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Our Team

The International Brothers & Sisters House is proud to be steered by a passionate group of men and women who bring vision, energy and love to the table. The Directors bring a variety of skills and experience in the fields of business, social work, non-profit management, marketing, and financial expertise along with significant first-hand experience in the field throughout Asia and Africa.
IBSH have a board of directors made up of 6 members:

Josh Porteous – Founder & Managing Director

Josh was born in 1979 and spends his time between Sydney, Australia - Santa Barbara, USA - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Pokhara, Nepal and Arusha, Tanzania. He was born & bred and educated in Sydney and his highest form of education is a Masters in International Business. He spent 12 years working in various national management positions in Coca-Cola Amatil.  Josh left the corporate world and the comforts of the first world in 2012 to volunteer across Asia and Africa in some of the poorest countries on earth. During his time overseas he founded The International Brothers & Sisters House and is now dedicated to helping others through his charity.

Jill Porteous – Director & In Country Manager Nepal

Jill was born in 1945 and resides in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Sydney Hospital as a trained nursing sister in 1968. She has worked at The Institute of Diseases of the Chest as a research technician in London, as a ships nurse and now owns and manages a successful shop in fashion retail in The Rocks in Sydney. Jill is a Christian and over the years has run and been involved in church groups on the voluntary front.

Toby Gardner – Director & In Country Manager Tanzania

Toby was born in 1987 and resides in Adelaide, Australia. He completed Secondary education at Prince Alfred College, Kent Town, Adelaide. He has worked as a caravan builder for Little Guy Australia Pty Ltd and as a customer service rep. for BWS. He was also president & secretary of his cricket club. Toby’s volunteer experience is vast taking him through Africa, India and Cambodia working in orphanages and HIV centres.

Elyse Young – Treasurer

Elyse was born in 1987 and resides in Sydney, Australia. She was educated at Macquarie University in Sydney gaining her Bachelor Degree of Applied Finance and Commerce-Accounting and is currently studying her Masters in international public health at Sydney University. For the last 3 and a half years she has been employed at Coca-Cola as an analyst and she does volunteer work each weekend with SAIL.

Peter McLoughlin – Director & In Charge of Fundraising

Peter was born in 1962 in Zimbabwe, he currently resides in Sydney, Australia.  For the last 30 years he has been very fortunate to work for great multinationals across 3 continents, the most recent as Marketing Director of CUB in Australia. He was educated in South Africa and studied Engineering and Business Administration. Having grown up in Africa and working in South America certainly sensitises you to the effects of poverty but at the same time makes you realise just how rich some of those people really are and how much they could really achieve if they were given an opportunity. Peter feels like he has been watching from the sidelines for too long - he wants to do something positive to help others and was inspired by the International Brother's & Sister's Houses vision, energy, passion and tenacity to change the lives of so many.

Doug Misener – Director & Future Growth

Doug was born in 1957 in Canada, he currently resides in Sydney, Australia. Doug has been in the beverage industry all of his life. He progressed through various Pepsi Cola franchise system roles (sales & marketing) across Canada until 1991. He then Joined Lion Nathan in October 1991 in Sydney, working for Pepsi Cola Bottlers Australia. Doug enjoyed success and progression through Lion Nathan until 2005, he then took up the challenge and distinctive role of CEO of the Liquor Marketing Group here in Australia. For years now Doug has been wanting to do something more, something to really help people and he see the International Brother's & Sister's House's vision for the charity as a perfect avenue to achieve this.

Gordon Forrest – Director & Project Manager

Gordon was born in Zimbabwe in 1960 and has been very thankful for his 30 years of amazing experiences with fantastic blue chip multinational organisations primarily in the FMCG space across Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific Region.

An avid and experienced outdoorsman Gordon has undertaken many adventures in many countries with his most recent being the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage starting in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France and then going over the Pyrenees’ across Spain through Pamplona, Burgos and Leon to Santiago and then Finisterre which he walked in 2015. During personal reflections on this Pilgrimage and, believing he had achieved enough corporate career and personal material objectives Gordon felt the need to give back to those disadvantaged and challenged people in developing countries and, particularly children who he knows from personal experience are so reliant on the love and support of caring adults to survive the treadmill of life. Accordingly Gordon decided he now wished to celebrate life with like minded people who want to leave new footprints and a sustainable legacy of love and care in special places whilst being environmentally responsible and assisting those in need. The International Brother’s & Sister’s House vision coupled with Trek for Change meets those very desires and Gordon is thus thrilled to be able to help and contribute towards the objectives of these two organizations.

Gordon currently resides in Brisbane, Australia. with his wife and two university going daughters.

Brian Ford – Director & In Country Manager Cambodia

Brian was born in 1992 and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Biology. He will be attending medical school next year, and is excited to put his passion of medicine to great use by assisting in IBSH’s medical outreach program in rural Cambodia. Starting in January, 2015, Brian walked 1,500 miles across Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand over the course of a few months in an effort to help raise money for IBSH, and was joined by fellow board members Josh and Toby for different legs of the walk.