Our leadership

The CoAct Board

Lynn Smart


Lynn is an experienced company director with appointments over more than ten years across privately owned, government and non-profit organisations. Her substantive profession is in accounting where she also gained experience in the areas of strategy, risk, and governance across a range of industries.

She is currently a director on North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, a Queensland Government Owned Corporation, Chair of Zarraffa’s Coffee Group, a privately owned national retail franchising network and a director of Neumann Contractors, part of the Neumann Group of Companies.  Prior appointments include five years as a director of Open Minds Australia Ltd, a member organisation of CoAct at that time.  Lynn is an experienced chair and has participated and chaired several board sub-committees including audit, risk and governance.  Lynn’s prior appointments in the non-profit sector in mental health and community services are sectors aligned with CoAct’s members where the importance of supporting disadvantaged job-seekers into sustained and meaningful employment is a shared agenda.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), an MBA from the University of Queensland, is a Certified Practising Accountant and has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2002.

Lynn chairs the CoAct Board.


Dianne Hill


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, 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


Wendy is a consultant with the Department of Defence in the Capability and Sustainability Group.

Previous roles include Chief Strategy Officer for Feros Care, a not-for-profit organisation delivering aged services; 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, Wendy 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 Governance Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


Jennifer Leslie


Jennifer is an experienced Chair, non-executive and executive director in the financial services and not for profit sectors. As a Chartered Accountant with a long career in top and mid-tier accounting firms, Jennifer is experienced in all aspects of financial management, audit, corporate governance and business management.

She has a well-established career forged in the Hunter Region of NSW, including 14 years as the inaugural Managing Director of Pitcher Partners Newcastle and Hunter Wealth Management. Jennifer is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Newcastle Permanent Building Society Ltd and a member of the Remuneration and People and Corporate Governance Committees. She is Chair of Newcastle Permanent Community Foundation Company Ltd, which is the Trustee of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. Jennifer is a member of the University of Newcastle Alumni Advisory Committee and a member of the Hunter New England Local Health District Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Diploma of Financial Planning. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Trustee Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

Jennifer is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.


Andrew Thomas


Andrew is the Executive Director of Mater Foundation, which is a community based fundraising organisation that supports the work of Mater Health, Education and Research.

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 Committee 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 and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


Angat Sandhu


Angat is a Partner at Oliver Wyman, a leading global management consultancy and leads their Asia Pacific Insurance business. He assists organisations solve complex problems centred around their strategy, growth and operating model. Angat is passionate about the role data and technology are playing in changing customer expectations of Financial Services organisations and the challenges and opportunities this is creating for such organisations. He works across diverse markets and cultures across Asia, Europe and North America.

Angat brings to the CoAct Board a sharp analytical approach to strategy, and experience in assisting organisations adapt successfully to a changing environment.  As the child of migrants who had to establish themselves in Australia, he is a firm believer in the power of employment to impact people’s well-being.

Angat holds a Bachelor of Commerce (double majors in Actuarial Studies and Finance); is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (AIAA), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder, as well as holding the Finance Risk Manager (FRM) designation. He has completed Executive Leadership courses at INSEAD and Wharton and is a member of the AICD.

Angat chairs the Governance and Membership Committee.

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