Our People

Who Is JCI Australia?

Our National Board of Directors work hard to give JCI members the best experience by creating new partnerships, organising national events, and providing support and leadership for local chapters. Meet our National Board.


Sarah Lisle

National President
2016 Local President

Sarah is a stakeholder and program management professional and with over 15 years’ experience in the not-for- profit and government sectors both in Australia and the UK. Sarah brings together a business head and empathic heart, giving her the ability to strike mutual benefit in strategic collaborations and business improvement.

Currently Sarah is a National Director at JCI Australia, responsible for the Governance and Finance portfolio. Along with Immediate Past Local President at JCI Illawarra, mentoring and liaising with the local chapter to ensure a sustainable framework and leadership team.

As a lifelong learner, Sarah graduated the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) with the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School in 2016 and look forward to future opportunities to have purposeful career.

Suzi Chen

International Relations Director
2015 National President | JCI Senator

Initially trained as a medical researcher, Suzi's career path has traversed from hospitals to graphic design followed by project management and company directorship across various sectors. Currently, Suzi manages Notonos Global, a business consulting firm that helps clients solve problems and takes complexity out of business.

Suzi was the Local President of JCI Eastern from 2010 to 2012. She joined the National Board in 2013 and was the National President in 2015. In 2016, Suzi was appointed to the JCI UN and External Affairs Committee and was awarded a JCI Senatorship later that year.


Melissa Dabinett

Immediate Past National President
2016 Local President


Melissa was the 2014 Local President of JCI Illawarra and began serving the National Board in 2016. Melissa was National President in 2017.

By day, Melissa works in the quantitative research team of a consumer insight and brand strategy consultancy. But at all times, she is passionate about advancing universal human rights and protecting the environment.

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David Watters

Director, Growth and Development
2016 Local President

David has been with JCI since 206 holding leadership positions locally and now joining the national board. David is a results-driven, strategic leader with a passion for education who thrives leading people to solve complex problems to make a measurable impact. He has extensive international experience working with clients, customers, remote and on-site teams across 16 countries across Asia Pacific, North America, South America and Europe.

David has expertise in business strategy and execution, customer experience, customer engagement, business planning, project life cycles, leading cross-functional international teams, delivering business value and exceeding stakeholder expectations. David is a champion for digital innovation and creativity to fuel success, leading and influencing stakeholders to deliver sustainable and measurable results.


Keirin McCormack

Director,Public Relations 


Keirin McCormack (BA Communications- Social Inquriy) is a social inclusion practitioner and strategic consultant with over ten years experience building, delivering and communicating equity and engagement programs. Keirin works across Higher Education, Advocacy, Not for Profit and Social Enterprise.

Keirin has a passion for advocacy and building the asipirations and inclusion of all community members. Keirin enjoys working with with community towards tangible local solutions that have impact and sustainablity, and of course telling their story. Keirin is currently completing her Juris Doctor postgraduate legal qualification.

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Sam Gibb

Director, Partnerships, Finance and Governance
2015 Local President

Sam joined JCI in 2014 and since 2016 has served on the board of JCI Australia. As Director of External Engagements, he is responsible for identifying, securing and fostering partnerships between JCI Australia and other organisations.

Previously Sam served as 2015 Local President of JCI Eastern. He has attended three National Conventions and one World Congress held in Kanazawa, Japan.

Outside of JCI, Sam is actively involved in various other non-profit organisations and holds a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering from Monash University.