Our Board

Greg Ridder (Non-Executive Director and Chairman)

Greg is a seasoned Non-Executive Director and Chair with extensive experience in business strategy and leadership in Australia and internationally.  He is a commercial leader with a strong ethical focus.

Greg is currently Chair at Kogan.com, Life Without Barriers and Ethical Property Australia and is also on the Boards of Spirit Technology Solutions and PNG Sustainable Development Program.  He has previously occupied the position of President, Asia Pacific Region at NYSE listed Owens-Illinois and held interim leadership positions at Australia Institute of Architects, World Vision Australia and Tibaldi.  Greg has previously served on the Boards of Oxfam Australia, B Lab Australia & NZ, Tibaldi Australasia, Packaging Council of Australia and Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.

Carla Raynes (Executive Director and CEO)

Carla has worked in the homelessness sector in both the UK and Australia for 17 years. Carla has worked in a wide range of roles, both on the front line and in management positions. Her experience spans working within crisis accommodations, drug and alcohol teams, tertiary hospital and youth residentials units.

Carla has a commitment to work with the most at-risk groups of people including ex-offenders, street sex workers, and people with dual diagnosis. Carla has a focus on applying creative approaches to social problems and has founded a successful social enterprise prior to the establishment of the Bridge It charity. Carla is committed to finding long term solutions to homelessness and is proud to be doing this through the establishment of Bridge It.

Jane Tewson CBE (Non-Executive Director)

Jane has founded five charities, all of which are flourishing today. Jane is currently a Director of Igniting Change and is a Trustee of Talent Rise. She is an innovator with a global reputation for inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for social change. She is known for lateral thinking and creative initiatives, including Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) in the UK, which has raised more than a billion pounds.

She has sat on a variety of boards including Oxfam, The Reichstein Foundation and The St James Ethics Centre, was on The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Committee and Trustee of Virgin Unite Australia (having recently retired after 15 years as Vice Chair of Virgin Unite globally).

Edward Ring (Non-Executive Director)

Edward is an investment professional that is passionate about using capital as a source for good. He works for Conscious Investment Management, a leading Australian impact investment fund with a large focus on delivering social housing in Australia. Outside of this, Ed has a management role in two Melbourne based foundations.

Christa Malkin (Non-Executive Director)

Christa brings a wealth of corporate operational experience having spent the majority of her career in the financial services industry, managing large teams of high performing sales people, often in fast paced and challenging environments with strong regulatory frameworks.  During her time at Westpac as State General Manager, she effectively delivered on the Group’s multi-brand strategy in Third Party mortgages and as a result was recognised in 2017 for outstanding performance as an Employee of the Year finalist from 40,000+ staff.

Over recent years she has worked in several small to medium sized enterprises, both inside and outside of financial services, with a view to expanding her experience and expertise beyond that of the corporate world. For the past year, Christa has completed voluntary work with Home Share Melbourne doing financial reporting and modelling. She thus brings sound financial acumen to the board that is complemented with a working knowledge of operating a similar social enterprise.

Thomas Jessup (Secretary)

Thomas is an admitted lawyer and recent first-class graduate in Masters of Public and International Law at The University of Melbourne.

He has a background working in commercial law and currently volunteers in 8 different organisations, most notably as the Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre, Legal Researcher for the Human Rights Law Program at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and Amnesty International’s Victorian Activism Leadership Committee.

Thomas is due to start working at the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, South-East Asian Office at the beginning of November 2021.