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Our Board.

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

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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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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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 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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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.

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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.

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

Sharyn Broer is the Chief Executive of Meals on Wheels in South Australia. Starting out as an occupational therapist, she held leadership roles at Domiciliary Care before becoming CEO of Meals on Wheels in 2010. She has been a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year finalist twice and contributed to the Aged Care Royal Commission, government advisory groups, industry alliances and peak bodies. Sharyn is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate and Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders. She is President of Meals on Wheels Australia, a member of the Aged and Community Care Providers Association Member Council and has served on Guide Dogs SA/NT’s Services Delivery Committee since 2019. Sharyn joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in October 2022.


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.

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