Lifeline Australia Directors
John Brogden AM (Chairman)
M Public Affairs; FAICD
John is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Landcom, a NSW Government State Owned Corporation which unlocks surplus or underutilised government-owned sites or large institutional land holdings to create vibrant urban places with housing choices, community facilities, open spaces and access to services.
Between 2015 and 2017 he was the MD & CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), which is dedicated to making a positive impact on society and the economy by promoting professional director education and excellence in corporate governance. From 2009 t0 2015 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 2006 to 2009 he was CEO of Manchester Unity Australia before successfully merging it with HCF.
John’s previous non-executive directorships include Abacus Australian Mutuals (Chairman), BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education (Chairman), NIA Pty Limited (health.com.au), Sydney Ports Corporation, Australian Private Health Insurance Association and the Australian Friendly Societies Association.
From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person to lead a major political party at a state or federal level.
John is also the Chairman of Furlough House Retirement Village and 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.
Jacinta Munro (Deputy Chair, Audit and Risk Committee Chair)
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.
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
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.
Sheryl Weil (Service Committee Chair)
Sheryl joined the Board in November 2013. She 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 substantial and in depth experience within the financial services sector and, in particular, with back office operations and client service provision. Sheryl is a graduate member of the AICD. Sheryl is also involved with The BIG Issue, MS Australia and Oz Harvest. Sheryl was a longstanding board member of the Macquarie Group Foundation and was also 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.
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).
Tony joined the Board in September 2017. He is the vice president and managing director for Unisys Asia Pacific. Tony is an accomplished executive who has successfully led IT services organisations in the Asia Pacific region to significant growth through the development, sales and marketing of innovative new solutions and service channels.
Before joining Unisys in December 2015, he was managing director, Global Services, Asia Pacific for Adobe Systems. Prior to Adobe, he held senior sales and marketing roles at Dell Inc., including leading Dell Services Sales for Asia Pacific. He began his career Westpac Banking Corporation. Tony has a bachelor of Economics in Marketing and Economics from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is based in Sydney.
MAICD, MBA, Adv Dip RBM
Travis joined the Board in November 2017. Travis has more than 25 years’ experience in the agribusiness industry. Having joined Ruralco Holdings Limited in 2007, Travis has extensive operational knowledge across all of the Group’s activities including rural supplies, livestock agency, live export, financial services, wool and real estate agency activities. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director & CEO in November 2015, Travis was responsible for many of the profit centre operations across the Group. Current directorships include several of the Ruralco entities along with AuctionsPlus Pty Ltd, market leader in online transactions of livestock services. Travis has spent much of his life living and working in regional Australia, giving him a strong understanding of the challenges facing rural communities and people.
Travis holds an Advanced Diploma in Rural Business Management and has completed an MBA.
Dr Daniel Mainville
PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc (Eng)(Honours), GAICD
Daniel joined the Board in November 2017. He has served on the Board of Lifeline Gippsland Inc. since 2014. Daniel is an Associate Director – Capital Projects and Infrastructure at PwC Australia. He possesses advanced qualifications in environmental engineering. He is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Daniel brings to the Board his skills in stakeholder management and strategic vision as well as a passion for helping communities embrace diversity and build resilience – particularly in the area of support for LGBTI people who face additional challenges in mental health and suicidality due to stigma, bullying, isolation, and the internal acceptance of their sexuality.
B Soc Sc, Grad Dip Adult Ed, Executive MPA
Brent joined the Board in November 2017. Brent is Group Executive Child and Family Services, UnitingCare Queensland. Brent has over 30 years’ experience working in the community services sector in a variety of roles including as a case worker, client services manager, teacher, funder and contract manager, operational manager and senior leader in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
Prior to joining UnitingCare Queensland, Brent was the Regional Executive Director, North Coast with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, responsible for leading the delivery of child and family, disability, community recovery, domestic and family violence and community services and initiatives in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions.
Brent has a keen interest in building strong evidence based-practice, enhancing cultural understanding, supporting communities to respond to local need, strengthening collaboration across the community services sector, and finding innovative ways to address social issues.
Brent holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Grad Diploma of Adult Education and an Executive Master of Public Administration. He is an active member of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Alumni.
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.
In her legal practice at McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Teresa provides tax and structuring advice on infrastructure arrangements, merger and acquisition activity, social infrastructure and financing arrangements. Teresa specialises in advising on taxation issues and also on governance and operations in the not-for-profit sector.
Teresa was named Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2011 by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland. She is the Deputy Chair of the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Services Board, Chair of the Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section and a Board member of UN Women National Committee Australia. Teresa has previously been Chair of the Board of Taxation and a member of the Board of SEQ Water Grid Manager.
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.
Mrs Annie Corlett AM
(Director since 05/11/2011 to 05/05/2017)
Director qualifications: BEc Sydney, MAICD.
Annie has extensive business experience in the financial services sector as well as Company Secretary and Executive Director of publicly listed mining companies. Annie was previously President of the University of Sydney Alumni Council. Currently Annie is a University Senate appointed member of the Sydney University Sport & Fitness Management Committee, a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Dept. of Government and International Relations and a member of the Alumni Council Volunteer Management Committee. Annie is an accredited Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter, Facilitator and In-Shift Supervisor.