Our Staff

Leadership Group

John Burn
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

John has more than 20 years commercial banking experience, including 10 years across a range of senior leadership roles. John joined Many Rivers in October 2009 and has overseen all aspects of operations including supporting Microenterprise Development Managers, management of the loan program, development of organisational systems and processes, product development and Many Rivers’ finances. In April 2014, John was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Director. John holds a Bachelor of Science and an Executive MBA.
Contact: john.burn@manyrivers.org.au

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Neil King
Head of Microenterprise Development

Neil’s previous experience is garnered both locally and internationally in the finance and banking sector and most recently in executive positions within the not for profit sector. Neil was previously Head of Region for QLD and NT before accepting the position as Head of Microenterprise Development in March 2018. Neil has a B.Com in Banking and Finance and is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Markets (South Africa), a certified Finance and Treasury Professional Member (Senior) of the Finance and Treasury Association and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Contact: neil.king@manyrivers.org.au

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Bridget Centenera
Head of Community Economic Development

Bridget has worked in micro enterprise and community development for 18 years. She has worked extensively in South-East Asia, South Asia and Africa; engaged directly with communities and also building capacity and developing programs with leading Microfinance Institutions in these regions. Increasingly interested in working with communities at home, Bridget became involved with Many Rivers in 2009 and has worked in either permanent or contract positions in both operations and business development. Since 2015 she has been leading the Many Rivers Community Economic Development Pilot with Indigenous communities in regional and remote Australia.
Contact: bridget.centenera@manyrivers.org.au

Dean Candler-Szabo
Head of Projects and Operations 

Dean has over 15 years of project management and process design experience working as a former IT Management Consultant. He has been involved in project implementation in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand. Dean joined Many Rivers in March 2014 and oversees the operations and finance support teams as well as managing the development and introduction of new product. Dean holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Contact: dean.candler-szabo@manyrivers.org.au

ScottWoodwardScott Woodward
Head of Region | NSW & VIC

Scott has over 20 years commercial banking experience in managerial and senior finance roles. He has been involved in various bank-wide projects and throughout his career been actively involved in the community. Scott joined Many Rivers in July 2012 and oversees the NSW and VIC Operations. Scott holds a Bachelor of Economics and has completed various management and leadership training including Macquarie University Principles of General Management and the Harvard Club of Australia leadership program.
Contact: scott.woodward@manyrivers.org.au

Robert Collins v2cRobert Collins
Head of Region | QLD & NT

Robert has over 30 years experience in banking and risk roles throughout rural, regional and metropolitan Queensland, including senior leadership roles in risk. Robert holds tertiary qualifications in Business (Banking and Finance) and Management and is a senior associate of FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia). Robert has also been active in youth development at a national level and commenced with Many Rivers in 2017 to oversee the QLD and NT operations. 
Contact: robert.collins@manyrivers.org.au

Lisa Kelman
Head of Region | WA & SA

Lisa has over 25 years experience in the banking and finance industry and has completed numerous management and leadership training programs. Her diverse background encompasses consumer and business lending, equipment financing and front line team management. Lisa has also owned and operated two small businesses. Lisa began working with Many Rivers as a client Mentor in early 2016 and realising her passion she joined the team in October 2016 to oversee the WA and SA operations.  
Contact: lisa.kelman@manyrivers.org.au

Simon Pachos
Head of Finance and Operations

Simon joined Many Rivers in June 2017 and brings many years experience in accounting and finance, mainly from the mining sector. Based in Grafton, Simon manages the back office, is CPA qualified and holds a Bachelor of Commerce.
Contact: simon.pachos@manyrivers.org.au

Sam Woodcock
Head of Product, Process and Systems

Sam has over 13 years’ experience working across 7 countries in asset management, micro and small enterprise lending, financial technology, and organisational development. Sam joined Many Rivers in July of 2018. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administrations (Finance) and a Master in Public Administration. Sam is responsible for delivering new products and maintaining process excellence.
Contact: sam.woodcock@manyrivers.org.au

Business Development

Rosa Choe
Business Development Manager

Rosa has over 15 years experience in accounting and finance in various management positions. She has a keen interest in development and has worked overseas for 3 years in this field. Rosa is responsible for all aspects of business development in Eastern Australia and works closely with the operations team across the region to deliver high quality outcomes to all of our stakeholders.
Contact: rosa.choe@manyrivers.org.au

Sarah Thompson
Business Development and Marketing Manager

Sarah is a marketing and business development expert with more than 12 years’ experience leading projects and campaigns in London, New York, Jogjakarta and Sydney. She has worked across a diverse range of sectors – from global consumer brands and health organisations to startups and NGOs – the common thread being a commitment to inspiring, imaginative and authentic communication. Sarah joined Many Rivers in 2018 after running her own communications consultancy for six years. She has a Bachelor of Communications (Hons), and is currently completing her Master of International Relations.
Contact: sarah.thompson@manyrivers.org.au

Catherine Lim
Business Development & Executive Support

Catherine has a background in graphic design as well as many years of experience in administrative roles across a variety of sectors. Catherine supports the Business Development team and provides executive support to the CEO.
Contact: catherine.lim@manyrivers.org.au

Projects & Operations Support

Kirrily Tough
Loan Support Officer

Kirrily has many years experience working in the finance and administration field, with a Certificate 3 and 4 in Accounting. Based in our Grafton office, Kirrily has worked as a Finance Support Officer since 2010 and is now responsible for providing loan support to the operations team.
Contact: loansupport@manyrivers.org.au

Lauren Lomas
Finance Support Officer

Lauren is based in our Grafton office and provides finance support to the operations team. Lauren has over 15 years experience in administration and finance with a Certificate 3 and 4 in Accounting and prides herself on supporting staff with the ethos: get it right the first time. Lauren joined the team in May 2013. Contact: finance@manyrivers.org.au

Melissa Makings
Accounting Support Officer

Melissa has over 20 years experience in finance and administration including 6 years in the not-for-profit sector. Based in Grafton, Melissa provides accounting support to the operations team.
Contact: melissa.makings@manyrivers.org.au

Katie Elliott
Operations Support Officer

Katie comes from many years of experience in administrative roles across a variety of sectors including IT and manufacturing. Katie provides operational support to the team.
Contact: katie.elliott@manyrivers.org.au

Community Economic Development Program

Andrew Rushton
Community Economic Development Officer

Andrew has over 18 years of community development experience in Australia. He held the position of CEO for a welfare service in Victoria, followed by several community development senior management appointments, including 3 years in a remote Aboriginal community in Northern Territory and more recently 5 years with a child welfare service based in Far North Queensland. He has extensive remote employment and business enterprise development knowledge and hopes to combine his expertise and experience for the betterment of remote communities. Andrew is currently completing a degree in Anthropology.
Contact: andrew.rushton@manyrivers.org.au

Mentoring Program

Garry Harris
Mentoring Manager

Garry worked as a Many Rivers Microenterprise Development Manager in Western Sydney for 4 years before being appointed to Mentoring Manager in 2015. Garry also has previous experience working with local churches to develop community programs. Garry has a passion to see people become personally and financially successful and expects to see these benefits achieved for mentors and mentees of the Many Rivers Mentoring Program.
Contact: garry.harris@manyrivers.org.au


Many Rivers has 23 Microenterprise Development Managers across 20 regions.
For contact details and profiles, please click on the relevant state below.

QLD Operations
NSW Operations
VIC Operations
SA Operations
WA Operations
NT Operations