Aspect’s Board of Directors exercises the powers vested in it by the Corporations Act 2001, Aspect’s Constitution and Regulations.
The Board charts the direction of Aspect and monitors management's performance on behalf of Aspect’s members and other key stakeholders. It accomplishes this by:
- ensuring a skilled, effective and diverse Board with appropriate operating standards and procedures
- appointing, supporting, delegating to, evaluating and remunerating the Chief Executive Officer and providing for a management succession plan;
- setting the vision, and agreeing the strategic direction and objectives of Aspect with management;
- ensuring resources are available to achieve its goals by developing with management and approving Aspect’s Strategic Plan, from which is developed its annual Action Plan and budget, and by regular monitoring of performance using the Corporate Score Card against these plans and the operating and capital budgets;
- advising, approving and monitoring management's activities and performance to ensure the Strategic Plan is being met;
- ensuring a risk management framework is in place to identify and manage those risks that threaten the reputation, earnings, assets and the basic capacity of Aspect;
- approving appropriate policies, guidelines and procedures and ensuring there is a compliance process in place to monitor adherence;
- ensuring the integrity of internal controls for financial and management information systems;
- maintaining adequate personal liability insurance for current and past Directors, and
- ensuring Aspect’s activities are conducted ethically and transparently.
Board Composition and Size
Under Aspect’s Constitution there can be up to ten Member-elected Directors, each with a term of three years. Also the Board can appoint up to two Board-appointed Directors with terms of twelve months.
Board of Directors
Jeanie YOUNG (Board Chair)
Jeanie Young (known as Jenny), B.Bus., GAICD, is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Advisory practice. She was formerly Executive Director, NBN Transition at Telstra Corporation Limited. Jenny has held senior marketing positions for Unilever, Lion Nathan, Pepsi and Telstra, and has worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. Jenny has a son with an autism spectrum disorder. She joined the Board in March 2010 and is a member of the Strategic Think-Tank on Aspect’s Client Priorities and the Finance & Audit Committee. Jenny is a Member-elected Director.
Keith PERKIN (Immediate Past Chair)
Keith Perkin, B.Bus., CPA, is a consultant. Keith has an extensive commercial background primarily in the fields of management and marketing, having held senior positions at BP, Dymocks and Retravision as well as having held senior positions in the non profit sector at Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia and the Starlight Foundation. He joined the Board in 2004 and is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee. Keith is a Life Member of Aspect, the former Chair of the Board and a Member-elected Director.
Robert J. BROWN (Hon. Treasurer)
Robert J. Brown, B.Sc., M.A., Grad, Dip. Applied Finance, is Head of Client Management with HSBC Securities Services, Australia. Rob was formerly a principal with Alford Brown & Associates and has also held senior executive roles with Westpac, the Commonwealth Bank and State Street Bank & Trust. He is experienced in the governance of not-for-profit organisations, and has a personal interest in special education and the needs of children with learning difficulties. Rob joined the Board in June 2008 and chairs the Finance & Audit Committee. Rob is a Member-elected Director.
Henry Capra, B.Ec., ACA, has more than 24 years of senior management and finance experience in the financial services industry. He has held senior positions at Blackrock, AMP Capital, Colonial First State Investments, BNP Paribas Asset Management and Barclays Global Investors after commencing his career with chartered accountants KPMG. Henry joined the Board in December 2010 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Henry is a Member-elected Director.
David Foster, B.E., F.I.E. (Aust), is a retired engineer with management experience at Pacific Power. David has an adult son with autism. He is particularly interested in services for adults and also convenes a group associated with the Norton Road Specialist Supported Living Village. David joined the Board in 1975, is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee and represents the Board on the Corporate Risk Management Committee. He is a Life Governor of Aspect and a Member-elected Director.
Julie Hamblin, B.A., LL.B (Hons) (Syd), LL.M (McGill), is a partner of HWL Ebsworth, providing specialised legal and policy advice to the health sector. She also manages the firm’s pro bono program. She has served on numerous government and non-government advisory bodies including international work with the UN on HIV policy. Julie is a director of Plan International Australia. She joined the Board in April 2010 and is a Member of the Strategic Think-Tank on Aspect’s Client Priorities. Julie is a Member-elected Director.
Laurie Horin, B.Bus., FCA, F Fin, is an executive director of Carlisle Partners, a corporate advisory firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity funding for mid-market companies. He has in excess of 25 years' experience in professional accounting, corporate and investment management, and investment banking. Laurie has worked extensively in Australia, USA and South East Asia. He is also a board member of a number of client companies. Laurie joined the Board in September 2012 as a Board-appointed Director and co-chairs the Strategic Think-Tank on Aspect’s Client Priorities.
Ian Joseph, B.Bus., Grad Dip Ed, FAMI, AFAIM, is a private banking and finance industry consultant and Chair of the Agribusiness Council of Australia. He was formerly Head of Strategy – Service and Sales with Regional and Agribusiness Banking at the Commonwealth Bank. Ian and his family care for his sister who has an autism spectrum disorder. Ian joined the Board in March 2011 as a Board-appointed Director and is a member of the Strategic Think-Tank on Aspect’s Client Priorities.
Malcolm McEwen, B.Bus., M.Bus., is an executive search and selection consultant with Carmichael Fisher. Malcolm is the father of a child with an autism spectrum disorder. He joined the Board in 2004, is a member of the Nominations & Remuneration Committee and the Research & Innovation Committee. Malcolm is a Member-elected Director.
Robert Pesavento is General Manager, Consumer Operations, with SingTel Optus Pty Limited. Robert is the father of a son with an autism spectrum disorder. He joined the Board in 1999, is a member of the Strategic Think-Tank on Aspect’s Client Priorities and is a former Deputy Chair of the Board. Robert is a Life Member of Aspect and a Member-elected Director.
Dr David STARTE
Dr David Starte, M.B.B.S., M.R.C.P.(UK), F.R.A.C.P., is the Service Director of the Royal North Shore Hospital's Child Development Service, and a Clinical Associate Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Medicine, University of Sydney. His interests include development paediatrics, including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and audiology. David joined the Board in 2004 and chairs the Research & Innovation Committee. David is a Member-elected Director.
Peter Werner, B.Comm., is a Director of PW Executive. He has previously worked in the banking industry with BT Australia and Citibank. Peter is the father of a young man with an autism spectrum disorder. He joined the Board in 2001 and chairs the Nominations & Remuneration Committee. Peter is a Life Governor of Aspect, a former Chair of the Board and is a Member-elected Director.
The Process for Board Nomination
The responsibility for Board nomination rests with the Board’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Its terms of reference are to:
- Engage in the ongoing development of selection criteria for new Board members with reference to the skills, knowledge and experience required to be a director of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect);
- Take into account such criteria as gender, age, race or ethnicity, professional background and expertise, community connections, understanding the role and responsibility of directors under the Corporations Act 2001, knowledge/experience of the not for profit sector and knowledge and experience of the disability sector and in particular autism;
- Screen suitable candidates according to the selection criteria and make recommendations to the Board.
Members wishing to nominate for the Board are to contact the Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee so that a meeting can be arranged between the nominee, the Chair of the Committee, the Board Chair and at least one other Director to discuss the role and consider its rights and responsibilities. Not only is the Board looking for new Board directors from time to time it is also wanting to ensure that potential Board directors will be prepared to become part of an effective team, governing the organisation.