our board

Ian Sampson


Ian has more than 25 years’ experience as a non-executive director and advisor for boards and CEOs in the private and not-for-profit sectors. He runs a successful strategic advisory business focussed in the areas of non-executive board work, assisting senior leaders to create clear direction while managing complex issues. Ian holds board positions with SRA Ltd, an industry-owned research and development company and The Leadership Foundation Pty Ltd. He also guides the owners of two private companies operating in manufacturing and digital markets. Ian chairs a syndicate of the CEO Institute and has served as chairman and member of several Audit, Nominations and Strategy Committees. He has held senior executive positions in steel manufacturing, mining, sugar production and professional services businesses.

Sara Harrup

chief executive officer

Sara is a seasoned CEO with 20 years’ senior executive experience across commercial and not-for-profit organisations. She spent her early career working for one of Australia’s largest general insurers in their safety and personal injury business lines. Showing her enormous capability as a leader, Sara has moved fluidly between industries, from setting up Australia’s first rural and remotely based general-practitioner training program to fighting a ‘David vs Goliath’ battle to protect and advance the interests of one of Australia’s least-known professions.

Sara has boldly transformed 3rd Space Brisbane, breaking the stereotypes around what a community service should look and act like. A true visionary with the ability to see through the eyes of others, she brings her unique storytelling ability to the table, helping the community to understand the lives and experiences of people suffering intergenerational poverty and disadvantage.

Ole Elsaesser

director and chair of the finance, audit and risk committee

Chair of the 3rd Space Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Ole has a long history of success in finance and management at the executive level. He provides strategic organisational support through senior-level contract Chief Financial Officer (CFO), business transformation and business advisory services. In addition, he is Chief Executive of Brisbane Hay & Produce, which supplies feed and produce to the equestrian sector. Ole has previously provided strategic and operational financial leadership as CFO for large organisations including CS Energy, CSR Energy, Downer Mining and Meat and Livestock Australia.

Allan Fidock

director and chair of the projects committee

Allan has a depth of experience as both an executive and non-executive director of businesses across the resources industry, including reporting and presenting to a diverse range of boards and committees. Currently Executive General Manager, Mining Development for John Swire & Sons, Allan is an innovative, commercially savvy and values-driven director with a core strength in creating and managing client-focused, high-performing teams. He is an expert in strategic and sustainable business model development and implementation, as well as in identifying and isolating key business issues and developing these to realise strategic improvements with demonstrable outcomes. This has enabled the effective operation and growth of many successful businesses.

Amelia Hodge

director and chair of the business development committee

Amelia is a dynamic business professional with more than 25 years’ legal, project, governance and commercial experience across private and public sectors. A non-executive director of Transmax Pty Ltd and Deputy Chair of Artisan, Amelia is a previous non-executive director of the Gladstone Area Water Board and member of the Great Artesian Basin Advisory Council. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women on Boards. Amelia has held senior management and project roles including CEO for the Queensland Law Society (QLS), and executive positions with Powerlink Queensland and Origin Energy. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Graduate Certificate in Property Economics from QUT. She has completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Infrastructure and the Market Economy Executive Program. She has also completed several units in the Executive Masters of Business Administration programme at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM NSW).

Justin Hogg

company secretary

As company secretary, Justin brings diverse experience from senior finance and governance positions in a broad range of sectors, including mining, aviation, petroleum and financial services. He is an advocate for strong corporate governance and is currently the Finance Manager for Engineering, Construction and Project Management firm, Ausenco. Justin’s previous roles include company secretary for ASX-listed New Hope Corporation, where he also performed the role of Manager Corporate Development after several years leading the finance team. Justin has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance (Governance Institute of Australia) and received the Thomas Henry Nevitt Memorial Prize from the University of Queensland where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce. He is a Member of CPA Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia.

Sonya Keep


Sonya has provided leadership and vision to Common Ground Queensland since 2012, delivering vital client-centred services to vulnerable individuals and families. As CEO, she played a pivotal role in leading her team to successfully implement and deliver Queensland’s first supportive housing initiative at Brisbane Common Ground. Throughout her career, Sonya has developed and implemented state and national programs to transform organisation capacity, leading large, dispersed multi-disciplinary teams in complex environments. Sonya has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Executive Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Vincent McFarlane


Vincent has more than 20 years’ experience working on boards and reporting at board level. He has significant director and company secretarial experience, along with sub-committee responsibilities in finance, audit, risk and marketing. As Chief Operating Officer at Mater Foundation, Vincent leads the Foundation’s financial and operations business functions, and is responsible for delivering large-scale projects that will significantly improve the operations of Mater Foundation. An experienced commercial business manager and professional senior manager, he has a unique combination of a CPA and Marketing MBA. In addition, Vincent is a Graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting.

Neil Monaghan


Since joining the 3rd Space Brisbane board, Neil has transformed our approach to engagement and storytelling. As Managing Director of NewsCorp Regional Media, Neil is responsible for 18 daily newspapers and in excess of 70 community newspapers across Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Victoria. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in procurement and operations across various industries, including media, mining and construction. Neil joined APN in 2001 as Group Procurement Director and held a number of roles prior to his appointment as CEO of Australian Regional Media in April 2013. Neil has a Master of Applied Law from the University of Queensland and is a former director of News Media Works, Australia’s industry advocate for digital and print news media.