Finance Committee

John Oliver (Chair) – (B Commerce, Grad Dip Banking Management, GAICD)

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).

Ian Jamieson – BA (Acc), CA, SA Fin, MAICD

Finance and business strategy executive Ian Jamieson is a Director of Spurling Jamieson Corporate. Ian has led teams to develop and grow business by improving customer focus. With expertise in strategic and operational business planning, Ian brings to Guide Dogs SA/NT his experience as a Chief Financial Officer with listed companies. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy and a Graduate Diploma Financial Services. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Marc Makrid, B.Bus (Marketing Major), Certified Practising Marketer (CPM), Member Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), FAICD, Member Institute of Management (IMC)

Marc has a wealth of knowledge in marketing and business growth strategic expertise focusing on market led growth initiatives. He has a strong focus on organisation culture, executive mentoring/coaching, and overall business strategy. Marc is Managing Director of Marc Makrid & Associates, a leading strategic business advisory consultancy, with a wide and varied client base across multiple industry sectors. Marc was previously a Board member of Guide Dogs SA/NT from 2014-2016, and re-joined the board in September 2018.

Jamie McKeough, BA (Acc), FCA, FTI, MAICD

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 overall management and strategy of one of the largest locally owned and operated professional services firms. His current Board appointments include Deputy Chair, National Network of William Buck, Walford School and Redarc Electronics. Jamie joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in May 2019.

Paul Davies, B.Sc.Econ (Hons), MAppFin, GAICD

Paul has significant experience in international stockbroking, business development in investment management and financial advising. He has provided expert financial and investment advice to private clients, charities, investment managers and institutional super funds. Paul has served on the boards of Parkinson’s SA and has been President and Treasurer of Parkinson’s Australia as well as chairing two of its committees. He has a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics and has graduated from the AICD’s Company Directors Course.


Service Delivery Committee

Professor Elizabeth Ann Farmer (Chair) – BSC (Hons), MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, MAICD

Professor Elizabeth Ann 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.

Nicole Nott – B.App.Sc (O.T), Cert.App.Erg (RMIT)

Nicole is an experienced health services manager with a special interest in non-traditional health service delivery, risk management and governance. Nicole has significant experience in private health service management, operating in compensable schemes and, in the industrial sector, providing medical and emergency response services for remote and high-risk resources operations. Nicole joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in 2018.

Louise Davies – B.Sc. (Hons) App Chemistry, Cert Ed: Secondary Science, P Cert: Inclusive Edu and Sp Needs Ed

Louise is the Executive Manager – Service Development with Autism SA. She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Applied Chemistry, Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Science and Inclusive Education, and Special Needs Education and is currently the Chair of Professional Practice Committee at Autism SA.

Dr Saravana Kumar – B.App.Sc. (Physio), Master of Physiotherapy, PhD (Philosophy)

Dr Kumar is the Research Leader and Senior Lecturer at the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, at the University of South Australia. Dr Kumar has extensive academic, research and clinical experience in allied health and has received numerous grants, citations and awards for his work in evidence-based practice. He has particular expertise in quality and safety and collaborates nationally and internationally with numerous agencies on developing and implementing health care policy and practices.

Katie Sarah – 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.

Ms Sharyn Broer – GAICD, FIML, G.Cert.Man, B.App.Sc. (O.T.)

Sharyn has a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of communities through the delivery of high-quality community services and programs. As CEO of Meals on Wheels SA, Sharyn leads South Australia’s largest community-based volunteer organisation and is responsible for coordinating the efforts of 7000 volunteers and 60 staff to provide one million meals to more than 11,000 people each year. Sharyn is President of Meals on Wheels Australia, a Divisional Councillor of Aged & Community Services Australia SA/NT, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Governance and Risk Committee

Gerry Cawson (Chairman) – LLB (Hons), GAICD

Gerry has more than 20 years of business experience and is currently a Legal Director leading the Corporate team at Kain C+C Lawyers. In 2013, Gerry was named by Best Lawyers Australia as ‘Best Commercial Lawyer – Adelaide’ and in 2010 and 2011 he was recommended by Doyles’ Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as a ‘pre-eminent ‘lawyer in South Australia in the area of mergers and acquisitions. In addition to numerous Board and committee roles over the years, Gerry has advised Boards and senior executives of Fortune 500 and ASX 50 companies while working for top-tier law firms in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Adelaide. Gerry joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in December 2013.

Bruce Ind – B.Sc, B.Ed, Grad Dip T, Grad Dip Ins Comp., B.Ed Admin

Prior to his appointment to the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in 2004, Bruce served as Chair of the Client Advisory Committee for four years. Bruce began his career as a secondary teacher before moving into information services. He serves on the Australian Blindness Forum and on a number of committees within the Uniting Church. He brings an interest in, and a commitment to Quality Assurance, as well as experience with technology and governance. Bruce is a client of Guide Dogs, and has received Orientation and Mobility Training through the organisation. Bruce was appointed Deputy Chair in 2013.

Michael McGregor – BA, Psychology Major, FAICD

Michael is Director of McGregor Campbell Group. He is a registered Psychologist with extensive experience in the field of Organisational Psychology. For 11 years, Michael was State Manager SA & NT for Australia’s largest provider of EAP Counselling and Workplace Trauma Services. He is a Fellow of the AICD and a Member of AHRI and the Australian Psychological Society. He is also a qualified mediator and an Associate Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. Michael joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in 2013.