Encircle Board: Mike McFillin

Joint Chairperson and Finance and Risk Management Committee Chairperson

Mike McFillin

Mike is an accountant by profession. He has founded a number of businesses during the course of his career. He recently retired from and audit only accountancy practice that he has operated since 2009.

He has a wide range of experience in addition to the above, having conducted peer reviews for CPA Australia, establishing and managing a Registered Training Organisation as well as being a tax and business advisor for over 30 years. He was also an authorised representative under the relevant financial advice legislation.

Mike’s key strengths include the ability to work with people to achieve a common goal and bring a sense of perspective to any given situation. He also has a detailed understanding of financial sustainability.

Having been on the Encircle board since early 2013, Mike sees his involvement as an effective and meaningful way to give back to the community. His values of fair play, honesty and integrity align with the values of Encircle.

Current Qualifications: B Bus, member CPA Australia.

Encircle Board - Laurelle Muir

Secretary and Joint Chairperson

Laurelle Muir

Laurelle Muir has 25 years experience in social planning, community development and community engagement.

Her experience in local government in South East Queensland has included working with disadvantaged communities in the Moreton Bay Region and across Brisbane.

During the 2011 flood Laurelle was a Coordinator at a major Council evacuation centre, and managed community development recovery projects across Brisbane following the crisis.

As Manager of Community Engagement for Brisbane City Council, Laurelle was involved in the design and delivery of engagement strategies seeking community input into major projects that have shaped the City.

Laurelle holds a Masters Degree in Social Planning, and a Master of Philosophy researching the role of place-based community organisations in the activation of community disaster resilience.

She has been on the Management Committee and Encircle Board since 2008, holding the role of Board Secretary for five years, as well as sharing the role of Chair of the Board over the past year.

Laurelle has a strong belief in the ability of communities to work collectively to lead action and innovation at the local level to influence both social and environmental outcomes for where we live.

General Directors

Noel Tracy Encircle Board

General Director 

Dr Noel Tracey

Prior to academia, Dr Noel Tracey lead operations at state and regional level for several well-known retail brands including BP Australia, Overflow and Timezone.

He has held senior executive responsibilities for environmentally focused and sustainable businesses and consulted on a range of projects for small and large organisations.

Noel has lectured for over 18 years at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for several Queensland Universities in the areas of governance and sustainability, employment relations, management and leadership, innovation and technology management.

Noel is currently a Program Coordinator for the USC School of Business and Creative Industries and is committed to ensuring students from all walks of life can engage with tertiary education as this becomes ever more crucial to long-term success.

He is currently a member of the Innovate Moreton Bay Steering Committee, undertaking research into entrepreneurship and innovation in the Moreton region and drawing on his PhD in corporate reputation and financial performance in an effort to better understand regional identity and how to attract innovators to the region.

Michele Lark Encircle Board

General Director 

Michele Lark

Michele is a Chartered Accountant and has lived in the Moreton Bay area since 2007. She has worked with not-for-profit organisations for 13 years, and prior to that held a variety of senior finance positions in Australia and overseas.

Michele has experience on the Boards of not-for-profit organisations as a Treasurer and member of the Finance and Risk Management committees.

Michele joined the Board in early 2024 and brings knowledge of the financial management of charities and not for profits to Encircle.

Michele sees her involvement in Encircle as a way of giving back to the community that has supported and enriched her family over the past 14 years.

Fiona Graham

General Director and Governance and Nomination Committee Chairperson

Fiona Graham

Fiona Graham is a solicitor who operates her own legal firm and practices, in the main, in South East Queensland.

Fiona has been practicing in child protection, domestic violence, criminal law and mental health law for over thirty years. 

She has been a volunteer at the Pine Rivers Community Legal Service for nine years and has previously been a volunteer member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and the Legal Aid Reference Group Committee.

Fiona is well respected by members of the Judiciary and other members of the profession.  She has an interest in social justice and helping those most in need. She brings to the Board knowledge in governance and in areas of the law where Encircle has daily dealings. 

Zac Zahner Encircle Board

General Director 

Zac Zahner

Zac is a corporate governance consultant and is founder and principle of Total Governance Solutions.

Zac has worked in governance for over 15 years and works closely with boards and management teams to deliver improved governance structures and set strategic objectives.

Zac has previously worked with professional chartered accounting practices, as CFO of retail and rental companies, CEO in a Brisbane-based rental company and, most recently, prior to starting his own consultancy, was Managing Director of Australia’s largest specialist governance consultancy.

Zac is passionate about the importance of the NFP sector and particularly how the communities sector can make a significant difference to people’s lives.

Current Qualifications: B.Bus, CA, GAICD