National Board Members
John Brogden AM (Chairman)
M Public Affairs; MAICD
John re-joined the Board in November 2012 after previously serving from 2009 to 2011. John is the CEO of the Financial Services Council (FSC), which represents Australia's retail and wholesale funds management businesses, superannuation funds, life insurers, financial advisory networks, trustee companies and public trustees.
In 2006 John was appointed CEO of health insurer Manchester Unity, which he successfully merged with HCF in 2008. From 2006 to 2009 John was the Chairman of Abacus Australian Mutuals, the body representing Australia’s credit unions and building societies.
From 1996 to 2005 John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person ever to hold the role.
John is the Chairman of UrbanGrowth NSW, a Director of NIA Pty Ltd and Chairman of Furlough House Retirement Village. John is also the Patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.
In January 2014 John was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales.
Dr Robyn Clough (Deputy Chair)
Phd (Gender Studies)
Robyn was elected to the Board in November 2011. She was a director of the Board of Lifeline Canberra from 2005 to 2011 and Board President from 2009. Robyn also worked as a Telephone crisis supporter for five years.
Robyn has extensive experience in research and project development across the public, community and private sectors. She commenced her research career with the completion of a PhD in 2002 and has worked across a diverse range of areas including social housing, public sector governance, mental health and police anti-corruption. Since January 2011 Robyn has worked as the Manager, Public Policy and Thought Leadership, with the Australian Institute of Management NSW & ACT.
Geoff McClellan (Governance Committee Chair)
B Ec, LLB
Geoff joined the Board in November 2011. He is a Senior Litigation Partner at one of Australia’s largest law firms, Freehills, where he was Chairman and Senior Partner of Freehills for six and a half years. Geoff is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading commercial litigators and has extensive experience advising major public companies across a broad range of significant strategic issues. He brings to the Board, from both his professional practice and the leadership of a major law firm, extensive experience in matters of corporate governance, strategy and organisational change. Geoff is a director of the Australia Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and a member of the Chairman’s Council of the ACO. Geoff also Chairs the Board Governance Committee.
Bruce Mansfield (Audit and Risk Committee Chair)
B Com, MAICD, Ffin
Bruce is a well-known commercial figure. He is currently the Managing Director of eftpos Payments Australia Limited – a business that processes over 2.4 million payment transactions representing $130 billion annually. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has undertaken leadership studies with Harvard and INSEAD. He has substantial board experience in the NFP sector, most notably over the past six years on the National Board of Save the Children Australia Limited. Bruce resides in Sydney, is married and has three children.
Annie Corlett (Services Committee Chair)
B Ec (Sydney), MAICD
Annie joined the National Board in November 2011. She is currently the President of the University of Sydney Alumni Council, the University’s peak alumni body, where she is also a member of the Executive Committee and Chairs its Regulatory Taskforce. Annie is also Deputy Chair of the External Advisory Committee for the Dept. of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.
Annie has had extensive business experience. For much of the 1980’s she was an executive director of two publicly listed mining companies. She has also had a long time involvement in supporting various groups in the not-for-profit sector. Annie has been an accredited Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter and is currently a Facilitator and ‘Supervisor on Call’ for Lifeline.
Annie is also a Volunteer Court Supporter/Counsellor for the Homicide Victims Support Group (NSW) and volunteers on the Support Line for this Group.
Brett Goodridge (Funding and Sustainability Committee Chair)
Tertiary studies in business, finance and administration; MAICD
Brett joined the National Board in 2010 and was re-elected in November 2012. Brett also currently is the Chair of Lifeline WA. Brett has 35 years of commercial experience at senior management levels in both the private and public sectors.
His career has been characterised by a requirement for ‘organisational change and restructure’ requiring highly developed skills in strategic thinking and planning to ensure the long term viability and profitability of organisations. Brett undertook tertiary business studies at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, now Curtin University.
Dr Karleen Edwards
MbCHB, FRANZCP, MBA (distinction), MAICD
Karleen joined the board in May 2013. Her current role is Interim Chief Executive, Commission for Hospital Improvement in Victoria. The role of the Commission is to facilitate improvement in quality, safety, efficiency, effectiveness and service user experience in health services across the State of Victoria through leadership and capability building, evidence and knowledge sharing and improvement methods.
Karleen’s experience covers all levels within the health sector from direct client care and support to executive leadership and government roles. Karleen trained in Medicine and specialised in Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She has an extensive career in health and disability working in roles such as General Manager Disability (Southern Regional Health Authority, NZ); Manager Mental Health (Southern Regional Health Authority, NZ); National Mental Health Strategy and Change Manager (Health Funding Authority, NZ); Chief Executive, Central Northern Adelaide Health Service and Executive Director, Mental Health Drugs and Regions (Victorian Department of Health).
Karleen also holds a Masters of Business Administration (with Distinction) from the University of Canterbury, NZ.
Bob became Executive Director of UnitingCare Community (previously Lifeline Community Care Queensland) in June 2010. UnitingCare Community is one of the state’s largest community service providers offering Lifeline services, child and family care, counselling, disability support and social inclusion programs across Queensland. It employs 2 500 people and is supported by 5 500 volunteers. Bob came to UnitingCare Community with over 28 years experience in the disability, aged care and community services.
His experience in disability ranges from on-the-ground direct client support to executive levels both within government and NGO’s. He has also had state-wide portfolio responsibility for child protection, youth justice and youth detention, domestic violence support services, out of home care, adoption, sexual assault support services and supported accommodation services for people without a home.
Some of Bob’s previous roles include Director of Organisational Development and Regional Director for Blue Care. He has also worked for Health and Human Services as Director of Child, Youth and Family Support as well as other executive roles within the Tasmanian Government. Bob has a passion for social justice and personally longs for the day when all members of society are valued regardless of their circumstances. He is very committed to finding a way to help ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community are safe and supported and receive the assistance they need to live with independence, dignity and respect.
Bob strongly values family and is married to his wife Deborah and together they have five children and ten grandchildren. Bob’s personal interests include his family, church and his motorbike as well as working with various community groups in his area to help where he can.
B Bus (Accounting), CA, GAICD
Jacinta is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience with KPMG, with over ten years as Partner. She currently has the dual role of Partner responsible for Regulatory Compliance and Sector Leader for Investment Management & Funds. Her experience spans audit, governance, compliance and risk advisory services and she has extensive experience working with Boards. She is a graduate and member of the AICD, and is a key figure in the investment management industry in Melbourne.
Sheryl Weil is an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank Ltd and holds the role of Head of Service and Operations for the Banking and Financial Services Division. Sheryl has been with Macquarie Bank for 29 years and has substantial and in depth experience within the financial services sector and, in particular, with back office operations and client service provision. She has been involved with, and been responsible for, some of the most significant change management and process re-engineering projects within the Banking and Financial Services Division.
Sheryl is also a longstanding board member of the Macquarie Group Foundation and is on the board of directors for Schizophrenia Research Institute.
BA, Dip. Ed. MAICD
Libby Davies is currently the CEO of the White Ribbon Australia. Prior to this position, and in recent years, Libby has worked as a business development consultant to Frontier Services, national provider of aged and community services across rural and remote Australia, senior policy adviser with the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, and as a consultant in the areas of social policy, strategic planning and mentoring to the community sector. Libby has also held a number of chief executive positions, such as CEO for Family Services Australia, National Director of UnitingCare Australia and Executive Director of the Head Injury Council of Australia (now Brain Injury Australia). She is currently Chair of the Board of UnitingCare NSW.ACT, Director of Lifeline Australia, and member of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council. Libby has served on a variety of Boards including the House with No Steps, The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and held a range of representative positions (including at executive and ministerial level) in health, ageing, and family and community services including ACOSS. Before moving into national social policy and advocacy work in community and welfare services, Libby worked in projects of national significance with the Australian Government relating to education and national curriculum development, and was a secondary teacher of social sciences.