Our Board of Directors
Mr Brian Meltzer
Brian was ICI Australia (now Orica)’s Economist prior to spending 25 years in investment banking. His experience includes the financing of major property transactions, corporate advisory, corporate finance, management buyouts, venture capital and large scale debt syndications. He has held a number of Board and Board Advisory roles for both federal and state government investment funds as well as for private companies in the human resources, health and wellness, aged care, software, entertainment and finance sectors. Currently Brian works in private equity and venture capital. He has founded, grown and sold companies in the fields of mental health, corporate health & wellbeing, vaccinations and marketing services. Brian is also a Director of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the dual listed Alterity Therapeutics (previously Prana Biotechnology). He serves as Chairman of Alterity’s Audit and Risk Committee, and also provides mentoring for young entrepreneurs commencing start-ups.
Michael is the Managing Partner of The Shannon Company, with over 30 years of senior management and leadership experience in marketing and advertising including Director of Ogilvy & Mather Australia, Director of George Patterson Bates and Founding Managing Director and National Partner of M&C Saatchi Melbourne and Global Strategic Marketing Director at Transurban. Michael is also currently Chair of Inclusive Australia, Advisory Board of BehaviourWorks at Monash University, Advisory Sustainability Committee at WEHI and formerly a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre and Director of the Richmond Football Club.
Jeremy is a Lead Quality, Environmental and Safety Auditor and Systems Consultant with DLCS International. Prior to an accident that left Jeremy a paraplegic, Jeremy worked as a Building Project Manager for several large construction organisations. Jeremy is the Managing Director of Jeremy R. Long Building Consultants Pty Ltd and past Chairman and Director of Disability Sport & Recreation.
B.Com, PhD(AM), MAICD, FAIM, FIM
Paul holds more than 20 years’ experience, both nationally and internationally, in the business, services, healthcare, finance, education and social sectors. He is the Chairman of the International Parking Group (IPG) and Director of an International Management Consulting Company. His past positions have included Executive Chairman of the Somaia Group, National Executive for a major ASX Company, General Manager of the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre (VIC), Associate Professor with Wollongong University and Managing Director of the Central Health Department (WA). He has contributed to a number charitable Boards including Red Cross, Anti-Cancer Council (VIC) and Austin Research Institute and has been a member of a number of National Policy Committees including the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Committee.
BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), GAICD
Catherina is co-founder of cybersecurity venture capital firm, 5i Capital Pty Ltd, with an Australian and Asia-Pacifc (ex-China) focus. Since 2004 she has been running her own legal and regulatory compliance consultancy, advising major financial services organisations in Australia and Asia on compliance, risk management and strategy development. Throughout her career Catherina has held a number of senior executive positions across a variety of organisations including PriceWaterhouseCoopers and National Australia Bank. She is an experienced company Director with Board and Committee experience in the not-for-profit, private, and public sectors. She is also a Director of AMES Australia and is a founding partner, and was the inaugural Chair of Social Venture Partners Melbourne, a venture philanthropy organisation.
MHA, FCPA, FAIM, FCHSM-CHE, MAICD
Managing Director and CEO
Peter has been the Chief Executive Officer of Independence Australia since 2005. He has worked in a range of senior management positions in the health and community services industry for over 30 years in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is a Harvard Club Fellow, an Alumnus of Leadership Victoria, a Director and former Board Chair of a Community Health Service, was a volunteer Surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards for 20 years and has also served as the pro bono Chief Executive of a charitable trust.