About Us - Highett Community House

About Us

Our History

Highett Neighbourhood Community House began as Highett Community Association over 30 years ago. Its original purpose was to provide programs and activities for the residents of a local government housing estate. Later the direction of the group changed to a broader community focus and the group was relocated to the old Scout Hall in Livingston Street. A new constitution, policies and procedures were adopted, along with a name change to represent its now wider community base.

In 2010 HNCH joined forces with Highett Seniors Club and Highett Greek Seniors in the refurbished Seniors Club across from the old scout hall.

Our Team

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NIGEL DSOUZA
Board Member

Nigel has been a bayside resident and contributor to Bayside community life since 1974. From being President of the Highett Youth group to volunteering and now serving on the HNCH board, Nigel has always looked out for the interests of those in need in the local area. Nigel is a retired IT professional where he […]

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JAMES SELUNI
Board Member
My firm belief is that a true measure of society is the overall wellbeing of a community. It is this purpose Highett Neighbourhood Community House becomes the glue that recognises, empowers and provides an identity for all. Living in Highett for over 10 years I have a young family of 3 children who are currently [...]
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ADRIAN BERTOLINI
Secretary
Adrian is the Founder and Director of Learning at Intuyu Consulting – an innovative bespoke educational consultancy. Whilst he is a Mechanical Engineer by training and even taught Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University, Adrian is passionate about people being empowered to grow and learn. He has worked across Australia and New Zealand with students and [...]
RYAN ZHOU
Treasurer
Ryan Zhou has lived in Australia since 2009. He and his family moved to Highett in 2016 and have been blessed to have their first boy in 2018. Professionally Ryan is a member of CPA Australia and holds double master’s degrees from Monash University.  He has worked in several challenging positions where he honed his [...]
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DORA DENK
Board Member
Dora is a marketing strategist who brings an extensive international background in full lifecycle marketing solutions. She has ten years of experience in product management, business development, events, and sales & marketing. This complements her strong brand development skills, honed by her experience helping small to medium-sized companies to successfully rebrand. Dora’s passion for making [...]
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MARIE LOUISE CZECH
Board Member
As a resident and community member, I have lived in Highett for the majority of my lifetime and take an active interest in community events and activities.  As a Board member I strive to promote community engagement and inclusion, whilst supporting governance activities. I am a HR Professional with over 20 years experience across many [...]
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MARLENE JOHNSON
Chair
Marlene and her family have lived in Highett since 1991.  She moved here from Queensland with a young son who went to local schools. Her family have participated in community activities including school committees and sports coaching. Her grandchildren are now growing up here and have attended local kindergartens and schools. Professionally, Marlene has worked in education [...]
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MELANIE TIGHE
Manager
Melanie Tighe, our manager, has university qualifications in both Community Development (MSc) and Economics (BEc). Her effective and friendly communication skills allow her to facilitate the operations of HNCH while promoting our brand and presence within the community. Outside of HNCH Melanie is a member on the Board of the The Side Door Social Justice Hub which [...]