Orange Sky’s Board of Directors is made up of four non-executive directors and two executive directors, who are supported by a company secretary to incorporate a range of skills and experience. The Board’s role is to provide governance and strategic direction to ensure that Orange Sky can deliver on our mission to positively connect communities, and support 40,000 of the 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness by 2025 as part of our five year strategic plan.

The Board has two sub-committees; an Audit & Risk Committee, and Nomination & Remuneration Committee to explore, discuss and decide on a wide range of issues.

A pilot program (started in Victoria) known as ‘The Orange Juicers’ also brings together passionate people from all walks of life to solve challenges faced by Orange Sky. The Juicers have strong commercial experience, philanthropic understanding, and most importantly – a desire to make a difference. To date they’ve been able to solve challenges we’ve had around where we store our vans, how we increase our social impact by delivering more shifts and through introducing us to more people who are eager to help Orange Sky. We are looking to grow this program to include more geographies across Australia and New Zealand.

Andrew Fraser

Chair of the Board

Following a career that saw Andrew become the Deputy Premier of Queensland and an executive at the National Rugby League, Andrew has since taken on a number of board and advisory positions including the Chair of Sunsuper and Motorsport Australia, advisory board member at Ernst & Young, and board roles at the New Zealand Rugby League, BESIX Watpac, 3rd Space and Hear and Say. Andrew joined the Orange Sky Australia Board as Chair in 2019 and works closely with Nic and Lucas to ensure Orange Sky’s sustainability.

Paula Holden

Non-Executive Director

Paula has an extensive and varied background in the HR and health and safety fields across the mining, Government and not-for-profit sectors. Paula is currently the Executive General Manager of People and Culture at the Endeavour Foundation, overseeing a team of over 4,800 staff and 1,200 volunteers. Paula holds a Bachelor in Commerce and Management, a Masters in HRM, and an MBA; Paula is a Certified Practising Fellow of the Australian HR Institute (FCPHR), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Justice of the Peace (Qual). Paula chairs the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and has been an Orange Sky Board member since 2019.

Sommer Davies

Non-Executive Director

Sommer has over 20 years fundraising and not-for-profit experience helping some of Australia's most impactful charities raise more funds and help more people, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Children’s Hospital Foundation and Cancer Council Queensland. Sommer has since stepped away from her executive roles to focus on consulting to a range of small and large not-for-profits as well as running her own tourism business. Sommer joined the Orange Sky Australia Board in 2019 and holds an MBA from Queensland University of Technology and a BSc from the University of Queensland.

Nick Miller

Non-Executive Director

Nick has been an Orange Sky Board member since January 2018, and has been involved with Orange Sky since first volunteering in 2015. He is also currently a Non-Executive Director for Origo Education, AQUILA, Digital Lifecycle Group, Shopper Media Group and Active Adventures New Zealand. Nick has a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, and an MBA from the London Business School.

Lucas Patchett

Executive Director

Lucas has been an Orange Sky Board Member since the organisation was founded and has played a critical role in the strategic direction and culture of Orange Sky. Lucas has been foundational to the development of Orange Sky’s strategic goals and objectives, and has driven research and development across the organisation. Lucas was awarded the 2016 Young Australian of the Year and the 2017 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Northern Region) for his work at Orange Sky.

Nic Marchesi

Executive Director

Nic has been an Orange Sky Board Member since the organisation was founded and has played a critical role in the strategic direction of Orange Sky. Nic previously worked as a camera operator and editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for the Seven Network. In these roles, he developed a passion for sharing people’s stories as a way of getting people to better relate to and connect with one another. Nic was awarded the 2016 Young Australian of the Year and the 2017 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Northern Region) for his work at Orange Sky.

Lachlan Mitchell

Company Secretary

Lachlan is a principal at Talbot Sayer and practices in corporate law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate advisory matters. In his role at Talbot Sayer, Lachlan acts for private equity funds, founders, SMEs, large corporations and institutional investors across a broad range of sectors. Lachlan has been company secretary for Orange Sky since February 2019 and has previously provided strategic pro-bono legal advice to Youngcare and acted as the co-ordinator of the Roma House Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic. Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

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