Our Board and Executives.

The Guide Dogs Queensland Board is responsible for overseeing our strategic direction, governance and organisational performance.
Guide Dogs Queensland Board President, Richard Anderson OAM, standing outside holding an eight week old caramel labrador puppy. Richard is looking at the camera smiling.

Working side-by-side

The Guide Dogs Queensland Board has between five to nine directors who are all hardworking, caring, and passionate about the Guide Dogs’ cause.

The Board is responsible for overseeing our strategic direction, governance and organisational performance.

Our Executive Team is comprised of key positions responsible for implementing the direction set by the Board. The team ensures performance goals are met and that our work and programs are undertaken efficiently, effectively and sustainably.

President

Richard Anderson OAM

Mr Richard Anderson, OAM, joined the Board of Guide Dogs Queensland in August 1980 and has served as President since 1990.

Richard is also a member of the Board of Guide Dogs Australia. Richard is Chairman of the Board of Data #3 Limited.

Formerly a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Richard 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 and a member of the Board of Namoi Cotton Limited.

Vice President

Leanne Muller

Ms Leanne Muller joined the Board as a Director in April 2005 and serves as Vice President.

Leanne is also a member of 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 (2006-07) and RACQ Group (2008-14).

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, she also serves as a non-executive director of Data #3 Limited, Sugar Terminals Limited, Peak Services Group and Hyne Timber Group.

Headshot of Guide Dogs Queensland Board Vice President, Leanne Muller. Leanne is looking at the camera smiling.

Director

David Swain

Mr David Swain joined the Board in February 2019 and is a member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee of the Board, and the Client Services Liaison Committee.

David’s qualifications and experience span health, business, compliance, education, industrial relations and corporate governance. He has developed and managed a large and diverse range of industry leading services across seniors’ care, social housing and community services. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Endeavour Foundation, an independent, for purpose organisation established in 1951 with a vision to support people with an intellectual disability to live their best life – starting with equal access to education and life-skills learning.

David is a founding director and current Chair of the Community Services Industry Alliance, and an active contributor to policy and practice reform.

Guide Dogs Queensland Board Director, David Swain. David is standing outside and is looking at the camera smiling.

Director

Drewe Jackson

Mr Drewe Jackson joined the Board in August 2016, becoming Chairman of the Investment Committee of the board in December 2018.

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 the Head of Group Investment for the RACQ Group. Drewe is a member of the policy committee of the RACQ Superannuation Plan. He is also a director of TicketMates P/L, Australia’s largest events and attraction ticketing platform.

Headshot of Guide Dogs Queensland Board Director, Drew Jackson. Drew is looking at the camera smiling.

Director

Tom du Preez

Mr Tom du Preez joined the Board on 2 September 2020 and was appointed Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee in March 2021.

Tom is a Chartered Accountant and Management Accountant with extensive local and international experience as an auditor and advisor of small and large international and listed companies in a variety of industries.

Tom has been a Partner with EY Brisbane since 2011, and prior to this was a Director with PriceWaterhouseCoopers for 3 years.

Tom was also Chairman of the Board for the Australian and New Zealand region for CIMA (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) for 2 years up until 2018.

In addition to his role with Guide Dogs, he also serves as a member of the Finance Audit
and Risk Committee of the Queensland Museum Network.

Director

Lydia Daly

Ms Lydia Daly joined the Board on 23 September 2021 and is a member of the Board’s Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee.

Lydia is an experienced workplace lawyer and has
worked with not-for-profit organisations, Queensland State government agencies and local councils providing legal solutions for over 20 years.

Lydia is a Partner at McCullough Robertson Lawyers and is also on the Management Committee of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.

Director

Inma Beaumont

Ms Inma Beaumont joined the Board on 24 March 2022

Inma is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

She has over 18 years’ experience as a Finance Professional with a strong track record in audit, risk, financial control, strategy and process improvement within domestic and major multinational institutions like Procter & Gamble and Citibank, both in the UK and in Australia. Most recently Inma has become a Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Professional at Universities and Schools. She has a passion for helping organisations in education and not for profit sectors enhance their reputation and pursue diversified funding.

Inma holds Non-Executive Director positions at UN Women Australia, The Women’s College at the University of Queensland and Speech Pathology Australia.

She holds Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and in Commerce/Economics from the University of Valencia in Spain.

Inma speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.

image of Inma Beaumont

Chief Executive Officer | BComm and FA SA and FAICD

Michael Kightley

Michael has more than 20 years’ experience as a company director, both in Australia and internationally. Michael first joined the Guide Dogs Queensland Board in 2012 and was later appointed as CEO in 2017.

Michael 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).

Michael’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.

Chief Financial Officer | BCom CPA

Fiona Harley

Fiona is a resourceful, collaborative, and effective leader, who works closely with all departments and people across the organisation to achieve valued and impactful outcomes.

She is a CFO with more than 25 years’ commercial and for-purpose experience in aged care, retirement, community and disability service sectors.

At Guide Dogs Queensland, Fiona provides overall management and executive leadership for corporate services including finance, quality, legislative compliance, property and assets, information technology. As a respected member of the executive team, Fiona also provides strategic and operational advice, as well as mentoring and coaching across the broader organisation. She also leads the national CFO collaboration efforts for the Guide Dogs Australia partnership.

Fiona is passionate about improving the lives of people with low vision and blindness, and knows the life-changing impact of a Guide Dog, having cared for Trainee Support Dog Ruffle for many years.

General Manager, Community Engagement | B.A, B.Econ, MBA

Jock Beveridge

Jock is passionate about strengthening health, education and charitable institutions so they are better able to achieve their mission. At Guide Dogs Queensland, he is the lead in national collaboration efforts on fundraising, brand and marketing strategies under the Guide Dogs Australia partnership.

As a marketing and fundraising executive with 20 years of experience, Jock has worked in a range of leading non-profit organisations and institutions. His experience in both the USA and Australia spans the health, environment and education sectors, as well as a full range of fundraising programs, from Direct Marketing to Major Gifts and Bequests.

Jock currently provides leadership and direction across all income, brand and external communications strategies, delivering sustainable revenue growth and ensuring Guide Dogs Queensland remains a top-of-mind charity for commercial and philanthropic support.

General Manager, Client Services

Elisha Roberts

Elisha is a focused and passionate senior professional with 20 years’ experience in driving change through collaboration, delivering solid financial performance, and designing processes to deliver optimal business outcomes.

As the General Manager for Client Services, Elisha is using her expertise to help implement strategic processes that enable the organisation to improve on service delivery and enhance client satisfaction.

Elisha is a qualified CA who has had great success working in change management, business modelling and process improvement. She has undertaken the analysis of several business processes, and has implemented solutions for improvement.  Elisha has an outstanding level of personal engagement, and understands client needs around the NDIS and within environments that have experienced funding changes.

General Manager, Guide Dog Services

Lee Buckingham

Lee is an innovative leader who is passionate about operational strategies, project planning and people management with a strong focus on implementing processes to improve safety and culture in the workplace.

As the General Manager for Guide Dog Services, Lee currently provides leadership and direction across all Guide Dogs Queensland canine programs including Breeding, Puppy Raising, and Guide Dog Training – always with the focus on achieving the best outcomes for both clients and canines.

Lee has professional experience spanning over three continents in a variety of industries including not-for-profit, hospitality, facilities management, food production and resources.

Lee is skilled at managing teams to successful outcomes and developing strategies to improve on workplace culture and output. He has overseen the commencement of a number of projects at Guide Dogs including the introduction of the new STEP Puppy Raiser program and the Pets as Therapy Program.

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