Our Board

An experienced and passionate board with diverse skills in finance, law, community, education and literature governs 100 Story Building to ensure its successful operation.

Curious? Would like to know more about how to join 100 Story Building’s board? Email info@100storybuilding.org.au or phone 9044 8215.

Our board of directors are:

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Sandeep Verma (Chair) is an experienced organisational leader, and is currently leading a statewide youth human rights project for the Centre for Multicultural Youth. A former corporate employment lawyer, speechwriter and marketing communications manager, Sandeep won the Department of Justice Secretary’s award for his crisis communications work during the Black Saturday bushfires. He has spent his life mentoring and helping young people, and loves encouraging creativity and adventure. Sandeep was born in Pasadena, California and grew up on a steady diet of burritos, hip-hop, Hindu mythology and superhero comics. Sandeep speaks Hindi and Spanish, loves cooking and has won the the Australian Chilli Cook Off Championship three years in a row.

100SB_board_Chanelle Burns Chanelle Burns is a social worker with 10 years experience in the community sector in Victoria. She currently works as a Counsellor Advocate at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture in the western suburbs of Melbourne. In this role Chanelle works with children and families from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Chanelle is committed to finding collaborative and respectful ways of working alongside individuals and communities. She is excited by how storytelling, writing, art, play, music and movement can be healing for children and families. She values creativity, imagination and celebrating diverse voices. Chanelle also loves bike riding, baking, yoga and, most of all, she loves reading!
Trent Cummings is the Head of 3rd Party Finance at ANZ Bank. He has Bachelor of Business, Laws and a qualified Chartered Accountant. Trent has a passion for learning and the future of our children. He has supported a number of NFP organisations in his career, such as Treasurer for Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) and consulted to the Jean Hailes Foundation. He enjoys hearing the views of the community with a hope to make today better than yesterday, and to be prepared for tomorrow. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in country Victoria,  Julie Mason learnt how to milk cows, ride horses and drive tractors.  After attending small country schools, Julie decided teaching was to be her vocation. She is Principal of Baden Powell College, in the City of Wyndham, looking after 1800 students and 200 staff. Julie was awarded Victorian Primary Principal of the Year in 2005 and awarded a forty year service certificate in 2012. Julie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Wyndham for twenty years, and in 2015-16 she was District Governor. Actively involved in local government committees for many years, Julie was Wyndham Citizen of the Year in 2006. Julie has two adult sons and three gorgeous grandsons.

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Emily Wrigglesworth is a specialist in public relations and communications. She has twenty years experience, primarily working in the cultural, education, not-for-profit and government sectors. As head of public relations for Museums Victoria she helped share the amazing stories hiding in objects, exhibitions and research.

Emily runs Wrigglesworks Consulting. She believes communication can make a positive impact on big problems. In recent years, she has worked on campaigns around obesity, violence against women, workplace exploitation and climate change. She teaches PR Writing at RMIT University, is an Industry Inspirer for Thrive Research Hub at The University of Melbourne, and lives in Melbourne’s inner west with a mini-crew of adventurers and pets.

Lucas Ryan is a Director at Deloitte specialising in corporate governance with a particular focus on purpose, ethics and social impact. He works with boards and executives to strengthen the relationship between institutions and the community through good governance.

Lucas has extensive experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors as a non-executive director, educator and adviser. He is a Graduate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is the author of the Not-for-profit Governance Principles.

He loves bush poetry, cooking and is the commander of a small army of indoor plants.

Nelly Katsnelson lives and breathes Philanthropy, and have dedicated her career to this. As a creative storyteller, she weaves a tale that inspires philanthropy – both for the benefactor and the beneficiary; for without one, the other does not exist.

As an experienced fundraising professional, her values and ethics are firmly embedded within a culture of philanthropy. She has a demonstrated track record of developing strategies that frame the way organisations fundraise, and shift their thinking from fundraising being purely transactional, to a way of operating that connects resources and people together, for the greater good.

Her sound business acumen, combined with vision, strategy, passion and commitment has yielded real results for some of Australia’s most respected organisations including Engineers Without Borders Australia, Save the Children Australia and Royal District Nursing Service.

Helen Nikolas has written poetry and short stories since ever since she can remember. An award-winning singer-songwriter, she is keen to foster a love of reading, writing and being creative in young people as a skill they can take through life. With a passion for arts and health, Helen has created partnerships and community participatory art projects to promote health and inclusion. Her doctoral thesis investigated stories and health messages and she was awarded a letter of commendation for
high academic achievement. Helen’s background includes executive health leadership roles and health research. She is very fond of dogs, her cat and growing orchids.