Interrelate is a company limited by guarantee. The Board of Directors is the governing body of Interrelate and is supported by the CEO and executive team. The Board has broad powers to make decisions and exercise the powers and functions of the organisation within the constraints of Interrelate's Constitution and the Corporations Act 2001.

Read more about Interrelate's executive team.
 

Alan Gibson, Chairperson

Attaché: Finance

Appointed: October 28, 2008

 

Alan is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His professional background includes 14 years in chief financial officer roles in the manufacturing, wholesale and advertising sectors.

Alan’s full-time role is as Managing Director of a family tourism and residential land lease community business in Wollongong, south of Sydney. Previously, Alan was an audit manager, and worked for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu for seven years. Alan acknowledges that the success of both of his roles is dependent upon the support and contributions of highly motivated, engaged and capable teams.


Paul Lewis

Attaché: Law and dispute resolution

Appointed: January 30, 2007

 

Paul is a solicitor and nationally accredited mediator with degrees in psychology and law from The University of Sydney. He is currently a principal at a legal practice that exclusively practises family law. Paul has 27 years’ experience as a solicitor and 23 years as a mediator.

As well as being a NSW Law Society accredited specialist in family law and dispute resolution, Paul is an editorial consultant for the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal. Paul currently sits on four Law Society committees: Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee for the Specialist Accreditation Scheme, and two regulatory committees.


Paul Newman

Attaché: Mediation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement

Appointed: August 24, 2015

 

Paul Newman has held senior executive positions in the state’s Department of Aboriginal Affairs and is a former director of Aboriginal Support and Planning with the NSW Department of Corrective Services. Paul also has more than two decades of private sector business experience, working as an accomplished Aboriginal business leader, executive, business mentor, professional mediator and corporate trainer.

Paul is a current company director and the founder and managing director of a leading Aboriginal management consulting firm. He has played an active Aboriginal community leadership role in south-western Sydney, where he has lived for more than 20 years. Paul has extensive academic curriculum development, research and teaching experience in a broad range of areas,

including business management, cross-cultural communications and diversity, and community and economic development.

Supporting Paul’s practical community, government and business sector experience is a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies through the University of Western Sydney. In fact, Paul was the university’s first Aboriginal business graduate.


Doug Sotheren

Attaché: Clinical practice

Appointed: August 28, 2007

 

Doug Sotheren first trained as a relationship counsellor with the Family Life Movement between 1969 and 1973, he then completed further training in Gestalt, family and somatic therapy. He has been training counsellors and leading intensive workshops since 1975. Doug’s experience includes more than 27,000 hours of counselling and thousands of hours of group training in the fields of relationship counselling, clinical supervision and Somatic approaches to counselling practice.

Doug formally retired in 2014 and now currently practises as a counsellor, clinical supervisor and human-relations trainer on the NSW Central Coast in the service of a local charity. He is a Clinical Life Member and registered supervisor of the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia, a past president of what was then the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors, and an ordained Baptist minister with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters with a focus on family therapy systems.


Hon. Graham West

Attaché: Youth, management and external relations

Appointed: July 1, 2011

 

Graham has been a member of the Interrelate Board since 2011 and is the chair of Interrelate’s People, Culture & Performance committee. He has more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors, including as CEO, minister, Member of Parliament, advisor and leading consultant to prepare for and respond to the changes that are sweeping the sector.

Graham holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and a Master of International Studies with Merit, and is an Honorary Fellow with Macquarie University in the School of Management and Marketing.


Lynette Moodley

Attaché: Clinical practice

Appointed: November 25, 2016

 

Lynette has more than 30 years of clinical and management experience in the fields of addiction, mental health, child protection and corporate wellness, in both government and non-government organisations. She has previous Board Director experience with a private tertiary educational facility and formal training in social work, personnel management, and leadership and management.

The underlying philosophy that guides Lynette’s practice is a strong relational approach coupled with an empowerment of others and self through serving within a framework of social justice. Lynette is currently a member of the

Australian Association of Social Workers and The Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Antony Floyd

Attaché: Education and governance

Appointed: November 25, 2016

 

Antony has broad experience in education and governance across cultures, age groups and communities, including leadership roles in local, regional and national areas. He was chair of Family Life Victoria for 10 years.

Antony is a graduate of the Melbourne College of Divinity (DipTheol), Chicago Theological Seminary (USA Doctor of Ministry), Sydney College of Divinity (MTheol) and a minister in the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) for more than 40 years in Australia and overseas. Antony has held nationwide responsibilities for the UCA that have included policy and regulatory advice on culturally diverse matters, oversight of development of resources for use across Australia, review and leadership of workshops on racism and cultural awareness, and support, advocacy and advice for CALD communities.


Marcia Balzer

Attaché: Communication and marketing

Appointed: March 13, 2017

 

Marcia has 25 years of experience in communication, marketing and public affairs roles in both not-for-profit and government organisations. She has an Honours degree in Music from The University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Communication Management from the University of Technology Sydney, and a Certificate in Governance for not-for-profits from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Marcia has previously served on the Board of International Teams Ministries Australia Incorporated and is currently Executive Director of Baptist Care Australia.