Mandy Miles is the Founder, CEO and Clinical Director of Make a Difference.
Mandy has 35 years’ experience in the welfare sector. She completed a social work degree at UNSW in 1980, then specialised initially in homelessness, foster care, residential care, and alcohol dependency, providing a wide range of supports, including individual and family therapy, and running groups.
She developed a program specifically for (mostly non-drinking) adults who had grown up in alcoholic family, and were affected by it in their adult lives.
Mandy ran a relapse prevention group in a men’s prison, and held a number of locum social work roles in various settings, including a private psychiatric hospital and a residential unit for acting-out adolescents. She also provided clinical supervision to therapists and other staff in several agencies, both government and NGO.
Mandy was a program manager with NSW Health for seven years, working with children whose parent had a mental illness.
She has held a range of management roles, including senior management with a major Australian charity.
Mandy was appointed by the Minister for Health as an Official Visitor, providing a ‘quality audit’ role in a range of mental health facilities.
Mandy sits on the Boards of both the Mental Health Co-ordinating Council: the peak body for community mental health organisations in NSW – and ‘Being’ (formerly NSW CAG): the peak body for mental health consumers.
Mandy has been a carer for a person who has a mental illness and a medically-induced brain injury resulting from psychiatric treatment, for the last 20 years.
Mandy founded Make a Difference in 2000 to fill a gap she saw in service provision.
Nadia Taylor has been a Director of Make a Difference charity since 2001, driven by a passion to help the under privileged children of the world.
Nadia is also the Director & co-founder of tna, a highly successful supplier of integrated food packaging solutions with over 26 offices globally.
Nadia’s role encompasses public relations and business development, as well as the oversight of tna’s philanthropic programs.
Nadia and tna have long been involved in many philanthropic causes both in Australia and overseas and will continue to make a difference to the lives of those in need.
Tim Keith has 20 years experience in commercial & wholesale banking predominantly within the nab Group.
Tim joined the board of Make A Difference in 2012, finally honouring a long standing New Year’s resolution to assist a charitable cause. He first became involved with Make A Difference as a regular donor.
I was attracted to Make a Difference by its underdog/charity of last resort status and low cost structure. Once I met Mandy Miles, I became inspired to bring her vision into reality.
Tim is married to Carolyn & has two young boys Joel & Max. Tim's interests include any activity involving his family outdoors such as surfing, skiing, swimming, boating & fishing. He is an avid fan of Sydney's harbour and beaches.
Bruce Preston has been a small businessman for the bigger part of his life. He has owned and developed an Earthmoving business, a Newsagency General Store, a Confectionary Business, a Restaurant and built from scratch a residential building business with his son Richard, Preston & Sons Construction Pty Ltd.
Bruce has been a Lions Club member for the past twenty six years and is a Melvin Jones Fellow and a life member of the Save Sight Foundation.
Because of my success in life and my ethic of assisting others, I’m honoured to have been invited to join the “Make a Difference” Board where I hope to put my life experiences to good use.
Bruce is married to Mary and has two daughters, Simone and Gemma and a son Richard together producing ten grandchildren.
Elvina Ogil Joined the board of Make a Difference in 2017
Educated at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, Elvina holds a Bachelor of Laws. Elvina was admitted to the Queensland Supreme Court Bar in 2006. Elvina has since practiced as in-house counsel in multi-national corporations across various industries including Oil and Gas, Telecommunications and as a general commercial and corporate lawyer.
Elvina started her community service by joining Rotary International in Australia and continued informal community service work in Papua New Guinea. Elvina hopes to continue her community service work on the board of Make a Difference.
Eilis Hurley joined the board of Make A Difference in 2017.
She has many years of experience in the insurance industry, spanning Life and General Insurance, both in the UK and Australia. She is looking forward to applying this expertise to deliver value in the not-for-profit sector, and in particular, giving assistance to young people who have not had the easiest start in life.
Eilis has always had the ethos of “making a difference”, whether in her particular role or mentoring / developing more junior staff. She sees this opportunity with Make A Difference as being the next step, applying her passion for helping others outside the corporate environment.
She is a qualified actuary, and a graduate member of the AICD.