Our leadership

The CoAct Board is composed of Member Directors appointed by the membership at the AGM and Independent Directors appointed by the Board.

Jenni Mack (Chair)

Independent Director

Jenni is an experienced governance professional with over two decades of board experience, including over ten years as a chair of a board. She has particular expertise with member-based not-for-profit organisations operating in highly commercial environments. This includes strategy development, risk management, organizational transformation and business innovation, especially using digital platforms. Over the last decade Jenni has focused on risk management and cyber security, digital delivery of member services, cloud services, social engagement and marketing. From earlier in her career Jenni has high level experience in public policy, regulation, stakeholder relations, media and corporate affairs.

As well as Chair of CoAct she also serves on the board of one of Australia’s largest super funds Sunsuper and is a Director of the Red Cross Blood Service.

Jenni has a BA (Journalism), MA (Public Policy and Administrative Law) and Graduate Certificates in Applied Finance and International Food Laws and Regulations. She is also a qualified day skipper (yachts up to 74 feet) and spends her spare time sailing.

Jenni is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Governance and Membership Committee.

 

 

Dianne Hill

Independent Director

Dianne has been a Non-Executive Director for over 25 years and currently is a Director of management consulting firm Sector Research.

Dianne chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for Sydney Children’s’ Hospital Network, Service NSW and The Audit office of NSW and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Land and Housing Corporation and the Audit and Risk and Finance Committees of the  University of Technology (UTS) Council.

She is a past Director of Insearch Limited, accessUTS, Scope Global, the Australian Consumers Association (Choice) and the Internal Audit Bureau (IAB) of NSW.

Dianne’s background is in chartered accounting, financial services and program management of large IT and business projects in both the public and private sector. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (members ethical counselling), a member of the Benevolent Foundation grant advisory committee, and a trustee member of CEDA.

Dianne chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

 

 

Wendy Field

Independent Director

Wendy is the Chief Strategy Officer for Feros Care, a not-for-profit organisation offering home care and community care aged services.

Previously, Wendy was the Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand for Ecolab Inc. the global leader in water hygiene and energy technologies and services and before that served as Chief Executive Officer at an Employment Services organisation for three years. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Spotless Group for 15 years, holding various positions including Group General Manager of the Managed Services Division and MD of the New Zealand operations. Wendy brings detailed understanding of the large employer perspective and a strong capability to develop staffing solutions for employers for permanent and temporary workforce requirements across a broad range of industry sectors.

Wendy has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Business Management. She also is a graduate of the INSEAD Business School for the World and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Wendy is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Paul Kelly

Member Director

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of CHESS Employment, an organisation that delivers employment and human services to people with disability, health issues and disadvantage. CHESS Employment is located on the Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley regions of NSW. Paul has extensive experience in the areas of strategy, business transformation, governance and stakeholder management. He has previously held executive management and leadership positions in the financial services sector.

Paul is an Adjunct Professional Fellow, Southern Cross University School of Health and Human Services and an advisor to The North Coast Primary Health Network Centre for Healthcare Knowledge and Innovation.

Paul is the chair of the Governance and Membership Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Tom Mangan

Member Director

Tom is General Manager, Workforce Solutions for the Community Solutions Group, a subsidiary of Endeavour Foundation.  Community Solutions Group  includes Acclaim, SkillsPlus, BRACE Education and Training, and TORGAS Apprentices and Trainees, delivering a diverse range of workforce, education, training, community wellbeing and NDIS services throughout Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

Tom has over thirty years’ experience in leadership roles in the employment, banking, finance and building products sectors before joining Community Solutions 4 years ago. He is also the current Chair of the Apprentice Employment Network Queensland and Northern Territory, and a director on the National Apprentice Employment Network.

Tom is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Griffith University Business School and Securities Institute of Australia.

Tom is a member of the Governance and Membership Committee.

 

Andrew Thomas

Independent Director

Andrew is the Chief Marketing and Fundraising Officer for the Children’s Hospital Foundation where he leads the community engagement, marketing, brand management, supporter management, digital strategy, and fundraising teams.

Recognised as a specialist in non-profit leadership and philanthropic giving, Andrew brings extensive experience in leadership, finance, charitable giving and marketing operations. Andrew has a strong career record in the not for profit sector delivering enduring transformation through developing and growing sustainable income streams.
He brings extensive governance and leadership experience from a variety of past and current appointments to non-profit Boards and Advisory Committees. Andrew currently serves as a Board Member and the Chair of Finance and Risk Management of Loreto College.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Business Administration, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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