About Us

Thank you for visiting Ignite® website. To find out more about our team, read below, and feel free to contact us to talk about your ideas and how to get involved.

Our Team


Lindsay Frangs

Lindsay brings a valuable combination of business acumen and innovative leadership gained across a wide variety...


JJ Carpenter

Jenny-Jane (JJ) joined Ignite in mid-2021 and is a true entrepreneur and business woman with passion...


Alex Sefat

Alex has launched the Ignite program in Victoria in 2022. With a background in helping refugee seek employment...


Alexis Klein

With more than 15 years of experience, Alexis is passionate about social justice, particularly within...


Jemma Gilligan

Jemma Gilligan joined the Ignite team as Admin Officer at the beginning of 2021. She is completing a double degree...


Gabriela Hernandez

Gabriela Hernandez has experience across project and change management in the health sector, and joins....


Vanessa Campbell

Vanessa joined the Ignite team in May 2022. Vanessa Campbell is a business manager with a demonstrated...


Reda AL Haddadeh

Reda has over 13 years of experience in Corporate Finance and Corporate Strategy. He joined Ignite Program...


Rebecca Colegrave

Rebecca has joined Ignite with a background in NFP, government health sector and is studying social work...


Maggie Cairns

Maggie Cairns is passionate about helping people. Her journey started over 25 years ago as a health and wellness...


Tim Walsh

Tim is a business strategy specialist with a strong social and environmental conscience and real-world experience in...


Adam Spencer

Adam is a Gomeroi man who started as an Ignite client before becoming a facilitator in 2022. He began working...

Our Founders and Contributors


Dina Petrakis

From community development in Northern Thailand to working for the Solomon Islands Prison Service, Dina's...


Violet Roumeliotis

SSI CEO, Violet, recognised early the need for a unique approach to supporting refugee entrepreneurship.


Ernesto Sirolli

Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is a community iron man. In 1971 he began working in the field of international aid in Africa.


Jacqui Gilligan

Jacqui has over 25 years of commercial, program management and human services experience...

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Hut 6, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville, NSW 2204

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Ph: 0401 310 648
Email: ignite@ssi.org.au