Members Success

Congratulations to just some of our Members and Subscribers who have recently gained Board Appointments. We wish them all the best with these and subsequent board appointments.

2021 Board Successes

Jason Cronshaw: Non Executive Director, Destination Sydney Surrounds North

Appointed due to: My existing experience as Chair of the main tourism association in the Blue Mountains and to bring local knowledge to the regional board, as well as previous NED experience and a passion for regional tourism.

Chris Potter: Independent Chair of Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee, Palliative Care Australia

Appointed due to: Having just missed out on an appointment to the Board last year PCA came back to me to ask if I was interested in being an Independent Chair of the FARM Committee which could open up the opportunity go going on the Board down the track.

Paul Fendley: Non Executive Director, Reef Catchments

Appointed due to: Community Representation, governance and public sector experience

Samantha Challinor

Samantha Challinor: Non Executive Director, Australian Consumers’ Association (CHOICE)

Appointed due to: An excellent range of experience in senior management roles and as a non-executive director of not-for-profit organisations. An experienced finance, risk and audit committee chair. Skills, energy and enthusiasm about joining the CHOICE Board.

James Knowles

James Knowles: Non Executive Director, Centennial Coal

Appointed due to: I have 48 years of experience in the mining sector, specialising in WHS and Risk Management. I have worked with this company as a consultant for over 20 years.

Mike Harley

Mike Harley: Non Executive Director, Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne

Appointed due to: Alignment of the mission and purpose of Bicycles for Humanity with my own interest and desire to volunteer. Business strategy, marketing, sales and innovation experience to ensure the organisation has a sustainable business model. Previous experience as a Non-Executive Director in a Non-for-Profit membership based organisation.

Jeremy Stone

Jeremy Stone: Non Executive & Independent Director, Infrastructure Sustainability Council

Appointed due to: Previous NED and Chair of committee experience, Diverse knowledge in the infrastructure industry, Understanding and networks in Asia through living and working for 14 years in the region.

Claris Bourne

Claris Bourne: Board Members, Swan Hill District Health

Appointed due to: Governance and, Compliance, Company secretarial, Financial management, Stakeholder engagement, Professional qualifications, Tertiary qualifications.

Patricia Cross: Board of Guardians, The Future Fund

Appointed due to: Investment management and superannuation expertise, extensive experience as NED at multiple ASX 30 and FTSE 30 listed companies over 20 years.

Felipe Grez: Non Executive Director, Judo NSW

Appointed due to: The organisation was looking at increasing volunteering and participation, and I was able to provide a strong case for how I was able to support the organisation in this cause.

Fraya Shaw

Freya Shaw: Secretary, SPAN Community House

Appointed due to: My experience and skill base are valuable resources to any organisation.

Kate Waterford

Kate Waterford: Chair, AusCam Freedom Project

Appointed due to: I was appointed to lead this NGO fighting human sex trafficking, drawing on my strong NFP sector experience and human rights expertise.

Sean Chamberlin: Chairperson & Director, Virtual Contact Centre Limited

Appointed due to: My breadth of experience that includes being on the Leadership Team of 4 technology start-ups, Strategic Planning work in Management Consulting, as well as my commercial and financial background as an Accountant.

Kim Richards

Kim Richards: Non Executive Director, Migraine Australia & Road Safety Education

Appointed due to: 25 years in integrated content, marketing and communications aligned with the business/board's needs on both counts.

David Jarjoura: Non Executive Director, The Housing Connection

Appointed due to: My experience with Financial Management and Governance, my ability to think Strategically, my understanding of Risk Management and experience in the Property sector.

Nick Rideout: Non Executive Director, Beechworth Health Service

Appointed due to: Extensive experience in and passion for the health sector.

Samantha Badcock: Board Member, Early Settler

Appointed due to: Strength in helping SME’s to grow their business and manage risk.

Norman Chorn

Norman Chorn: Non Executive Director, Volunteering Australia

Appointed due to: Volunteering Australia were looking to enhance the strategic skills of their Board to respond to the changing and challenging environment post-COVID. I was appointed for my expertise and experience in Strategic Thinking and Planning.

Claudio Pedretti: President of the Board of Directors, Alliance for Rural Electrification

Appointed due to: the Board worked hard during last year and made strategic changes to the association to lay stronger foundations to sustain its growth

Priscilla Stevens-Guiney: Secretary, Queensland Regional Rural and Remote Woman's Network

Appointed due to: Awareness of the opportunity and 1: 1 mentoring from Board Direction.

2020 Board Successes

Paul Healey: Non Executive Director, Rite Mentoring Inc.

Appointed due to: As a Board member, I provide strong governance, strategy, financial management and risk support to the Board.

Brett Savill: Chair Person, SMART Recovery

Appointed due to: Twenty-five year track record in Technology, Media and Telecoms.

Alan Goodman: Chairman, Sinclair Noble Limited

Appointed due to: A corporate entity issuing equity to the public: underlying asset - old age facilities. Appointed because of experience and skill level.

Louise Hope: Non Executive Director, Caretakers Cottage

Appointed due to: Governance; policy and human resources experience.

Abbas Alibhai: Non Executive Director, CRAM Foundation

Appointed due to: Strategic & financial expertise plus health experience.

Nigel Fairbairn: Chair, Prospect Community Services

Appointed due to: Governance experience; time to commit to the role; unanimous support of all Directors.

Jack Wolstencroft

Jack Wolstencroft: Treasurer, United Grand Lodge of Queensland

Appointed due to: Previously on the Board of the Grand Lodge of SA &NT

Silvio Del Vecchio: Deputy Chair, Australian Association of Franchisees

Appointed due to: maximising opportunities and getting the little things right.

Derek Lundberg: Non Executive Director, Sundale Ltd

Appointed due to: Working closely with David (Board Direction) as part of his Non Executive Director Program.

Corrine Taylor: Non Executive Director, Health and Medical - RCSA

Appointed due to: strong experience, skills and networks in the health and medical recruitment sector. Chair of medical recruitment subcommittee. Commitment to industry.

Steve Evans: Chair, Warrina Homes Inc

Appointed due to: After three and a half years on the Board, I was elected and appointed as the new chair. Main skills would include strategy, governance and leadership.

Robert Willes: Director & Chair Governance, Culture & People Committee - Mid West Port Authority

Appointed due to: Industry background, commercial & governance skills.

Vijaya Vaidyanath: Board Member, Parks Victoria

Appointed due to: governance experience, chief executive experience, people management and financial acumen plus successful advocacy track record.

Brent Cubis: Non Executive Director, Carbon Cybernetics

Appointed due to: Given my background at Cochlear as CFO, they needed someone with experience in Medical devices and finance to assist a young medical device company with the eventual commercialisation of their device.

Craig Thomler: Non Executive Director, National Health Co-Op (NHC)

Appointed due to: bringing IT and digital experience identified as high priority skills for the NHC board given the changing environment for health care in Australia as well as my past experience in the Health sector, in senior corporate and government roles and my previous Board experience.

Paul Healey: Non Executive Director, Rite Mentoring Inc

Appointed due to: As a Board member, I provide strong governance, strategy, financial management and risk support to the Board.

David Armstrong: Chair, UCA News Ltd

Appointed due to: UCA News is a pan-Asian Christian media company. I was appointed because I have had a long career in media, as a journalist, editor and media company manager

Jennifer Sanders: President and Board Chair, Beaucare Inc

Appointed due to: Board member and previous president and chair, high level of board skill, experience and knowledge, understanding of the local region and the needs of the residents, previously elected councillor, qualifications including BA, GAICD, Graduate certificate and Justice of the Peace.

Will Clarke NED

Will Clarke: Independent Director, Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc

Appointed due to: My skills in growth-turnaround, global supply chain, enterprise risk management, government contracting and international human capital management are attractive to the corporation.

Glen Farrow: Non Executive Director, St John’s Ambulance Australia

Appointed due to: Board cover letter, CV, interview tips and research training from Board Direction.

Cameron Simpkins: Non Executive Director, Dulverton Waste Management

Appointed due to: Perfect fit with my skillset and perseverance to find the right board for me.

Zivit Inbar: Non Executive Director, Rural Northwest Health

Appointed due to: To complement the board with crucial skills, culture, change, ethics and innovation.

Priscilla Stevens-Guiney: Board Member, The Ecological Society of Australia

Appointed due to: Due to strong academic and philanthropic networks and a desire to raise the profile of ecological science in Australia.

2019 Board Successes

Julien Playoust: Non Executive Director, Australian Unity Limited

Appointed due to: Alignment of skills and value plus my for-purpose and for-profit, multi-sector experience.

Jarrod Sierocki: Chairman, Dealer Trade Holding's Limited

Appointed due to: Being a very experienced Chairman - Accountant, studying law with other post graduate qualifications with variety of experience across multiple international public entities, jurisdictions and vast experience in Corporate law across multiple jurisdictions internationally.

Peta Irvine: Chair, QLeave

Appointed due to: Chair experience and specific ability to manage a complicated board dynamic with tact and a collaborative approach.

Matthew Green: Councillor, Chartered Accountants ANZ

Appointed due to: Elected from Queensland's State Council for Chartered Accountants ANZ to represent the 13,000 Chartered Accountant members in Queensland on the national Council for Chartered Accountants ANZ.

Michael Doery: Chair & Independent Non Executive Director, Beveridge Williams Pty Ltd

Appointed due to: Succession of previous Chair.

Craig Coleman: Non Executive Director, Modular Intermodal Containerised Expedient Building System

Appointed due to: Knowledge and experience as chief executive officer for my company working in difficult environments providing project, logistics and security services for disaster response, reconstruction, humanitarian and commercial projects.

Peter Copp: Non Executive Director, Northern Health Foundation

Appointed due to: Skills, industry experience and network.

Jonathan Smith: Board Member, WA Council of Social Service

Appointed due to: Networks within my sector.

Douglas Dunstan: Committee Member (Compliance, Audit & Risk Management Committee), Australian Festival of Chamber Music - North Queensland Ltd

Appointed due to: Skill based governance and financial management appointment.

Victor van der Kwast: Supervisory Board Member, Anadolubank NV

Appointed due to: Experience in Risk and Overall Bank Management International Banking Experience, various countries and cultures, Expertise in Banking, Insurance, Compliance, Capital Markets, and IT.

Andrew Kelly: Non Executive Director, Living Cell Technologies (ASX:LCT)

Appointed due to: A need for strong commercial and investor experience in biotech.

Virosh Perera: Board Member, International College of Melbourne

Appointed due to: Having been in the corporate world for 20 years, a Business Consultant & Lecture last 15 years, and Brand Ambassador for AFL, Cricket Australia & Commonwealth Games.

Helga Svendsen: Board Member, Accident Compensation Conciliation Service (Victoria)

Appointed due to: Skills alignment - governance, stakeholder networks and a background as a lawyer in personal injuries litigation.

Michael Young: Chair, ACT Building and Construction Training Fund Authority

Appointed due to: Strong expertise in education and training sector, with solid board and governance experience as well as experience chairing committees.

Paul Glynn: Director, JPK Pacific

Appointed due to: Extensive experience as a Director and comprehensive knowledge of the yachting sector in the Asia / Pacific region.

Ryan Turbill: Advisory Board Member, Results International

Appointed due to: Entrepreneurial experience as well as my track record with growing and scaling a business from start-up.

Max Cozijn: Non Executive Director, Hope Community Services Ltd

Appointed due to: Seeeking new Non Executive Directors with financial management experience.

Thomas Green: Advisory Board (Digital Transformation), Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation

Appointed due to: Needing to evolve and to bring their communication and fundraising strategy up to date with the current digital landscape.

Fiona Pearse: Non Executive Director, Smart Parking Ltd (ASX:SPZ)

Appointed due to: Chair of Risk and Audit Committee skills & previous advisory board experience with a fintech.

Rahul Mewawalla: Board Director, SOS Children's Villages USA

Appointed due to: Extensive digital, technology and business growth leadership experience.​

Trisha Mok: Non Executive Director & Board Advisory Committee Member

Appointed due to: Significant corporate governance and legal experience, together with my decade serving on the board of the Governance Institute of Australia including as a Past President.

Vivienne Yu: Non Executive Director & Treasurer, National Foundation for Australian Women

Appointed due to: Previous board experience and highly developed Finance and Risk capabilities which are providing greater diversity to the existing Board. Together with a driven passion to make a real difference for the well-being of Australian Women.

Simon Perkins: Independent Director & Chairman of Risk Committee, J-Trust Royal Bank

Appointed due to:Previous similar experience with ANZ Royal Bank, extensive Director experience across a range of industries with an Asian focus.

Ted Nabung: Board Director, Community Colleges Australia

Appointed due to: Being known for my strategic and innovative approach to organisations. My broad and long experience in the vocational education and training at operational and strategic levels are highly valued.

Vivienne Scott: Non Executive Director, Infracore Ltd

Appointed due to: Bringing to the boardroom sound knowledge of profit and loss accountability, business strategy through to execution, commercial law, contracts and procurement, corporate finance and has led business development, marketing, change management and communications programmes.

David Mitchell: Honorary Treasurer, Scripture Union NSW

Appointed due to: Assisting in the effort of considering a scheme of arrangement that will amalgamate the membership organisation into a larger body.

Norman Chorn: Non Executive Director, Dear Dyslexic Foundation

Appointed due to: Board looking to include people with business development and commercial expertise.

Kate Waterford: Chairperson, Australasian Birth Trauma Association

Appointed due to: Passion for helping women suffering from birth trauma, supported by strong professional skills in governance, law and accounting.

2018 Board Successes

Leonard Greis: Non Executive Director, Bicycle Industries Australia (BIA)

Appointed due to: Adding value and skill to the board in the areas of corporate governance, strategic & online retailing and marketing.

Arthur Frame: Non Executive Director, National Trust of Australia (Queensland)

Appointed due to: Experience in events management, regional volunteer networks, cultural heritage issues and administration. 16 years experience as a CEO of a state member organisation of a nationally networked organisation. Previous relevant experience on numerous Boards.

Caryl Hertz: Board Director, Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)

Appointed due to: Previous board experience and expertise in Marketing Communications. Together with a driven passion to make a real difference in the health and well-being industry.

Stephen Angus: Non Executive Director, Mildura Airport

Appointed due to: The ability to offer extensive industry experience and networks combined with highly developed risk and governance capabilities which are providing greater diversity to the existing Board.

Susan Wilson: Non Executive Director & Deputy Chair, Innovation & Business Skills Australia & Emerging Industries Panel - Agrifutures Australia.

Appointed due to: A background in public and private sector innovation leadership in Australia; being as a former Non Executive Director of Innovation & Science Australia - overseeing the recent $10B National Innovation & Science Agenda for the Federal Government.

Paul Healey: Non Executive Director, Table Tennis Victoria

Appointed due to: The ability to provide strong Leadership, Strategy, Financial Management and Risk Management expertise to the Board.

Angie Paskevicius: Non Executive Director, Mid West Ports Authority (WA)

Appointed due to: Extensive CEO and Director experience.

Joanna Walker: Non Executive Director, Eastern Health

Appointed due to: Her interest in Health together with relevant CFO, governance, finance and commercial skills required on the board.

Rod Wellington: Non Executive Director, Pharmacy Board of Australia

Appointed due to: His corporate governance skills and previous employment history.

Kerry Skellern: Non Executive Director, Advisory Board, Galvin Engineering

Appointed due to: Broad multi-sector experience – from high growth start-up to large Corporate environments – services, manufacturing and R&D; a track record of operational (P&L) leadership; innovation leadership with a focus on new product development and commercialisation and the definition of novel value propositions and business models; previously lived and worked in China with business development and business improvement responsibilities across operations in Greater China and SE Asia; Formal qualifications in engineering, science, business and administration and governance (GAICD).

Meriel Corbett-weir: Independent Director, Board of Trustees, Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Inc

Appointed due to: Personal knowledge, skills and experience Corporate Governance Strategic Planning and Engagement IT and Communications Social program development NFP experience.

Janine Lea-Barrett: Independent member, Mining & Petroleum Competency Board

Appointed due to: Mining and Electrical Engineering experience with in-depth understanding of compliance to legislation.

Ryan Babbage: Director - Board of Directors, Eastern Innovation Business Centre

Appointed due to: His successes in Asia and Africa. He has successfully transitioned numerous businesses into hotspot pockets of Asia; predominantly South Korea, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan. His understanding of international trade, the distribution networks established and the capital partners he has aligned with over the prior 18 years are invaluable.

Anthony Hunt: Director, Sydney Junior Rugby Union Inc.

Appointed due to: Experience in the organisation with a commitment to governance and strategic development.

Tony Russo: Finance, Audit and Risk, Meals on Wheels

Appointed due to: Current Board, and Diversified CFO Financial and Commercial skills from across section of industries in SME.

Douglas Dunstan: Divisional Councillor Queensland Divisional Council, CPA Australia Queensland Division

Appointed due to: Statewide elections for all State Councils of CPA Australia. Elected by peers in the transparent triennial Australia wide elections for Divisional Councillors conducted by CPA Australia.

Praveen Reddy: Non Executive Director, Onemda

Appointed due to: Expertise in risk management and IT strategy.

Steven Brett: Chair, Australian Diabetes Research Foundation

Appointed due to: Completed six years in skills-based Director position with ADEA which launched the Research Foundation and offered the appointment based on the value already delivered by my directorship. My expertise is in Business Management particularly Customer Experience focused strategic alignment.

Kyle Tyrrell: Non Executive Director, Carry On Victoria

Appointed due to: A proven ability to provide strategic direction and greater corporate governance accountability.

Ben Lester: Member, National Technology and Risk Committee, Governance Institute of Australia

Appointed due to: His skills, experience, industry connections, and previous recent appointed as Non-Executive Director for a NGO were important factors in being appointed to the National Board Committee.

James Burkett: Board Advisory Member, Small Business Expos

Appointed due to: This position was recommended to him based on previous track record on strategy and logistics in developed infrastructure, industries, and markets throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Patricia Paech: Board Member, Alcohol & Drug Foundation NSW

Appointed due to: The appointment came about as a result of my voluntary position of National President, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) where I was a founding committee member which led to being elected National President in 1997. Through this group I was asked to join ADF NSW which I consider an important community role.

Stella Pruscino: Board Executive: Scouts Victoria

Appointed due to: Risk Management, Insurance and Not for Profit experience. Prior 6 years experience as a Director of a Not for Profit Sporting League. 4 Years experience as Chair of Industry body in addition to advisory roles within the Risk and Insurance sector.

David McDonald: Non Executive Director, FEBC Australia

Appointed due to: Skill and extensive experience in finance and investments.

Jessica Lightfoot: Non Executive Director, VESKI

Appointed due to: Board renewal phase. Seeking combined financial, commercial, research sector skills. My background includes law, project delivery and finance, with 17 years in the higher education sector.

Sue Mathieson: Board Treasurer, Narre Community Learning Centre

Appointed due to: Experience and skill in financial and operations management.

Cheryl Hayman: Non Executive Director, Chartered Accountants Aust/NZ

Appointed due to: CAANZ was seeking a director with a background in all things relevant to working with customers or consumers, with a strength and understanding in digital, social and other communications, who could bring a diversity of thinking to the Board. They also wanted an experienced Board Director who understood governance and risk, and who could bring skills developed during a board career to the Board quickly.

Angela Schuster: Non Executive Director, Central West Leadership Academy

Appointed due to: Having advised and assisted numerous Boards, Committees and Advisory Groups in the areas of strategy, planning, implementation, extension, engagement, standards and conformance the Central West Leadership Academy appointed me to provide a broad range of skills and experience working with boards.

Trina Hockley: Non Executive Director, TAFE Qld

Appointed due to: Bringing a unique skill set and experience in mentoring, education and employment services for young people. Current qualifications including a Fellow of the AICD, plus complementing the existing board by providing further regional representation.

Alison Sherry: Executive Director, RANBURY

Appointed due to: Following the recent merger of two of Queensland’s leading project advisory and delivery consultancies, Ranbury and Project Support, a new Board of Directors has been formed. “The appointment of Alison as a Director is an important step forward in improving our governance.”

Jinita Prasad: Non Executive Director, VB Holdings Ltd - publicly listed company on South Pacific Stock Exchange

Appointed due to: To provide strategic and financial guidance along with assistance in compliance given my regulatory and finance background.

Les Hayward: Chairman, Bridging the Gap Inc

Appointed due to: After working for 4 years as a board member and two as the deputy chair, he was appointed as Chair due to several factors. Not least was having been intimately involved with some difficult strategic decisions and having spent much time working with the operation and executive team to steer the business in a new and exciting direction.