Our Board consists of seven Directors, many of whom have current and extensive experience serving the community.
Bernie Lloyd - Chair
BA, DipEd, MEd, DipFinancial Services (AMI)
Bernie brings to the Board extensive educational experience in rural and metropolitan schools as a classroom teacher as well as executive manager. Her leadership expertise resides in long-term strategic planning, building capacity in teams and sustaining and expanding growth in organisations. She currently coaches individuals and teams and facilitates workshops for aspiring leaders with an emphasis on building positive environments which sustain and empower. She understands the interdependence between schools and their communities and how high levels of trust enable productivity. Her governance experience includes school councils and executive roles with VASSP (Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals). She led the Victorian chapter of Principals Australia for three years. Bernie joined the Board as Intern in 2010, was elected by the Members in 2011, and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2015. Apart from being a member on various Board Committees, she served as Chair of the Governance Committee 2013 - 2015.
Jo is a chartered accountant and certified financial planner. Jo spent 14 years with chartered accounting firm Deloitte specialising in the financial services industry, and has held a number of senior positions with National Australia Bank within the areas of insurance and funds management. Jo is also a non-executive Director of Templeton Global Growth Fund Limited, Vision Super, Catholic Church Insurance Ltd and CCI Asset Management Limited. Jo joined the Board in August 2014.
LLB, B. Juris., FMNFE, FAICD, Fellow of the AM Institute
Michael has a strong 30 year commercial background in property and development underpinned by a legal background. His early career focused primarily on acquisition, development and management of commercial enterprises in Australia and North America. Michael possesses a proven track record in implementing and deploying successful commercial strategies relating to planning, development, risk management, government liaisons and relationships. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael joined the Board in 2010.
Prof Karen E. Starr
PhD, MEd, BEd, DipT (Sec), FAICD, FACEL, FACE, FIERDC
Karen Starr joined the Board in August 2006. Previously Karen was a Director and Audit Committee member of Satisfac Credit Union in South Australia (now Credit Union SA), and was Telstra Business Women’s Awards National winner for the not-for-profit sector in 2004. Karen is currently holds the Chair, School Development and Leadership in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. Karen is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the Australian College of Educators and the Institute of Economic Research and Development, Hong Kong.
Graeme has completed a Management Development program at the Harvard Business School. Mr Willis is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Bankers and the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland). He has had a career of over 40 years in banking and finance and held many senior Board and executive management positions with major European and Australian banks. He is currently Managing Partner at Hill Sherlock Willis and Partners and an independent Non Executive director of the RACV. Graeme joined the Board in May 2013 and commenced as Chair of the Risk Committee in January 2015.
Peter Wilson joined the Board in 2016. He has a strong commercial background which shows through his success in his senior executive appointments at ANZ, Amcor and the Federal Treasury and as the CEO of the Energy 21 Group. With his extensive experience, Peter has led the Business Council’s program to mentor senior executive women, has authored the book “Make Mentoring Work” in 2012 & 2015, and delivered the 2014 Kingsley Laffer Oration at Sydney University. He is currently an Advisory Council member of the Harvard Business Review and is Adjunct Professor in Management at the Monash Business School in Melbourne. Peter is the Chairman of the Australian Human Resource Institute Limited, and the Australian Network on Disability Limited. Peter is also the 2016-18 President of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) - the peak global body for the human resources profession covering 700,000 HR managers across 95 countries.
Simon joined the Board in January 2018 with extensive experience leveraging digital technology, strategic leadership and collaboration to deliver enterprise-wide organisational transformation. Simon is a member of the Board at Haileybury College, Australia’s largest Private School, and has previously served on Boards across various industries. Simon was Chief Executive Officer at HICAPS Pty Ltd from 2011 – 2013 where his responsibilities included strategy development, financial management and leading growth outcomes. Prior to this, Simon fulfilled various transformation leadership roles at National Australia Bank, driving numerous digital initiatives and outcomes.