Our Board and Executives.

The Guide Dogs Queensland Board is responsible for overseeing our strategic direction, governance and organisational performance.
A yellow labrador Guide Dog in harness standing next to its handler. The handler and dog are standing on some grass outside. The image is cut off at the waist of the handler.

Working side-by-side

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.

Mr Anderson is also a member of the Board of Guide Dogs Australia. Mr Anderson is Chairman of the Board of Data #3 Limited and a member of the Board of Lindsay Australia 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 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.

Ms Muller is also a member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee of the Board.

Ms Muller 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).

Ms Muller 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 Chair of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee of the Board.

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 Operating Officer of Bolton Clarke, one of the largest Australian owned and operated not-for-profit healthcare and independent living service providers.

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

Arif Ali.

Mr Arif Ali was appointed as a Director to the Board in July 2010, serving on the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee between May 2016 and December 2018.

Arif joined the Association’s Investment Committee in December 2018. Arif 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 Guide Dogs for almost a decade and has actively participated in fundraising events. Arif is currently Segment Director, Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific and a Director of Bemis Brisbane Pty Ltd, Micris Investments Pty Ltd, Sailmoss Pty Ltd and Maania Pty Ltd.

Headshot of Guide Dogs Queensland Board Director, Arif Ali. Arif is looking at the camera smiling.

Director

Drewe Jackson.

Mr Drewe Jackson was appointed to the Board in August 2016, becoming Chairman of the Association’s Investment Committee 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

Lynette Reynolds.

Ms Lynette Reynolds was appointed to the Board in November 2009 and serves as Company Secretary and a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Ms Reynolds has been a practicing solicitor for over 25 years and is a partner with law firm HWL Ebsworth. The firm is a longstanding supporter of Guide Dogs and is its honorary legal advisor. Ms Reynolds has an extensive property and business practice including in the health and child care industry.

Headshot of Guide Dogs Queensland Company Secretary. Lynette Reynolds. Lynette is looking at the camera smiling.

Director

Tom du Preez.

Mr Tom du Preez was appointed to the Board as a Director in September 2020 and is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

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.

Headshot of Guide Dogs Queensland Board Director, Tom du Preez. Tom is looking at the camera smiling.

Chief Executive Officer | 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 Karydis

Fiona is a driven and commercially focused finance leader, who partners with the business to achieve valued outcomes and shared ownership. At Guide Dogs Queensland, Fiona enjoys working with other passionate people that have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people with low or no vision.

Fiona has 20 years’ experience in financial management, accounting, asset, liability management and providing trusted advice. She provides leadership, mentoring and coaching across the broader organisation.

Fiona’s key capabilities include financial stewardship and management, compliance and reporting in a heavily regulated industry, executing strategic initiatives, building rapport with stakeholders, setting clear processes and leading successful finance teams to achieve high quality outcomes.

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.