Lifeline Australia Directors
John Brogden AM (Chairman)
M Public Affairs; FAICD
John is currently the MD & CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), which is the nation’s leading organisation for directors, dedicated to making a positive impact on society and the economy by promoting professional director education and excellence in corporate governance.
John was 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 from 2009 to 2015.
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, Chairman of Furlough House Retirement Village and The Broken Bay Institute. John is also the Patron of Kookaburra Kids, Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club and Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and holds a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) 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 (Funding and Sustainability Committee Chair)
B Ec (Sydney), MAICD
Annie joined the Lifeline Australial 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 extensive business experience as Company Secretary and Executive Director of publicly listed mining companies. Annie 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 is also an accredited Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter, Facilitator and In-Shift Supervisor.
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 (Service Committee Chair)
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.
BE (Communications) BD MA (Pastoral Supervision)
Geoff is currently the Minister/Executive Officer of the Wollongong Mission of The Uniting Church in Australia which has a long history of supporting persons in crisis through Lifeline South Coast and its Community Care Centre. Geoff has 20 years’ experience serving in leadership positions within the Church including the NSW/ACT Boards of the UCA Synod and UnitingCare (now Uniting)
Geoff is passionate about promoting mental health, and is an experienced Defence and Mental Health Chaplain, and Clinical Pastoral Educator. He has a strong interest in Public Theology and the integration of Christian proclamation and community service.
B. Econ. and Grad. Dip. Marketing
Tessa is a Professional Coach, Facilitator & Counsellor. Tessa joined the Board of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury 9 years ago and currently chairs the Board Human Resources Committee. Tessa has also volunteered as a TCS at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury prior to this. Tessa has a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She currently volunteers as a face-to-face counsellor and co-facilitates suicide bereavement support groups. She is a clinical member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW, and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Tessa is also an accredited facilitator for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MLQ360 and Certificate IV Training and Assessment. Tessa runs her own business, Marshall Coaching Group which has been operating for 15 years, specialising in leadership development, coaching and training for corporate clients and career and personal counselling for private clinical clients. She is responsible for personally delivering many of the services, for driving overall business growth and for the senior account management of key clients.
Grant Foster was appointed to the Board in July 2015, Grant is one of the founding directors of strategic consultancy Ellis Foster McVeigh and a Adjunct Faculty Member of The Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW). He has held senior marketing roles in Australia, US and European listed technology businesses and is one of Australia's leading consultants in business and brand strategy, working with clients in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom. Grant has an MBA from Bond University, has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
Co-Opted Board Committee Members
Taine Mouffariage (Funding and Sustainability Committee Member)
A solicitor by trade, Taine is CEO of Light Energy Australia. Taine also works as a strategic business development partner for Cutting Edge. From 1996 to 2012 Taine worked as an Executive Director for Servcorp. Taine acts as a non-executive Director for Servcorp, Youngcare and the European Australian Business Council. He sits on the Investment and Export Advisory Panel for the NSW Government and the Sustainable Fundraising Panel for Lifeline. He is a patron of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vanguard.
Kate Brown (Funding and Sustainability Committee)
Kate is the Head of Major Dispute Resolution and Employee Relations Legal at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Kate has been at CBA for five years, and prior to that was a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison Lawyers, one of Australia's largest law firms.
Kate is an experienced employment and disputes lawyer and has extensive experience advising major companies about employment and disputes issues. Kate is a member of Philanthropy Australia, the New Generation of Giving and has volunteered in several mentoring programs for underprivileged youth. Kate has a particular interest in how Lifeline reaches the younger generation in Australia.
Lindy Tallis (Governance Committee Member)
GAICD, LLB, BEc
Lindy is an experienced non-executive director and board committee
member working in the financial services and not-for-profit sectors. She
was co-opted as an Independent Member of Lifeline Australia’s Board
Governance Committee in December 2012. She is an External Member of
Capital Group Investment Management Limited’s Compliance Committee and
an Independent Member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee of Oxfam
Australia. Lindy’s prior directorships include as a Non-Executive
Director of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury from 2010 to 2013 and as a
Director of LAMP Administration Pty Ltd from 2002 to 2007.
Lindy was formerly Executive-Director, Head of Legal & Compliance at UBS Global Asset Management (Australia) Ltd. With over 30 years commercial legal experience, including over 17 years in senior management in financial services and over 4 years in Not-For-Profit roles Lindy has a holistic understanding of corporate governance, compliance, risk management and operational issues. Lindy brings to the Governance Committee extensive experience in leadership, strategic matters and organizational change.
Lindy is a Law/Economics graduate from the University of Adelaide and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.
Geoff Robinson (Services Committee Member)
• People and HR
• Media and Stakeholder Relations
• Client Account and Registrations
• IT infrastructure and service delivery
He has also held senior positions and worked with most client segments, such as Individuals and Small Business. Geoff also held a senior position in the Child Support Agency for a number of years. Geoff was a member of the Victorian Tax Agents Board for 12 years and was the first Secretary of the National Tax Practitioners Board. An accredited Executive Coach for a number of years, Geoff is heavily involved in Change Management and the development of leaders.
Geoff has been with Lifeline since 2008 serving as a Lifeline Australian Director, Audit & Risk Committee member and currently a Service Committee member.
Teresa Dyson (Audit and Risk Committee Member)
Teresa Dyson is a senior tax partner at Deloitte, advising clients on infrastructure, financing, corporate tax issues, M&A activity and tax controversy matters. Prior to joining Deloitte Mrs Dyson was a taxation partner at Ashurst. She is Deputy Chairman of the Executive of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Mrs Dyson was appointed to the Board of Taxation in June 2011 and was promoted to the position of chair effective in January 2013.
Eve Brown (Funding and Sustainability Committee)
LLB (Hons), B Bus
Eve has recently been appointed as Executive Manager at Suncorp Bank. Prior to joining Suncorp, Eve was Senior Legal Counsel at Perpetual, Senior Policy Manager for the Financial Services Counsel and a lawyer in the Corporate Funds Management practice group of the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
Eve specialises in trust and equity law issues, including charitable trusts and structured giving, and has extensive advisory and advocacy experience in this area. She has published a number of articles in leading Australian law journals which discuss trust law issues in the financial services industry and trust law reform in Australia. Eve is currently studying a Master of Laws at the University of Sydney.
Eve has volunteered as a mentor for the ‘Law Firms Encouraging and Assisting Promising Students (LEAPS)’ program, which is a workplace learning program for Year 9 students at risk of leaving school early. Eve is interested in the many forms of structured giving and philanthropy, and in bequest programs for charitable organisations.