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The Team

Jennifer Hippisley

Chief Executive Officer

B Ed, Grad Dip Student Welfare, M Ed Policy International

Jennifer has a background of employment and leadership in secondary teaching, consultancy and education administration, as well as valuable experience in community service.

Her diverse career has been centered on education and ensuring success for all young people, whether in the classroom, leadership position or working with business and industry. She is passionate about supporting young people to be the best they can be, and in the provision of innovative, challenging and inspiring educational practice.

I have always seen the value in whole of community collaborative approaches that support young people’s learning and development. Partnerships are seen as essential to raising attainment and social inclusion for all young people including those young people in the most at risk groups, and the engagement of families plays an important part in this

A broad base of learning and skill acquisition underpins her thinking and strategies: Masters in International Education Policy, Bachelor of Education Melbourne University; Post Graduate Diploma Welfare including counselling and communication skills, conflict resolution and mediation, group behaviour and dynamics; study at the Centre for Adolescent Health; accredited training in: Alcohol and Drug Management; Marketing and Promotion; Total Quality Management and Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle Centred Leadership.

Jennifer’s Masters study in international education policy and associated study trips to various OECD countries provides relevant and current knowledge to develop and support innovative and world class teaching and learning practices.

The teaching and modelling of values are immeasurably important in shaping our young people. Honesty, integrity, resilience, respect, responsibility, understanding, sharing, generosity, helping, serving others, a strong sense of social justice, a joy for life and its opportunities and wonders. We want all the children and families in our communities to be resilient, happy, well educated and connected. We want young people connected to old people, cherishing their knowledge and experience. We want young people to be considered and reflective thinkers with a strong moral purpose, clear values and beliefs and a strong sense of commitment to leading a good and useful life. This leads to a creative and dynamic community that values diversity and where everyone has a sense of purpose and belonging, and are able to contribute to the prosperity of the region.

Rashidi Sumaili

Project Manager

B Human Services

Rashidi Is inspired by Christian values and has a strong commitment to social justice for the disadvantaged in communities.

I was a primary school teacher and also managed the family’s mineral (gold) and fishery business in Africa before the war.

Rashidi and his family were in refugee camps in Africa for 6 years. While there, he volunteered his leadership skills to support others. His goal was to empower the children and families that were at risk or vulnerable to manage their specific issues to live more effectively and to develop opportunities in their daily lives through referral to the local United Nations office and other organisations working with refugees.

Since arriving in Australia as a humanitarian refugee, Rashidi has undertaken study and a range of other educational opportunities to increase his skills and experience. He holds a Bachelor of Human Services from Latrobe University and is completing a Masters in Social Work. He has a Diploma in Community Welfare and a Certificate 4 in Front-line Management.

Recently, Rashidi was appointed for two years to the Hume Regional Advisory Council to the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship. His duty is to advocate on behalf of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community in the Hume region and advise Victoria’s Multicultural Commission on multicultural affairs, resettlement services and citizenship.

Rashidi has a professional focus on capacity building, education, family, individual and community engagement, effective policy development and leadership.

My family, my wife Hadija and our 7 children and I, are proud to call Shepparton home for the last 11 years. Now Australian citizens, we believe that we have a big responsibility to think about how and what we can offer back to Greater Shepparton community in return for what has been done for us so far. This is the concept of reciprocracy. We believe that if something is done for you, then you need to give back twice as much or more in appreciation. This is among our key values.

There is a word in South Africa ‘Ubuntu’ that defines the greatest of humanity. It reminds us that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to our eyes.”

Dr Apollo S. Nsubuga-Kyobe



Dr Apollo is an empowering academic and community leader with high-level skills in cross-cultural capacity building and partnerships enhancement. He has diverse international higher education experience as well as multicultural community management capabilities that are critical in delivering innovation and change.

He has extensive expertise in engaging and maintaining institutional networks, research and community development all of which aimed at driving sustainable knowledge growth and increased capacity development, research, social policy contributions and effective and efficient service delivery.

He has made significant inputs to emerging communities’ settlement, higher education knowledge delivery, research, development, and student career pathways.

He is a tireless community leader, who believes in equitable and fair treatment of all people. He holds a PhD in Business Management and a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from La Trobe University and is active in many organisations:

  • Justice of the Peace (JP) in Victoria, Australia
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)
  • Fellow and Executive Member Asian Forum for Business Education (AFBE)
  • Former Vice President of the African Studies Association of the Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)
  • Member Australian Human Resources Institute (MAHRI)
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors (AMICDA)
  • Former Deputy Chair D.H.S Victoria Multicultural Advisory Committee (Federal Body),
  • Councillor Pan African Diaspora Network Inc. (PAADN)
  • Patron of the Uganda Pearl of Africa Victoria Association
  • HUME Regional Advisory Council Member to the Minister of Citizenship & Multiculturalism, Victoria Government
  • Vice Chair the African Think Tank Inc.
  • Board Member the ECCV
  • Vice Chair Ethnic Council of Shepparton & Districts
  • Member of the Africa Day Committee
  • Chair Goulburn Valley African Communities Association
  • Convenor Australia Africa Dialogue La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Chair Future Voices (Goulburn Valley North East Victoria)
  • Honorary Academic Business Management, Business School – Bundoora, La Trobe University