Our Committee

Community Plus+ has a committee of ten local residents who support the work of our staff team. With diverse skills and experiences, this dedicated group of ten greatly contribute to the work and mission of Community Plus+.


Pauline Peel
Pauline joined Community Plus+ in 2014 and took up the role of Chair in 2015. Pauline brings more than 25 years experience in senior roles in the private, public and community sectors. Her roles have covered social and cultural development and in more recent times Indigenous Affairs, and she remains passionate about these areas as critical to the fabric of people’s lives.

Bob Spiers 
Bob has a farming and environmental background and lives in Highgate Hill. He retired from the Queensland Public Service in 2012 after 18 years as a Senior Executive in the environment and natural resource management areas of professional work. 
Bob now teaches at the University of Queensland and provides specialist assistance to the Regional NRM Groups engaged in climate change risk and vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning. Bob joined the Management Committee of Community Plus+ in 2012 and has a special interest in strategy and sustainability. He has Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Applied Science and was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1995.

Carmel Tower
Carmel is a Financial and Office Administrator working in a disability organisation in North Brisbane. Other positions she has held are Chair of a disability organisation,  Treasurer of a National Disability Board, and involved in a local community organisation as Treasurer. 
Carmel has spent many years working in the community sector with people who are marginalised and experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has a Diploma in Business and Administration’ majoring in financial administration. Her hobbies are walking, running, tennis, bike riding and movies.

Helen Wallace
Helen has worked for over 25 years in the social policy, community development and planning fields. Her decade of direct service and community development work with not-for-profit organisations led on to policy, planning and program development in local government. Helen is passionate about issues of disability, ageing, homelessness, affordable housing, youth, women, domestic violence prevention, community assets, social enterprise development and corporate community investment.

Carolyn Peterken
Carolyn has worked for over 20 years as a management consultant and advisor to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors both in Australia and overseas. Her passion is building organisational capability and driving the transformation needed to achieve this at the individual, team and organisational level. 
She has a particular commitment to the not-for-profit sector in Australia, in addition to working extensively with international development organisations, and has been a member of the Community Plus+ Management Committee since 2012. Carolyn leads the HR portfolio of the Community Plus+ Management Committee. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Marilyn Trad
Marilyn has been a member of Community Plus+ for 3 years and a Management Committee member for 2 years. She has lived and worked in the West End area for most of her life. Marilyn has been a member of a number of community groups and committees – most notably as president of the West End State School P&C and Fiesta organising committee. As well as the Community Plus+ Management Committee, Marilyn currently sits on the Mater Human Research Ethics Committee. 
Marilyn loves a community event especially while helping to fundraise simultaneously. She is passionate about equality for all, a clean start at any stage of life but in particular good education opportunities for children of all ages.

Susanne Cooper
Susanne has lived in Yeronga for 20 years with her family, and has been active in several community groups. She has been involved with Community Plus+ for the past five years, principally through the strategic partnership with Jacobs (formerly SKM), a global engineering and major projects consulting company located in South Brisbane. Susanne has led the development of this very successful and effective partnership since 2009. Susanne is a Principal Sustainability and  Innovation Strategist at Jacobs. Her nearly 30 years in consulting has spanned natural resource management and sustainability, where she has worked across diverse industry sectors and internationally. She is passionate about the environment, good urban design, fairness, and equal opportunities for all. Susanne can often be seen walking or cycling around the local area.

Bec Langdon
With enthusiasm to achieve great outcomes, Bec searches for mutually beneficial solutions by not taking ‘No’ for an answer. Bec displays high energy in every engagement whether its personal, professional or charitable. Within 12 months of working for Datacom, Bec had built a $2 million business through her network. Her commitment to community is demonstrated by active involvement as a Pyjama Angel, Boarders Breakfast volunteer, ABCN Mentor to students and Habitat for Humanity building homes (India 2010 and Vietnam 2011). With a keen interest in investment, Bec is working towards building a diversified portfolio which demonstrates her ability to make decisions and build growth. With solid business acumen across many verticals, ICT expertise and a vast network, Bec brings the proven commitment of success and support to any organisation.

Cathy Boman
Cathy brings her wealth of experience as an Annerley resident, previous role as Senior Manager at MDA (Multicultural Development Association) to the Management Committee. Her kind and gentle personality encourages and invites others to join her in community engagement. She has recently moved to a new role in the Office for Women and we look forward to her bringing knowledge and expertise to the discussions for the bright future of Community Plus+ and Annerley Community Service and its associated projects.

Norbert Vogel
Norbert brings a strong management capability, having had extensive experience in executive leadership roles in two of Australia’s largest companies (BHP and Telstra) in diverse fields including organisational development, scientific research, marketing, strategic planning and production management. Norbert has been Director of the Australian Knowledge Management Group, a consulting organisation specialising in organisational performance assessment and measurement. Through this work, Norbert has gained specific expertise in consulting to government, university, vocational education and training and natural resource management sectors. Norbert has been the principal consultant for the development of organisational evaluation processes within these sectors in recent years. Through his networks, Norbert is recognised internationally as a leading figure in developing the Australian Business Excellence Framework and in establishing the Australian Business Excellence Awards.