Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees exists to ensure good governance and financial integrity, and that Live & Learn’s focus remains true to its intended purpose. The trustees provide their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.

Christian Nielsen - Executive Director Live & Learn

Christian has over 25 years experience as a development practitioner and has worked in Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Christian lived and worked in the Pacific Islands for a decade, where he supported the establishment of Live & Learn’s country programs. He has long history with the Solomon Islands and supported the Solomon Islands government delegation in international climate change negotiations.

He has consulted for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, European Union and United National Development Program on issues relating to natural resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental education and environmental conflict resolution. He is a Company Director of Social Entrepreneurs International, a global network bringing together social entrepreneurs.


Derek Mortimer - LL.B, Grad Dip Legal Prac., Grad Cert Dispute Res. 

Admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of NSW and Victoria.

Derek Mortimer is principal of DF Mortimer & Associates, a Melbourne based boutique law firm practising exclusively in not-for-profit and charity law. 

Derek has a reputation for patience, diplomacy and fairness when assisting with the resolution of internal disputes within not for profit organisations. He is the author of the chapters “Formation” and “Dispute Management” in the Thomson Reuters Not for profit Best Practice Manual (2013) and contributes presentations, articles and submissions to a variety of public forums and peer reviewed journals on matters affecting the practice of not-for-profit and charity law. 

Derek began his professional vocation in not for profit law law in the late 1990’s undertaking a research project in north east Victoria to develop farm forestry microfinance program. Derek’s report is called “The Landcare Revolving Loan Fund: a development report”, published by RIRDC. 

Derek founded and currently chairs the Law Institute Victoria Charities and Not for profit law Committee and is a member of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission professional user group. 


Hugh Lovesy - CEO, Little Fish

Hugh Lovesy comes from Alice Springs, Central Australia. He has a background in psychology and also extensive managerial, entrepreneurial and cross cultural experience. He is a passionate about the environment and ensuring justice and fairness in the global economy. He has a wide range of other interests from astronomy, to bush walking, to making movies for YouTube and Zumba.

In 1977 Hugh founded a local rural development organization in Rajasthan, N.W. India and lived in a small Indian village. From 1984 he worked in the remote Aboriginal community of Mimili in Central Australia – mainly in the role of community advisor.

In 1994 he co-founded Little Fish. The company was formed to put financial management and capacity building techniques, developed successfully by Hugh while at Mimili, into practice on a large scale. Little Fish was the first Northern Territory company ever to win a national award in the prestigious Telstra Business Awards.  Hugh’s story has been told in the book ‘Ordinary People Extraordinary Lives’ (New Holland 2001).  He has been featured on ABC TV’s well known business program – Inside Business.


Iris Silva Brito - Lecturer, Navitas, ACAP, School of Social Work

Iris is a Brazilian-born Australian who is passionate about social justice, human rights and equal opportunity. She currently holds a lecturing position with Navitas-ACAP School of Social Work, Sydney, NSW. 

Iris brings to Live & Learn a wealth of experience in the social development, education and management areas. Her capabilities and skills in international development draw on a life-long involvement in theducational and social services sectors in the northeast of Brazil working with economically disadvantaged communities. 

In addition, Iris brings experience and skills developed through her professional practice in service development, policy analysis, policy development and implementation, quality assurance, research and service evaluation in both the public and non-government sectors.   

Iris holds the following Australian qualifications- BA Hons Social Work and Social Policy, Master of Business Administration and Grad. Certif. Applied Science Statistics. 


Luke Ablett - Gender Equity and Respectful Relationships Advocate

Luke is a former AFL Player who played 133 games for the Sydney Swans between 2002 and 2009, including the 2005 Premiership. Since retiring from professional sport, Luke has developed and delivered a number of programs promoting gender equity and preventing men’s violence against women prevention in Australia and in parts of the Pacific. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and is currently completing a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Gender and Development). He is also an ambassador for The Line, White Ribbon and Sports Matters.