JOHN OLIVER Chair (B Commerce, Grad Dip Banking Management, GAICD, Snr Fellow FINSIA)

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). John joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in June 2014.

GERRY CAWSON Deputy Chair (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.


A registered Psychologist with extensive experience in Organisational Psychology, Michael is Director of McGregor Campbell Group. For 11 years, Michael was State Manager SA & NT for Australia’s largest provider of EAP Counselling and Workplace Trauma Services. He’s a Fellow of the AICD and a Member of AHRI and 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.


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. Elizabeth joined the Guide Dogs SA/NT Board in December 2014.

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. She 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.

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 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.


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.