Directors

Michaela Healey   Michaela is Chair of Free to Feed, Vice President of Berry Street, a founding director of The Man Cave Global, Chair of Circle In, Faculty for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Chair of the AusIMM Council for Diversity & Inclusion, consultant and coach to boards and executives, a founder of the International Women’s Forum Australia and a member of Chief Executive Women. Prior to her retirement from her executive role in 2016, Michaela was a member of the Group Executive leadership team at the National Australia Bank Group, responsible for people, leadership, culture, corporate responsibility, government affairs, communications, legal and governance.  Michaela is passionate about freedom of choice and supporting inclusion and social equality. She is an aspiring apiarist and enjoys growing food in her community garden allotment and time on the yoga mat.

Michaela Healey

Michaela is Chair of Free to Feed, Vice President of Berry Street, a founding director of The Man Cave Global, Chair of Circle In, Faculty for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Chair of the AusIMM Council for Diversity & Inclusion, consultant and coach to boards and executives, a founder of the International Women’s Forum Australia and a member of Chief Executive Women. Prior to her retirement from her executive role in 2016, Michaela was a member of the Group Executive leadership team at the National Australia Bank Group, responsible for people, leadership, culture, corporate responsibility, government affairs, communications, legal and governance.

Michaela is passionate about freedom of choice and supporting inclusion and social equality. She is an aspiring apiarist and enjoys growing food in her community garden allotment and time on the yoga mat.

Emily Booth   Emily is a senior commercial (media and technology) lawyer at Holding Redlich. She advises start-ups, large advertising companies, software developers and television producers on intellectual property, contracts, advertising and privacy. She also does pro bono work for clients including the Victorian Women’s Legal Service, No to Violence and several arts organisations.  Her passions include food, sport and adventuring, like hiking Mont Blanc, through the Julien Alps in Slovenia, and in Nepal. Emily’s wish is that everyone feels welcome and included in our community, and gets equal opportunities to learn and contribute, and this (as well as the food!) was what attracted her to Free to Feed.

Emily Booth

Emily is a senior commercial (media and technology) lawyer at Holding Redlich. She advises start-ups, large advertising companies, software developers and television producers on intellectual property, contracts, advertising and privacy. She also does pro bono work for clients including the Victorian Women’s Legal Service, No to Violence and several arts organisations.

Her passions include food, sport and adventuring, like hiking Mont Blanc, through the Julien Alps in Slovenia, and in Nepal. Emily’s wish is that everyone feels welcome and included in our community, and gets equal opportunities to learn and contribute, and this (as well as the food!) was what attracted her to Free to Feed.

Kirsten Emnes   Kirsten has spent ten years working in the higher education sector in Australia, the UK and Spain. She has led large operational teams, organisational change initiatives and strategic planning across large complex organisations. Kirsten loves working with people and building high-performing teams. She has led enterprise-wide strategic planning and implementation by bringing everyone to a clear vision, aligning strategy to that vision and designing the operational mechanics to deliver it.  When she isn’t at work she likes to run slowly but for long distances and has managed to complete a 100km ultra marathon twice. One of Kirsten’s first jobs was working with Afghan asylum seekers in Pakistan. She is passionate about what Free to Feed achieves, and is really excited to be able to contribute to such a fantastic organisation.

Kirsten Emnes

Kirsten has spent ten years working in the higher education sector in Australia, the UK and Spain. She has led large operational teams, organisational change initiatives and strategic planning across large complex organisations. Kirsten loves working with people and building high-performing teams. She has led enterprise-wide strategic planning and implementation by bringing everyone to a clear vision, aligning strategy to that vision and designing the operational mechanics to deliver it.

When she isn’t at work she likes to run slowly but for long distances and has managed to complete a 100km ultra marathon twice. One of Kirsten’s first jobs was working with Afghan asylum seekers in Pakistan. She is passionate about what Free to Feed achieves, and is really excited to be able to contribute to such a fantastic organisation.

Gordon Chan   Gordon is a manager of the New Business Team at World Vision Australia, where he leads the organisation’s initiatives in impact investing, innovative finance, and shared value. Prior to this role, Gordon worked in Ghana for Engineers Without Borders Canada, providing advisory services to social enterprises and impact investors as well as developing a new, scalable approach for low-cost SME consulting. Gordon has worked at the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) to develop social impact bonds for employment-focused social enterprises, and at Deloitte, where he advised private, public, and non-profit clients as a strategy consultant.  Originally from Canada, Gordon joined Free to Feed to contribute to his new home of Australia and to support refugees and asylum seekers who aspire to do the same.

Gordon Chan

Gordon is a manager of the New Business Team at World Vision Australia, where he leads the organisation’s initiatives in impact investing, innovative finance, and shared value. Prior to this role, Gordon worked in Ghana for Engineers Without Borders Canada, providing advisory services to social enterprises and impact investors as well as developing a new, scalable approach for low-cost SME consulting. Gordon has worked at the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) to develop social impact bonds for employment-focused social enterprises, and at Deloitte, where he advised private, public, and non-profit clients as a strategy consultant.

Originally from Canada, Gordon joined Free to Feed to contribute to his new home of Australia and to support refugees and asylum seekers who aspire to do the same.

Kaela Hughes   Kaela is a lawyer who has practised in both the corporate and community sector. In her current role at Justice Connect she helps not-for-profits and charities navigate a broad range of legal and regulatory issues including governance and reporting, fundraising, privacy, equal opportunity laws, safety and risk. Kaela has long been an active volunteer, most recently with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's Human Rights Law Program. Kaela also runs a small business teaching yoga to children and families of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.  In 2018, Kaela hosted a Free to Feed food experience. The immense and positive effects that Free to Feed had on the cooking instructor's life was clear. Kaela feels fortunate to be contributing to Free to Feed, helping it to continue to grow and broaden its profound impact.

Kaela Hughes

Kaela is a lawyer who has practised in both the corporate and community sector. In her current role at Justice Connect she helps not-for-profits and charities navigate a broad range of legal and regulatory issues including governance and reporting, fundraising, privacy, equal opportunity laws, safety and risk. Kaela has long been an active volunteer, most recently with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's Human Rights Law Program. Kaela also runs a small business teaching yoga to children and families of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

In 2018, Kaela hosted a Free to Feed food experience. The immense and positive effects that Free to Feed had on the cooking instructor's life was clear. Kaela feels fortunate to be contributing to Free to Feed, helping it to continue to grow and broaden its profound impact.

Kerry Lowe   Certified in Governance Practice and also a board member of Impetus Consulting, Kerry Lowe is a highly experienced management consultant working with a ‘Big 4’ professional services firm. Kerry’s focus is on collaborating with government departments and agencies to help them deliver exceptional citizen value and optimise their organisations’ capabilities. With over 17 years’ experience across government, not-for-profit (humanitarian and at-risk cohorts) and commercial sectors, Kerry brings significant insights and pragmatic advice to a range of operating models, and transformation and performance optimisation matters.  Kerry is excited to be part of Free to Feed’s Board to help shape the organisation’s growth, increase its impact through supporting worthy participants with their own journeys, and raise awareness and empathy through the joy of sharing food and stories.

Kerry Lowe

Certified in Governance Practice and also a board member of Impetus Consulting, Kerry Lowe is a highly experienced management consultant working with a ‘Big 4’ professional services firm. Kerry’s focus is on collaborating with government departments and agencies to help them deliver exceptional citizen value and optimise their organisations’ capabilities. With over 17 years’ experience across government, not-for-profit (humanitarian and at-risk cohorts) and commercial sectors, Kerry brings significant insights and pragmatic advice to a range of operating models, and transformation and performance optimisation matters.

Kerry is excited to be part of Free to Feed’s Board to help shape the organisation’s growth, increase its impact through supporting worthy participants with their own journeys, and raise awareness and empathy through the joy of sharing food and stories.

Loretta Bolotin

Loretta Bolotin

Nikki Ricks   Nikki has consulted to over 500 creative women-owned businesses through events, retreats, e-courses, and one-to-ones. After earning a masters degree in urban planning, she was working at an architecture firm and had an idea for coworking and childcare. Nikki started her own business which landed her on the front page of the business section of the Chicago Tribune. Her goal is to help build scalable businesses straight from the brains of female entrepreneurs.  Nikki attended her first Free to Feed dinner and fell in love with the mission, people and food, and got involved with Now to Launch immediately. She's from Chicago, and moved with her family to Melbourne in 2018. Nikki loves a good croissant and travels the world as much as possible.

Nikki Ricks

Nikki has consulted to over 500 creative women-owned businesses through events, retreats, e-courses, and one-to-ones. After earning a masters degree in urban planning, she was working at an architecture firm and had an idea for coworking and childcare. Nikki started her own business which landed her on the front page of the business section of the Chicago Tribune. Her goal is to help build scalable businesses straight from the brains of female entrepreneurs.

Nikki attended her first Free to Feed dinner and fell in love with the mission, people and food, and got involved with Now to Launch immediately. She's from Chicago, and moved with her family to Melbourne in 2018. Nikki loves a good croissant and travels the world as much as possible.