Meet our CEO and Board of Directors


Mark Painting 

Chief Executive Officer

Mark joined NAATI as Chief Executive Officer in August 2015. Prior to this appointment, he held a number of corporate, commercial and operational roles at senior executive levels in the Australian and NSW Public Sectors. In addition to his public sector career, Mark also has experience as a Director on a commercial board and a number of governance and audit committees.

Mark holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business Degree. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Executive Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

Contact the NAATI Board 

If you need to get in touch with our board, email board@naati.com.au.

Board of Directors

Voula Messimeri AM

Chair

Voula Messimeri AM was appointed to the NAATI Board from 1 November 2014, bringing to the Board significant experience and skills as an executive and non-executive director.

Ms Messimeri has had roles as an non-executive director including as Chair of the peak multicultural national body, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA); Deputy Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria; inaugural Chair of Women’s Health in the North; and Chair of InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence. 

Ms Messimeri was appointed to the RMIT University Council, serving two terms and representing the Council as a Board Director on the RMIT Training Board, a controlled entity of the RMIT University. With a strong interest in language services, she was appointed as a Director on the Victorian Interpreting & Translating Service (VITS) Board, a state-owned enterprise, where she served for 15 years and occupied the role of Deputy Chairperson twice in that time. 

Major contributions to policy and combined with her advocacy roles led to appointments on a wide range of Ministerial State and Federal advisory structures across diverse areas, including health, ageing, income support, media and as a member on the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council. 

She is a Fellow of the prestigious Williamson Community Leadership Program and has been awarded Honorary life membership for significant contributions and leadership by FECCA and PRONIA, where she was a long-standing CEO. The Greek Government recognised her service to the Australian Greek diaspora in 2009.

Ms Messimeri was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and recognised under the Order of Australia for her contribution to refugees, migrants and women. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently serving as a non-executive director on the boards of PRONIA and Settlement Services International (SSI).

Ms Messimeri’s term expires on 30 October 2023.

Dr Adolfo Gentile

Dr Adolfo Gentile was appointed to the NAATI Board from 31 July 2020. He brings to the Board significant experience as a consultant, teacher and researcher in the translating and interpreting field. He was also a Member of the Refugee Review and Immigration Tribunals.

Dr Gentile has a PhD in Translating and Interpreting, a Master of Educational Administration and is a NAATI Certified Advanced Translator in Italian (both directions).

He is an Affiliate of the Interpreting and Translation Studies program at Monash University and is widely known as an expert in his field, having researched and published extensively on translating and interpreting matters.

He is a former President of the International Federation of Translators (FIT). 

Dr Gentile has a long-standing relationship with NAATI including being a former Board Chair. Dr Gentile’s term expires on 30 June 2023.

Jovanka Naumoska

Jovanka Naumoska was appointed to the NAATI Board from 1 August 2020 and as a Member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Management Committee on 19 February 2021.

Ms Naumoska is a legal practitioner with expertise in intellectual property law, corporate law and corporate governance.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) and has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance (Governance Institute of Australia). 

She is a Non Executive Director for Imagion Biosystems Ltd and a Non Executive Director for Security Matters Ltd. She is also a Member of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council and is employed as a legal practitioner for a federal government research agency. 

Ms Naumoska’s term expires on 31 July 2023.

Mark Avery

Mark Avery was appointed to the NAATI Board from 1 September 2020.

Mr Avery is currently working as a university academic teaching, researching and consulting in health services management and he has over 30 years’ experience in leadership, management and corporate roles in both the public and private health care sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.

His career and experience has been at the senior executive, chief executive, consultant, academic, company director and board member levels spanning acute care hospital settings, teaching and research centres, community health services, metropolitan and rural service delivery, aged care sector, regional and district health services, educational environments and internal and external/competitive commercial services.

He holds a Bachelor of Health Administration, Master of Business, PhD and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Mr Avery’s term expires on 30 August 2023.

Nirmal Hansra

Nirmal Hansra was appointed to the NAATI Board from 1 November 2020 and as Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Management Committee on 19 February 2021.

Mr Hansra has over 30 years’ senior executive management experience and over 13 years’ board and corporate advisory experience.

He is the Chair of Campbell Page Ltd.  Mr Hansra is also a Non-Executive Director of Link Wentworth Housing Ltd, Have a Voice Pty Ltd and Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia Ltd.   He is also an independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Housing and Property Group of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment and Chair of the Compliance & Risk Committee of Gleneagles Asset Management Limited. 

Mr Hansra has a Master of Commerce Degree (Business Management major) and is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Governance Institute of Australia, Chartered Accountants ANZ and CPA Australia.

As a qualified chartered accountant Mr Hansra held Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director roles in leading Australian and International companies including Ruralco Holdings Ltd, Industrea Ltd, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Fujitsu Australia Ltd and Texas Instruments Australia Ltd. Mr Hansra’s term expires on 30 October 2023.

Josephine Buontempo

Josephine Buontempo was appointed to the NAATI Board from
1 December 2020.

Ms Buontempo has, for over 25 years, been in executive and senior management across the corporate, legal, government and social sectors.  Her experience in executive leadership and management is coupled with roles as an experienced Non Executive and Independent Director and in an advisory capacity for community corporations, government agencies and ministerial councils.

Since 2008, Ms Buontempo has been the Managing Director of Kasali Migration Australia, a global migration practice. She also provides training and consulting services in corporate governance, organisational and board development and strategy, predominantly, for the for purpose sector including Aboriginal corporations in regional and remote locations.          

Ms Buontempo has extensive experience in social, cultural and economic development and has managed organisations and services in the areas of social housing, law, education and training, disability, family, youth and children’s services, culture and the arts and humanitarian and refugee resettlement programs.

Her current governance and advisory roles include Foundation Housing Ltd, Western Australia’s key affordable housing property developer and manager and Chairs the FHL Tenant Services and Engagement Committee, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Advisory Council and Australian Scholarships Foundation Assessor Panel.

Ms Buontempo has postgraduate qualifications in migration law, is an alumni of the International Fellows Program of the City University of New York Centre for Philanthropy and Civil Society, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Ms Buontempo’s term expires on 30 November 2023.