Meet the Team

  • Margie O'Tarpey Chief Executive Officer Margie O’Tarpey has been a Chief Executive Officer in professional association management for over 25 years, primarily in and with government at all levels, health, community and industry sectors. Her academic background is in law, social sciences, arts and nursing and she has a strong interest and experience in strategic and business planning, change management, social justice policies and programs and human resources development.

    Margie has managed multiple complex programs, projects and consultancies in her professional career. She also has expertise in professional development and training, as well as experience in quality organisational reviews, national standards and credentialing programs.
  • Jim Chaplin Manager of Finance and Operations Jim is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years international business experience in the Commercial sector. He is now using the financial and business experience gained to assist organisations in the not for profit sector. He has gained a broad experience across the child care, education and health sectors, assisting those organisations to improve their financial position, and working with the Board and CEO to improve governance within the organisation.
  • Enis Jusufspahic Manager, Sector Development Enis is an experienced sector support and development professional with a proven track record in the tertiary and higher education, child protection, ageing and disability sectors. Before joining ECIA NSW/ACT in February 2017, Enis was a Sector Support & Development Officer working with ageing and disability service providers in Eastern Sydney. Enis has a Masters in Law & Legal Practice from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Arts from UTS.
  • Lee Edmondson Manager, Communications & Marketing Prior to joining ECIA NSW/ACT, Lee worked for various associations as the Marketing & Communications Manager including the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.  He has worked within the Government sector in communications and developer roles, including the National Queensland Driver Licence (NQDL) Project.

    Lee has worked in the educational sector, where he developed online learning packages for TAFE QLD and taught Graphic Design & Multimedia. Lee has worked within the creative industry for many years and has experience across a wide variety of industries including information technology, finance, mining and product development.
  • Sarah Zerounian Administrative Support, Professional Development Sarah has worked in project and policy officer roles in the government sector for over 15 years.  This included over five years in various roles at the Department of Ageing, Disability and Homecare.

    She joined ECIA NSW/ACT in October 2015 to support the implementation of the Professional Development Program.
  • Nicole Walker Manager, Membership Nicole has over 15 years experience in association management and has extensive knowledge in both membership and professional development. She has worked in professional associations including Diabetes Australia, the Australian Institute of Project Management and Local Government Managers Australia.

    Nicole has also consulted to numerous associations on how to improve their membership programs and better meet the needs of their membership.  Her goals at ECIA NSW/ACT are to provide quality services to our members and improve the benefits provided to the membership.
  • Belinda Comninos Policy and Project Coodinator Belinda has worked in the government and higher education sector in policy positions for over ten years.

    Belinda was engaged to develop the first Disability Action Plan (DAP) for UNSW Australia, providing a framework for delivering disability services to students and staff across the organisation. She has served as a Senior Ministerial Advisor in the portfolios of disability services, ageing, small business and tourism in the NSW State Government. In this diverse role, she is particularly proud of her approach to exploring new policy direction with stakeholders and front line staff.
  • Jane Martin Administrative Officer Jane has been working for ECIA NSW/ACT since 2003. Prior to this, she worked for 11 years with ANZ as a Business Banking Officer, QBE as a Customer Service Officer and various other administrative roles.