Meet the Board of Directors

Emily Milton Smith

State Commissioner

Emily is State Commissioner of Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT and previously Chair of the Board. A lifelong Girl Guide, Emily has held numerous leadership and management positions at national, state, region and local levels, and brings a depth of international experience, including representing Girl Guides Australia at previous World and Asia Pacific Regional Conferences and events. 

With strong governance-level and executive experience across several for-purpose entities in local and global contexts, Emily has chaired and been a member of several boards and committees with a focus on gender, youth engagement and education. 

Currently, Emily serves on the International Council of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, as a global adviser at The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, and as an active Member of UN Women Australia’s Sydney Chapter with its fundraising focus for projects in the Asia-Pacific. She also serves as a Branch Councillor for Scouts NSW.  

Emily has recently served on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Women NSW and on the Global Youth Board of Unilever’s Dove’s Self Esteem Project reaching 25+ million people. 

A Women Deliver Young Leader Alum, Emily has represented Australia on countless occasions including at the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum, the Youth Takeover General Assembly, and APEC. She has led international youth delegations to high level events, including the Commission on the Status of Women in New York and the Conference of Parties. 

She holds a Master of Public Policy and other qualifications and certifications in leadership, change, partnerships, and governance, and has completed the AICD Company Directors Course. Her areas of expertise span digital policy, data governance and internet systems, international development, regulation, social services, and rights. Her experience includes a residency at Singapore’s Impact Hub.

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II honoured Emily naming her a Queen’s Young Leader, 1 of 240 people in the world to earn this distinction. 
Emily works at Australia’s leading food rescue charity, OzHarvest, leading its corporate engagement function in NSW/ACT with a focus on partnership programs, corporate events, and fundraising, to enable businesses to deliver impact and take action on climate change and hunger. During the Covid pandemic, Emily was part of the leadership team managing Australia’s largest emergency food relief project. 

Prior to OzHarvest, Emily was a national manager at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia responsible for governance and programs.
 

Michelle Kothe

Board Chair

Michelle has a background and qualifications in law and marketing/commerce but her professional focus is digital technology and software engineering, a field in which she has worked for over 20 years. Michelle has long term experience as a company director and executive in technology businesses, including cofounding a successful technology startup. She is extremely passionate about womens' participation in STEM fields including bringing the Greenlight For Girls program to Australia.
 
In addition to a wide range of professional experience, Michelle also has a passion for the not for profit sector. She has been involved in Guiding at local, region and state levels for over 40 years and also currently sits on the ACT National Science Week committee which she has chaired in the past. She has also previously been in management and frontline roles in organisations such as St John's Ambulance and the Australian Breastfeeding Association. 

Lisa Walters

Honorary Treasurer & Chair of the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committee

A senior executive and Chartered Accountant Lisa is a graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course, Lisa has demonstrated financial management and reporting skills with a strong background in reporting and decision support at a Board level. 
She possesses strong operational cross functional knowledge including Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources and Sales and Marketing and has proven business development capabilities including the strategy development and implementation.
Lisa brings a fresh and modern perspective to Guiding.  She has extensive corporate and not for profit experience which, combined with her Guiding experience and “can do” attitude means she truly understands the needs of Guiding.

email Lisa

Aine Leonard

Elected Director & Chair of the Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Aine is an experienced Executive and Director.  Aine works with businesses who are undergoing transformation, building and driving strategy, improving governance from Board level right through organisations to appropriate levels as the they continue to evolve and grow.  She has guided expansions of businesses across Australia and into international jurisdictions and helped to drive growth and deliver outcomes for their key purpose in both the For Profit and Not for Profit space. 
 
Aine currently sits on multiple Boards as a Director, Treasurer, Company Secretary and observer and comes with over 15 years previous experience on Boards in multiple jurisdictions for For Profit and Not for Profit organisations.  Aine is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Accountant and has multiple qualifications in Governance. 
 
Aine has been involved in Guiding across multiple countries over the last 40 years.  Her involvement started as a Brownie in Ireland and she has been a leader of youth for Junior Guides to Senior Guides over the years.  She is currently a leader with the Junior Guides at Haberfield as being part of having a direct impact with girls and young women to deliver on our purpose is a key part of Aine’s core values. 
 
Aine has also previously served as Grant Secretary, was on the Finance Committee and Program and Development Committee (one of the Executive Committees) for Irish Girl Guides.   Aine has also been fortunate to attend multiple WAGGGS events and volunteer with and at our World Centres. 

 
 

Charlotte Weatherall 

Elected Director 

Charlotte holds a Master of Business Psychology and has extensive experience working and volunteering in several Not for Profit organisations. As well as having completed training in building corporate partnerships, Charlotte has a decade of experience connecting with Rotarians across the State and around the world. She is currently a Rotary Club Board Member and has previously held roles of President, Secretary and Membership Director for the club.

Charlotte has been a member of Girl Guides for 18 years. She is highly passionate about innovation, inclusion and the leadership skills that will empower Girl Guides members to continue thriving in all areas of their lives. 

email Charlotte

 
 
 

Cecily Zhu 

Elected Director 

Cecily has been involved with Girl Guides since she joined as a youth member and she continues to serve today as a leader of her local unit. Outside of Guiding, Cecily is a nationally accredited mediator and admitted solicitor, with degrees in Law and Finance. She is the director of a dispute resolution firm that specialises in commercial and workplace conflict. Cecily helps individuals and organisations to resolve disputes effectively through mediation, facilitation, and training. She is also a lecturer of Business Law and Mediation, both in Australia and throughout Asia.

As a young member from a CALD background, Cecily has a special interest in championing diversity and brings a unique perspective to the Board. Cecily takes enormous pride in her involvement with Girl Guides as she has observed the real and positive impact of Guiding on girls and their communities. She is committed to contributing to the governance of Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT to ensure the organisation can continue empowering girls and young women for generations to come.

 
 
 
 

Irini Agollari

Co-opted Director & Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee

Irini is a trained lawyer by background, with a postgrad in Economics. She brings extensive experience in risk and compliance management and has worked in the private and public sector, both in Australia and overseas. Fluent in 4 languages, Irini is a strong people-leader with a passion for digitising and building scalable systems that drive active risk management.

Irini is an advocate for gender equality and diversity, and a mother who cares deeply about sustainability, climate change, and building a world that is more equal for women.

Irini started her career in civil litigation, and quickly moved into the world of risk and compliance, first in the Commonwealth Department of Industry, and later in the private sector. She has worked across a variety of businesses where she successfully built high performing teams, developed Risk Management Frameworks and set the foundations for a strong risk culture with a focus on integrity and systems-transformation.
 

 
 

Andrew Da Silva 

Co-opted Director 

Andrew has an undergraduate in psychology and film from Sydney University, a Masters in marketing from UTS and has studied advanced leadership and management from Harvard Business School. He is an experienced Director with expertise in marketing and strategy and has worked across various sectors including media and communications, travel and entertainment, financial services, consulting, automotive and not-for-profit. In addition to Andrew’s passion and experience in not-for-profit and community organisations, Andrew is keen to apply his skills in marketing and media strategy, customer and member experience, data analytics, segmentation and channel improvement to help deliver business results. 

Andrew is a Director of Business Consulting at EY and helps to lead their global Financial Services Transformation Team, focusing on helping organisations to improve revenue and customer experience while reducing cost and risk. 

Andrew is also a volunteer surf life saver (where is serves as a board director), is a father and is passionate about helping support and empower the next generation of girls and young women to become leaders in their world. 

 
 
 

Catherine Jewell 

Co-opted Director 

Catherine has a Bachelor of Forest Science and a Master of Social Science, as well as qualifications in public sector management and governance. Over a 25 year career with the public service, at both a state and Commonwealth level, she has worked with Boards and diverse stakeholders to develop fit-for-purpose governance frameworks for a number of significant programs and transformation agenda. She has led high-performing, diverse teams in establishing customer-centred program management offices and enabling functions, supporting best practice governance and risk management across grants and major projects.
With a passion for partnering with communities, Catherine is a skilled process facilitator and stakeholder engagement practitioner, approaches which she weaves into all her work. She currently runs her own facilitation practice, working with organisations, community groups and Boards on strategic planning, governance, and community engagement.
Having lived and worked in regional Australia for much of her life, Catherine is passionate about supporting regional and remote communities, and for building a strong, sustainable future for the next generation.

 
 
 
 
 

Tracy Marshall 

Co-opted Director 

Tracy is a senior executive, qualified accountant and graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course. She has over 20 years experience with expertise in finance, strategy, governance and measurement & evaluation. Tracy is the Chief Financial Officer of Australian Wool Innovation owner of the globally recognised Woolmark brand. She holds executive director roles in The Woolmark Company and a number of its global subsidiaries. 

One of Tracy’s strengths lies in her ability to navigate complex regulatory environments and implement robust governance structures. She has experience in establishing and maintaining effective governance policies and procedures, ensuring that the entity operates in accordance with legal and ethical standards.

Originating from the UK, Tracy was involved in Guiding from an early age, having started as a Brownie and eventually, for 15 years, becoming a Guide/Ranger leader before holding various roles at County level prior to relocating to Australia. Tracy brings this perspective to the role and is keen to bring her experience both in Guiding and corporate governance in the not for profit sector to this role.

 
Join

 
Return to Home