Greg started his career in the corporate world, specializing in property and media. His own life experiences saw Greg enter the not-for-profit sector in 2011, soon heading up another community organization, Our Big Kitchen in Bondi. Greg brings deep empathy as well as solid business acumen to his role ensuring that optimum care for those in need may be afforded. Greg is responsible for the day-to-day management of Thread Together as well as the expansion of community engagement programs.
As a former Director of Seafolly, Andie has a background in fashion and marketing. With her deep understanding of the clothing manufacturing world and a passion for giving dignity to the community’s most vulnerable and marginalized, Andie established Thread Together in 2012.
“We believe that disadvantage should not prevent people in our community from realising their potential. As well as providing the clothes that can change how people are perceived, the personal support that we provide restores optimism, confidence and self-esteem.
Our model is very simple. We collect end-of-line brand new stock from clothing providers. With the support of volunteers, the clothes are sorted by age, gender and purpose, and then re-distributed to people in need through charities across Australia. I think of it as redistributive justice.”
Jackie has been inducted to the Australian Magazines Awards’ Hall of Fame and has won Editor of the Year at Australia’s most prestigious magazine awards. She is called upon to present her expertise on the international stage and is often an advisor for best practice implementation. A strong campaigner for women’s rights, Jackie is heavily invested in making a difference to the lives of Australian women; raising awareness and pushing boundaries through award-winning campaigns about issues such as heart health, domestic violence and depression.
Jackie is a regular personality on local media, appearing on the Seven Network’s Sunrise (Australia’s number one breakfast show) and bringing her ‘Frankly Speaking’ interviews to Seven’s successful Sunday Night news and entertainment show, as well as in the pages of marie claire.
Gary is the CEO and Director of Specialty Fashion Group, home to many leading clothing brands such as Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph, City Chic and Rivers. Gary is also Director of 1Woman Foundation. With over 25 years experience in Australian fashion retailing, Gary has long felt the need for Australian corporate organisations to be more socially responsible and to give back to the communities they work within. He personally spear-headed Specialty Fashion Group’s involvement with Thread Together, facilitating both product supply and financial support. He brings extensive business experience and expertise to Thread Together, as well as an overriding desire to see end-of-line clothes from all clothing providers go to people in genuine need.
Anthony Halas is a Director of Thread Together, from its inception supporting a lengthy pilot period to establish its relevance in the social services sector. Anthony is also CEO of Seafolly Australia, which under his leadership has grown from a relatively small Australian organisation to a global business. Anthony brings to Thread Together, strong business acumen, marketing expertise, corporate governance discipline, and important clothing-manufacturer contacts.
James has over 25 years of corporate advisory experience across mergers & acquisitions, equity capital markets and corporate law. In his previous roles at PwC Australia and, prior to that, Goldman Sachs JBWere, James has advised a range of public and private companies, including in the retail and consumer sector. In addition to his advisory skills, James has a strong belief in the social, environmental and efficiency benefits that Thread Together can help facilitate for both its charity and retail partners.
With over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the media industry with international corporates, Leisa brings her business leadership and keen interest in community focused organisations to Thread Together. As GM/VP of Disney’s Branded Media Content ANZ and previously COO of MTV Networks ANZ, Leisa achieved significant commercial turn-around while cultivating productive and innovative organisational culture. Leisa is currently consulting on digital content strategies for Foxtel Australia. She is passionately aligned to both the social and environmental impact that Thread Together achieves.
Shaun’s passion for business is driven by his energy and a love for building relationships. This drive, along with a love of innovation and disruption has led him on an career spanning banking to fast-growth tech companies and running multiple SMEs. He loves using technology as a vehicle that can help change the world to become a better place by utilising technology to make businesses run more efficiently, grow fast and enable the passionate, engaged people working with me to achieve more good things.