Katie Liew – Founder
Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin University and has completed post-graduate CPA studies, before spending the better part of 10 years in the mining and resources industry as a Management Accountant. During this time, she actively volunteered with organisations including Starlight, State Emergency Service, Red Cross and Camp Quality.
In 2017, she quit her career as an accountant to pursue her social entrepreneurship journey, with the dreams of driving and instilling positive change in the lives of others in tackling social, environmental and global issues.
She is also passionate about social justice, international aid, the environment, human rights and children, and thoroughly enjoys the world of business and social enterprise and is always seeking to increase her knowledge in this area and be involved wherever possible.
Thank you for joining us on our journey. We hope you share our vision.
Brooke is a very passionate values-based leader who is committed to supporting our communities and assisting those people who are truly in need.
With over 15 years’ experience working in and alongside the not-for-profit sector, she is committed to making a difference in peoples’ live and has been fortunate enough in her career have impacted children, young people and adults right across Western Australia.
Brooke has worked in the community building industry for most of her life. Most recently she’s been the Acting State Leader for Mission Australia supporting the operations of Western Australia and South Australia. She’s also been the General Manager Perth Metropolitan Region for YMCA and the General Manager for WA Disabled Sports Association and Ability Solutions and is now the General Manager of Community for the Swan Districts Football Club.
Ferdi brings to The Underground Collaborative a real passion for life. Having grown up on the other side of the world and moving continents has allowed him to live a life that is rich and full of experiences, shaping him to help those less fortunate in our society. This passion has led him to work in the not-for-profit sector for the last 15 years in various roles and industries, such as the music industry professional associations, international aid and the local healthcare sector.
This passion has led him to work in the not-for-profit sector for the last 15 years in various roles and industries, such as the music industry professional associations, international aid and the local healthcare sector. He has enjoyed a progressive career in all aspects of sales management with demonstrated experience in increasing revenue and membership base.
He has extensive experience in the fundraising sector and currently works for St John WA heading up their fundraising, and also volunteers as an Executive Committee Member of The Fundraising Institute of Australia WA.
Jeff has had an extensive career in business and marketing in Perth and Sydney. He’s spent time in advertising agencies, small business (including running his own small marketing business Monkey Logic, and NFP Give Write), large corporates and not-for-profits.
He has worked in, and volunteered with a range of not-for-profit organisations and comes with a range of skills, interests and experiences that are incredibly valuable to TUC.
Marius Van Der Merwe – Chairman
Marius is a Partner at Butler Settineri, and specialises in audit and investigation. His portfolio includes listed companies, NFP entities, local governments and Australian financial service license holders.
As a qualified CA and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Marius has a passion for governance. He provides assurance and advisory services to Boards and senior management on financial reporting, processes and sustainability. Marius spends much of his spare time guiding NFP entities through the start up phase, and has a love for golf!
Tamara is self-confessed philanthropic events junkie, and established Known Associates Events in 2007. In 2020 she launched Known Associates Australia – a division of KAE with a mission to provide direct immersive in person events, launching and activating local and global brands and focusing on growth and collaboration for Indigenous businesses and all Australians.
A highly-skilled events professional, Tamara is always contributing a community focus and has project managed multiple high profile events from 1000-seat black tie balls for royalty, to outdoor festivals and intimate cocktail soirees and countless marketing campaigns.
She has a Communications degree and over 20 years of events experience in Australia and the USA.