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Our Board Committees.

Guide Dogs SA/NT is governed by a strong, talented team of business and community professionals.
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Finance Committee

Jamie McKeough (Chair) – BA (Acc), FCA, FTI, MAICD

Jamie has extensive experience in business management and performance improvement, tax planning and compliance, refinancing/bank negotiations and strategic planning. His career extends to professional services, manufacturing, import/export, property and primary production. Jamie is Managing Director of William Buck Adelaide, responsible for overall management and strategy of one of the largest locally owned and operated professional services firms. His current Board appointments include Deputy Chair, National Network of William Buck, Walford School and Redarc Electronics. Jamie joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in May 2019.

John Oliver – B Commerce, Grad Dip Banking Management, GAICD)

John Oliver is the Chief Executive Officer of HomeStart Finance. He has extensive experience in retail banking at Bendigo, Adelaide and Commonwealth Banks. He brings to Guide Dogs SA/NT high level planning skills in developing strategy and executing tactics designed to achieve corporate objectives. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). John joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in June 2014.

Katie Sarah – B.Bus (Fin), MPA, GAICD

Katie has experience in a variety of industries and roles, ranging from a multi-national organisation to family business in technical, sales and managerial roles. This business experience combined with field experience in extreme conditions has led to the acquisition of skills in project and risk management, logistics and working with third-world business partners. Katie was the first Australian woman to summit Mt Himlung (2009). In 2010, Katie became the first South Australian woman to summit Mt Everest. Katie is the only woman to have completed the seven Summits and seven Volcanic Summits. Director of Sarah Mountain Journeys, Katie joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in May 2019.

Ian Jamieson – BA (Acc), CA, SA Fin, MAICD

Finance and business strategy executive Ian Jamieson is a Director of Spurling Jamieson Corporate. Ian has led teams to develop and grow business by improving customer focus. With expertise in strategic and operational business planning, Ian brings to Guide Dogs SA/NT his experience as a Chief Financial Officer with listed companies. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy and a Graduate Diploma Financial Services. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paul Davies – B.Sc.Econ (Hons), MAppFin, GAICD

Paul has significant experience in international stockbroking, business development in investment management and financial advising. He has provided expert financial and investment advice to private clients, charities, investment managers and institutional super funds. Paul has served on the boards of Parkinson’s SA and has been President and Treasurer of Parkinson’s Australia as well as chairing two of its committees. He has a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics and has graduated from the AICD’s Company Directors Course. Paul also tutors at UniSA Online in the Bachelor of Business, teaching finance and investment subjects.

Daniel Henderson – B.Ec, GradDipFinPlan

Daniel Henderson is a Director of Henderson’s Financial Planning and member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia. Daniel has extensive experience in the business sector and has been in the financial services and share broking industry for over 20 years. Previous to this, Daniel spent 12 years working at the Commonwealth Bank in various roles. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Economics from Flinders University and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from The Securities Institute of Australia.  Daniel joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in June 2014.

Service Delivery Committee

Professor Elizabeth Ann Farmer (Chair) – BSC (Hons), MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, MAICD

Professor Elizabeth Ann Farmer is a registered medical practitioner and Honorary Professor at three Australian universities. An independent consultant in the health sector, she has particular interest in innovation and systems change; policy and governance; accreditation; quality assurance; strategy and program evaluation; health sciences education and rural regional and remote health care issues. Currently, Professor Farmer also serves the Australian Medical Council as a Technical Advisor Research and Development, Chair of the National Prevocational Standards Accreditation Committee and member of the Board of Examiners. A recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education at Flinders University, she also received the inaugural Heaslip Fellow Scholarship in Medical Education at Flinders.  Elizabeth joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in December 2014.

Louise Davies – B.Sc. (Hons) App Chemistry, Cert Ed: Secondary Science, P Cert: Inclusive Edu and Sp Needs Ed

Louise is the Executive Manager – Service Development with Autism SA. She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Applied Chemistry, Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Science and Inclusive Education, and Special Needs Education and is currently the Chair of Professional Practice Committee at Autism SA.

Professor Saravana Kumar – B.App.Sc. (Physio), Master of Physiotherapy, PhD (Philosophy)

Professor Kumar is the Research Leader and Senior Lecturer at the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, at the University of South Australia. Professor Kumar has extensive academic, research and clinical experience in allied health and has received numerous grants, citations and awards for his work in evidence-based practice. He has particular expertise in quality and safety and collaborates nationally and internationally with numerous agencies on developing and implementing health care policy and practices.

Sharyn Broer – B.App.Sc (O.T.), FIML, G.Cert.Man, GAICD

Sharyn has a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of communities through the delivery of high-quality community services and programs. As CEO of Meals on Wheels SA, Sharyn leads South Australia’s largest community-based volunteer organisation and is responsible for coordinating the efforts of 7000 volunteers and 60 staff to provide one million meals to more than 11,000 people each year. Sharyn is President of Meals on Wheels Australia, a Divisional Councillor of Aged & Community Services Australia SA/NT, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Sharyn joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in October 2022.

John Herrmann (MHRM)

John Herrmann has experience across diverse public service departments in the policing, health and housing sector. His career has been characterised by roles with strong regulatory and policy components (analytical and investigative) and a strong commitment to service quality. John was a member of the Guide Dogs SA/NT Consumer Reference Committee prior to joining the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in August 2023.

Governance and Risk Committee

Sally McLennan (Chair) – LLB (with Honours), GDLP, BMgt, MAICD

Sally McLennan is the General Counsel and Company Secretary at Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI) and a member of the ANI Executive Management Team. She has over 30 years of business experience, and previously worked as an in-house commercial and corporate lawyer for ASC Pty Ltd and Santos Limited. Prior to this, Sally enjoyed a career in commercial and human resources roles across a variety of industries, including oil and gas, telecommunications and manufacturing. She also spent three years on the board of Cystic Fibrosis SA and is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sally has a Bachelor of Law (with Honours) from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Society of South Australia and a Bachelor of Management (Labour Relations) from Uni SA.

Paul Davies – B.Sc.Econ (Hons), MAppFin, GAICD

Paul has significant experience in international stockbroking, business development in investment management and financial advising. He has provided expert financial and investment advice to private clients, charities, investment managers and institutional super funds. Paul has served on the boards of Parkinson’s SA and has been President and Treasurer of Parkinson’s Australia as well as chairing two of its committees. He has a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics and has graduated from the AICD’s Company Directors Course.

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