Cristina Talacko

Chairperson

Cristina has more than 15 years of experience in executive boards and management of not-for-profit associations. She is a director on the Advisory Board of Multicultural NSW, Vice President of the Australia-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, director of Beyond Zero Emissions, member of the Advisory Committee of Endeavour Energy, former Vice Chair of the Australia Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and former Board director of the DFAT Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR). She is an active member of the Liberal Party as Vice President of NSW Women’s Council and Secretary of the NSW Energy and Environment Policy Branch. Cristina is an entrepreneur having founded SalDoce Fine Foods, manufacturing allergen sensitive foods to Australia and export markets and was the winner of the NSW Export Awards in 2016 and 2018 and the 2019 NSW Small Business Award. She is a co-owner of the organic foods retail chain Naked Foods. Cristina is on the board of the charitable organisation One Meal, is a benefactor of the Art Gallery of NSW and has recently completed the Executive Program Women & Power at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is passionate about the environment, female empowerment and diversity and has a corporate legal background having graduated with an LLB - Bachelor of Law from the University of London and a Graduate Diploma on Corporate Law and Governance from the University of Sydney. 


David Nixon

Vice chair

David is a Company Director, Board & Executive Advisor, Strategic Planning and Facilitator. David has 30 years’ experience across multinationals, utilities, councils and small business in numerous roles including director, board advisor, chief executive, chief operating officer, consultant and business advisor. David has or continues to hold roles with KBR Ltd, Seqwater, Brisbane City Council, MidCoast County Council, ConnectiX Technologies, Expert Water Matters and HydroSun. David currently sits on the Audit & Governance Committee of the NSW Liberals. David holds a Masters of Business Administration & Master of Environmental Business Management from Newcastle University, A Bachelors of Engineering Science from UTS and Strategic Leadership from Oxford University.


Patrice Pandeleos

Director

Patrice has over 15 years’ experience working in some of Australia’s highest profile media organisations including Channel 7, SCA, ARN, News Digital, Naked, MediaCom, OMD WA and Carat and worked with leading brands such as Canon, McDonalds, Expedia, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Disney, Fairfax, NBC Universal, NSW and WA Government and XXXX (Lion Nathan), LotteryWest and Perth Racing. Highly experienced and passionate about integrated communications campaigns, she’s worked within the integration team at Channel Seven and on award-winning campaigns such as ‘Canon Shine’ which won a bronze Cannes Lion. At Carat, Patrice led the Expedia account including the ‘Where’s Your Somewhere’ media campaign, an Australian Media First OOH campaign and Expedia’s first 100% mobile campaign. In 2016, Patrice joined Kite and instantly added value to the PR team for her expertise across paid media, strategy and planning. Having started her career as a journalist, Patrice has a natural ability to craft story angles that will resonate with the media and achieve real results for clients. Patrice has a solid understanding of the political landscape having campaigned to win the seats of Sydney and Heffron in two state elections for the Liberal Party.


Joel Schubert

Director

Joel is a member of the State Executive of the NSW Young Liberals. He was an advisor to Hon. Don Harwin MLC, President of the Legislative Council. He is currently Policy Officer at Local Government Professionals Australia, where he is responsible for strengthening Local Government Professionals Australia NSW’s advocacy expertise, voice and related communications to support the growth of the organisation’s membership, engagement strategies and member network content. The role is also to improve the organisations presence and influence with key government and non-government stakeholders. Joel has strong networks within the Liberal party, in particular amongst government advisors and the Young Liberal movement.


Dr. Matt Edwards

Director

Matt is a photovoltaics research scientist at the University of NSW, with a background in electronics and over 30 publications and patents. Matt has 20 years of experience in the solar industry, and has transferred technology to companies such as LG, Hyundai, SolarWorld, Suntech and Meyer Burger, among other companies in the USA, Europe, China and Korea. Matt is the CEO and founder of BlueVolt, a company devoted to universal access to solar power and a balanced, renewables-focussed power grid. BlueVolt has raised over $300,000 in seed funding from 5 different investors. He is also a travel author and environmental photographer utilising drones and land-based cameras, with the purpose of capturing the beauty and geometry of the earth’s surface, to promote their preservation and to draw attention to their plight. Adventures include racing solar cars in the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide, photographing glacial retreat in Iceland, and the SolarTuk Expedition, in which a modified solar-electric tuk-tuk was driven up the east coast of Australia and then around the world. Matt is also a committed family man and father, devoted to helping to preserve a better world for his children.


Riley Taylor

Director and Chair of the youth for Conservation

Riley is a member of the NSW Young Liberal Policy Committee, and holds various other executive positions in the Division. Riley’s involvement in the Young Liberals has been driven by a desire for effective action on climate change, and he has contributed to the discourse through the production of the NSW Young Liberal Climate Change Policy Document. He has worked for Members of Parliament at both levels of government, has experience in the entertainment industry and various NGOs, and currently works for the Member for North Sydney. In his current role, Riley assists in a wide range of tasks including dealing with constituent issues, data analysis, policy and media research, in addition to liaising with government departments. Riley also volunteers as a paralegal for the Aboriginal Legal Service, wherein he has experience within the NSW Justice System assisting advocates, both in court and in the office. Outside of his professional life, Riley studies a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Law at Macquarie University, where he is heavily involved in student life. Riley has strong links within the Liberal Party, particularly amongst the Young Liberal Movement.


Toby Wooldridge

Director 

Joining the Liberal Party at 16 years of age, Toby has been actively involved in many local, state and federal election campaigns. Throughout his time as a Liberal member, Toby has held several elected positions within the Party including but, not limited to, local branch President and State Council delegate. Toby currently works full-time for Coles Group in their property team. During his studies, Toby held part-time roles as a Policy Assistant at the Property Council of Victoria and as an Electorate Officer to a Victorian Minister. Toby graduated from his undergraduate degree in 2016. Toby will graduate with a Master of Property in June 2020 and is currently writing his thesis on the nexus between real estate economics and elections. Toby is a committee member of Project Independence (Melbourne), a social housing development for people with an intellectual disability. Toby is an active member of the Liberal Party in Victoria.


Sali Miftari

Director 

Sali is a Young Liberal and wants to see Australia's political parties modernise to better reflect the diversity and complexity of our nation. Born and raised in suburban Melbourne to an asylum seeker who escaped the Albanian dictatorship and migrated to Australia, Sali has a unique perspective on what it's like to grow up as a first-generation Australian in contemporary Australia. With an interest in health policy and the environment, Sali has completed studies in Economics and Human Geography at Monash University, and is planning to pursue further study in 2021. He has professional experience in Strategy and Development roles within the Health sector and has had strong exposure to the realities of engaging in rapidly growing Asian markets. He is interested in building networks and connecting people and likes to bring a youthful and energetic approach to challenging policy and societal issues in Australia. He particularly enjoys working with fellow young Australians to unlock their potential and strengthen their leadership capacity. The absence of young voices from the decision-making table and public debate seriously concerns Sali, as the impacts of public policy are more likely to have greater effect in the future when they are adults with work, family and home commitments.


Di Rule

Director

Di Rule has worked in education, publishing, politics and community projects for 35 years. Her work experience has given her a sound working knowledge of government, governance, media, policy formation, strategic planning, financial management and marketing. She is a veteran of the craft of advocacy and has forged deep community liaisons through her career. She has served on several boards and committees, currently chairs the JMB Foundation and is a member of the AusNet Services Consumer Forum and the Royal Children’s Hospital Advisory Committee. After holding numerous positions within the Liberal Party from branch President to Agenda Committee, Di stood for the State seats of Seymour in the 1999 election and the seat of Burwood in the 2002 election. She has been an advisor and Chief of Staff to both Federal and State members.