The Hon Alan G Cadman OAM, Chairman NSW

Alan served as the Federal Member for Mitchell for 33 years including Parliamentary Secretary for Workplace Relations and Small Business and Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs.

A long-term supporter of Life Education, Alan is a director of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce Board and Patron, Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence. He is experienced in station and property management, small business and orcharding.

Dr Julian de Meyrick

Julian has held a number of senior higher education positions including membership of academic boards and Academic Senate.  He was Dean of Students at Macquarie University and Director, Higher Education at Sydney Institute of TAFE.  He continues to publish academic papers and until recently, was a sessional lecturer at Macquarie University. 

Julian previously worked in marketing management for Unilever, American Express, Bushell’s and the Hong Kong Tourist Association. He is a both a Certified Practising Marketer and Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.

Mr Bill Buckle

Bill spent 35 years in the retail motor industry including a significant tenure as Managing Director of one of Sydney’s largest dealerships. He previously served on the Board of the Motor Traders’ Association Executive, as President of Toyota’s Dealer Association and Chairman of Toyota’s Finance Dealer Association. He was also a Member of the Subaru Advertising Executive and Audi Marketing Group.

Ms Jackie O’Brien

Jackie O’Brien is a Partner in intellectual property law at Norton Rose Fulbright. She has legal and technical versatility across a broad range of industry sectors and is ranked in Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, Managing Intellectual Property and World Trademark Review as a leader in her field.

Jackie won the Partner of the Year Award in the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards and is a member of the Graduate Recruitment Committee and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Cr Ken Keith OAM

Ken is in his 12th year as Mayor of Parkes and 36th year on the Parkes Shire Council. A leader in agricultural education, Ken previously taught at Forbes and Windsor High Schools. He runs a fine wool Merino and first-cross lamb enterprise with cropping in NSW’s Central West.

Mr Neville Parsons

Neville is one of the Principals at Port Macquarie law firm Donovan Oates Hannaford. He joined the firm in September 2019 after a 31-year tenure as CEO of Holiday Coast Credit Union Ltd (HCCU) that concluded on 1 July 2019 when HCCU transferred its business to Regional Australia Bank, where Neville continues to serve as a Director.

He is a long-serving member of the Rotary Club of Wauchope and Deputy Chairman of the Mid North Coast Local Health Board.

Mr Aaron Chen

Aaron Chen

Aaron brings governance and financial strength to the Board as a Chartered Accountant and his wealth of corporate experience both in senior risk and commercial roles across diverse sectors including Professional Services, Property, Construction, Infrastructure, Government, Agriculture and most recently Retail / Logistics. 

In addition to his professional skills, he brings a passion for ensuring our young people are provided the best opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Mr Tim James

Tim is a lawyer, strategic advisory leader and director who works as Executive General Manager at the Menzies Research Centre. 

He is the former CEO of Medicines Australia and has held leadership roles at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

Tim also served as a NSW Government Minister’s Chief of Staff and served for 6 years in the Howard Government, including in the Prime Minister’s Office.