Menslink Team and Board

Bruce P

Bruce Papps

Bruce is currently CEO of  Northside Community Service, an appointment that started in January 2017.  Northside is a large community services organisation in Canberra that provides a range of support and early childhood services.  Prior to that Bruce gained over 30 years’ of experience in the business world, providing and leading professional assurance, financial management, consulting, governance and risk management services to both the private and public sectors.  From 2010 to 2015 he was a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bruce has been on several Boards of community, not-for-profit, and educational organisations.  Current board roles include Director of Service One Alliance Bank, Chair of the Australian Secondary Principal’s Association and Treasurer of ACTCOSS in the ACT. It was Menslink and some life experiences that resulted in Bruce becoming interested in the community sector.  Bruce served as a Menslink mentor in 2015 and 2016 and he has a keen interest in Menslink’s programs and outcomes.  On a personal level Bruce and his partner Carolyn have two adult children, and Bruce loves motorcycle riding (at least in fair weather) and going to Melbourne for the


Daniel Oyston

For over 20 years, Daniel has helped small and large organisations see clearly what they need to implement to achieve their marketing objectives. Daniel is skilled across all areas of marketing including digital, content, social, and traditional. He is also skilled in podcasting, content writing, graphic design, video editing, training, and websites. Daniel was a co-founder of SponServe, a cloud-based rights-management platform for sponsorship professionals, which won the ACT Government – Sports Tech New Innovators Award, won the Australian Information Industry Association’s ACT Startup of the Year (ACT) as well as the ACT Business Service Markets Winner and was the 2018 Telstra ACT Emerging & Energised Award winner. Daniel is also one of Menslink’s very valuable volunteer

Cathy Skippington

Cathy Skippington

Formerly the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Comcare, Cathy is a highly experienced consultant with an extensive background in regulation, organisational reform and crisis management across both Federal and State governments. Her role there is to ensure Australian workers covered by the Comcare scheme are healthy and safe at work, preventing occurrences of harm in workplaces and ensuring appropriate justice outcomes when harm occurs. Previous roles have seen her establish regulatory functions in preparation for the Australian Government’s Problem Gambling legislation and regulatory work under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Joined


Jim Rice

Jim has been on the Board since its inception, with over four years as Chair. He came to Menslink in 2001 following a couple of years volunteering as a tutor and mentor for young men incarcerated at the (former) Quamby Youth Detention Centre. Recently retired, Jim spent close to forty years working for the Commonwealth government, mainly in human resources. He is married to Mabelle, has four adult children, eight grandchildren and a large extended family in

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Golnar Nekoee

Golnar Nekoee is a practising lawyer and General Counsel at Defence Housing Australia. Proudly raised and educated in Canberra, she holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce with majors in accounting and finance from the Australian National University. Golnar’s legal background is vast and varied. She has worked with both private clients and the Australian Government across a range of matters including commercial and complex litigious matters. Golnar has also worked as both an undergraduate and postgraduate course convenor and seasonal tutor at the Australian National University and has previously volunteered her expertise to Lexis Nexis as an Editorial Panel Member for various legal publications, the Australian Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Along with her legal knowledge, Golnar brings with her a passion for educating and helping others and promoting mental health awareness in the local and broader


Dion Cannell

Dion is a qualified accountant and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA). He is currently a Director and co-owner of Bonsella Business Solutions, a local chartered accounting practice that has been operating since 2003. Dion holds a Bachelor of Commerce (ANU) and also a Certificate of Public Practice through the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also an ASIC-registered self-managed superannuation fund auditor. He is past Treasurer of Soccer Canberra (now Capital Football) and is married with two daughters. Joined

Justine Saunders

Justine Saunders

As the previous Chief Police Officer for the ACT, a career law enforcement officer of over 30 years, and a mother of two sons, Justine has a deep appreciation of the value of the services provided by Menslink to young men and boys in Canberra. Justine Saunders commenced in the role of Deputy Commissioner ABF Support on 29 October 2018, and has responsibility for delivering strategic capabilities to bring to affect the ABF’S operational outcomes. Previously as the Chief Police Officer of the ACT, Justine ensured ACT Policing delivered on government and community expectations in terms of operational delivery, whilst also driving and implementing significant cultural and capability reforms aimed at developing a sustainable and effective policing service for the future. As an Assistant Commissioner in the broader AFP, Justine has had responsibility for managing strategic relationships with key government stakeholders and law enforcement partners domestically and internationally, and had portfolio responsibilities for strategic policy, governance, Corporate Communications and support to the Commissioner as Chief of Staff. She holds a Master of Leadership and Management (Policing), Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Studies) with Distinction and Graduate Certificate in Applied


Michael Battenally

Michael Battenally B.Sc Dip.Ed MAICD Raised in the NSW town of Tumut, a teaching scholarship awarded in 1979 saw Michael complete tertiary studies at ANU and the University of Canberra. A successful public school principal backed by a 30 year career in ACT education, joining the Menslink Board is an opportunity to continue his effort to contribute to and foster opportunities for young Canberrans. Michael joins Menslink as a member of the Institute of Company Directors and current director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association. In recent years he has been President of the ACT Principals Association and has a strong focus on global education leading the International Baccalaureate program at Melba Copland Secondary School. Married to Louise with five children in their 20’s who are fortunate to be building their own careers, Michael works at maintaining a balance of professional work and personal well-being. He enjoys many sports, coast life and the snow, making Canberra a home with access to