Meet The Board

Transform lives, transform community

Nathan Burbridge

Past and current working experience.

Nathan is a senior government policy adviser and economic development professional. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the local government sector. Over his career, Nathan has worked as a senior manager for some of the most diverse and largest local governments area in New South Wales. His expertise covers the disciplines of strategic planning, property and economic development, land use and transport planning, place making and corporate governance. In addition to the time, he dedicates to BREED Australia; Nathan is also a non-executive Director of the Sydney Zoo Foundation. Prior to these appointments, Nathan was a former committee member of the New South Wales Property Industry Foundation and the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal Committee. Nathan is degree qualified in urban planning, property and has a Master of Environmental Law. In 2016, he became a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

What is my purpose in life?

Nathan’s purpose is life is to make a positive difference to the lives of others in whatever way he can. He says he will do this by encouraging and supporting people through their triumphs, hardships, and everything in between by being more than anything else; kind, generous, empathetic, and honest.

What I bring to Breed Australia Inc?

Nathan is community minded and has served in the not for profit and charity sector for over 15 years. He has a strong corporate knowledge of the organisation; its operations and strategy having served the organisation now for 10 years. Nathan has strong community networks and excellent links to government. He is also passionate about supporting small business and enabling BREED Australia to deliver on its core purpose of youth education and employment as described in its constitution. Nathan is motivated for BREED Australia to be a truly members led organisation with strong corporate governance to ensure the organisation is held accountable to its true purpose and constitutional objectives. He wants to use his career experience to ensure BREED Australia becomes a self-reliant organisation with a balanced financial strategy that makes its sustainable, enduring and able to deliver its core purpose too more people

Thais Oso

Past and current working experience.

Thais started her career as a psychologist working in the favelas and psychiatric prisons of Brazil. She moved to Australia 15 years ago and has since become a prominent business educator, coach and speaker. In her current role she is responsible for the development of accredited and non-accredited courses in the areas of leadership, marketing and entrepreneurship. She also leads a team of facilitators who specialise in the delivery of experiential project-based learning and design thinking. Outside of education, Thais is a Board Member and Executive Director of AUBRBC – the Australian Brasil Business Council – a non-profifit organisation focussed on strengthening the bilateral relationship between Brasil and Australia. She is also an Advisory Board Member of Restart Us, a for profifit social enterprise focussed on giving underprivileged people access to education and job opportunities

What is my purpose in life?

Thais wants to transform the world through education; helping individuals and entrepreneurs fifind purpose, direction, and growth.

What I bring to Breed Australia Inc?

Thais is an empowering educator who invites students to become an active part of the learning journey. With a focus on accountability, emotional intelligence and project-based experiences she will ensure BREED delivers innovative solutions to age-old problems. In addition, her deep ties to the start-up community keep her at the cutting edge of facilitation methodologies and provide BREED with access to some of the region’s most forward-thinking businesses. Her aim is to help BREED grow its programmes, reach wider communities empowering the youth to achieve career success and economic freedom.

Matthew Pearce

Past and current working experience.

I started my career in local government in New South Wales and worked my way up to hold several senior roles at metropolitan Councils. It was during this time working in councils that I identified areas where information technology and information management could assist councils to improve service capacity to their communities. This led me to create my own consulting business specifically focused on helping people in local government leverage the benefits of technology. In 2012 I joined the team Redman Solutions. We are an organisation committed to helping people in local government deliver better outcomes for their communities. I have worked on projects in each state in Australia and have assisted in building a team and growing the business. Our strength is in assisting council teams to understand the connection between ‘people, process and technology’ and get them focused on the outcomes that will benefit their organisations and the communit

What is my purpose in life?

Matthew’s purpose in life is to help businesses grow to their full potential and teach people to work more efficiently by harnessing the capabilities of technology. “The key to wellbeing in our world is thriving local communities with opportunity and encouragement for everyone.”

What I bring to Breed Australia Inc?

For me BREED has an exciting and innovative mission – what stands out is the goal to improve a person’s chance of getting a job or maintaining/growing their small business. Breed’s aim to have a profound impact on disadvantaged people across Australia is inspiring. I am committed to outcomes, and connecting with local communities are key areas for BREED. I look forward to working with the board and team to foster an expansion of activities and success in these areas.

Yasmine Shah

Past and current working experience.

With 13 years’ experience in the finance industry in all roles ranging from customer service to credit management and sales, Yasmine brings a broad insight into a range of industries. She has also been an entrepreneur for 5 years running a finance, insurance and real estate firm in Western Sydney

What is my purpose in life?

Yasmine’s aim is to create meaningful change in the community through education and community engagement. She wants to empower people and businesses to achieve their life and business goals. She hopes to build their emotional resilience, to discuss their mental and physical wellbeing and to provide them with education and resources to help them in all these areas. She also has 2 children and is a proud Blacktown resident.

What I bring to Breed Australia Inc?

Through her insights and experience she hopes to assist the Breed community to grow as people, to grow their business and to grow in their career. As a selfless connector who consistently aspires to leave people and things better, she endeavors to work alongside Breed to achieve our mission in the community

GUS Nehme

Past and current working experience.

Gus has a wealth of international and domestic experience spanning across the private, corporate and NFP sectors. With a MBA, and multiple Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Investment, he has gained diverse experience working in the USA, Australia, the Middle East and North Africa. He has deep expertise in executive management, business consultancy, sales, marketing and project management. Ghassan has worked and owned businesses in a range of industries such as: IT, Electronics, Education, Manufacturing, Wholesales, Real Estate, Imports/Exports, Retails, Finance, Food, Quality Management and Chemicals industries. Gus currently owns two businesses one in Real Estate and the other in Food supplies/hospitality, Gus is also the NSW/ACT State Manager with Thrive Refugee Enterprise, a non-profit organisation to assist Refugees and Asylum Seekers to integrate economically and socially in the Australian community.

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