Meet the Together SA Team

Sandra Robinson – CEO

Sandra’s career has always focused on jobs where people are at the heart of her work – as a teacher in four different countries and later, a decade in Community Development and Community Planning in local government. These experiences evolved her understanding of the importance of community and the role of owners of systems which scaffold those communities. This lead her to Community Centres SA, where she worked with the community sector to demonstrate outcomes and strengthen accountability, and then to Together SA, where her work focuses on systemic change and genuine empowerment of communities through Collective Impact.

Collective Impact Leaders

Mary Hajistassi – CI Leader – Together in the South
Mary has an extensive background in community and workplace organising, campaigning, training and facilitation, both in Australia and the UK. She has worked across the education, early learning, aged care and manufacturing sectors. Her work has focused on empowering others to achieve results, building capacity and mobilising communities.  In the UK she held a strategic leadership role across the North West of England for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and was instrumental in developing their Shape Education Campaign in response to whole-scale cuts to education. In Australia she led the South Australian arm of the national Big Steps Campaign, supporting early childhood educators to achieve professional wages.

Froukje Jongsma – CI Leader – WAY (Wellbeing of Adelaide Youth) and Strategic Learning
Froukje brings to Together SA a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of civic, youth and community engagement and is a passionate social innovator. Before joining Together SA she managed UniSA Volunteering where she initiated and co-designed the award winning Community Connect Program. Froukje is from the Netherlands where she was responsible for managing the community and youth portfolios of LOKAAL, the Centre for Democracy in Rotterdam. She has also worked as a journalist and Broadcasting Director for the Dutch equivalent of SBS, led an advocacy campaign supporting farmers and their families in the Palestinian Territories, and did research in Jordan on the topic of honour and honour killings. Froukje has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology from Leiden University and is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate Social Impact at the UNSW Business School.

Chris Arbon – CI Leader – Inner North, Inner West
Chris is a qualified social worker with over 30 years’ experience in social work and management roles in the public and non-government sectors. He has held a number of leadership roles in both urban and rural settings.  Chris is the Manager of Social Health, Wellbeing and Community Capacity at UnitingCare Wesley Bowden in addition to undertaking a secondment to Together SA as a backbone leader of two metropolitan Collective Impact initiatives. A key strength is his extensive management experience in the application Results Based Accountability (RBA). Chris is the co-founder and Deputy Chair of the Social Impact Measurement Network Australia (SIMNA) SA Chapter.

Office Administration

Robin Walden – EA/Ops & Admin Coordinator
Robin provides support to the CEO and Together SA staff to manage Operations, Administration, Marketing & Comms, HR, IT and Events.  She has spent many years developing and implementing productive administration, communication and project strategies and processes. She has partnered with not-for-profits and private corporations to develop their program services to an outcome and person-centred based delivery, increasing their brand awareness, and developing organisations to realise high performing cultures. She brings to this position a passion for the sector and the drive, skills and abilities to meet the demands of the organisation.

Data & Evaluations

Eboni Tiller – Data & Evaluation Officer
Eboni splits her time between Together SA and UnitingCare Wesley Bowden (UCWB). At Together SA she assists initiatives build their data and evaluation capacity. At UCWB, she is part of the Research and Evaluation team, which works to improve organisational performance and capacity. Eboni is driven by an interest in making data and evaluation meaningful and useful for people.

Finance & Payroll

Cheryl Bencetti – Bookkeeper
Cheryl has been with Together SA since the beginning.  Cheryl brings to the organisation exceptional experience and knowledge gathered from her many years in this role with numerous NFP organisations.  She works with Together SA in a part-time capacity keeping all the wheels turning and looking after our clients, staff and accounts.