Board of Directors

MRAEL's Board of Directors


Kevin Breen – Chairman

Kevin Breen is a highly regarded and experienced Director, sitting on a number of commercial and not for profit Boards. He has had a long career in senior roles in local government.

Kevin was a key driving force in the establishment of a community philanthropic foundation, and is passionate about social justice and creating pathways to employment.


Richard McGrath – Deputy Chairman

Richard is the Managing Director of CLM Accountants in Hervey Bay. Richard commenced as a Director of Wide Bay Group Training Scheme in 1997 and also served as Treasurer. When WBGT merged with MRAEL in 2009, Richard came forward as a Director, serving a period as Chairman of the Audit & Risk Sub-committee and then Chairman of MRAEL Limited from November 2011 to May 2016.

Richard brings many years of experience providing professional advice to businesses of all sizes. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Elizabeth Board – Director

Elizabeth has had extensive teaching, leadership and advancement experience in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Her previous Board roles extend to various not-for-profit organisations including Aged Care and Regional Hospitals that specialised in corporate governance and strategic planning.

As an Associate of Philanthropy Squared, Elizabeth has consulted in fundraising strategy and implementation to schools and universities.


Poul Bottern – Director and Company Secretary

Poul Bottern (MBA Hons, GAICD) joined IntoWork Australia as Group CEO in 2012 having over 20 years experience in management and executive level roles across community, training and employment related services.

Poul has worked with the Board and Management Team in building IntoWork Australia into a large progressive employment, recruitment, training and community service provider with over 100 locations across Australia. He is actively involved in various forums and peak bodies, including his role as the President of the National Australian Apprenticeship Association.

Operating across 12 companies, the IntoWork Group employs over 750 staff, and thousands of apprentices, trainees, and short term placements, and trains tens of thousands of students each year. As an Apprenticeship Network Provider the Group supports tens of thousands of people entering apprenticeships and traineeships, and also supports many disadvantaged young people and people with disabilities to enter the workforce and settle into the community as a DES and NDIS provider.

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