Board & Governance

Board Members

Brad Chilcott - Board Chair

Brad is the founder of Welcome to Australia, and is currently an Associate Director at Essential Media Communications, helping progressive organisations win campaigns that make Australia more equal, inclusive and sustainable.

Brad was the Interim CEO of Australians for Mental Health, coordinating the re-branding and public launch of this national movement of people suffering mental ill-health for Professor Pat McGorry AO. Brad was the Advocacy and Communications Consultant for Rev Tim Costello and is on the Board of Reconciliation SA, Common Grace and Food for Education (Kenya).

Brad was the founding Convenor of the Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network in South Australia and initiated the now annual Adelaide White Ribbon March. Brad is also the founder and pastor of Activate, a progressive and inclusive church community in Adelaide.

In 2014, Brad was awarded Citizen of the Year for the City of Charles Sturt and the national Award for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding by the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding and the Australia Day Council. In the months preceding the 2014 SA State Election, Brad worked as an Adviser to Premier Jay Weatherill and in the lead-up to the 2013 Federal Election, Brad worked as an Adviser to then-Minister for Immigration Tony Burke with a focus on helping unaccompanied minors, families and vulnerable adults move from held detention into the Australian community.

In 2012, Brad was named as a People of Australia Ambassador by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, won a Governor’s Multicultural Award (Individual) and was a State finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards (Local Hero).

Brad and his wife Rachel have a son Harrison and two daughters, Chloe and Heidi.

Matt Osborne - Board Member

Matt Osborne is the Deputy Mayor of Port Adelaide Enfield in South Australia and North Field Ward Councillor.

As an elected member of Council, Matt represents the interests of residents and ratepayers, provides community leadership and guidance, and facilitates communication between the community and the Council.

Fida Hussain - Board Member

Fida Hussain is a student support officer at Para Hills High School, a Youth Ambassador for the Australian Refugee Association and a long-term volunteer with Welcome to Australia.