Richard Anderson OAM – BCom FCA FCPA
Mr Richard Anderson, OAM, joined the Board of Guide Dogs Queensland in August 1980 and has served as President since 1990. He is also a member of the Board’s Investment and Finance Sub-Committees. Mr Anderson is Chairman of the Boards of Data #3 Limited, a member of the Boards of Lindsay Australia Limited and Namoi Cotton Cooperative Limited. Formerly a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Mr Anderson was the firm’s Managing Partner in Queensland and a member of the firm’s National Committee. He has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of Brisbane Grammar School and the Capital Markets Board of Queensland Treasury Corporation, President of the Brisbane Polo Club and President of CPA Australia in Queensland.
Leanne Muller – BCom CA ASIA MAICD
Ms Leanne Muller joined the Board in April 2005 and serves as Vice President. She also chairs the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee of the Board. Leanne is a Chartered Accountant and experienced senior executive having held Chief Financial Officer (CFO) (or equivalent) roles within Energex Limited (1998 – 2006), Uniting Care Queensland (2006 – 2007) and RACQ Group (2008 – 2014). Leanne also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (in both Brisbane and Papua New Guinea) and with the Australian Securities Commission.
In addition to her role with Guide Dogs Queensland, Leanne also serves as a non-executive director of Data #3 Limited, Sugar Terminals Limited, QSuper subsidiary QInsure Limited and Peak Holdings Pty Limited (trading as Peak Services), a subsidiary of Local Government Association of Queensland.
Lynette Reynolds – BCom LLB LLM
Ms Lynette Reynolds was appointed to the Board in November 2009 and serves as Honorary Secretary. Ms Reynolds has been a practicing solicitor for over 25 years and is a partner with law firm HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. The firm is a longstanding supporter of Guide Dogs Queensland and is its honorary legal advisor. Ms Reynolds has an extensive property and business practice including in the health and child care industry.
Arif Ali – BCom CPA
Mr Arif Ali was appointed as a Director to the Board in July 2010. Mr Ali is a Certified Practicing Accountant and has been involved with the packaging industry for the last 20 years and has travelled extensively through South America, USA, South Africa, Europe and SE Asia in his employment. He has been a life member of GDQ for almost a decade and has actively participated in fundraising events. Mr Ali is currently General Manager of Bemis Australasia and a Director of Bemis Brisbane Pty Ltd, Bemis Flexible Packaging Ltd, Micris Packaging Pty Ltd, Micris Investments Pty Ltd, Sailmoss Pty Ltd and Maania Pty Ltd.
Mr Michael Kightley was appointed as a Director to the Board of Guide Dogs Queensland in December 2012. Mr Kightley has more than 20 years’ experience as a company director both in Australia and internationally. Mr Kightley is Director of Larok, a marketing and strategy consultancy. He recently spent five years as a Director of Australian Insurance Holdings and related companies (an APRA regulated national Financial Institution). Mr Kightley’s previous roles include four years as an Associate Director of Amplifi Governance, and nine years at Deloitte with three years as Sales Director in Sydney; Managing Director of Williams Design, a large Sydney design and advertising agency; Managing Director of Kerfield Consulting, an investment and property finance company; and 12 years senior and general management experience with Standard Bank and Investec Bank.
Michael is currently taking a leave of absence from the Board of Directors while he fills the role of CEO of Guide Dogs Queensland .
Mr Drewe Jackson was appointed to the Board in August 2016. Drewe has been involved in capital markets and investment for 25 years including more than 10 years as a portfolio manager in London with Cazenove Capital and Herald Investment Management. Drewe is currently a Director of TicketMates Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest tour ticketing system, , and the Head of Group Investment for the RACQ Group. He sits on the advisory panel of the RACQ Foundation which assists community groups affected by natural disasters and is a member of the policy committee of the RACQ Superannuation Plan.
Mr Ray Saunders was elected as a Director in July 2002. He is Chairman of the Investment Sub-Committee and serves on the Finance Sub-Committee. Prior to his retirement, Mr Saunders was General Manager Queensland with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Ray followed his career in the banking and finance industry spanning some 36 years. Mr Saunders has been very active in the business community and in community work in South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Dr John Vance – MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Dr John Vance OAM was elected as a Director in August 2008. Dr Vance was a Consultant Paediatrician who worked as Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at The University of Queensland and Mater Children’s Hospital. He retired in 1996 due to a significant vision disability as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. He is a client of Guide Dogs Queensland and has trained with a White Cane, the UltraCane and subsequently a Guide Dog. He lectures Orientation and Mobility trainees and advocates for people who are vision impaired with Queensland Rail. He is Chairperson of Guide Dogs Queensland’s Client Services Liaison Committee. Dr Vance is a passionate lawn bowler and since 2000 has represented Queensland at the Australian Blind Bowls Championships for the last 15 years. He was awarded the OAM in January 2014 for services to the blind and those with low vision