Our Committee

GLOBE Victoria committee members are professionals and small business owners. They selflessly volunteer their time to ensure that GLOBE Victoria operates efficiently and effectively, and they continually expand its projects and events.

President Andrew Shepherd (he/him)
Andrew Shepherd (he/him)
President Andrew Shepherd (he/him)

Andrew is currently a Leader at EBM RentCover. He previously held a number of leadership positions at global risk management firm Marsh and McLennan, most recently as a Project Manager and Vice President within their Mergers & Acquisitions Practice.

Andrew has always had a passion for giving back to the community. Prior to joining GLOBE, he was President of Young Insurance Professionals of Australia and New Zealand, a not for profit that runs networking and educational events. During his 4 years with YIPs he held various management positions. Andrew is also a mentor for both RMIT and Out For Australia.

Andrew has been a member of the GLOBE Committee of Management since July 2018, previously holding the roles of Events Director and Individual Membership Director. He became a member of GLOBE’s Executive as Secretary in November 2019 before being elected as President in April 2022. Andrew is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation.

Treasurer Lyall Griffiths (he/him)
Lyall Griffiths (he/him)
Treasurer Lyall Griffiths (he/him)

Lyall works for Rio Tinto Exploration as their Finance & Compliance Manager for Australasia. His job involves making sure all aspects of finance are managed properly in diverse countries such as Mongolia, India, Laos and China.

Currently based in Perth, Lyall supports GLOBE remotely as a group that he has enjoyed being involved with in the past. He is buoyed by GLOBE’s contributions to worthwhile causes through the annual Community Grants program and regular social and community events.

Lyall is working to help GLOBE become well recognised in the LGBTI community as an organisation that is valued through its professional membership and providing resources to other parts of the community.

Lyall’s expertise in financial management and compliance support GLOBE’s day to day running and enables the organisation to achieve its goals.

Vice President & Regional Victoria Director Jo Bangles (she/her)
Jo Bangles (she/her)
Vice President & Regional Victoria Director Jo Bangles (she/her)

Born and raised in regional Victoria, Jo Bangles has travelled the world in the name of diversity and inclusion and spoken on stages to thousands of people encouraging them to be their true selves.

Most recognisable as the longest standing president of Dykes on Bikes Melbourne, she has also served as President of Geelong Rainbow Inc where she was a founding producer of the Geelong Rainbow Festival and Geelong Pride March.

Jo is the owner of Splatters Cheese Bar based in Geelong and co-director at LinkedOUT an inclusion training provider.

A graduate of the inaugural Leadership Victoria LGBTI Leaders program and a former finalist for the GLOBE LGBTI person of the year – Jo’s passion for community and the unique lived experiences of regionally based LGBTQIA+ people see her advocating for and forging connections with community all over Victoria.

Vice President & Special Events Director Walter Gee (he/him)
Walter Gee (he/him)
Vice President & Special Events Director Walter Gee (he/him)

Walter is a geriatrician – a doctor specialising in the care of older people. Walter is dedicated to his wonderful work and provides his services full-time through a public health service.

When he is not working, Walter packs his suitcase and travels the world to new and interesting places.

Walter is a long-term committee member of GLOBE. He loves to organise all kinds of events that members and guests enjoy. Walter gains immense satisfaction from managing our Community Grants program.

Secretary (Acting) Mark Grogan (he/him)
Mark Grogan (he/him)
Secretary (Acting) Mark Grogan (he/him)

Mark has been involved with GLOBE for many years in various in roles including as President, Events lead and most recently as Acting Secretary.

Marketing & Communications Director Jennifer Elmer (she/her)
Jennifer Elmer (she/her)
Marketing & Communications Director Jennifer Elmer (she/her)

Jennifer has enjoyed an extensive and varied career over 25 years in marketing, communications and advertising. She’s run an Olympics media campaign for a global sports brand, marketed high-end Swiss watches, and more recently moved to the public sector. It is here she realised her passion for serving a community, where she not only gets to do good work while doing good, but is also supported as an active member of her organisation’s employee Pride Squad.

She jumped at the opportunity to bring her marketing skills to GLOBE in 2021. Jennifer is passionate about supporting women in leadership and a firm believer in representation: “you can’t be what you can’t see”. She is so excited to be working with the amazing GLOBE team and members and can’t wait to develop further the GLOBE community and brand.

Communities Director Sally Newman (she/her)
Sally Newman (she/her)
Communities Director Sally Newman (she/her)

Sally is a former gender studies academic who is passionate about developing leadership capability in the LGBTIQ + A communities. Sally works in Higher Ed as a strategic project manager. She enjoys making connections and is looking forward to growing the community engagement portfolio with GLOBE.

Small Business Membership Director Shae Louise Abel (she/her)
Shae Louise Abel (she/her)
Small Business Membership Director Shae Louise Abel (she/her)

Shae Louise Abel (she/her) has a passion for supporting our LGBTQIA+, Transgender, Gender Diverse & Non-Binary (TGDNB) Communities to succeed in Small Business throughout Victoria and, recognises that effective networking and professional relationship building is imperative to the success of any small business.

Shae has a strong vision for our Globe Small Business Members, with a commitment to ensuring that each Small Business Member has access to fruitful opportunities inclusive of referrals, small business education & support, building of strong business relationships & loyalties, as well as a clear visibility throughout the wider Globe Community. 

The visibility of LGBTQIA+ and TGDNB run businesses also provides more spaces for our community to access an array of services knowing they are safe, accepted and included. 

Shae has carried out this vision within her own Small Business and is the Founder & Director of With Pride – Inclusive Integrated Healthcare

With Pride delivers safe, inclusive & confidential spaces to access Preventative, Holistic Healthcare Solutions & Health Management for the community in its entirety, with a focus on improving the health outcomes of LGBTQIA+ and TGDNB Communities. Services delivered through With Pride include Occupational Therapy, Nutritional Medicine, Exercise Physiology, Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Holistic Counselling, Performance Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Mindset Coaching, Personal Training, LGBTQIA+ and TGDNB Inclusion Training for Healthcare Practitioners as well as the broader community. 

With Pride operates nationally throughout Australia with both in-clinic and online service delivery for Rural and Regional Communities, this to ensure equity of access to Preventative Medicine and Health Management regardless of location for our community.

Shae delivers Health Promotion through numerous media platforms inclusive of regular guest speaking on Joy 94.9 Breakfast Show, publication in the iconic Curve Magazine and through workshops in collaboration with organisations such as The Equality Project & Thorne Harbour Health.

Individual Membership Director Tyson Garlick (he/him)
Tyson Garlick (he/him)
Individual Membership Director Tyson Garlick (he/him)

Tyson works in communications and stakeholder engagement on one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in Melbourne’s CBD. He has experience working for both Local and State Government.

Tyson has previously worked in youth employment, accessibility and inclusion as well as governance.

He is a Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

Tyson looks forward to giving back to the LGBTIQA+ community as GLOBE’s Individual Membership Director.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact him via email at tyson.garlick@globevictoria.com.au. Better yet, strike up a conversation with him at GLOBE’s next event!

Partnerships & Corporate Membership Director Peter Callanan (he/him)
Peter Callanan (he/him)
Partnerships & Corporate Membership Director Peter Callanan (he/him)

Peter works for a leading non-bank commercial real estate lender based in Melbourne, managing the investment and fund operations function.

As GLOBE Victoria’s Partnerships & Corporate Membership Director, Peter strongly believes that continuing to develop and enhance these relationships supports GLOBE’s growth. In turn, it also enables the ongoing engagement with and commitment to the LGBTIQA+ community.

Peter seeks to collaborate with the broader GLOBE Victoria team to ensure it delivers to our members and community on an ongoing basis.

Volunteer Support Director Coby Liew (he/him)
Coby Liew (he/him)
Volunteer Support Director Coby Liew (he/him)

Coby is an experienced mental health practitioner with a passion for life, health, and healing. As an advocate for good mental health, he regularly presents at conferences and facilitate training workshops across different states in Australia and internationally. He is openly gay, born and bred in Borneo, and he has experience living in different countries. 

Coby has more than 10 years of professional work experience in areas such as mental health counselling, emotional wellbeing, child protection, tertiary education, community development, program management, volunteer coordination, and LGBTIQA support. He is in the process of completing his PhD and he owns a thriving psychology clinic in West Melbourne.

Coby is down to earth, gentle, honest, reliable, and practical in his approach to life and he communicates fluently in several languages. He loves spending time in the nature, photography, day trips, theatre performances, and travelling!

LBTQ Consultant Michelle Sheppard (she/her)
Michelle Sheppard (she/her)
LBTQ Consultant Michelle Sheppard (she/her)

Michelle Sheppard is a transgender woman, public speaker, diversity trainer, and radio presenter who has spent the last five years advocating for Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Non-Binary (TGDNB) people. She has worked with various organisations, including the AFL, Corporates, Local City Councils, Universities as small businesses, to help build inclusive and safe workplaces for LGBTIQ+ people. Michelle has received national recognition for her contribution to the LGBTIQ+ Community.

In a first initiative of its kind in Australia; transgender advocate, Michelle Sheppard joined Fitted for Work as a Transgender Community Liaison Officer to develop and deliver a pilot program to support 200 TGDNB (she/ her/ they/ them) jobseekers on their journey to finding employment. The program offers a suite of employment-related services tailored to help increase work readiness and self-confidence.

Lead Jack Greenslade (he/him)
Jack Greenslade (he/him)
Lead Jack Greenslade (he/him)

Jack works within corporate finance at Wilsons.

Jack began his journey with GLOBE one and a half years ago and has since quickly grown to admire the organisation and its exceptional ability to impact the LGBTQ+ community. Jack has a history of giving back to the community and seeks to continue this volunteering capacity. Since 2015 he has assisted at the Hutt St Centre and from 2017 to 2019 was involved with DOXA supporting the organisation in a leadership role. Jack also has 3 years’ experience working within events and recruitment at the University of Melbourne.

 

Northern Victoria Coordinator Damien Stevens-Todd (he/him)
Damien Stevens-Todd (he/him)
Northern Victoria Coordinator Damien Stevens-Todd (he/him)

Damien Stevens-Todd – Northern Victoria Coordinator

Senior Events Lead Nathan Grech (he/him)
Nathan Grech (he/him)
Senior Events Lead Nathan Grech (he/him)

Nathan works in regulatory compliance for the Victorian energy regulator, having previously practised as a contracts, franchise and modern slavery advice lawyer in a national commercial law firm. Nathan spends his spare time enjoying the gym, and anything related to music, art or pop culture.

Digital Content Lead Leo Glantschnig (he/him)
Leo Glantschnig (he/him)
Digital Content Lead Leo Glantschnig (he/him)

Leo Glantschnig – Digital Content Lead

Events Lead Ryan Hearps (he/him)
Ryan Hearps (he/him)
Events Lead Ryan Hearps (he/him)

Ryan works as a community engagement manager and also owns and runs a catering & events business. Ryan has co-owned a café in the Melbourne’s CBD and a bar in Prahran over the years. Hospitality is Ryan’s passion; not only in work but also exploring the cafes, bars and restaurants around Melbourne. Ryan is really looking forward to helping as an Events Lead at GLOBE and getting involved with our Communities.

Marketing Lead Kirsty Murtagh (she/her)
Marketing Lead Kirsty Murtagh (she/her)

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Our Partners

Hares And Hyenas

Hares and Hyenas is a sexuality and gender diverse bookshop, carrying a huge range of books, erotica, DVDs, cards and magazines from around the world, as well as tickets to all the main LGTBTI events. Hares and Hyenas has a café and a fully licensed performance venue called the Hare Hole, where they host shows every week.

https://www.hares-hyenas.com.au/

JOY 94.9

JOY 94.9 is an independent voice for members of LGBTI communities in Melbourne, broadcasting hundreds of free community announcements, award winning music, news and current affairs and arts and cultural programs. JOY is fuelled by the dedication of almost 300 volunteers and just a handful of paid core staff. It is proudly self-funded through sponsorship, membership and donations.

https://joy.org.au/

Proud2Play

Proud 2 Play helps to shape the landscape of sports inclusion for LGBTI+ people in Victoria, and parts of Australia.

We approach LGBTI+ inclusion in sport from all angles to provide grassroots organisations, clubs, state and national sporting organisations and other sporting associations with education, inclusive policy and procedure, inclusive events and improvements in LGBTI+ visibility in their sport.

Through these approaches, we estimate to have supported over 1,000 LGBTI+ community members in sports inclusion.

https://www.proud2play.org.au/

Star Observer

Star Observer has been setting Australia’s LGBTI agenda since 1979, with a long and proud history of independent journalism.

They have over 500,000 loyal readers who embrace their publications, which include a popular news website and social media channels, as well as their monthly Star Observer and Gay Scene Guide magazines.

http://www.starobserver.com.au/ 

Switchboard Victoria

Switchboard Victoria is a community-based not for profit organisation that provides a peer based, volunteer run support service for LGBTQI people and their friends, families and allies. Their services include:

  • referral, phone and web counselling in partnership with QLife
  • Out & About a visiting service for older LGBTIQ people who are living at home or in aged care
  • and QTIPoC project aiming to build greater equity for Queer and Trans Indigenous Peoples and/or People of Colour and People of Faith.

http://www.switchboard.org.au/