director - People allows her to give back to the community and contribute to providing a crucial service.
Joh DickensMajor Events
Joh grew up in a family-owned and operated business in Penrith for 29 years as owner of Kingswood Florist & Creative Balloons. Her love of flowers and hunger to embark on the same journey as her family gave her the desire to start a business that was truly her own. She is currently the President of the Professional Florists Association of NSW and is also an active member of the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce for the last 5 years and a current member of the Board. Joh is passionate to give back to the Community and the Queen of Hearts Community Foundation provides that solid platform
Glenn AnthoneyMajor Gifts & Sponsors
Glenn started out with a successful accounting practice, but later went on to head the BNI chapter in Western Sydney. BNI is one of the largest business networks in the world generating billions of dollars over the past three decades since it’s inception.
Michele ElleryFounding Director & Chief Executive Officer
Michele Ellery is the Founder and CEO of Queen of Hearts Community Foundation, an organisation that Protects and supports victims of Child abuse and Domestic Violence on their journey for justice and healing. Awards and Recognition include; • 2016 Impact25 Pro Bono Awards for Recognising Positive Impact • 2016 Finalist WSABE Awards for Excellence in Business Ethics • 2015/16 Winner Altitude Awards for Paying it Forward Category (Public Voted) • 2016 Winner Zest Awards for Outstanding Voluntary Organisation • 2016 Highly Commended Zest Awards for Outstanding leader in a Voluntary Capacity • 2017 Women Economic Forum, New Delhi Award