Board Members

Sally Bennett

Sally Bennett - President

Sally Bennett is currently the Director of Risk Management for the Arts Centre Melbourne, having previously held similar senior roles in the Aged Care and Disability sectors. Sally is a Risk Management professional who specialises in cultural change and embedding a risk and governance culture in organisations. Sally has worked with a wide range of organisations including several disability service providers, utilities, local government, health, construction and manufacturing, ranging from medium sector to large multi-nationals. Sally has also run her own business, and enjoys bringing her business acumen to the NFP sector.

Sam Pitruzzello

Sam Pitruzzello - Vice President

Sam is an experienced non-executive director with thirty years' experience in the telecommunications, IT and financial services industries. This included a successful IT professional services firm that was sold to an ASX listed company in 2015. His Board experience dates back to 2005 when he served as non-executive director and treasurer for IDV. Sam re-joined the IDV Board in 2020. From 2010 to 2015, Sam served as an executive director on a number of start-ups and he currently serves on the board of a fast growing Queensland based technology start-up, CartonCloud, as a non-executive director and Company Secretary. CartonCloud provides logistics software to the SME market.. Early on in his career, Sam worked as an engineer, product manager, project manager, sales executive and consultant with a number of global companies including Motorola, Honeywell and Ericsson. He also held a financial services license for seven years as an authorised representative with Count Financial and Australian Unity.

Andrew McLeish

Andrew McLeish - Secretary

Andrew is the Managing Director of Stopline Pty Ltd, which is one of Australia's leading whistleblower service providers. Andrew is a former law enforcement officer with Victoria Police and brings with him extensive experience in corporate governance, ethics, forensic investigations and cyber risk management.

Andrew's involvement with IDV continues his interest in community support and service.

Peter Van Hemelryck

Peter Van Hemelryck - Treasurer

Peter Van Hemelryck has been a Chief Executive Officer of industrial companies for over 38 years and has significant organisational, administrative and financial management skills. Peter is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a parent of children who have a disability, Peter is a long standing and respected member of Community Sector Organisations.

Robert Buchan

Robert Buchan - Board Member

Robert Buchan is an experienced executive, having held senior roles in both the private and public sectors. Initially commencing in the financial markets, he moved into risk management positions eventually filling country manager roles for a major bank. In the federal government, he has worked in regulatory positions and now within the Home Affairs portfolio. Rob has sat on several boards in the financial and community sectors and has acquired wide experience gained through postings to the US, UK, Singapore and Indonesia. Rob’s sister has been a client of IDV for approximately 35 years. His father, Paul Buchan, was a IDV board member for approximately 25 years, 13 of those as Chairman. Rob is keen to continue the Buchan family’s contribution to the ongoing success of IDV for the benefit of all its clients.

Bernadette Doyle

Bernadette Doyle – Board Member

Bernadette Doyle is an accomplished lawyer and governance expert with over 15 years’ experience in senior legal roles. Bernadette’s experience spans the water, rail and the NFP sectors.

Bernadette is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. A member, Association of Corporate Counsel. Corporate Secretary, 100% Project (Dec 2015 – June 2016)”

Bronwyn Friday

Bronwyn Friday – Board Member

Bronwyn is a tertiary-qualified and professional certified Risk Manager with over eighteen years of risk management experience working in a range of industries from retail, utilities, transport, construction, finance and consumer goods. She has a wealth of experience in developing and implementing best practice risk management frameworks and systems.

Bronwyn is currently working at Woolworths as their Head of Risk, BIG W and Supply Chain focused on Emerging, Strategic and Operational risk management, plus support their COVID19 response.

Bronwyn was previously at AusNet Services as their Head of Risk, heading head up their Risk & Resilient team, which focuses on Emerging, Strategic, Operational and Project Risk Management, plus Resilience Management incorporate Compliance, Crisis, Business Continuity and Security Management.

Paul Nichols

Paul Nichols – Board Member

Paul Nichols has worked as a senior executive for not-for -profit, commercial and government international aid organisations, including at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He now is a consultant in strategic planning, management and evaluation for community development, health, education, governance, gender and social inclusion and climate change programs. He also serves as a Director and Chair of the Finance and Risk Management Committee for an international not-for-profit organisation (Act for Peace) and is active in local community and sporting groups. He is married and has two children, including a daughter who is a participant in IDV’s Step by Step Program.

Noel Toal

Noel Toal - Board Member

Owner and General Manager of a Cardboard Box manufacturing business turning over $1.2m annually. Previous to this he worked for nine years as member of the Operations Executive and Regional Head of IT for a global financial software development company. Noel has owned other businesses in the past and has been in IT for 20 years. Complementing this business and IT experience is a Bachelor of Business (Computing) and a Master of Business Administration (Executive).

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