Eliza Vassallo

Director, Great Dreams

Eliza Vassallo is the Director and Co-Founder of the Great Dreams Program and the GRT Foundation. Eliza ‘s philanthropic work began in 2011, with the establishment of the GRT Foundation, which comprises a total of four divisions.

With a background in Psychology, Eliza is passionate about helping children, young people and families with their mental health and their ability to reach their full potential. After successfully founding and running a children’s psychology practice (Child’s Play Qld), it became apparent that supporting adolescents at best, required more than just the counselling and psychology framework.

Eliza believes that offering support outside the typical counselling framework, can offer adolescents an alternative to finding the right support. The model of the Great Dreams program can provide young people with access to mental health support, through ongoing mentorship, which will inevitably help them to realise their dreams, realise their full potential and commit to a path that is self-fulfilling and where opportunity and growth can be gained.

Glenn Vassallo

Committee Member

Glenn is a founder of GRT Lawyers and the GRT Foundation. As the managing director of GRT Lawyers and chair of the GRT Foundation, Glenn is passionate about working with his highly sophisticated national and international clients to implement their corporate strategy and solve their complex problems.

Glenn is passionate about implementing the corporate strategy of GRT Lawyers and the GRT Foundation. Glenn’s significant experience in formulating and executing complex corporate transactions (including IPOs, takeovers and other equity capital market transactions) with a particular focus on national and international stock and security exchanges puts him in a unique position to provide excellent advice.

EXPERIENCE

After building GRT Lawyers into a high quality law firm, and together with his wife Eliza, establishing the GRT Foundation into a sustainable Australian charity, Glenn built GRT App (a subsidiary of GRT Lawyers) and sold that to an ASX listed company. Glenn was the first chairperson of any Australian ASX listed company to successfully chair a real-time virtual meeting of shareholders. He is still today, the only person who has chaired a real-time virtual shareholders meeting for an ASX listed company.

Glenn is often invited to speak on global topics such as, capital markets, initial public offerings, takeovers and more recently was invited to New York University to speak at its global conference about social entrepreneurship.

Marina Vit

Committee Member

An esteemed industry expert, Marina has worked in executive roles within highly-regarded property development, government, and not-for-profit organisations. Before joining Mosaic Property Group as COO, Marina was CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) Queensland chapter for over five years, where she transformed the impact delivered to its members and its long-term approach to sustainability. She has also held high-profile CEO roles with Youngcare and Brisbane Marketing, was the Chief of Staff for the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, and is currently Director of South Bank Corporation and a Councillor on the State Government’s Koala Advisory Council.

People and their dreams are at the very heart of Mosaic, whether it be creating beautiful homes or supporting grass-root initiatives that contribute to improving the lives of those who most need it through the Mosaic Foundation. As part of the Great Dreams committee, Marina, on behalf of Mosaic, looks forward to helping bring the dreams of young people into focus and, ultimately, reality.

Aylesha James

Aylesha James

Committee Member

Aylesha is a driving force behind Great Dreams, having been involved since its inception. Her hands-on approach in running the program sets her apart, as she actively fosters strong relationships with scholarship recipients and their families. Aylesha’s dedication to supporting the program goes beyond administrative roles; she is genuinely invested in the lives of those it touches.

In her role as the General Manager of the GRT Foundation, Aylesha brings a wealth of experience and a genuine passion for empowering the next generation. As a newly appointed board member, she continues to shape the foundation’s vision and direction. Aylesha’s commitment is rooted in her belief that every young adult should be given the confidence to pursue their dreams.

In every facet of her role, Aylesha embodies the spirit of Great Dreams, translating her passion into tangible support for the future leaders of our communities.

Ashley Hill

Ashley Hill

Committee Member

Meet Ash, a devoted father of four who has seamlessly blended his passion for law, family, and music into a dynamic life. As a seasoned litigation lawyer at GRT Lawyers, Ash brings a wealth of legal expertise to the table. His commitment to justice and his clients has taken him across the globe, allowing him to practice law in various countries and gain a diverse perspective on legal systems.

Beyond the courtroom, Ash is deeply committed to philanthropy. He serves as a board member for the GRT Foundation, contributing to initiatives that make a positive impact on the community through Great Dreams. This reflects his belief in the power of law to create positive change beyond individual cases.

In his spare time, Ash channels his creative side as the frontman of a local band. Whether advocating for justice in the courtroom, nurturing his growing family, or entertaining crowds with his band, Ash embodies the essence of Great Dreams whose diverse experiences enrich every aspect of his life.

Gerrard Gosens

Gerrard Gosens

Committee Member

Gerrard Gosens OAM stands as a testament to the power of resilience and determination. Born with congenital blindness, Gerrard’s journey began with significant challenges.
Throughout his life, Gerrard has not only faced adversity head-on but has also conquered it in various arenas. A seasoned adventurer, three-time Paralympian, Ironman, and chocolatier, Gerrard’s accomplishments span across diverse fields.

In 2023, Gerrard embraced a new role as a mentor in the Great Dreams Program, where he shared his experiences and wisdom with a scholarship recipient, Joshua Wood. Since then, he has seamlessly become an integral part of the Great Dreams family, offering inspiration and guidance to aspiring dreamers.

Looking forward to 2024, Gerrard has set an ambitious goal—to become the first blind man to swim the English Channel in August. This extraordinary feat not only demonstrates his personal determination but also serves as a platform to raise awareness and funds for the Great Dreams Program.

Gerrard Gosens OAM continues to inspire others with his extraordinary achievements, proving that with passion, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of dreams, one can overcome any obstacle. His story is a beacon of hope, encouraging us all to reach for our Great Dreams.

Mia

Mia Graham

Committee Member

Mia is the owner and General Manager of M2 Electrical; a business founded by her and her husband in 2014. Like many small business owners Mia has worn many hats over the years, and as a result, has developed a well-rounded, practical approach to business management. Mia is an agile, analytical thinker who is skilled in initiating and driving strategy. Her leadership has helped M2 Electrical grow from a small family business, to one of South East Queensland’s leading electrical service providers.

Mia holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Prior to starting a business, Mia worked for 10 years in workplace rehabilitation. She is an experienced case manager, who has assisted numerous injured workers return to work or achieve their vocational goals. This background gave Mia first-hand experience in the power of goal setting, and the impact this can have on an individual’s wellbeing.

Being a Great Dreams committee member is an opportunity for Mia to once again connect people who are in need, with the support and practical guidance they need to achieve their goals. As a member of the committee, she looks forward to making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and young people living in our local community.

Lili Vassallo

Committee Member

Lili is a high school student who loves to keep a high level of activity in her life, including multiple sporting commitments, singing, and acting. She has a very busy schedule of extra-circular activities, that keep her healthy and active. Lili gives 100% in everything that she does, and always tries to keep a positive mindset. She appreciates the opportunities that have been given to her, and she is aware that she has a huge advantage, as opposed to other teenagers, who are limited in their access to receive support to accomplish their dreams. Lili’s has always been passionate about the Great Dreams Program and being hands on in helping the leaders of tomorrow. Lili is excited to represent the voices of young people as well as connecting with them and helping them to stay motivated towards achieving their dreams. In 2022, Lili is excited to be participating in the 10K run, for the Noosa Triathlon, as a part of the Fundraising activity for the Great Dreams Program.