our people

JobsBank is partnering with the Victorian Government during the pandemic to deliver Working for Victoria. for more information or to get involved, please visit: 

At JobsBank we are passionate about working together, for better, to drive sustainable positive change across Victoria.


Our small and dedicated team is made up of professionals from a variety of sectors who want to work with you to develop solutions for your business.

our CEO

Lisa Buckingham

Chief Executive Officer

Lisa has worked for almost twenty years in various roles within the Victorian and Commonwealth Public Services, where she has earned a reputation for forming strong relationships and coming up with innovative solutions to complex policy and service delivery challenges.


She has experience in several sectors including defence and national security; industrial relations; human services; health; and public sector and place-based reform.

Lisa is passionate about achieving lasting positive change for all Victorians - especially those who are dealing with economic and social exclusion. She loves working with passionate employers, communities and individuals to make this happen.


Her leadership approach is about creating the conditions to help bring committed people together to make our community more inclusive. 

our board

Wade Noonan


Wade is an Associate Director at RMIT University, focusing on the development of the social economy in Victoria.


He is also Executive Director of the West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WOMEDA).

Wade was formerly the Minister for Industry, Employment, Resources, Police and Corrections.

He is highly respected for his significant successful career across government, the not-for-profit and private sectors.

Simon Phemister

Board Member

Simon is the Secretary of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

He has formerly held senior roles in Federal and State government in economic policy, education, training and skills, and human services policy.


Simon played a key role
in establishing the Latrobe Valley Authority, delivery of the Major Transport Infrastructure.

Simon’s expertise covers development of program and industry and workforce strategy for human services.

Briar Stevens

Board Member

Briar Stevens has been working in the for purpose and philanthropic sectors for more than 15 years. Briar grew up in Zimbabwe, and as a woman in a wheelchair since the age of 3, she has forged a career improving outcomes in the social space driven by a strong sense of social justice.


She is currently a Grant Program Manager at Equity Trustees, working with a team of philanthropic professionals to manage over 650 philanthropic trusts and executing the distribution of approximately $76M per year into the for-purpose sector.

Dean Rioli

Board Member

Dean has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment, pre-employment training, pre and post placement mentoring, cultural competency training, and business development. He has worked tirelessly to improve Indigenous employment outcomes, undertaking specialist advisory roles to develop Indigenous employment strategies, and is the founder of the Dean Rioli Aboriginal Employment Service (DRAES).


Dean’s most recent role as General Manager of GOAL Indigenous Services saw him develop supply chain and service solutions to a range of industries.

He is currently the Senior Men’s football coach for the Fitzroy Stars Football and Netball Club, where he continues to mentor and support the Indigenous community.

Sam Sondhi

Board Member

Sam is the CEO of Outlook (Vic), a social enterprise creating job opportunities for Victorians with disabilities.

Sam has extensive experience in domestic and international capital markets and has advised some of Australia’s largest corporations on a range of acquisitions, divestments and capital raising initiatives. He has ten years’ experience in Investment Banking working as a Vice President in the M&A and Capital Markets groups for Credit Suisse and Citigroup, as well as five years’ experience establishing and running his own investment company focused on the Australian retail and wholesale sectors.

More recently, Sam served as Chief Operating Officer of international development NGO, Business for Development, and as the Director of Strategy & Growth for Lentara UnitingCare.

Amplifying our Board

Our Board will work with Victoria's social inclusion leaders and influencers 

We will build a network of industry champions to advise our Board, to ensure connection to the business community

Champions will also help the Board  advocate for change with the broader business sector

Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs, Jane Garrett, will be the government representative to the Board to ensure JobsBank remains connected to government directions on employment policy and programs.

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