LLB (Hons) (London), FCIS
I am a senior professional with broad-ranging legal and commercial experience gained in the technology, retail, healthcare and professional services sectors. In addition to law, I have held senior leadership roles in HR, risk management, internal audit and governance. I am presently the Chief Marketing Officer of a top tier global law firm in Australia.
I was tertiary educated in England and admitted to the bar of England and Wales in 1988. Since then, I have had vast international business experience gained from working in Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia, as well as the UK and USA. I am a fellow of the Chartered Secretaries Institute and Chair of the Risk Committee of a not-for-profit board of an aged-care facility.
My connection with Vision Australia started about 10 years ago when I signed up to be a volunteer reader for the Talking Wentworth Courier. This experience, though limited, gave me insights to the world of people with vision disabilities, and helped cement my interest in not-for-profit organisations.
I am an experienced participant at Board and Committee meetings of both listed and not-for-profit entities. Specifically I have directly advised Boards and senior management on strategies to adopt in commercial contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, change programs and integration management, marketing and customer service campaigns/programs, capital raising initiatives, high profile disputes, discussions with regulatory authorities, communications with multiple stakeholders, and navigating through legislative changes and compliance matters. In addition, I have been an active participant in the formulation of Strategic Plans.
The skills listed above are relevant to organisations like Vision Australia that are increasingly required to be customer-focussed, innovative and cost-effective. The recent introduction of the Disability Care framework provides Vision Australia with the perfect opportunity to review its existing service offerings and operations and at the same time, to consider what (if any) changes are advisable to stay relevant to its customers, existing and future. My wide experience will support management at Vision Australia to deliver a strategy that ensures maximum benefits to customers without compromising service standards.
In addition, I believe that my cultural heritage (which includes the ability to speak several Asian languages) will add a further element of diversity to Vision Australia.
I have been married for 20 years and have 2 teenage daughters.
I am ready and able to allocate the necessary time to perform Board duties and will accept with great honour an appointment to serve as a Director of Vision Australia.