Gerlinde Scholz has a diverse management and leadership background in the non-profit sector, including substantial executive experience in roles responsible for income generation, growth and capacity building, She has also worked as a consultant, advising a broad range of non-profit clients on these issues.
Gerlinde is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She holds Bachelor and Masters qualifications from the University of Melbourne, an Honours degree from LaTrobe University, and has completed an executive program for non-profit leaders at Stanford University.
She joined the Board in 2012 and was elected Chair in 2014.
Natalie Hughes has successfully led several companies through periods of business expansion with an emphasis on new product and service development and entry into new markets. She started her career as a chartered accountant before taking on marketing and strategic management roles in the leisure and entertainment industry. Natalie is currently a strategic business consultant, developing marketing strategies and programs. Natalie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course (GAICD) and member of the Institute and has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).
Natalie joined the Board in 2015.
Brendan Rowswell is a Director at a leading public affairs firm in Melbourne whose clients are major Australian companies within the infrastructure, transport, information and technology, health and energy sectors. He regularly represents not-for-profit clients in their dealings with federal and state governments. Brendan was previously Public Affairs Manager at a Victorian industry association and adviser to a federal Member of Parliament during the third and fourth terms of the Howard Government. Brendan holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.
Brendan joined the Board in 2015.
Ashley Saltzman is a trouble-shooter and problem solver employed by executive management to identify, recommend and fix problematic situations. Ashley is a commercial mediator, problem manager and project recovery specialist. He has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), is a CPA and has a Mediation qualification.
Ashley joined the Board in 2012.
Rachel is currently Chief Executive Officer of RMIT Training, a company wholly owned by RMIT University, located in Melbourne, Australia. The company is a successful provider of education solutions supporting professional development goals of clients worldwide. Many of these solutions involve tailored English programs for academic or industry sectors located in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and Europe.
Prior to joining RMIT Training in 2009, Rachel has held senior governance roles in the education sector in Australia, in the United Kingdom and in Singapore. She has extensive international experience working with global partners and operating in highly regulated and multijurisdictional environments. Her achievements include establishing offices overseas and commercialising IP to develop digital and face to face learning products that effectively support training needs.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and a Masters of Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peter Saunders is a corporate lawyer with Thomson Geer, specialising in banking and finance transactional support. Peter has many years’ experience in executive leadership, finance and consulting roles and practiced as a chartered accountant. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), a Master of Science and Technology Commercialisation and is a Chartered Accountant.
Peter joined the Board in 2014.
David Speyer is Chief Financial Officer at Vision Australia. David has 22 years of extensive senior executive experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, business reorganisations in leadership roles in the not for profit and corporate sectors. He is also a Chartered Accountant.
David joined the Board in 2014.