Committee of Governance

Committee members are drawn from the local community and bring a variety of professional skills or local knowledge to their voluntary work. The Committee of Governance governs CNLC and sets its overall strategic direction, mission and values.  The commitee is transparent and accountable for all matters pertaining to CNLC and is responsible for monitoring financial and organisational viability and compliance with all legal and ethical obligations. Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm.

If you are interested to volunteer on the Committee, we welcome expressions of interest. Please complete an expression of interest form, and send it to the Executive Officer at



Denise Patience, Chair

Denise has been teaching English to international students at RMIT REW since 2015. Prior to this, she owned and operated a small retail business for 17 years. Going back even further, she worked as a producer in the film and television industry, with her own production company. Although these jobs may at first seem quite disparate, they share the common threads of communication and creativity, and provide the wealth of experience that she brings to the Committee.

Karen West, Secretary


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Carlo Zabotto, Treasurer

Carlo was born in Melbourne to Italian migrants, and has lived in the Carlton/Fitzroy area for over 30 years. He studied at the University of Melbourne obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering and a MBA, and has extensive corporate experience with a number of multinational companies and has expertise in the areas of Strategy, Business Planning and Business Development. He loves the community sprit of inner Melbourne and has two children, both raised in the local community.



Leanne O’Donnell

Leanne joined the Committee in June 2020. She is a non-practising lawyer,  working in the telecommunications sector with a focus on regulatory affairs.  She has a long-standing interest in matters where human rights, technology, law & policy intersect.

Leanne is a long-term resident of Carlton.  In the non-profit sector, she has been a member of a board which provides services for women experiencing homelessness and has been actively involved in digital rights organisations.



Campbell Jones

Campbell joined the Committee in 2021. He has worked in senior management roles for leading ASX healthcare companies for over 12 years, and brings a wealth of knowledge in Business Administration and Project Management. He is highly experienced in delivering training to both large and small audiences as part of his day to day work. He looks forward to connecting with the community at CNLC, and hopes to provide a unique insight to the Commitee of Governance.



Tamara Abraham

Tamara Abraham

Tamara works in philanthropy focussing on medicine, science and education programs. She graduated from the university of Melbourne with a Bachelor or Arts degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors, and holds a Certified Associate in Project Management. She has over a decade of experience working in the not for profit sector in dispute resolution and energy regulation, and also sits on a University of Melbourne STEMM Human Ethics Committe. A long term resident of the neighbourhood, Tamara appreciates the importance of supporting the diverse needs of our communities. She joined the Commitee in 2021.




Stephanus Hieronymus

Stephanus joined the Commitee in 2021. He has extensive corporate experience, particularly in the areas of strategy, planning and pruduct management; and is keen to use those skills to help CNLC achieve its missions. Stephanus holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Memlbourne.




Joshua Parrott

Josh has been employed as a finance services professional over the past 2 years, has volunteered in not for profits over the past 9 years, and is treasurer for a national charity. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University, as well as a Diploma of Counselling. He has also completed as accredited short course on the specific needs of the elderly and those with disabilities. Josh joined the Commitee in 2021.

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