Our Board

Greg Ridder (Director & Chair)

Greg’s a seasoned Non-Executive Director and Chair with extensive experience in business strategy and leadership in Australia and internationally. He’s a commercial leader with a strong ethical focus. Greg is currently Chair at Kogan.com and Life Without Barriers and is also on the Boards of Spirit Technology Solutions and PNG Sustainable Development Program.

Carla Raynes (Founder & CEO)

Carla’s worked in the homelessness sector in the UK and Australia for 18 years. She’s held many roles in front line and management positions. Her experience spans working within crisis accommodations, drug and alcohol teams, tertiary hospitals and youth residential units. Carla co-founded a social enterprise before bringing her creative solutions to Bridge It.

Jane Tewson CBE (Director)

Jane is the Founder and Director of Igniting Change. She is passionate about bringing lived experience into all aspects of her work, and in the process has spent her life turning old-fashioned ideas of charity upside down. She’s an innovator with a global reputation for inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for social change. She’s founded 5 charities, all flourishing today. She’s known for lateral thinking and creative initiatives, including Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) in the UK, which has raised more than a billion pounds.

Edward Ring (Director)

Edward’s an investment professional who values using capital as a source of good. He works for Conscious Investment Management, a leading Australian impact investment fund, focused on delivering social housing in Australia. Outside of this, Ed has a management role in two Melbourne-based foundations.

Christa Malkin (Director)

Christa brings a wealth of corporate operational experience, having spent most of her career in the financial services industry, managing large teams of high-performing salespeople, often in fast-paced and challenging environments with robust regulatory frameworks. As Westpac’s State General Manager, she was recognised in 2017 for outstanding performance as an Employee of the Year finalist from 40,000+ staff.

Thomas (Tom) Jessup (Secretary)

Tom’s an admitted lawyer and recent first-class graduate with a Master of Public and International Law from The University of Melbourne. He has experience working as a commercial solicitor and at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Tom has been identified as a 30 under 30 by Out for Australia and one of the world’s top 100 leaders under 30 in dealing with the SDGs by Unite2030. Tom currently works as the LGBT Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy Analyst at Thorne Harbour Health.