Current Executive Committee

Meet the ANZA Executive Committee, a diverse group of Australian and New Zealand expats who oversee the strategic direction of the association.

President: Adam Martin

Current role: Private Banker
Years in Singapore? 11
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? I still remember landing in Singapore many years ago without really knowing anyone, but I was lucky to find ANZA with their warm welcome in our new home. That evolved into an opportunity to do my part in the ANZA community.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? This will be my 10th year on the committee across various roles, so I think the breadth, depth and continuity gained in this time is valuable.
What would you like to achieve for ANZA? Continue to grow and evolve ANZA with our ever-changing member base!

Vice-President: Megan Kinder

Current role: Relocation Consultant and Realtor with Asian Homesearch
Years in Singapore? 15
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? 15 years’ worth of on-the-ground Singapore knowledge. As a Relocation professional I’m in a great position to get oodles of people newly arrived in Singapore on board with ANZA from the get-go.
What would you like to achieve for ANZA? I’d love to see greater diversity across our membership base by sharing the message that although the organisation originally sprang from Australian and New Zealand roots, we are keen to embrace people from every section of the globe.

Executive Secretary: Mark Neo

Current role: Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Years in Singapore? 5
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? ANZA’s success has been built on the time and effort given by so many volunteers who ask for nothing in return. By being on the committee, I hope my small contribution will help ANZA continue to flourish.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? My legal and corporate secretary background aligns well with my role as committee secretary, which aims to improve the committee’s governance processes, reporting obligations and general conduct.

Executive Treasurer: Tristan Perry

Current role: Head of Tax – Australia at Select Investors
Years in Singapore: 3
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? To give back to an awesome community, which has given so much to me.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? I act as the Assistant Treasurer to the amazing Zenaida and I also support Ellie, the superstar ANZA Accountant. I love meeting members and chatting about life in Singapore. You can also usually find me helping with the money counting at ANZA’s bigger events.

Membership Secretary Coordinator: Phillip Simmonds

Current role: Regional Sales Manager Asia, Law In Order.
Years in Singapore? 10 years
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? My original motivation for joining the ANZA executive was to get involved. I knew a number of people on the committee and when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it! I thought the diversity of the committee was also a great way to learn and be exposed to unique and collective energy.
What would you like to achieve for ANZA in 2019? Bringing the ANZA vision we worked on in 2018 to life and building a road map of success for future committee, staff, and association members.

Joint Sports Coordinators:

Marnie Watson

Current role: Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for ACG Education
Years in Singapore: Almost 7
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? I love being involved in events which foster a welcoming environment and help people find networks. As I have relocated multiple times in Asia over the last 20 years, I understand the positive and powerful impact a warm community welcome can make to the expat experience.
What would you like to achieve for ANZA? I look forward to providing more support to the amazing ANZA office team, and continue raising the profile of ANZA to gain increased membership and volunteers for our groups.

Sommer Dunham

Current role: Semi-retired lawyer and mum to two very active kids.
Years in Singapore: 7
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? My children benefit from partaking in ANZA sports; Netball, Athletics and Soccer specifically. As a beneficiary of the hard work of ANZA volunteers I’m keen to give back and help ANZA grow.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? My background is in law and compliance with experience in risk and change management. I also sat on a not for profit educational board while living in Hong Kong. My strength lies in organising and pushing projects to completion.Community Service Coordinator

Community Service Coordinator: Louise Jones

Years in Singapore: 3

Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? To provide ANZA members with opportunities to forge and strengthen bonds within the Singapore community and enhance interaction within the culturally diverse Singaporean community.

What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? I bring enthusiasm and passion for volunteerism and the ANZA community. I also have plenty of experience working in different committee settings, including Aussie Abroad Abu Dhabi, Wesley Rowing Parents Support Group, APSM Rowing Club, Dental Therapist Association, Parap Preschool Parent Committee, Darwin Junior Netball Coordinator – to name just a few!

What would you like to achieve for ANZA in 2020? I want to be part of ANZA Action, ANZA’s community affairs arm, to enrich the lives of our members. Through charitable acts and volunteering we can engage in new activities and connect with community. We can make a difference! I want our ANZA volunteers to share the joy, meet new friends, and learn new skills while doing good for others and for themselves.

Committee Members:

Don Northey

Current role: Sole Practitioner, Chartered Accountant
Years in Singapore? 13
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? When I first joined the committee some 10+ years ago they were without a treasurer so I was asked to help. The other benefits have always been the social and networking sides of ANZA.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? As a Chartered Accountant and trainer in accounting software I initially bought my expertise to help with setting up and running the financials for six years as Treasurer. My side passion is photography so nowadays my role is more aligned to events photography.

Zenaida Bharucha

Current role: Full time Mum and part time ANZA Committee member
Years in Singapore: 5
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? I joined the ANZA Exec to make a positive difference to the Australian and New Zealand community in Singapore. It’s a great way for me to use my professional qualifications for ANZA, who plays such an integral role in the expat community and the charities they support.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? I am a Chartered Accountant by profession and very comfortable with accounting, financial statements and all things numbers.

Christo Alexander

Current role: General Manager – SongDivision Asia
Years in Singapore? 4
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? To really get amongst the community and give back.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? I bring a creative and entrepreneurial skillset to the team. I’m an ideas person, and will enthusiastically bring these to the table for the betterment of the community. I’ve been working in the Arts/Music Industry for the last 20 years as a performer and composer. I’ve also been involved in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Events) industry for the last 12 years, both here and in Australia. My expertise is in the design and delivery of small to large scale events, and the facilitation of music-based team building for corporate clientele. My career highlight is being commissioned to write a song by Sir Richard Branson for his team at Virgin Airways Australia.
What would you like to achieve for ANZA? I would like to help build an arts-focused movement within the association. We have thriving sports programs, which are amazing, and I think that adding this new element would really create more value for our members.

Sonia Heath

Current role: Communications Consultant
Years in Singapore: 3
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? To become more involved in the ANZA community and provide support where it can make a difference.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? With a background in journalism and media relations, I now run a communications consultancy. An Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Scholarship graduate, I have sat on not-for-profit Boards in Australia. I am also a former Olympic athlete (rowing) who rose through the ranks of grassroots sport. Now a mother of three, I’m happily involved in the ANZA sporting community.
What would you like to achieve for ANZA? I look forward to helping build ANZA’s profile in Singapore and encouraging newly arrived expats to make the most of ANZA’s thriving networks.

Maria Taylor

Current role: Head of Commercial, Asia-Pacific, Amadeus Hospitality
Years in Singapore: 12
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? To help people assimilate into our great life in Singapore
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? I have good software technical skills and 19 years’ experience and knowledge around online marketing and e-commerce. I am also very good with change management
What would you like to achieve for ANZA? In a post COVID-19 world, I think we will be working through very different challenges in the next few years, so I’ll have to wait and see what I can assist with.

Megan Scott

Current role: VP Talent Management, APAC at Northern Trust
Years in Singapore? 8
Why did you want to join the ANZA Exec? I received a huge amount of support from the ANZA community when I arrived in Singapore. Being part of the exec helps me stay actively involved. It’s a chance to give back.
What skills or experience do you bring to the committee? Skills in Human Resources and hospitality.
What would you like to achieve? Adapting for survival, so we’ll be around to provide connectivity for expats and support for our local communities in another 70 years from now.