Playing Our Part is run by a multidisciplinary, intergenerational committee with a profile of expertise spanning finance, law, psychology, mental health, homelessness, business and digital marketing.

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Lisa Sweeney

President

Lisa works in public policy for the Victorian Government and is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Health. 

She supports family members with a lived experience of mental illness and holds of a number of roles working to improve mental health services.

Lisa is a Board Member of Australians for Mental Health and Victoria's peak body for mental health carers, Tandem.

In 2018 she was a recipient of the Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship. 

"I joined Playing Our Part in 2017 knowing that communities are capable of generating solutions to complex social problems".

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Matt Maudlin

PATRON

As the patron of Playing Our Part, Matt brings twenty years of experience in the community housing sector to support the objectives of the organisation. 

Believing strongly that "people matter" his journey has seen him advocating for some of our society's more vulnerable souls.

A variety of frustrations within the current homelessness sector was the rocket-fuel required for him to start collaborating with Peter on the Purple Cloak Program and the various Playing Our Part Projects.

Matt will now not die wondering if he might have made a significant contribution to finding a cure for the cancer that is homelessness through his involvement in Playing Our Part and the inception of the Purple Cloak program. 

"I believe the issue of homelessness now needs a community-based response.  I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Purple Cloak program and as patron of Playing Our Part, I am fully behind the initiatives they are driving to contribute to much needed social change."

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Andrew Pollock

Vice President Legal Governance

Andrew is a barrister practising in employment and industrial relations. He appears regularly at trial and appellate levels before the Federal Court, state superior courts and the Fair Work Commission.

Andrew was recognised in Doyles Guide's Leading Employment and WHS Counsel 2018, and in its Emerging Employment and WHS Counsel 2017.

He keeps himself busy away from Law as a recording artist and music producer.

Andrew joined Playing Our Part to make a tangible difference in finding solutions to some of the practical problems faced by those at risk of homelessness.

"Having seen those problems manifest for loved ones, I hope to contribute toward a project which brings about meaningful change".

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Nam Truong

Communications and Experience

Having been exposed to the homelessness sector through various volunteering commitments during his late teens, Nam is passionate about contributing to the alleviation of homelessness.

Nam works as a digital client experience analyst for one of the big four Australian retail banks; ensuring the delivery of a world class customer experience.

Nam graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology.

"I hope to bring the skills I've acquired to contribute to the Playing Our Part cause."

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Liam Blake

Brand and Creative Direction

Liam works in the Technology industry, specialising in digital media communications equipment and high-end audio and visual systems.

Running also his own Digital Marketing and Content Strategy Consultancy, Liam has proven experience delivering Branding and Marketing projects across a variety of industries from Fashion to Food.

Liam spends his weekends writing music, taking photos and enjoying the surrounds of Fitzroy.

“Playing Our Part is our gateway for influencing sustainable, inspired and meaningful change. It is for this reason I am so invested in our projects and so proud to be delivering our brand objectives”

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Peter Barber

Secretary Treasurer

After a working life spanning fifty years in retail, education and Human Resource Management, Peter entered "unretirement" running his own coaching practice, writing and occasionally performing.

Stunned by the homelessness crisis, Peter formed Playing Our Part with a group of musicians in 2016 as a response to raise awareness of the issue through the arts, then starting working with Matt in 2017 to develop a community-led response to the issue.

"I believe that everyone in the community can play a part in alleviating this complex social problem and hope that the Purple Cloak Program will help people find a way to play their part".

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Steph Kenealy

Business Analyst

Steph works as a social investment analyst at a philanthropic trust, where she supports projects at scale to enable transformative shifts in issues of inequality.

She has previously worked with a community housing provider and has experience in strategic roles with various not-for-profits in Australia and overseas.

Steph graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science Advanced (Global Challenges) with Honours.

"To be able to contribute to intelligent solutions that use empathy and engage community to bring about change is why I joined Playing Our Part."

People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world.
— Joe Strummer