The Board

The Board



Ian joins 3rd Space with an extensive background in business, humanities, and academia. He is co-founder and director of Forridel Consulting, a regional representative of the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Education, the Chairmen of the Kokoda Track Foundation and the Vice President of the Australia-PNG Business Council. At the University of Queensland, he is an Adjunct Professor in History and chairs the ChangeMakers program for alumni engagement. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute of International Affairs,Honorary Fellow at Deakin University and Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre at Monash University. Ian’s 25-year government career included service as Head of the Prime Minister’s International Division, Ambassador to Germany and Switzerland, and High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea. He was also Head of the Consular Division at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for his leadership of Australia’s response to the 2002 Bali bombings. Ian worked in leadership roles in the resource sector from 2013-2020. 



Andrew has more than 35 years’ experience in the commercial property industry and currently is the CEO of Retailspace Property, based in Fortitude Valley. He has a proven record of successfully delivering major property projects within the retail, commercial and health sectors. Prior to establishing Retailspace, Andrew held senior roles with large property groups, including AMP, QIC, Lend Lease, Mirvac and The Stockwell Group. His formal qualifications include a valuation degree and a CSMA qualification through the Property Council of Australia. Andrew gained the GAICD accreditation in 2017.

Daniel Bartlett


Dan’s interests are primarily in getting good outcomes for people and communities, which has seen him enjoy a career across industry, local government, education, health, and justice sectors. He enjoys most the opportunity to engage with people and understand the drivers in organisations which lead to great culture and therefore great outcomes.

Dan brings together people, information, and processes toward a position of understanding and mutual respect, leading to higher levels of organisational performance and improved project leadership. This is of particular interest to him in the human services sector, where decisions often need to be evidence based, risk aware and human focused, balancing core compliance imperatives with the lens of humanity and the impact on those affected.

Dan holds qualifications in correctional administration, engineering technology, and business administration, as well as professional certifications including Chartered Manager status and Associate Fellowship of the Institute of Management and Leadership. Dan is first and foremost a dad; and he also enjoys time with family and friends. 



A proud Kamilaroi woman, Donna Thomas is an experienced senior executive and has led critical functions and teams across human resources, strategic communications, governance and program and service delivery areas. Donna has significant experience working with and across organisations at state and national levels to build organisational capacity to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. Noting this, it’s not surprising that the common theme across Donna’s career has been a desire to create opportunities for people to thrive and have choices about their future.

In addition to her qualifications in strategic leadership, human resources and community sector management, Donna has considerable experience in developing, advising, and monitoring organisations, and is highly agile in her approach, transitioning easily between strategic and operational roles. She also has extensive experience in stakeholder, project, and staff management, as well as policy and program development and implementation. Donna is skilled in the review and implementation of best practice systems and processes, ensuring improved service delivery and enhanced governance arrangements.



Madonna is a reputation and risk management professional specialising in government, regulatory, and stakeholder relations. She has extensive experience in corporate communications, including being communications director to Deloitte Global CEOs, as well as crisis management and risk mitigation. Madonna has led stakeholder engagement with international organisations. This work focused on promoting diversity and inclusion, the future of work, and the social progress of youth. She has been an active member of the B20 Women in Business Action Council and the Human Capital/Employment working groups. She was Vice Chair, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee, Business at OECD (BIAC).  
Madonna lived and worked in Asia Pacific, the US and the EU. For the decade prior to joining Deloitte, she was a policy advisor to various Australian State Ministers. She has a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma of Applied Science both from the Queensland University of Technology. 



Sally joined the 3rd Space Board after an extensive public sector career at both the state and federal levels across areas including disability management, infrastructure and transport planning, regional economic development, sustainability, social inclusion, and foreign affairs and trade.  Having served as a CEO reporting to a Board, and extensively as a senior government executive, she is passionate about “making a difference” through the combination of robust policy, strategy and governance. At Deloitte, she was a Principal in the national strategy and business design practice, supporting government organisations to better meet the needs of all citizens.



Sonya provided leadership and vision to Common Ground Queensland from 2002, 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. 



Stephen Simpson has over 15 years experience working in the not-for-profit sector across Australia. Stephen is the Chief Executive Officer of Homelessness Queensland; a peak homeless body that represents the diversity of Specialist Homelessness Service providers. Stephen has always advocated for positive social change and to improve the experience for people experiencing disadvantage. As one of the founding fathers of Kornar Winmil Yunti, (men working together) Aboriginal Corporation in South Australia, Stephen took up a position as the Executive Director of Programs and Service delivery.

Coming into QLD, Stephen led the team at Headspace Rockhampton and was Program Manager Domestic and Family Violence at Relationships Australia Queensland. Stephen’s representation has also included; Vice Chair of the Coalition of Men supporting Non-Violence, Advisor with the Department of Community and Social Inclusions Homeless Strategy, State representative to the National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy, Mentor with Flinders University Centre for Development Studies Gender Consortium, South Australian representative for the National Perpetrator Intervention Outcome Standards for Australia and Chair of the Aboriginal Interagency Family and Domestic Violence Reference Group South Australia. Stephen also served for 6 years in the Australian Defence Force Reserves as a medic and was part of the military contingent at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


Company Secretary

Holstein joined 3rd Space as a centre-based volunteer in 2021, helping visitors at Reception and supporting the Food Services team the Cafe, before moving into the Company Secretary role. She is a New Farm local on Turrbal and Jagera Country, passionate about community connections in the neighbourhood. Holstein has been a community service volunteer for over 14 years with organisations such as Rotary International, and has completed qualifications with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.