Meet the Board

Our Board of Directors is our governing body and is responsible for our strategic direction, establishing goals for management and monitoring the achievement of goals directly through its committees.

  • Greg Ridder

    Chair of the Board

    Qualification

    B.Bus (Acc), GradDipMkt, CPA, GAICD

    Experience

    Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair since March 2021. A seasoned Non-Executive Director and Chair with extensive experience in business strategy and leadership in Australia and internationally, Greg is a commercial leader with a strong ethical focus.

    Greg is the Chair of Kogan.com, Chair of Ethical Property Australia Pty Ltd and Bridge It Ltd. He is also on the Board of Spirit Technology Solutions Ltd. Greg previously occupied the position of President Asia-Pacific Region at NYSE listed Owens-Illinois Inc and more recently held a number of interim leadership positions including Chief Executive Officer at Tibaldi Australia Pty Ltd., Chief Executive Officer at The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Ltd., Chief Financial Officer of World Vision Australia. Greg has previously served on the boards of Oxfam Australia, B Lab Australia & NZ, Tibaldi Australasia and Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.

    Special Responsibilities

    Chair. Member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Succession Committee. Member of the Risk Management Committee. Chair of LWB QLD SBB Limited.

  • Gillian Calvert AO

    Deputy Chair of the Board

    Qualification

    MBA, BSW, BA

    Experience

    Independent Non-Executive Director since February 2012. Extensive leadership experience in the human services sector, working across Government and non-Government, primarily in improving the lives of children and young people. Commissioner for Children and Young People, New South Wales 1999-2009.

    Special Responsibilities

    Chair of the Practice Governance Committee. Member of the Risk Management Committee. Chair of LWB Disability Services South Limited. Chair of LWB Disability Services Central Limited. Member of the Board of LWB QLD SBB Ltd.

  • Paula Head

    Company Secretary and Director Corporate Administration

    Qualification

    BA (HONS), FCA, GradDipACG, GAICD

    Experience

    Paula is Life Without Barriers’ Company Secretary and is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years' experience, working in governance, accounting, consulting and commercial and not for profit organisations.

    Beginning her career with KPMG in the UK, Paula has worked internationally in both the USA and Australia across a wide range of business sectors. Through combining her interest in systems and data with her accounting background, Paula has have held some non-traditional roles that have expanded her understanding of the impact of systems and process improvements on business performance.

  • Graeme Innes AM

    Director

    Qualification

    LLB, FAICD

    Experience

    Independent Non-Executive Director since May 2014. Lawyer, mediator and director. Human Rights Practitioner for 30 years in NSW, Western Australia and nationally. Australia's Disability Discrimination Commissioner from 2005 - 2014. During that time Graeme served as Australia's Human Rights Commissioner for three and a half years and as Race Discrimination Commissioner for two years. Graeme Innes received an honorary Doctorate of Human Rights from the University of Canberra in 2015, Victoria University 2016, University of NSW in 2017 and Edith Cowan University in 2018.

    Special Responsibilities

    Chair of the Remuneration, Nomination and Succession Committee.

  • Jan Lowe

    Director

    Qualification

    BA, DipEd, FUNISA

    Experience

    Independent Non-Executive Director since April 2004. Extensive experience in senior Government roles in community services, social justice, higher education and local Government, as well as in founding and overseeing social enterprises. Jan currently runs JL Consulting, a business that works in organisational change, governance, workplace relations, international disability service relations and delivery of community services. Jan has served on a range of not-for-profit boards and is currently a Director of Every Voice Australia.

    Special Responsibilities

    Member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Succession Committee. Member of the Board of LWB QLD SBB Ltd.

  • Tracey McCosker PSM

    Director

    Qualification

    BCom, MAICD, MBA

    Experience

    Independent Non-Executive Director since July 2002. Extensive executive management experience in the public health sector. Chief Executive of NSW Health Pathology since 2012. Tracey was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018.

    Special Responsibilities

    Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

  • Dr Helen Szoke AO

    Director

    Qualification

    BA, GDip, PhD, Hon LLD, FIPA, GAICD, FAIIA, FIPAA

    Experience

    Independent Non-Executive Director since November 2019. Extensive experience in public policy, social justice, human rights and discrimination. Member of the Judicial Commission of Victoria. Previously, CEO of Oxfam Australia, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

    Special Responsibilities

    Chair of the Risk Management Committee. Member of the Practice Governance Committee.

  • Rajiv Viswanathan

    Director

    Qualification

    BA, LLB (Hons), MAICD

    Experience

    Appointed Non-Executive Director in October 2021. Rajiv has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors, gained in diverse roles in New York, London and Sydney. Rajiv is the former CEO of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), an organisation that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through home ownership, employment and social enterprise.

    Rajiv’s experience includes appointments with Macquarie Group in areas of business development, structuring and risk management. Rajiv is a corporate lawyer with experience across a range of commercial transactions, including establishing new businesses, acquisitions, joint ventures, investment funds and capital raising.

    Rajiv is passionate about leveraging commercial solutions to create social impact. He is also a non-executive Director of SGCH Limited, First Nations Foundation and Head Start Homes.

    Special Responsibilities

    Member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Member of the Risk Management Committee.

  • Natalie Walker

    Director

    Qualification

    BA Psychology and LLB

    Experience

    Independent Non-Executive Director since September 2017. Extensive experience across small business, government, not for profit and corporate sectors in various management and non-executive roles. Brings deep knowledge and expertise in social enterprise governance, leadership and operations, social policy design, impact investment, and creation of social impact.

    Natalie founded Supply Nation (formerly AIMSC) helping Australian organisations award more than $50 million worth of business to Indigenous suppliers. Natalie is the Founder / Managing Director of Inside Policy and serves as a Director on a number of Boards.

    Special Responsibilities

    Member of the Practice Governance Committee.