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Our Board

TonyhashamTony Hasham AM (Chairman)

Tony first met Ted Noffs the founder of Life Education Australia in 1984 and was soon helping Ted put more and more of the drug and health education Mobile Classrooms on the road. After Ted’s tragic illness in 1987 Tony was co-opted on to the NSW division of Life Education where he took on the role of Chairman for two years. He has been a director of Life Education Australia since 1992 and became Chairman of the National Body in 2005.

Tony has been involved in Variety The Children's Charity since 1980 where he has held the Honorary Positions of National Chairman Australia and International Vice President on the International Board in New York.

His business acumen and strategic thinking has evolved over four decades of experience in the retail, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. He has managed stores for Woolworths, overseen operations in South East Asia for multinational pharmaceutical companies, ran his own Australian manufacturing hair-cosmetic business and was CEO of the Asia Pacific & India Schwarzkopf Professional company. He currently sits on a number of boards and oversees the family group of companies involved in the cosmetic industry.

Tony is married to Terri, has three children and five grandsons. He loves a game of golf whenever his busy schedule allows.

AB2Andrew Bennetto

An innovative pioneer in digital e-learning, Andrew has been CEO of many publishing companies and has stewarded their digital futures and purposeful adaption from legacy content to new interactive products and services in a radically changing media landscape. Andrew is passionate about how digital transformation of content can help educate people to increase opportunities for personal growth, respect and empathy in society generally.

In order to make a difference to students in digital literacy skills and competencies in Australia and New Zealand, Andrew acquired Edsoft in 2006, a business which specialises in innovative learning technology solutions for schools. Successful in supporting the introduction of the Building Education Revolution (BER) program, Edsoft won many contracts to supply various software tools for Australia's largest ever mobile learning 1:1 laptop roll-out initiatives.

Edsoft was sold to Campion Education, Australia's largest print and digital textbook content provider to schools and currently Andrew is driving initiatives on ebook platforms and social collaboration technologies to help schools transition from print to digital content.

Andrew has been involved with Life Education in Victoria as a Board Director for over 5 years and has held previous positions in community-based organisations including President of Pied Pipers for 2 years, a charity supporting the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital.

A lifelong curiosity with how people learn and share information through digital technologies, Andrew is excited to contribute to Life Education's mission. His desire is to increase its relevancy and targeted approach while ensuring the learning experience becomes more valuable for meaningful social impact.

Shaun BonettShaun Bonett

Shaun Bonétt is one of Australia's leading business persons. Shaun founded Precision Group in 1994 and has built the business over 22 years to be one of Australia's most successful private property investment, development and management companies.

In addition, Shaun has made a number of successful equity investments, including in the early stages of ASX Listed company iSelect Limited in which he serves as a Director and in Litigation Lending Services Limited in which he acts as Chairman.

Shaun holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Shaun is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, as well as a member of the President's Council of the Art Gallery of NSW.

Shaun also serves as a Director of the Chinese Language and Culture Education Foundation of Australia Limited and is founder of his own charity, the Heartfelt Foundation.

Lr Stuart Alexander3579 GarryBrowne newGarry Browne AM

Garry Browne AM is the CEO and Managing Director of Stuart Alexander & Co., a company founded in 1884 that imports, markets and distributes premium global brands.

Having led Stuart Alexander & Co. since 1997, Garry is an expert in transforming organisations, managing cultural change, leading innovative practise and building brands into household names.

A committed philanthropist and advocate of corporate social responsibility, Garry holds several non-executive Board roles and supports numerous causes personally as well as through the S’Team Foundation. Garry’s significant service to the community was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014.

Garry has a Bachelor of Business from UTS and is a former student of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management Program.

Garry is married to Robyn and has two young adult sons.

alan cadman webThe Hon Alan G Cadman OAM

Alan held the Federal seat of Mitchell for 33 years until 2007.

He became Chief Government Whip and Parliamentary Secretary for Workplace Relations and Small Business. He was Parliamentary Secretary and Shadow minister to Immigration & Ethnic Affairs.

He is now a Chairman and member of several business and charitable boards, including being the Chairman of Life Education NSW.

Helen-Karabassis webHelen Karabassis

Helen is an accomplished marketing professional with skills and experience in market research and strategy. Helen was Director of Strategy with Singleton, Ogilvy & Mather from 2000 to 2005, then Director of Strategy at McCann Worldgroup from 2005 to 2011. This has seen her oversee the development and implementation of marketing, brand positioning and communication strategies for an array of large domestic and multinational clients.

Today Helen is Head of Strategy & Insights at The Media Store Australia whilst also running her own consultancy.

Geoff MastersProfessor Geoff Masters AO

Geoff Masters is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) – roles he has held since 1998. He is also head of ACER’s Centre for Assessment Reform and Innovation.

He has a PhD in educational measurement from the University of Chicago and has published widely in the fields of educational assessment and research. He authored Australian Education Review No. 57, Reforming Educational Assessment: Imperatives, principles and challenges (2013).

Professor Masters has served on a range of bodies, including terms as President of the Australian College of Educators; founding President of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association; member of the Business Council of Australia’s Education, Skills and Innovation Taskforce; member of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO; and member of the International Baccalaureate Research Committee. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Science of Learning Research Centre and the national Board of Life Education Australia.

He has conducted a number of reviews for governments, including a review of examination procedures in the NSW Higher School Certificate (2002); an investigation of options for the introduction of an Australian Certificate of Education (2005); a national review of options for reporting and comparing school performances (2008); reviews of strategies for improving literacy and numeracy learning in government schools in Queensland (2009) and the Northern Territory (2011); and a review of senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland (2014).

Professor Masters is an adjunct professor in the Queensland Brain Institute. His contributions to education have been recognised through the award of the Australian College of Educators’ Medal in 2009 and his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.

TommiTommi Husband

Tommi Husband has been a Darwin resident since 2005, moving here from Brisbane to take up a role with TIO. Tommi is currently employed by Peoples Choice Credit Union in Darwin & is a passionate Territorian. Tommi sat on the board of Neighbourhood Watch NT for a number of years. Tommi has been an active board member of Life Education NT since 2012, the past 4 years as Treasurer. This year as Chairperson he is keen to ensure the number of students that participate in our programs continue to increase across the Top End.

mike mcauliffe webMike McAuliffe

Mike has a BA (Psych) and is the owner and manager of Braeco Sales.

He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Scarborough for 35 years, Chair of all Service Committees, is on the District Drug Abuse/Life Education Committee and is a member of the Wheelchairs for Kids Management Committee. He has been involved with Life Education for 25+ years, served on the Western Australia Board for twenty years and became its Chairman in 2010.

Mike is married to Gillian and has 5 daughters and one son. Gillian established the Bold Park Community School and is an acknowledged pioneer in Australia of Social Constructivist methods of education and nature based education.

PeterMorgan webPeter Morgan

Peter was introduced to Life Education in 1985 by Ron McMaster, one of his clients of his legal practice. Ron had met Ted Noffs in Sydney, and suggested opening a Centre in Queensland to spread the message of Life Education.

He has worked as a Solicitor since 1979. For more than 20 years, Peter has been in Rotary, as well as being on the Finance Board of one of the largest church congregations in Australia.

Peter was a founding member of the Life Education Queensland Management Committee, and has served on the Board continuously since then. 

He is married with three grown up children, all of whom have experienced the Life Education programs. His interests include reading and tennis.

ClareClare Payne

Clare is Founder and Board Member of The Banking and Finance Oath ( and Chief Operating Officer, Tobacco Free Portfolios. Clare initially practiced as an employment lawyer then managed the Integrity Office of a Global Investment Bank. She was awarded the Inaugural Robin Cosgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance by the Observatoire de la Finance, Geneva for her paper titled, 'Ethics or Bust: Beyond Compliance and Good Marketing.' Clare also holds the position of Consulting Fellow for Ethics in Banking and Finance with The Ethics Centre and teaches business ethics at Macquarie University and The University of Melbourne.

Clare was recognised as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2014 and in 2015 she received the Industry Advocacy Award for Women in Financial Services from Money Management and Super Review.

Clare is also an accomplished marathon swimmer and has raised significant funds for the not-for-profit sector through her sporting endeavours.

PaulS smallPaul Siviour

Paul has over 25 years of experience in senior roles in financial services, investment banking and corporate finance.

Paul is currently Chief Operating Officer of Elanor Investors Group, a listed funds manager and investor. Most recently Paul was Oceania Leader of Banking and Capital Markets and a partner at EY. Prior to that he held a number of positions at Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, including Co-Head of the Private Bank and Senior Mergers & Acquisitions adviser. Previously Paul was a partner of EY in the Corporate Finance practise for 11 years, including serving as a member of the Board of Partners of EY Australia for a period of 6 years.

Paul holds a BEc, Accounting and Finance, ACA and is a Fellow of FINSIA. He joined the Board of LEA in 2009.

lyn thurnham webLynette Thurnham AIMM

Lyn is managing partner of Thurnham Teece Advertising. In 1984 she was instigational in setting up Life Education in the Hunter.

In 1987, Life Education in the Hunter received NBN Telethon funds which were used to build a four classroom centre on land from the state government.

Lyn was on the Life Education state board in NSW from 1997-2001 and joined the National Board in 2005.

Yates - Board cropThe Hon Justice David M Yates

David graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1977. After completing his practical legal training at the College of Law that year, he was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He practised as a solicitor from 1977 to 1982.

In 1980 he was appointed as an Associate Partner in the firm then called Sly and Russell. He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1982 and practised as a barrister until November 2009. In 1997 he was appointed Senior Counsel.

On 30 November 2009 he was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

He was a director of Life Education New South Wales from 2003 to early 2010.


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