Who is involved?

Who is involved?

Chairs and Non Executive Directors


Helen Lynch AM & Rosalind Dubs Syndicates

Accomplished non-executive director in the ASX, private and start-up / innovation sectors, private equity fund manager and business investor (including Airtasker and Blued). In September 2018, Jon was appointed Chair at Israel-based tech play, Bright Innovations, which is seeking to list on the ASX, and the privately owned, Indoor Skydive Australia Group Limited. He also sits on the boards of hi-tech company, Mobilicom and Soho Property App. A former Investec Wentworth Private Equity dealmaker, Jon was Non-Executive-Director of Vocus Group Limited from its inception on the ASX in 2010 as a small listed company with a market cap of $5m to its current status as a Australia’s 4th largest telco with a market cap of $4.8 billion. He was also Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk and Remuneration Committees. Jon was formerly a non-executive director at Godfreys Group Limited, The Pas Group Limited and non-executive deputy president of the NRMA.


Elizabeth Bryan AM Syndicate

Non-executive director of ASX listed investment companies WAM Leaders Limited and Sandon Capital Investments Limited. She is also a council member of Newington College and is an advisory board member of retailer Hardtofind.com.au and education and compliance SAAS provider Yarno. Melinda was a board member of Kennards Self Storage Pty Limited for seven years and is also a former non-executive director of non executive director of Mercer Investments (Australia) Limited, MLC Limited, Vita Group Limited and mental health charity SANE Australia. Melinda was in corporate finance at Grant Samuel, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in Australia and New York. She worked on numerous strategic advisory and financing assignments and was also a solicitor with the corporate division of Freehills between 1991 and 1994.


Adrienne Clarke AC Syndicate

Non-executive director of ASX listed Gold Mining group, St Barbara Ltd, chairs the company’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Health, Safety, Environment and Community Committee. She is also non-executive director of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, chairs the College’s Business Committee for the Pathways School and is a member of the Finance and Risk Committee.  In May 2018, Kerry was appointed as a member of the Director Advisory Panel of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.  From a career as an award winning corporate lawyer with significant experience as a partner in a UK law firm and as a senior executive with Incitec Pivot Limited, Kerry took her first non-executive director role with ASX listed McAleese Transport (now privately owned and trading as Rivet Group). As the sole independent director, Kerry chaired a strategic committee overseeing the refinancing strategy which led to the Board placing the company into voluntary administration in late 2016, from which it emerged in early 2017.


Managing Director and CEO at Ridley Corporation and a highly experienced Non Executive Director. He has an extensive background in senior management in the agribusiness, food, resources, automotive and packaging industries across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. He came to Ridley from Sugar Australia and Sugar New Zealand, where he was Chief Executive Officer for eight years. Tim Chairs iSignthis Limited (ASX:ISX, DE:TA8), is a Patron of not for profit National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) and is a Director of Enactus (SIFE). He has also been the Chairman of AFGC Agribusiness Forum, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Food & Grocery Council, Chaired the Corporate Affairs Committee and was a Director of the World Sugar Research organisation.


Independent non-executive director and senior Melbourne based lawyer with nearly three decades experience in the legal and property industries. In 2014 David was appointed to the East Coast residential development company, Villa World (ASX: VLW) ; the same year he was also appointed to property developer, Sanctuary Living Pty Ltd, which specialises in creating large-scale residential living communities. In 2016 he took on a directorship with the not for profit organisation Hester Hornbrook Academy Limited, an Independent school run by Melbourne City Mission. David is currently a partner in, and Board member of, international law firm Pinsent Masons, where he led and set up its Australian operation in 2014. He also sits on it Asia Pacific Operations Committee. Throughout his career, David has championed diversity and inclusion in the workplace including establishing partnership gender targets and leading initiatives on race and ethnicity diversity and inclusion.


An independent Non-Executive Director with extensive experience in business management in both executive and non-executive capacities. He has had repeated success in leading audit committees, restructuring company processes, training/motivating employees to achieve goals and optimising resources for company growth. He delivered record profits in his most recent non-executive role as director of a well-reputed organization operating in a regulated market environment. Rob serves on the Board of Credit Corp Group Limited (ASX:CCP) and has served on the Boards of Magontec Limited (ASX:MGL), Insearch Ltd, Kwik Kopy Owners Association Ltd, and The Rugby Club Ltd. All these positons have resulted in chairing and /or being part of audit and risk committees.

Rob is retained by Novus Capital Limited in a corporate advisory role where he has served for the past eight years assisting clients in debt and equity raisings and M and A activities. He holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Professional Accounting and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as a Justice of the Peace.


Mark is an experienced chairman with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. A strong entrepreneurship professional, Mark co-founded Wolseley Private Equity  in 1999 after 11 years at Bain & Company where he was a Partner responsible for clients across a range of industries in Australia and Asia. Mark focuses on board effectiveness, CEO mentoring, business strategy and organisational frameworks.  Earlier in his career Mark worked for Shell International and Esso Exploration as an offshore exploration engineer.  Mark holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University (1981) and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (1988). Mark is married with two adult children and is a member of AVCAL and AICD. His board roles include: Olivers Real Food (Chair), Nexus Day Hospitals (Deputy Chair), Byron Group (Chair), Fa├žade Access (Director), PSG (Director), Cartridge World (Director), Stream Solutions (Chair), Transonic Travel (Director), The Jane Goodall Institute (Deputy Chair) and the Western Sydney University Foundation (Chair).

Program Ambassador

JAMES SPENCELEY is an Australian VC investor, award-winning entrepreneur and company director. He is the Chairman of Airtasker, Chairman of Silver Heritage Group, non-executive director of Indoor Sky Dive Australia Group  and CEO and co-founder of MHOR asset management. In 2007 James founded Vocus Communications and went on to become the youngest Australian to create and lead an ASX100 company. His achievements at Vocus saw him saw him feature three times on the BRW young rich list and two-times as a EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner. In 2018 he was inducted into the CommsDay Edison Awards Hall of Fame and recently was announced as the first ambassador for the Women on Boards WOBSX program.

Program Director

DAN LISZKA is a long term WOB friend and supporter, business coach & mentor who leverages his significant advisory expertise and access to knowledge, networks and capital to the project.  Dan has a background in equity capital raising with a strong focus on small companies and corporate innovation.



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