The Board

Matt Lynch - Ondru Board

Matt Lynch



"I have been fortunate enough to travel through 50+ countries, experience many cultures, learn about many religions and attempt to converse in foreign languages. No matter where you go people are just people, but unfortunately not everyone is treated equally. I believe that wherever you live or whoever you are, you should be respected and heard. I dream of a day where the world is connected, compassionate and equitable for all."

Matt is a management consultant and project management professional that has worked with numerous organisations across people, process and technology. He was an early supporter of Ondru and a member of Ondru's Aal Project, cycling 1,000kms around Sri Lanka. Matt holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He brings experience in business development, strategy, operations and project management to the Ondru board.

Anne Carson - Ondru Board

Anne Carson

Deputy Chair & Director of Arts


“It wasn’t until I found my poetic voice about 12 years ago that I uncovered my identity so I have a great deal of empathy for the voiceless many who are marginalised or devalued in our world. When I discovered Ondru I immediately resonated with what they stand for. I believe in the potential of the Creative Arts to contribute to culture-making: the making of a more humane, fairer world, just as Ondru does. I am highly motivated to contribute to positive social change and being an Ondru Director gives me the welcome opportunity to live my deepest values alongside like-minded others.”

Anne is a Melbourne-based writer and visual artist. Her poetry has been awarded in literary competitions, broadcast on national radio, published in international journals and widely in Australia. In 2013, Removing the Kimono, a collection of poetry, was published by Hybrid Publishers. In addition she teaches Poetry Writing and Appreciation to adults and, as a trained Social Worker, is a project-based Creative Writing Therapist.

Laura Hillis - Ondru Board

Laura Hillis



“A powerful arts experience can turn your world-view upside down and expose you to life experiences far removed from your own. Ondru’s work transforms the lived experiences of those not always heard from in popular culture and the media, into beautiful and powerful expressions of humanity. I believe that these moments help create connection and ultimately a more equitable and compassionate society."  

Laura is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability professional with a background in marketing, communications and fundraising. Her current role at Bank Australia involves leading key CSR initiatives such as Bank Australia Impact Fund partnerships and projects and developing the bank's fourth Reconciliation Action Plan. Laura has a Bachelor of Creative Industries and a Graduate Certificate in Business, both from QUT and is completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Melbourne.

Mohit Patiyal - Ondru Board

Mohit Patiyal