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 was elected a Director 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 finance 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. Leanne holds a number of non-executive director positions with QInsure Limited (a subsidiary of QSuper), Sugar Terminals Limited, Data #3 Limited (ASX listed technology and services provider) and LGE Holdings Pty Limited, LGE Operations Pty Limited and Local Buy Pty Limited (commercial subsidiaries of the 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 20 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 .
Dr Mark Loane AM – MBBS (Qld) FRACO FRACS
Dr Mark Loane AM was elected to the Board of Guide Dogs Queensland in 1996. He has a private Ophthalmology practice at the Vision Eye Institute River City. In 1999 Dr Loane established and has since run the Cape York Eye Health Project. His delivery of eye care to Indigenous communities was recognised in January 2011 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Dr Loane is a former chairperson of the Queensland Branch of the Royal Australasian College of Ophthalmologists and is also on the National Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology Eye Foundation Board. Dr Loane was a fellow in Corneal Transplantation and External Eye Disease at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, and a Fellow in Glaucoma at the University of California, San Diego. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland for his contribution to GDQ, amongst his other medical and voluntary work. Dr Loane is a former Rugby Union International.
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.
Drewe Jackson – BCom, MSc Finance, CFA
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.
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 and is a member of the Volunteer Peer Support Program. 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