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Australian Red Cross Board

The members of the Board are the key policy-makers of Australian Red Cross.

Michael Legge | President

Michael Legge was elected as President of Australian Red Cross at the Annual General Meeting, in December 2011, having served as Deputy President for the seven years prior. Michael has a long and distinguished involvement with Red Cross and his leadership appointments are numerous. He has been a member of the Australian Red Cross Tasmanian Division Council and Finance Committee and was Deputy Chairman of the Division in 1998 and Chairman in 1999. Michael has also served on the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Board from 2001 to 2011 and served as Chairman of the Board's International Committee from April 2008 until November 2011. He has represented Australian Red Cross internationally, both as an Australian delegate and speaker at international forums, and as an active participant in decision-making for the Movement. Michael joined Red Cross in 1986 as a young and enthusiastic volunteer ambulance driver with the St Marys Red Cross branch in Tasmania. Since then, his involvement with Red Cross has taken him from rural Tasmania as far afield as Mongolia, Pakistan and the Pacific. Michael was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 2008 which is the Society's peak Award for achievement and merit of the highest degree of service by a member.

Ross Pinney | Deputy President

Serving as a Red Cross Divisional Board member from 2005 to 2007, Ross was elected as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in 2007. He served as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross Finance Commission from 2007 to 2015 and elected as the Deputy President of Australian Red Cross in December 2011. He worked for 15 years as a senior manager at National Australia Bank, as Executive General Manager in the Office of the CEO, CEO Europe, and Executive General Manager, Products and Services. In addition to chairing the Information Technology Committee and Finance Committee, he is a member of the Governance Committee; the National Awards Committee; the Nominations and Remuneration Committee; and the Services Committee. Ross is a non executive director of Australian Red Cross Blood Service, and chair of Rural Bank Limited.

Ross was awarded with a Distinguished Service Medal from the Society in 2015.

Jan West AM | Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee

Jan has more than 40 years' finance experience with Australian and international listed and private companies, government agencies and community organisations. Jan was an audit partner of Deloitte and retired from the practice in December 2011. A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and of CPA Australia, Jan is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In recognition of her services to the accountancy profession and to the community, Jan was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007. She is currently a non-executive director of Dairy Australia, Neurosciences Victoria and Melbourne Forum and an independent member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. She has been President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Financial Reporting Council and a non-executive director of a number of commercial and not-for-profit entities. In addition to chairing the Red Cross Audit and Risk Committee, Jan is also a member of our Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Nominations and Remuneration Committee and Blood Service Finance and Audit Committee.

Pearl Li | Youth Member

Pearl Li was elected Youth Member of the Australian Red Cross Board in 2014. Pearl's involvement with Red Cross began in late 2011, when she became President of the Red Cross Club at the University of Adelaide. She soon joined the South Australian Youth Advisory Committee, going on to become the representative for our National Youth Advisory Committee and making a key contribution to youth engagement within Red Cross.

Along with serving on our Board, Pearl also studies law and has volunteered with many of our programs such as Telecross REDi, Save-A-Mate, emergency services outreach and migration support programs. Her vast experience in youth engagement and community service includes mentoring student volunteers for service trips to India and volunteering with the Smith Family and World Vision.

Sam Wong AM | Chair, ACT Divisional Advisory Board

Sam has been an Advisory Board Member of the ACT Divisional Advisory Board since 2008 and was elected Deputy Chair in 2012. For more than three decades, he has been involved with Australian Red Cross, Lions Clubs International and many multicultural organisations. In 1999, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community and to multiculturalism in the ACT region. In early 2012, the Prime Minister announced that Sam would be appointed as a People of Australia Ambassador (representing the Australian Capital Territory), for the promotion of Australian multiculturalism. Sam is also members of the National Awards Committee and Members & Volunteers Committee.

Sam Hardjono | Chair, NSW Advisory Board

Sam Hardjono was appointed Chair of the NSW Divisional Advisory Board in October 2015. He has been a member of the Divisional Advisory Board since 2010 and a member of the National Property Sub-Committee since 2013.

Sam is currently Chief Operating Officer for an investment company working with the property and technology start-up sectors. For more than a decade he was Chief Executive Officer of a large charity with projects in South-East Asia, South America and Australia. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of a UK-listed property service company, and previously Group Financial Controller for one of Australia's largest and most iconic architectural firms.

Sam has served on various charity and community boards continuously since 1996 and was also a director of the Australia Indonesia Business Council for 13 years. He has held numerous senior board positions, including National Vice President and Treasurer, and has chaired various intergovernmental forums. He is currently Chairman of Waverley College in Sydney.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and an MBA in International Business. He was twice a recipient of the Goldman Sachs JBWere scholarship for Harvard University's Non-Profit Leadership Program.

Charles Burkitt | Chair, NT Divisional Advisory Board

Charles was elected as Chairman of the Northern Territory Divisional Advisory Board in October 2014, after having served as a Board Member for numerous years. As Chairman of the NT DAB he was subsequently appointed to Board of Red Cross. His affiliation with the Australian Red Cross dates back to a very early age where he was introduced to the significance of the organisations work by immediate family members who have had a very active involvement with the Red Cross. Charles has consistently contributed in a voluntary nature to the Society and continues to contribute significantly to the Community, especially within the Northern Territory. Charles began his career as an experienced Investment Adviser specialising in financial markets, having worked in that industry for more than 15 years. He now actively works within the Property Development Industry based in Darwin, while also having obtained extensive Board experience as an active Board Member of several local organisations. Charles enjoys an active lifestyle with an interest in most sports and leisure activities.

John Pinney AM | Chair, QLD Divisional Advisory Board

John first began his association with Australian Red Cross volunteering for the Alice Springs Branch in 1981. Since then, he has held a number of senior leadership positions, including Chair of the Northern Territory Divisional Advisory Board and Vice-Chairman for the National Board. He joined the Queensland Divisional Advisory Board in 2007. He Chairs the International Committee and is a member of the Migration Programs Advisory Committee and the Finance Committee, where he Chairs the Property Sub-Committee. John was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his work in the Red Cross Movement. John is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.

Sue Vardon AO | Chair, SA Divisional Advisory Board

Before being appointed Chair of the SA divisional advisory board, Sue was an independent member of the National Board for two years. Sue chairs the Members and Volunteers Committee and is on the Information Technology Committee. Sue chaired the National Centenary Committee. Sue was a chief executive for 23 years in a variety of State and Commonwealth agencies including the inaugural CEO of Centrelink. Her work in public sector governance has continued in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and PNG. Sue has many years of experience in disaster management. Sue was the Inaugural Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia for community services. Sue is the Chair of Connecting Up providing digital services to the not for profit sector. She is a member of the South Australian Local Government Governance Panel.

Lyndal Herbert | Chair, TAS Divisional Advisory Board

Lyndal originally joined Red Cross as the Treasurer of the Tasmanian Divisional Advisory Board in 2003, before being elected Deputy Chair in November 2006, and Chair in November 2012. During this time Lyndal has been involved in a number of committees, including the National Asset and Investment Strategy Committee (2008 - 2013), the National Awards Committee (2009 - 2012), and is a current member of the Finance Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee.  Lyndal commenced her career in Melbourne with Arthur Andersen & Co, and moved to Hobart where she has worked with KPMG since 2001 and is currently a Director in KPMG's tax practice. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Anne Macarthur OAM | Chair, VIC Divisional Advisory Board

Anne joined Junior Red Cross in 1952 and has been an active member of the Lindenow & District Unit for 40 years. Anne is currently the Chairman of the Victorian Advisory Board. Anne also sits on the National Awards Committee and National Centenary and Member Engagement Committee and the Members and Volunteers Committee.

During her time with Red Cross Anne has been heavily involved in Unit and Regional governance, fundraising and other Red Cross activities. She is a trained Emergency Services volunteer and was involved in the Red Cross response during the Black Saturday bushfires.

Anne has been the Victorian Advisory Board representative on the Victorian International Humanitarian Law Committee for over 10 years, and a committee member of the Victorian Overseas Support Group since it started in 1997.

For Anne's extrodinary work with Red Cross she has been awarded Honorary Life Membership as well as other awards. In 2007 she was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her work in the wider community.

Dianne Buckles | Chair, WA Divisional Advisory Board

Di was appointed Chair of the WA Divisional Advisory Board in October 2013 and has been a member of the Divisional Board since 2006, taking up the position of Vice President in 2007 and Deputy Chair in 2009. Di originally joined Red Cross in 1999 as a member and volunteer, and continues to volunteer in various areas such as Emergency Services, undertaking many deployments both interstate and intrastate. She is AIIMS trained and has completed several Australian Emergency Management Institute courses, is a volunteer trainer, a REDiPlan facilitator/presenter, a Team Convenor and represents Australian Red Cross on the City of Stirling Local Emergency Management Committee, as well as volunteering in the Migration Support Program. She is currently the Chair of the WA Awards Committee, Chair of the fundraising 'Flower Committee' Unit, Co-Chair of the WA Volunteer Reference Group, and member on the National Services and Activities Committee, the National Emergency Services Advisory Committee and the WA International Humanitarian Law Committee. For her service, dedication and exceptional leadership to the organisation, Di was awarded a Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Now retired, Di worked in the corporate information technology sector for many years, and then in computer software consulting.

James Birch AM | Chair, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

James Birch was appointed Chair of the Blood Service in February 2016. He was previously a member of the South Australian Division Board from 2005 to 2008.

James is currently an independent consultant. Until January 2016 he was the Global Health Care Leader for Ernst and Young, having previously been their Oceania Government and Public Service Leader and the inaugural Leader of their Health and Human Services Practice for Asia Pacific. James has had over thirty five years of experience in planning, leading and implementing change in complex organisations such as Health Care, Justice and Human Services. He has also been the Chief Executive of a Human Services and Health Department, Deputy Chief Executive of a Justice Department and Chief Executive of major health service delivery organisations, including academic teaching hospitals.

At a national level James has been Chair of the Australian Health Minister's Advisory Council, a member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, a Board Member of the National E Health Transition Authority and a Director of Health Direct Australia. James is currently Deputy Chair of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and Director of Cancer SA, Mary MacKillop Care SA and Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary). James has a Bachelor of Health Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management.

Margaret Piper AM | Additional Board Member

Margaret is a consultant with almost 30 years' experience in the refugee sector, including as Executive Director of the Refugee Council of Australia (1991 - 2005) and as a board member of a number of agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers. She currently is a member of the Advisory Board of Multicultural NSW and also works as a consultant, primarily in the areas of policy, research and capacity building. Margaret served over many years as the non-government adviser to the Australian Government delegation to the annual meeting of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and has undertaken field work in many parts of the world. In recognition of her service to the community through leadership and advocacy roles assisting refugees and asylum seekers, Margaret was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 2011. Margaret has had lifetime connections to the Red Cross and in addition to her current role on the Board, she also chairs the Services Committee and is a member of the Migration Programs Advisory Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.

Dr David Hamill AM | Additional Board Member

The Honourable Dr David Hamill served on the Queensland Divisional Board of the Australian Red Cross Society from 2003 to 2007. David was a member of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Board from 2004, being appointed Chair in 2007 a position which he held to his retirement as the in January 2016. He served in the Queensland Parliament as the Member for Ipswich from 1983 to 2001, and was a Minister in the Goss and Beattie governments. He received a Centenary Medal in 2001 and became a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2009. David is also a member of Australian Red Cross' Nominations and Remuneration Committee. David received both a Distinguished Service Award and Honorary Life Membership from the Society in 2015.

John D Dorrian | Additional Board Member

John Dorrian has been a member of the Australian Red Cross Board since August 2012. He is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Finance Committee and Chair of the Investment Sub-Committee, and was a previously a member of the National Asset and Investment Strategy Committee. John has had extensive experience as a non-executive director of a number of significant listed and unlisted public and private companies, including the ASX-listed Spark Infrastructure Group, Melbourne Airport, electricity distribution businesses Powercor and CitiPower in Victoria and SA Power Networks in South Australia, and Deutsche Asset Management (Australia) Limited. He is currently Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director of Colonial First State Infrastructure Managers (Australia) Limited and First State Infrastructure Managers (International) Limited. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Non-Board Member Attendees

Judy Slatyer | Chief Executive Officer

Judy joins Red Cross after seven years as global Chief Operating Officer for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), which operates in over 100 countries. In this role Judy was responsible for the operations of the Secretariat and field programme offices, for global corporate engagement and partnerships, for WWF performance measurement and for supporting the Director General on developing and implementing strategy for how WWF evolved as a Network given global trends.

Before that Judy was the Chief Executive Officer of Lonely Planet Publications for six years. Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel publisher with around 400 staff and 350 freelance travel writers. In her last year, Judy supported the sale of Lonely Planet to BBC Worldwide.

Before joining Lonely Planet Judy worked with a Silicon Valley start up to launch in Australia. She did this for 18 months while waiting until 'the right job came along' after she left Telstra. At Telstra Judy was the Chief of Consumer Sales responsible for over 6 million customers, over $4 billion in turnover and 5,000 staff. Judy was with Telstra for eight years starting in the International Division and was instrumental in the development of the Foxtel partnership.

Judy has also worked in the Australian government across a number of portfolios: Industrial Relations, Transport and Communications, Finance, Child Care and Social Security, including advising Ministers. She is also a keen cyclist and took a gap year when she cycled 6,000 kilometres from Greece to Norway.

Judy has an MBA from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra. She also attended a six week executive MBA at Stanford University while at Telstra.

Cameron Power | Chief Financial Officer (Interim)


Jeni McDonough | Secretary

While not a member, Jeni attends all Board meetings and commenced working with Red Cross in September 2004 as Assistant to the Board and was appointed Board Secretary in December 2009.

Jeni has more than 37 years' experience in administration, the majority of which have been at a senior level working in the education, banking, chemicals, information management, utilities and not for profit sectors.

She holds a Secretarial Diploma, Certificate of Governance Practice and Administration, Certificate of Governance for Not-For-Profits and is a Certificated Member of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA (Cert)).

Jeni was awarded a Distinguished Staff Award in 2009 and received her 10 year Long Service Medal in September 2014.


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