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Board Members - Flexible location

  • Multiple Voluntary Director positions
  • 2 year term
  • Mix of face to face and virtual meetings


Speak is a not-for-profit organisation creating LGBTIQA+ inclusive spaces in regional Victoria by providing essential and engaging training. We host educational events providing a learning space to participate in conversations and take meaningful action towards inclusion.

Speak aims to create safe, open and inclusive communities where LGBTIQA+ people can thrive through meaningful participation in society and decision making where they feel heard, respected and valued. We also create campaigns to challenge queerphobia and create social change ensuring LGBTIQA+ people are safe, respected and valued.

We are currently in the process of becoming a service provider, delivering health services to LGBTIQA+ people in regional Victoria.


Speak is seeking passionate, community-connected and skilled individuals to help lead us in our start up phase. Speak is a young organisation which makes this a great opportunity for people who want to join a growing environment and shape the organisation and its future.

The Board of Directors bears ultimate responsibility for Speak achieving its purpose. It is responsible for Speak’s overall performance and compliance, providing strategic direction, effective governance and leadership on behalf of our stakeholders.

Inclusion is at the forefront of everything that we do. There is no better feeling than helping create an inclusive space that has a life-changing impact for the LGBTIQA+ community.


The role includes but is not limited to:

  • Application of community services sector knowledge and experience to advise the Board on Speak’s existing and future programs, service delivery models, and its impact and reach to its target audience.

  • Working closely with the co-founder/CEO to ensure Board agreed program-related activities are completed as per agreed timelines

  • Contribute and apply knowledge and experience of the community services sector to further Speak’s overarching strategic objectives

  • In conjunction with the co-founder/CEO, be the public face of the Board when required (e.g. to volunteers, employees, and wider community)


  • Commitment to social justice and inclusion.

  • Effective communicator and collaborator, passionate about being a part of a team working towards a collective purpose.

  • Can provide an appropriate level of strategic oversight and support to the CEO and the organisation.

  • Willing and able to commit the time to meet the responsibilities of this voluntary role (the Board meets six times a year).

  • Experience in Human Resources - diversity and inclusion (LGBTIQA+ inclusion highly desirable).

  • Possess qualifications and experience in Accounting/Financial Management

  • Experience in community services, allied health, general healthcare and social welfare are highly desired.

  • Experience in corporate governance in the context of not-for-profit and proven leadership/management skills.

Please download the supporting document to view the full Board list of competencies.

Note: It’s easy to talk yourself out of applying for a role if you don’t quite fit most criteria points, especially if you’re a young person, LGBTIQA+, a woman and/or person of colour. But we encourage everyone to apply.


  • The opportunity to shape and grow Speak as it positions itself to become a major player in the LGBTIQA+ NFP sector.

  • Work with like-minded and passionate professionals dedicated to making a real difference for the people we support and the wider community.

  • Be a part of progressing inclusion and meaningful, safe spaces for the LGBTIQA+ community and beyond.

  • Receive training and development around inclusion, allyship and supporting the LGBTIQA+ community.

  • Gain meaningful governance and NFP experience.


Speak is still a young organisation and as such we are looking for Board Members who will be actively engaged and involved in shaping the strategic direction of Speak in accordance with our vision, values and objectives. This will require attendance at all board meetings as well as occasionally 2-5 hours a fortnight to carry out the necessary tasks.

There are a minimum 6 board meetings per year, there may be more if necessary. The Board meetings will be a mix of face-to-face and online meetings. Annual planning days and Annual General Meetings are in-person in Ballarat, but accommodations can be made if the board member is unable to be there in person. Board members need to be based in Victoria.

If you’re passionate about our work and are interested in being involved in this exciting growth phase of Speak, we’d love to hear from you! If you have any queries, please contact Sage Akouri, CEO on sageakouri@speak.org.au using the subject line: Board Member EOI.

Please refer to the applicant pack for additional information about Speak and this opportunity.

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