With Lee Green turning 30 this year, we asked one of our longest serving staff members, Mike Levy, to reflect on his time at Lee Green and the experiences he has had as part of the team.
Mike first began at Lee Green after moving home from the UK in 1998. He moved on after a few years but returned in 2007 and has been with Team Lee Green ever since.
Mike has travelled extensively in his time at Lee Green, made evident in his current role as Director of our Northern Territory office and operations. Says Mike of his travels “ I have been fortunate to have travelled to many parts of Australia through my work at Lee Green especially working with Aboriginal organisations throughout Australia. A summary of the places visited for work include:
- Northern Territory
- Mt Liebig
- The Tiwi Islands
- South Goulburn Island
- Groote Eylandt
- Elcho Island
- Alice Springs
- South Australia
- Coober Pedy
- Port Augusta
- Victor Harbor
- Western Australia
- Ringers Soak
- Halls Creek
- New South Wales
"I have also been fortunate to attend several Barunga and Garma Festivals along with a Ngukurr Festival representing Lee Green. These are fantastic festivals to experience and have given me the opportunity to see excellent musical performers including iconic Indigenous acts such as Dan Sultan, Yothu Yindi, The Saltwater Band, Coloured Stone, The Lonely Boys, Mambali Band, Caiti Baker, Emily Wurrumura, Dr G, Neil Murray and many more.
"In addition to work travel, I was part of Lee Green’s 6-person Habitat for Humanity major project team that travelled to Battambang in Cambodia to be involved in building houses for Cambodian families. This was an amazing experience for all involved and it was great to go back a year later with my wife to reunite with the families settled in their homes.”
As well as his contribution to our Habitat for Humanity build, Mike is on Lee Green’s Events and Charities Committee which identifies charitable opportunities in our community that we can get involved in.
“In 2010, together with three other staff members, we stretched our physical capabilities and completed the 50 odd km Trailblazer challenge from Adelaide Oval to the summit of Mt Lofty raising funds for the Operation Flinders charity. Despite vowing to never do it again after completing it, I have since completed the challenge 2 more times. Being involved in Lee Green’s Meals on Wheels roster is another highlight.”
Of professional development opportunities provided to him at Lee Green, Mike says, “Lee Green have supported me as I have undertaken a Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander degree part time externally at the Charles Darwin University in Darwin. After 5 and a half years, I’m now down to my last 2 subjects to finish the degree and have enjoyed and been extremely challenged undertaking studies in two Aboriginal languages in the Year of Indigenous languages.
“Together with experiences travelling throughout Australia and remote Aboriginal communities, these studies have assisted in working on developing Lee Green’s Reconciliation Action Plans.”
Mike has been a driving force behind the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan which is now at the Innovate RAP planning stage. Read more on that here.
Finally, we asked Mike how times have changed since he began his accounting career and not surprisingly, we got a sports metaphor in response!
“Boof Lehmann was asked a similar question when he retired from cricket and his response was that when he began his career the players would get to the dressing room at the end of a day’s play and the beers would be on ice but as he finished his career at the end of the days play it would be the players that were on ice (in ice baths). From an accounting perspective, when I started long lunches were common with clients and prospective clients but nowadays most meetings occur over a cup of coffee.”
While times sure are changing, Mike will always be a valued member of Team Lee Green. Thanks for your contribution to Lee Green over the years Mike!
Keep an eye on our social media accounts for more staff reflections over the coming weeks.