Neighbourhood Connect

Our Team

Neighbourhood Connect Inc is a charity and Community Organisation helping people build Neighbourhood Groups and fostering a national network of local communities since 2014. Neighbourhood Connect Inc is led by a skilled and experienced voluntary Board, united by their passion for creating connected neighbourhoods where people feel more supported, safer and happier.

We are supported by a talented and diverse Project Team of creative and enthusiastic contributors from all over Australia.


President-Cameron Thomson BA MBA    

Cameron has worked for over 15 years at Board/Executive level in strategy, operations and corporate development roles across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, most recently in the professional services sector. He has significant experience in successfully developing and implementing strategic plans, growing operational capability and delivering change. Cameron passionately believes in the importance of strong connections in our local communities and the positive impact that this has on our health and well-being. He is based in Sydney.

Vice President-Giselle Schmid BA MBA

Giselle is an experienced community development leadership professional, working with community-minded individuals and community groups to strategically develop new programs, community connections and volunteer teams. Currently Giselle is the Manager for a not-for-profit community development organisation, based in Melbourne, where she also runs her own local neighbourhood group.

Secretary- Scott Mullins BA

Scott is a change-making brand communications specialist with a passion for building accessible, inclusive and values-led brands. A father-of-two, Scott has more than 12 years experience in journalism and not-for-profit brand, communications, PR, marketing and content across multiple territories. He is currently Brand Manager at Australia’s blood cancer charity, the Leukaemia Foundation. Scott is the Secretary of Neighbourhood Connect and is based in Brisbane.

Treasurer-Joshua Parrott ADCSA AMICDA

With experience at a number of wealth management firms in Melbourne, Josh brings expertise in finance and wealth management. Josh is RG146 qualified and is currently furthering his education in the areas of finance and accounting. Josh has worked with Neighbourhood Connect for over a year and established a neighbourhood group in his local suburb of Highton. He is passionate about community and he looks forward to assisting Neighbourhood Connect in a financial and practical capacity.

General Member- Amanda Kemperman BSW MBA

Over 20 years experience in social work and community development practice and leadership in both Government and Non- Government organisations.  Passionate about creative solutions to complex social issues, invested in working collaboratively with diverse people and visioning a world where everyone has opportunities to thrive. Portfolio: Grants Management

General Member – Irene Opper BA MSWAP

Irene is a passionate advocate, project manager, change manager, manager of social and multicultural services, capacity builder, trainer, community development worker, researcher and mediator. She is a consultant to the not-for-profit sector and government (Oppertunity Consulting) and has over 30 years experience in managing services and projects. Irene is passionate about re-creating the benefits of connected neighbourhoods across Australia. Irene is the National Manager of Neighbourhood Connect Inc as well as a Connector for the Green Knoll Neighbourhood Connect Group in Melbourne.

Team Members

We value our talented and committed group of volunteers who share their skills and experience to help expand the Neighbourhood Connect movement.