Director qualifications: BBus (Accounting), CA, GAICD.
Experience: Jacinta is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years’ experience with KPMG, with over twenty years as Partner. Jacinta currently has the role of Partner responsible for Regulatory Compliance. 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 financial services industry in Melbourne.
Director qualifications: MBA, Adv Dip RBM, MAICD.
Experience: Travis joined the Board in November 2017. Travis has nearly 30 years’ experience in the agribusiness industry. Having worked previously for Ruralco Holdings Limited & Wesfarmers subsidiary Landmark. His previous directorships include several of the Ruralco entities along with AuctionsPlus Pty Ltd, the market leader in online transactions of livestock services. Travis is currently Chairman of Terragen Holdings, Clean Seas Seafood and Select Harvests. Over his career Travis has had extensive involvement in Rural & Regional Australia and is passionate about bringing this experience to Lifeline.
Chair Service Committee
Director qualifications: Bec, GAICD
Experience: Tony is an accomplished senior executive with 25 years’ experience in the information technology and financial services industries. With leadership roles spanning national, regional, and global theatres, Tony has led organisations and businesses of significant scale and complexity. With strategic and operational accountability across all enterprise functions, Tony has notable experience in general management, strategy and transformation, sales and marketing, customer experience management, and service delivery. He is currently the Chief Executive, Operations & Deputy CEO at Coal Long Service Leave Corporation, responsible for strategic leadership and operational management of the scheme. Tony’s prior role was Managing Director for Unisys Asia Pacific where he was also Chair of the Unisys Australia Board. In the preceding years, Tony held executive leadership positions at Adobe and Dell.
Rev. Geoff Flynn
Director qualifications: BE (Communications), BD, MA (Pastoral Supervision). GAICD
Experience: 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 25 years’ experience serving in leadership positions within the Church including the NSW/ACT Boards of the UCA Synod and UnitingCare (now Uniting).
Rev. 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.
Chair Governance Committee
Director qualifications: BA LLB GAICD
Experience: Michelle joined the Board in 2019 and was a Telephone Crisis Supporter for 5 years, most recently based in Maroochydore. Michelle is also a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience as a commercial litigator across different industries. Since early in her career as a partner of national and international firms, she has been involved in management, sitting on her firms’ boards and executive committees. She was one of the early females managing partners of a law firm, and throughout her career has been a champion of diversity in the workplace. Since 2016, Michelle has been the principal of Harpur Phillips, and is a trusted advisor to a small number of clients, advising mainly on governance and risk management. Michelle is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a director of Eildon Capital Limited, and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee.
Chair Audit Committee
Director qualifications: BA (Hons), Accy, FCA
Experience: Robert Hubbard joins our Board of Directors to support in the stewardship and long-term sustainability of Lifeline Australia, with more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, corporate finance, assurance and audit as a partner at PwC up to his retirement in 2013.
Since 2013 Robert has been a professional non-executive directors and currently is Deputy Chair of Allkem Limited, a non-executive director of RACQ and served as a director of Bendigo Bank from 2013 until November 2021, chairing the Bank’s Audit Committee during that time.
Director qualifications: BNsg; PGDip Adv Clin Nsg Psych; CMHN; MMHN
Experience: Luke Lindsay is the General Manager with UnitingCare Queensland, responsible for Queensland’s Statewide Lifeline and Wellbeing Services, including Mental Health. Luke has extensive leadership and clinical experience in the health and human services sector, specialising in mental health and suicide prevention
Luke has a significant career in senior clinical, project, academic, leadership and operational management roles within mental health, community, crisis and hospital service delivery over the past 20 years.
Prior to joining UnitingCare Queensland, Luke worked as a Senior Manager with Queensland Health leading the acute hospital and community mental health services. Luke has previously worked for the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services as an Authorised Delegate within The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist; in academic teaching roles with Deakin University within the School of Nursing; and spent almost 15 years in Senior Leadership roles across a range of Victorian Hospitals where he was operationally responsible for the public mental health and suicide prevention services.
Luke has co-authored two academic papers in The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; and The British Journal of Psychiatry focused on a ‘Zero Suicide Framework’, a systems approach to suicide prevention within a health setting.
Dr. Daniel Mainville
Director qualifications: BSc (Eng)(Honours), M.Sc., PhD, GAICD, FARLF
Experience: Dr Daniel Mainville is the Manager Strategic Engagement (Transition & Rehabilitation) at Loy Yang B Power Station. He brings senior level experience in government, consulting and private industry leading stakeholder management, strategy development, innovation programs, and emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
Daniel was elected to the Board in November 2017. He has also been serving on the Board of Lifeline Gippsland Inc. since 2014. Living in regional Victoria, Daniel brings to the Board a passion for helping communities embrace diversity and build resilience with particular focus on supporting LGBTQIA+ people.
Daniel 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.
Director Qualifications: BEc
Experience: Linda O’Farrell is a senior executive with extensive experience in the global resources sector. Linda has shaped people and culture strategy for leading companies including Newcrest, BHP, Mount Gibson Iron and since 2013 has led the People and People Operations teams for Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), during a period of rapid growth both in the metals and energy business.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours in Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women.
Linda has contributed to a number of Not for Profit organisations in addition to her executive roles and joined the Board of the Australian Institute of Management WA in 2018, where she also chairs their Advisory Council, and is Vice President of the Australian Resources and Energy Employers Association, having joined the Board in 2018.
Dr. Sharon Ponniah
Director qualifications: PhD, BSc (Hons)
Experience: Dr. Sharon Ponniah is a Partner in the PwC health practice and is a public health and policy specialist. She has worked in the public and private sectors managing research, evaluation and population health programs at State and National level, in Australia and New Zealand. She has held roles with the Ministry of Health New Zealand; worked for large Crown Entities; and for the George Institute for Global Health prior to entering consulting. With a PhD in public health, she is a published academic and continues to review NHMRC grants for public health and policy.
Sharon’s career has been driven by a passion to reduce inequity, increase sustainability and impact social agendas. Sharon currently leads PwC Consulting’s mental health business, supporting public policy reform in digital mental health, workforce, and workplaces. Sharon is a mother of two young children and juggles work and family life in Sydney. Sharon was instrumental in the establishment of the Champions of Change Coalition Health Group, working alongside Elizabeth Broderick and the Champions of Change team to bring together this group of leaders on gender equality from across the health sector.
Director qualifications: GradDipMgt, GradCert Suicidology, MAICD
Experience: Andy Moore is the General Manager Health, Conferences and Education with Wesley Community Services including responsibility for Wesley Lifeforce Suicide Prevention Services. Andy has over 25 yrs leadership and management experience across community services, mental health and suicide prevention.
Andy has been actively involved in the design and delivery of suicide prevention networks, suicide prevention training, suicide aftercare, suicide memorial services and older persons mental health. Andy’s career includes management of clinical mental health services, counselling, youth services, accommodation, disability, aged care and First Nations services.
Director qualifications: LLB/BA (Hons 1), GAICD
Experience: Philippa Watson is CEO of ubank, an award-winning digital bank owned by National Australia Bank. Prior to ubank, Philippa held a range of senior executive roles spanning service leadership, contact centre management, digital banking, technology, operations, finance, risk management, compliance, merger-integration and strategy. These roles have involved accountability for functions in Australia, USA, UK, China and South Africa.
Philippa is passionate about the role organisations can and should play in community wellbeing.
Philippa is a Director of the National Australia Bank’s venture capital fund and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Co-opted board committee members
(Co-opted member of the Governance Committee)
Governance Committee co-opted since 2018
Kristy Do is the CEO and founder of Alintium Consulting. She is an experienced financial services executive with substantive experience in financial services law, people and business management, strategy, corporate governance and compliance management spanning over 23 years working in the legal profession and the financial services industry including as General Counsel & Company Secretary for Nikko Asset Management, Company Secretary for Mirvac Group and Senior Lawyer for ANZ Wealth. Kristy also spent 6 years with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in enforcement litigation and compliance roles ending her service there as Manager of the Compliance Directorate for Financial Services responsible for ensuring compliance with Australian financial services law by large entities regulated by ASIC.
Kristy holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Architecture) degrees from the University of Sydney. She has completed the Company Directors course from the Australian Institute of Directors. She holds a practising certificate and is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.
(Co-opted member of the Audit & Risk Committee)
Audit and Risk Committee co-opted since 2015
Sam is an auditor and adviser to large and medium-sized financial institutions. He enjoys nothing more than thoroughly understanding the business model that his clients have in place and the processes and controls that they operate to meet their business objectives. He prides himself as being easy to do business with. His passion for what he does, combined with years of experience, enables him to provide significant value through the assurance services he offers.
His areas of expertise include:
- Audit and Assurance Services
- Accounting Advice: IFRS
- Controls Advisory (including Sarbanes Oxley)
- Risk Management
- Regulation (specialising in APRA regulation)
- Due diligence
(Co-opted member of the Service Committee)
Service Committee Co-opted since 2019
Peter joined the Lifeline Service Committee in July 2019. He is a Consulting Director of LimeBridge Australia. He has significant industry experience in customer service delivery in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the USA. Over the last 20 years, he has transformed many of Australia’s largest institutions. Peter grew up in Sydney and studied accounting at UNSW and more recently, four years post-graduate Psychology at Sydney University. Peter has gained a wide experience in financial service firms within Australia as well as working for Coopers & Lybrand in the UK. Limebridge is a customer experience consulting firm in Australia, well known for operational transformation and improvement programs that continues to create value for Australia’s largest companies.
(Co-opted member of the Audit & Risk Committee)
Audit and Risk Committee co-opted since 2020
After graduating from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce, Zoe began her career at Arthur Andersen in Melbourne in 1995 as a chartered accountant, before moving into Human Resources when she relocated to London in 1998 where she worked at premier investment banking firms. In 2004, Zoe relocated to Hong Kong where she worked in the leadership capacity of Global Head of Human Resources in the financial services sector for 12 years. Given her Audit, People and Culture background her skills in risk management, strategy, audit, and operational control are significant. Further, she was a member of the global crisis management committee through some of the world’s most challenging crisis events in recent times.
Her knowledge in the not for profit sector is founded on her experiences with corporate social responsibility, employee volunteering and engagement programmes, as well as numerous grassroots initiatives. While in Hong Kong she was a member of The Women’s Foundation’s Board of Governors. She relocated to Perth in late 2017 before being appointed Board Chair of the Women’s Legal Service WA in 2018.
Whilst always considering matters through a “human lens”, Zoe applies a pragmatic, innovative, and solutions orientated mind-set to all that she does with particular strengths around strategy, governance, risk management, and sustainability in the pursuit of building resilient, safe and healthy communities.