Our People - tender australia
Tender Funerals Australia General Manager
Jenny is the driving force behind Tender Funerals. She has decades of experience in community development and believes in a strengths-based approach. Jenny has a reputation for innovation and developing projects which support and empower communities to create a culture of help rather than harm. Tender Funerals is the result of a community believing that funerals should be an affordable, meaningful and ultimately as much as possible healing. Tender Funerals Australia was called into being by the many communities that reached out to have a Tender Funerals in their area and Jenny is proud to be a part of the team that is answering their call.
Tender Funerals Australia Team
Administrator and Network Manager
Sam is a current forensic medicine student at the University of Western Sydney, with a major in Forensic Anthropology. His passion in this field led him to volunteer at Tender Funerals Illawarra and Sydney, learning of Tender after his grandmothers passing in 2019. Sam is energetic and enthusiastic with experience in digital media, software editing, and medical administration. Sam aims through his future career path to be able to change the nature of the death care industry to a more personalised and fear-free experience for families.
Community Educator, Communications and Media
Rivkah has over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors. Much of Rivkah’s work has involved community education and engagement in areas including human rights, anti-racism, family violence and housing. Rivkah is passionate about using her skills in communications, strategy, policy and advocacy to help communities achieve outcomes that are important to them.
Tender Funerals Australia Board of Directors
Larissa has worked in the community sector for over 20 years, in not for profits delivering services in the youth and criminal justice areas. Her passion is creating opportunities for people to thrive, focusing on those that are often not given a chance. For the past eight years Larissa has worked in executive roles including CEO of a community based organisation and currently in the role of Chief Strategy Officer for national organisation ACSO. Larissa has over 10 years’ experience in the governance space, holding roles on boards and committees both in the local community and nationally. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and Diplomas in the Community Services field.
Susan’s early career was as a lawyer with a focus on franchising and she has spent the past 25 years working in diverse roles in the community sector. After many years in the mental health sector, Susan worked in a community end of life not for profit, raising awareness about end of life issues and choice including support for dying at home. Susan has also worked with a cancer charity, delivering supportive care programs for people and their families impacted by cancer. Over the past 7 years, Susan worked with a large charity in poverty alleviation as well as its social enterprises generating revenue to fund programs tackling disadvantage. Currently Susan is leading a national initiative with The Groundswell Project to improve outcomes for Australians living well, dying well and grieving well. Susan brings expertise in the community sector, people and stakeholder skills and experience in innovation and development of social enterprise.
Jen Lysle-van Dyk
Jen is an award-winning communication, media, marketing and community engagement professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the local government, arts, not-for-profit and corporate sectors. A passionate advocate for empowering people, she brings creative, strategic perspectives gained from a diverse career to amplify Tender Funerals’ connection with communities. She earned her degree in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Wollongong and Certificate in Engagement from IAP2 Australasia.
Joao Luis Oliveira Moreira
Joao has held various finance analyst roles at BlueScope, including in the Research and Development function and most recently manufacturing. Previously, Joao was a finance officer at the University of Wollongong, primarily responsible for looking after Early Start.
Mary Jennifer Finlay
Director, Company Secretary, Public Officer
Mary has had diverse roles in the public and private sectors relating to science, international educational and vocational education at national and state levels for over 30 years. Mary has recently been working with Aboriginal Affairs NSW managing the establishment of a centre for excellence for young Aboriginal people in Western Sydney. Life prior to joining the public service in 2000 included senior roles with a state education department, a national and state peak education body as well as working in a number of community based organisations. Mary brings to her role extensive experience in project and program management, administration, financial management and people skills.
John Corker has been a practising lawyer for 40 years and in 2019 retired as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pro Bono Centre. John has worked as a senior lawyer in private, Commonwealth government and community settings and with Aboriginal organisations in Central Australia where he helped establish Imparja Television. He has lived in Thirroul since 2000 and is Secretary of the Illawarra Legal Centre, the Coledale Oysters Winter Swimming Club, a member of the Sea Shepherd Australia Advisory Panel, and a past and founding director of NITV, the National Indigenous TV Service. John holds a law degree from Monash University and a Master of Laws degree from UNSW.