Our Board.

Our Board is responsible for our strategic direction, organisational performance, and overseeing governance and risk requirements.
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Chair (B Commerce, Grad Dip Banking Management, GAICD, Snr Fellow FINSIA)

John Oliver

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.

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BA, Psychology Major, FAICD

Michael McGregor

A registered Psychologist with extensive experience in Organisational Psychology, Michael is Director of McGregor Campbell Group. For 11 years, Michael was State Manager SA & NT for Australia’s largest provider of EAP Counselling and Workplace Trauma Services. He’s a Fellow of the AICD and a Member of AHRI and Australian Psychological Society. He is also a qualified mediator and an Associate Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. Michael joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in 2013.

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B.Sc (Hons), MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, MAICD

Professor Liz Farmer

Professor Liz 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.

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B.App.Sc (O.T.), Cert.App.Erg (RMIT)

Nicole Nott

Nicole is an experienced health services manager with a special interest in non-traditional health service delivery, risk management and governance. She has significant experience in private health service management, operating in compensable schemes and, in the industrial sector, providing medical and emergency response services for remote and high-risk resources operations. Nicole joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in 2018.

B.Bus (Marketing Major), Certified Practising Marketer (CPM), Member Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), FAICD, Member Institute of Management (IMC)

Marc Makrid

Marc has a wealth of knowledge in marketing and business growth strategic expertise focusing on market led growth initiatives. He has a strong focus on organisation culture, Executive mentoring/coaching, and overall business strategy. Marc is Managing Director of Marc Makrid & Associates, a leading strategic business advisory consultancy, with a wide and varied client base across multiple industry sectors. Marc was previously a Board member of Guide Dogs SA/NT from 2014-2016, and re-joined the board in September 2018.

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BA (Acc), FCA, FTI, MAICD

Jamie McKeough

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 the overall management and strategy of one of the largest locally owned and operated professional services firms. His current Board appointments include Chair of William Buck Australia New Zealand, Walford School and Redarc Electronics. Jamie joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in May 2019.

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B.Bus (Fin), MPA, GAICD

Katie Sarah

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.

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