Luke Sayers is the Chief Executive Officer of PwC Australia and Vice Chairman for PwC Asia Pacific. Luke leads a team of more than 500 partners and over 6,500 staff who are focused on helping Australian businesses solve their biggest challenges in an ever changing world. In addition to his work at PwC, Luke has long term commitments to community organisations and external Boards. He is currently on the Board of the Carlton Football Club and chairs the Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN). He is also a member of Monash University’s Industry Council of Advisors (MICA), the Genazzano FCJ College Council, and leads the Victorian Branch of the Male Champions of Change. Luke is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is proud to take up a board position with e.motion21 alongside his wife and founder, Cate Sayers.
Cate is the Founder of e.motion21. With a background in human movement science and music, Cate is passionate about creating health and social opportunities for young people with Down syndrome so they can fulfil their potential, feel they belong, and show the world how valuable they are. After 6 years as the volunteer CEO Cate is excited to take up a Board role enabling her to focus more on her family. She continues to drive the creative vision of the organisation. Cate is the mother of four beautiful daughters, one of which has Down syndrome and who is the inspiration behind e.motion21.
Jo is an Alfred Deakin Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. She holds a National Health & Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship. Her research passion is the development of strategies to promote physical activity in the population, especially children. She has published more than 200 research papers and has been awarded more than $12million in research funding. Jo believes in lifelong physical activity that is fun and accessible for everyone regardless of age and ability.
Andrew is a lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, Australia’s largest social justice law firm devoted to fighting for outcomes that make a genuine difference to peoples’ lives. With a strong commitment to community service, Andrew has previously volunteered with the Eastern Community Legal Centre, Urban Seed’s Credo Kitchen, Heidelberg Football Club and Kidney Health Australia. Whilst looking for opportunities to better support his nephew who has Down syndrome and support the Down syndrome community, Andrew began volunteering in the Kew e.motion21 classes as a Mover and participated in the annual concerts and World Down Syndrome Day activies. Andrew has witnessed first-hand the positive impact and influence dancing makes in the lives of children with Down syndrome and is devoted to using his previous experiences to help expand such a fantastic organisation.
Carolyn has a diverse background in finance and banking having spent almost 32 years in the financial services sector in a multitude of senior leadership positions. Throughout her life she has maintained a keen and active role in the not-for-profit sector as a skilled volunteer and has undertaken several Board and committee roles. She is driven by contributing in meaningful ways to organisations that create inclusive environments, enriching lives of people experiencing disadvantage and encouraging individuals to strive and thrive to reach their potential.
Leonie has twenty five years’ experience in operational management and business consulting roles within the recruitment/workforce management, and human capital software sectors across APAC and northern Europe. She is a highly ethical, collaborative and proactive business leader who demonstrates sound commercial judgement together with well-honed instincts for business development. Leonie is very passionate about helping youth and making a difference to their lives.
Adam is a Director at PwC Australia and is a qualified lawyer and accountant. After learning at 14.5 months that his first son was born with Down syndrome, Adam looked for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome. Adam was introduced to e.motion21 through his work at PwC and became involved as a volunteer in 2015 before joining the the e.motion21 Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Board in November 2016. He has joined the Board as the chair of the Family and Friends Advisory Group as his son is a keen participant in the kinder/primary class at Kew. In this role Adam is motivated by working together with the e.motion21 family and friends to contribute to the organisation’s continued success.