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.

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Board of Directors

Voula Messimeri AM


Voula Messimeri AM was appointed to the NAATI Board of Directors on 1 November 2014, bringing to the Board significant experience and skills as an executive and non-executive director. Voula is the immediate past CEO of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) and a past Chair of the peak multicultural national body, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA). She has served in leadership positions on several community management bodies and on Boards such as the RMIT University Council and the RMIT Training Board, a controlled entity of the RMIT University.

Voula served for 15 years as Director on the Victorian Interpreting & Translating Service (VITS) Board and occupied the role of Deputy Chairperson twice in that time. She has served on Ministerial State and Federal advisory structures across diverse areas, including health, ageing, income support and media, and was a member of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council. Voula has occupied the role of Chairperson and, until recently, as Patron of In Touch Inc. (the Multicultural Centre against Family Violence).

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 AGWS. The Greek Government recognised her service to the Australian Greek diaspora in 2009. Voula was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and recognised under the Order of Australia for her contribution to refugees, migrants and women.

Ms Messimeri’s term expires on 30 October 2023.

Dr Adolfo Gentile

Dr Adolfo Gentile was appointed to the NAATI Board on 31 July 2020. He brings to the Board significant experience as a consultant, teacher and researcher in the translating and interpreting field. 

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.

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 and is a Graduate of the AICD. 

Mr Avery’s term expires on 30 August 2023.

Jovanka Naumoska

Jovanka Naumoska was appointed to the NAATI Board from 1 August 2020. 

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 the Company Secretary and 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 Council and is employed as a legal practitioner for a federal government research agency. 

Ms Naumoska’s term expires on 31 July 2023.

Nirmal Hansra

Nirmal Hansra was appointed to the NAATI Board from 1 November 2020.

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 and Link Housing Ltd.  Mr Hansra is also a Non-Executive Director of Have a Voice Pty Ltd and Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia.  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 an extensive career in leadership roles at managing director, executive and senior management levels across the social services, legal, government and corporate sectors.  She is currently the Managing Director of a global migration consultancy practice, an Advisory Council Member for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a Director/Principal of a consulting agency specialising in corporate governance, organisational and board development and strategy and is a Non Executive Director of Foundation Housing Ltd. 

Ms Buontempo is an alumni of the International Fellows program of the City University of New York Centre for Philanthropy and Civil Society, has a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice, is a Member of the AICD and Associate Fellow of AIM.

Ms Buontempo’s term expires on 30 November 2023.