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...

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JJ Carpenter

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

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Alex Sefat

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

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Alexis Klein

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

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Jemma Gilligan

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

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Gabriela Hernandez

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

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Vanessa Campbell

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

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Reda AL Haddadeh

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

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Rebecca Colegrave

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

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Maggie Cairns

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

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Tim Walsh

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

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Adam Spencer

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

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Our Founders and Contributors


Dina Petrakis

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

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Violet Roumeliotis

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

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Ernesto Sirolli

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

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Jacqui Gilligan

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

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Contact Us

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Do you have an idea and want to explore the possibility of starting a business? Or are you an established business needing support? Click HERE to refer yourself to the program.

Hut 6, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville, NSW 2204

Monday to Friday

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