Jack Growden is a 23-year-old Australia who is passionate about making access to digital technology equitable around the world. Jack began the LiteHaus journey by donating his personal laptop to the Kuta Primary School, and promised to return with 12 more. After eight computer labs and 8,500 students given access to digital learning tools, as well as hundreds more in Australia and beyond, it is fair to say Jack has delivered on his promise. Dynamic, astute and passionate, Jack has been the barometer and central architect of the extraordinary growth of LiteHaus since that first day in 2017. Dubbed 'Kopi Jack' by our beloved host community in PNG, Jack is equally comfortable in the board room or speaking Pidgin to a field of locals in the Highlands.
Jack has squeezed a lot into his 23 years, travelling to 17 countries, interning with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific in Delhi, completing a Graduate Certificate in International and Community Development, and addressing 1,500 ambitious young minds at the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to insatiable energy and ambition, Jack brings professional fundraising experience from his role at James Cook University. He also serves as a Program Advisor to Humanitarian Affairs Asia, mentoring budding social change-makers. Jack's calculus for a successful life is based on how many lives one can impact throughout their own, and his achievements have been recognised through him being named Queensland Community Foundation's Emerging Philanthropist of the Year and an AMP Tomorrow Maker in 2020.
Nathan is the Co-Founder & CEO of Global iQ Group, a management consultancy specialising in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration sector, having served as the National President of the industry peak body for three years. Holding a PhD and MBA from UNSW which included study abroad at University of Chicago, Nathan has twenty-five years of professional experience including a decade in leadership roles at AECOM, one of the world's premier infrastructure firms. Nathan brings a proven track record of stewarding sustainable business growth and building high performing teams.
Louise is Director of Catholic Identity and Indigenous Education at Townsville Catholic Education, bringing thirty years of experience in the North Queensland education system, including stints as Principal, to our board. Her professional role sees her responsible for strategy, policy and curriculum development as well as ensuring that cultural aspects are embedded in the educational journey offered to Indigenous students. Proactive and well connected, Louise holds Masters degrees in theology and education and a genuine passion for education provision in rural and remote regions close to her heart.
Luke is an original board member and currently serves as our Director of Fundraising & Engagement in an operational capacity. Since 2017, Luke has been a cornerstone of the start up journey, managing the completion of three computer labs in Papua New Guinea. In his present role, he develops and oversees volunteer fundraising and engagement strategies across Queensland and Victoria, as well as stewarding annual givers. Luke is immensely passionate about rural, regional and remote Australia, and is very popular with our Western Highlands friends. Emerging in his career, he is part of the bedrock of LiteHaus.
Verena brings a wealth of experience in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and finance from a vibrant twenty-five year career across the private and public sectors. As a Townsville City Councillor, she chaired the Finance & Governance Committee and the Economic Recovery Taskforce. Her experience in the not-for-profit space is highlighted by her time as Business Development Manager – North Queensland for Endeavour Foundation and as a Board Member for Dancenorth. An original board member, her sharp business acumen positions her as a vital architect of the organisation’s strategic vision.
Ashley is the Managing Director of Pacific Islands International, a leader of the building materials export sector in the South Pacific region. Shipping over 12,000 metric tons per annum to over 700 active customers across 27 Pacific nations, Ashley brings an intimate understanding of the sphere we operate in. His passion for Papua New Guinea, in particular, is highlighted by his position as Chair of Townsville Enterprise's PNG Economic Working Group. A graduate of Townsville Enterprise's Emerging Leaders Program, Ashley strengthens the board's business acumen with his track record of operating in our space.