intertwine is a new organisation seeking to expand its Advisory Board comprised of skills-based advisors who also have lived experience of intersectionality.

intertwine’s vision is to celebrate diversity, welcome intersectionality and create a not-for-profit sector free from racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia and ableism.

intertwine supports organisations to achieve this vision through assistance in developing and implementing appropriate policies and structures, delivering diversity and consent training and workshops and providing HR support.

The inaugural CEO is Rosanne Bersten, a campaigner and communicator with more than 20 years experience working in media, not-for-profit organisations and progressive political parties. There are currently six advisors, with varying levels of Board experience, and we seek an additional six advisors.

The advisors will be motivated by the challenges and responsibilities of the role and committed to actively contributing to positive impacts while assisting the organisation to move to a formal structure.

As intertwine acknowledges the additional burden placed on people living with multiple marginalities, we intend for all Advisory Board positions to be shared roles and to match each less-experienced Advisory Board member with a more experienced Mentor.

Intertwine is currently auspiced by the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council but has longer-term plans to incorporate and Advisory Board members would be invited to join the Board of Directors, depending on the skills and experience required.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be considered on the following criteria:


  • An understanding of and adherence to best practice governance standards;
  • The ability to form a working relationship with the Board members and CEO;

Targeted skills and experience:

  • Lived experience of intersectionality, for example, (noting that this list is not comprehensive) two or more of the following characteristics:
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, person of colour, LGBTIQA+, CALD person, disabled person, neurodiverse person, identifies as a woman.
  • Experience with campaigning or advocacy, especially in areas of social justice;
  • Start-up/NFP, social enterprise business development skills and experience;
  • Experience in content development and online learning platforms;
  • Knowledge of impact and outcome evaluations, quality management systems/frameworks, preferably with experience in implementation;
  • IT and digital transformation;
  • Understanding of government, crowdfunding and philanthropic funding processes;
  • Legal expertise and understanding of organisational structures;
  • Extensive social media experience
  • Familiarity with this consensus as a decision-making model

Highly regarded:

  • Prior Board governance experience;
  • Willingness to mentor less-experienced Board members
  • Strategic planning

The role

The role requires attending scheduled board meetings (we estimate there will be 6-8 per year), and participating in and contributing to strategic conversations around: 

  • Finance and Remuneration
  • Strategic Risk Management, and
  • Advocacy and Policy

Other commitments include attendance at stakeholder and member events, and at the AGM and annual strategic planning workshop.


  • Oversee, approve and monitor strategic vision and direction
  • Evaluate the performance of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) annually
  • Monitor the integrity of financial systems and reporting of the organisation
  • Oversee risk management and legal compliance of the organisation
  • Provide strategic advice and direction to the CEO
  • Provide high level strategic and financial advice aligned with individual experience and professional background
  • Be an advocate for the organisation and promote its mission and values to communities.

To apply

Interested applicants should email and attach a statement describing their skills and experience, and why they are interested in joining the advisory board. They should also provide a current CV. Applications will be reviewed by the existing advisors and the CEO, and short-listed applicants will be contacted for a video interview. We aim to make the selection by early February 2018 in time for a strategic planning workshop.




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