Catherine Curtain


Catherine has been on the Board of HBCAC since February 2017. Bringing 17 years of experience as a corporate lawyer in financial services and superannuation businesses, she has steadily uplifted the corporate governance of the organisation in her roles as Secretary, Deputy Chair and Leader of the Governance Sub-Committee. Elected to the role of Chair in November 2021, she has steered the organisation through some significant changes, driven by a strong belief in community connectedness through participation in the arts. She highly values the voluntary contributions of those who help LJAC to navigate its role in delivering art and community programs and greatly enjoys the opportunity to see the community enjoying our space at our Friday night exhibition launches.


Rini Ismail

Deputy Chair

Leader, Technology and Data Governance Sub-Committee

Rini joined the Board in November 2021, bringing her 21 years technology experience and leadership in the technology, manufacturing, digital agency, not-for-profit, higher education, financial services and cyber security sectors.

Rini was previously the Secretary and Public Officer, transitioning to leading a Sub-committee.  She is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Melbourne Business School and Bachelor of Network Computing from Monash University. 



Laura Mondon


Laura is a local resident of Hobsons Bay and a mum of two who has many years' experience working in the not-for-profit sector. She has a special interest in community sector leadership and governance and has qualifications in governance and social sciences. Laura is passionate about supporting access to the arts for all community members in Hobsons Bay.

She supported the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre board since April 2022 as a member of the Governance and Fundraising and Strategic Relationships Board Sub-committees before being appointed as a director in November 2022.



Matthew Phoenix


Matthew is a passionate arts professional with expertise across partnerships, business development, fundraising and funding management. Currently Partnerships Manager at VicScreen, he has over 10 years' experience in the creative industries, spanning government and the not for profit sectors. Matthew is a local resident with a young family and joined the Board in November 2023.



Ajay D’Almeida


Ajay is a Cybersecurity professional with 23 years of experience in IT and has worked globally in financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and utilities sectors. He has experience in Governance, Risk management and IT strategy. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).