Who we are
Board and Team
A voluntary Board of Directors with a wealth of experience in the community, business and government oversee Hands Across Canberra and the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund.
Diane Kargas Bray AM
Diane has been a tireless contributor to the Canberra community and mentor for people in the charitable and not for profit sector. In her former role as Public Trustee for the ACT, Diane founded the Capital Region Community Foundation known as GreaterGood for the perpetual benefit of Canberra and the region. Diane was the ACT Local Hero in 2004, and in 2007 was recognised by the International Women’s Day Award for services to the ACT Community. In 2009 she was awarded Member of the Order of Australia for her services to philanthropy, aged care, people with disabilities and juvenile diabetes research. In 2011 she was listed on the Honour Roll of 100 inspiring women in the ACT. Diane is the Chair of Common Ground Canberra, member of the ACT Reconciliation Council and the Sentence Administration Board and in 2018 was named as the ACT Citizen of the Year.
Greg Boorer is the CEO of CDC Data Centres. Greg was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the ACT and Eastern Region in 2015. Before CDC Data Centres, the 22 year IT industry veteran was the executive manager of local systems integrator ASI Solutions, responsible for all Federal Government business. Previously, Greg lived and worked in Germany for more than six years where he had his first exposure to the data centre industry. In the 12 years with CDC Data Centres, Greg has grown the business from a start up to a successful, profitable, highly regarded partner of Government and other organisations running the infrastructure critical to the functioning of Australia. Today CDC Data Centres is one of the largest owners and operators of data centres in Australia spread across Canberra and Sydney.
Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Science from the University of Newcastle, Australia, is the Chair of the Federal and ACT Council of the Australian Information Industry Association and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a volunteer, Greg works closely with Cycling Australia where he has been an official at 13 World Road Championships, 2 Commonwealth Games (2002 & 2006) and 3 Olympic Games (2004, 2008 & 2012).
Greg Boorer was appointed to the board of Hands Across Canberra and the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund in August 2019.
Charley Cramer currently works with the Federal Government start up, the Regional Investment Corporation (The RIC) and recently delivered the federally funded flood relief package to the victims of the 2019 North QLD Floods. Charley has over 19 years experience in corporate, wholesale and commercial banking, which includes diverse financing, capital markets, advisory, and strategic leadership experience. Charley’s career has spanned corporate, private and commercial banking and, before joining the RIC, Charley held senior roles at St.George and the Westpac Group, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and NAB group of companies. An engaged advocate for Canberra, Charley is an active ACT Business Leader having previously held positions on the ACT Business Chamber’s Innovation, and International Trade Task forces. He is a committed mentor to high potential young people and maintains an active involvement in The Hunger Project – a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to alleviate hunger and domestic violence through the empowerment and education of women.
Edward Le Quesne
Ed is a Director at EY Canberra, with experience in the provision of accounting, tax and governance advice to not-for-profit, commercial and Government clients. Ed has experience working with Hands Across Canberra, having been involved in the initial setup of HAC and with ongoing involvement to date. Ed has 15 years commercial experience in Canberra which he will bring enthusiastically to the board of Hands Across Canberra
Heather Moore is an anti-human trafficking specialist, with nearly 17 years’ experience in senior management and consulting roles. She has worked internationally across a range of areas, including survivor support, program management, capacity building, policy, research and graduate education. Heather was an anti-trafficking consultant for the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime and has advised governments, multi-stakeholder networks and business on developing survivor-centred responses that go beyond minimum standards to achieving practical and measurable positive change for people affected by slavery. Passionate about ensuring that policy and practice is founded on solid evidence, she now manages the Trafficking and Slavery Research Group at Monash University, which is focused on strengthening responses to modern slavery in global supply chains through collaborative research and evaluation. Previously, Heather was a Policy Adviser on modern slavery for The Salvation Army and supported asylum seekers and refugees across Canberra and SE NSW as Manager for Australian Red Cross Migration Support Programs. Heather holds a Master of Science in Social Work with a focus in International Social Welfare from Columbia University in New York. Heather was appointed to the hands Across Canberra and Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund Board in August 2019.
John Kalokerinos began his career as a lawyer at the international law firm Minter Ellison. He has been a public servant since 2004 and a senior executive since 2011 in a range of operational, strategic policy and governance roles.
John is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has strong corporate governance experience. He is a director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and is a former director or committee member of a range of public, professional and community sector boards, including the Council of the University of Canberra, the AICD’s ACT Divisional Council, the ACT Place Names Committee, the ACT Public Cemeteries Authority, the National Heart Foundation of Australia (ACT Division) and the Hellenic Club of Canberra.
Peter Gordon is the CEO of Hands Across Canberra. He has been with the Foundation since its inception providing valuable leadership and using his extensive network to create change in the community sector.
Peter has established a reputation for assisting organisations to grow, prosper and achieve value for their stakeholders.
As a Senior Public Servant and consultant, Peter has had a career in economic and business development, entrepreneurship and community engagement. He holds a Master of Education Leadership.
Peter also plays a significant role in the Canberra community as:
- Board member of the Indigenous Marathon Project and SmartStart for Kids.
- Board member of The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature.
Peter Campos has worked in executive positions in the health sector since 1991 in WA, SA and the NT, managing the health budget in WA and medium and large hospitals and health services as well as a full NT acute care (hospitals) system.
During this time he acquired a deep knowledge of government financing processes, budget management and hospital operations.
Since 2008 Peter has been involved in infrastructure improvements to remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory as well as assisting in indigenous economic and business development. This also involved funding utility services to 72 remote indigenous communities and the provision of municipal and utility services in 400 homelands and outstations in the Northern Territory.
More recently he has been involved in a health service development project in the western highlands in PNG and in infrastructure coordination on Groote Eylandt for the Anindilyakwa Land Council.
Grants and Partnerships Manager
Julia leads the organisations community engagement and manages our grant programmes. She joined Hands Across Canberra in September 2018.
Prior to joining Hands Across Canberra, Julia spent over six years in the Middle East working for the United Nations and international for-purpose organisations. Julia has been a resident of Canberra since 2017 and is currently enrolled in a Master of Evaluation with the University of Melbourne.