Meet Our Board
We have a tight group of motivated people who are concerned about the wellbeing of Australia’s kids.
Philip is the founder of Cereal for Coffee, father of two, and husband of Samara. Philip previously worked in sales in the education sector and has vast experience in the Apple reseller channel in Australia and New Zealand. Philip is an avid coffee drinker—borderline snob—with a deep passion for a good flat white. He is passionate about making sure every student has a good breakfast, every morning.
Samara is the co-founder of Cereal for Coffee, mother of two, and wife of Phil. She currently teaches music at a special school in Thornlands. The idea for Cereal for Coffee came through her first teaching job in a state school in the Redlands. She is passionate about seeing children and families receive knowledge about the importance of breakfast and its impact on their learning.
Steve is married to Jenny and has two adult children. His career has included senior management roles in logistics and supply chain with blue chip companies such as BP, Toll and Rio Tinto, with his most recent role as CEO of IPS Logistics. Steve completed a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management at Swinburne University and has well-developed commercial, strategic operational, business development and project management skills. Steve has previously been on the board of the Northern Territory Minerals Council and IPS Logistics Group. Outside work, Steve plays basketball, enjoys four-wheel driving, AFL, wakeboarding and co-leads a men's ministry at Eastside Community Church. After exploring the mission and purpose of Cereal for Coffee, Steve believed he could help further impact the lives of hungry kids in the community and accepted an invitation to join the board with the intent of providing general business and logistics expertise.
Glenda has been working in the independent school sector for the past 20 years, commencing her career at Christian Outreach College Toowoomba, then Somerville House Foundation and now Citipointe Christian College—one of the largest independent Christian schools in Queensland. Working with a small team, her role is varied and diverse and includes all aspects of development in the areas of fundraising, alumni, volunteers, marketing, media, publications and events. Glenda has been a member of Educate Plus since 1998, becoming a Fellow in 2012. She is currently President of the Queensland Chapter and a board director of Educate Plus. She loves to see grassroots organisations grow and develop best practice within their operations. Glenda sees volunteering on the board of Cereal for Coffee and using her talents as a great privilege and she enjoys contributing toward their success.
Angie is a passionate advocate for social justice and has always worked in fields that support those principles. She has spent a number of years in social services, working across drug and alcohol, housing and homeless, and children and parenting early intervention services. She currently works in the Department of Social Services where she supports Commonwealth-funded NGOs to deliver programs and services that encourage inclusion and participation. She is currently working towards a Degree in Community Development. As a parent of two school-aged children, she knows the importance of adequate nutrition to support a day’s learning and a child’s overall wellbeing. She understands the financial and logistical challenges of meeting that need as a working single parent. As a bayside local, Angie enjoys the local café culture and is a bona fide coffee snob. She is delighted to be on the Board of Management for Cereal for Coffee and lend her expertise to this worthy cause.
Mark is a professional consultant with more than 25 years of experience in strategic management and leadership. In 2006, he retired from the Australian Defence Force after 31 years, and started his own Brisbane-based project management consultancy specialising in governance, procurement, project management and contract management within public and private organisations. Mark is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Certified Practicing Project Director and Certified Assessor with the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Liam is a commercial lawyer who specialises in complex disputes, including class actions, and domestic / cross-border regulatory investigations. He has particular expertise within the financial and professional services sectors, having acted for a large number of leading financial services and advisory firms. He has over 10 years’ experience working in major law firms in London, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Happily settled in Brisbane, Liam enjoys spending time with his wife Juliet, playing golf and reading ancient history books. He is a strong supporter of Cereal for Coffee’s mission, and the support it provides for Aussie kids to help them get the most out of their education experience. Liam is dedicated to seeing the charity continue to succeed.