The Board

The Board

  • Malakai Tava


    Malakai heads up Spinal Home Help as founder and current President. His early football career and stint in project management prepared him for the challenges of running a not-for-profit organisation, drawing on his experiences of injury, recovery and life-fulfilment.

  • Andrew Taylor


    Andrew has been a core part of the SHH team since day one, volunteering at every opportunity. Though his work at Retracom keeps him very busy, he still finds ways to dedicate his time to supporting Spinal Home Help.

  • Julie-Anne Botha


    Julie-Anne has a background in bookkeeping and spinal injuries advocacy and has run her own successful bookkeeping business. Passionate about supporting people with SCI and their spouses, Julie-Anne has also run support networks for people on the Gold Coast and currently facilitates our Southport spouses connect group

  • Marbelly Castillo

    Board Member

    Marbelly recently joined Spinal Home Help to offer her support and legal expertise. Her work in immigration law and history of volunteering as legal assistant to various charity groups are indicators of her generosity and tireless drive to help others.

  • Julie Tava

    Board Member

    Julie brings her financial expertise from QPF Finance to the SHH Board, and is the other half of the mighty Tava team. Her tireless support of her husband, Malakai, and his goal to assist people with spinal cord injury, have gone a long way in bringing Spinal Home Help to life.


    Lourens Botha

    Board Member

    Lourens Botha sustained a C5 incomplete spinal cord injury in 2015 after a surgical misadventure.  Lourens has a background in psychology and counselling and has an extensive history of family, trauma, abuse and substance abuse counselling.  He is committed to helping people with spinal cord injuries to lead meaningful lives and to improve their relationships with spouses, family and friends.

  • James Borman

    Board Member

    James is a Certified Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in finance and financial management. Working as a commercial analyst in Australia’s mining industry, he brings his valuable financial expertise to the Spinal Home Help board.

  • Adam Obeid

    Board Member

    Adam currently works as a Campaign Organiser, assisting in the management of many political campaigns across Queensland. He has held positions in Council, State and Federal Government offices, supporting members of parliament and helping to resolve a diverse range of community issues; something he continues to do today. Adam is a strong believer in giving to the community through working extensively with charities and thought leadership groups.