The Board Members
Jono is a corporate lawyer specialising in intellectual property and uses his legal skills to assist disadvantaged clients in various pro-bono matters. He is admitted to practice in the Federal and High Courts of Australia and also holds a bachelor of commerce. In his spare time, Jono builds custom motorcycles, brews his own beer and spends time with his wife and dog. Jono is dedicated to using his skills and enthusiasm for life to support Heaps Descent and help it reach its goals.
Nerida has recently joined the team at Heaps Decent after working within the arts management sector for some time. Prior to her most recent role as General Manager for Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance, she spent several years in the UK as a Company and Tour Manager for theatre companies, and in Australia as a stage manager at the Opera House, freelance production manager, event coordinator and consultant. Nerida is thrilled to be a part of Heaps Decent and the amazing opportunities it provides!
Nina co-founded Heaps Decent at the age of 23 whilst working at FBi radio, and has been central to growing the organisation with Andrew Levins. Nina is a musician and media personality, currently hosting two national radio shows on Triple J. Nina is an inspiring role model for young people, and continues to mentor them in creative enterprises.
Leanne is the CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy. NASCA use role models, leadership figures and trained professionals to implement programs across Australia for Aboriginal students and young people. They promote self-confidence and encourage participants to take pride in their history and culture whilst making positive lifestyle and career choices. Leanne is interested in creating opportunities for young people to celebrate their identities through the arts.
Andrew co-founded Heaps Decent with Nina Agzarian in 2007 when he was 22 and regularly touring Australia as a DJ. As Creative Manager of Heaps Decent, Andrew has co-ordinated many workshops across NSW and facilitated the development of the organisation. In 2011 Andrew opened his own restaurant and now spends his nights as head chef whilst still dedicating many days working with young people in music production. In his spare time Andrew writes about both food and music.
Janine has extensive experience in the public education sector, and is currently managing disability programs in the Riverina. Over many decades she has worked with isolated Aboriginal communities and marginalised young people. Janine recognises the enormous potential that exists in young people regardless of life circumstances. Janine is committed to supporting work that allows the ability of young people to flourish.
Oliver works in the wealth management sector of the finance industry as a portfolio adviser. He has been awarded both the CFA Charter and CAIA Charter. Outside of work, Oliver enjoys spending as much time as possible with family and friends and has a love affair with all sports. He believes in giving young people the confidence and means to follow their goals and is excited to be a part of Heaps Decent.