Board of directors

Our board members are a talented and diverse lot. They have extraordinary skills and experience in a wide range of sectors, both public and private. This ensures The Foundation takes a well-rounded approach to everything we do and the decisions we make as an organisation.
 
Our directors are responsible for providing strategic direction and governance, ensuring effective financial and risk management oversight and continued organisational viability and sustainability. Also, and perhaps most importantly, they’re custodians of Fred Hollows’ legacy and reputation. 
 
The Hon. John Brumby (Chair)
Joy Savage (Deputy Chair)
Helen Evans
Les Fallick
Christine Hawkins
Gabi Hollows, AO
Dr Jamie La Nauze
Graham Skeates
Professor Paul J Torzillo, AM
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The Hon. John Brumby (Chair)
Director since 2013

John was elected Chair of The Board of The Foundation on 1 February 2016. Before that, he was a member and active supporter of The Foundation and joined the Board in 2013. John is well known from his roles as the Premier of Victoria from 2007 to 2010 and as Treasurer from 2000 to 2007.

Since retiring from the political arena, John has become the Chair of MTAA Super, an Independent Director of Huawei Technologies (Australia), the Chair of Citywide Solutions Pty Ltd and a Professorial Fellow at both Melbourne and Monash Universities. John is the Chair of the Board’s Governance & Nominations Committee.

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Joy Savage (Deputy Chair)
Director since 2013
 
Joy joined the Board in 2013. An Indigenous woman from far North Queensland, Joy is the CEO of Aboriginal Hostels Ltd, which manages a national network of short-term accommodation facilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In her previous role as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Joy provided policy advice and coordination of the Government’s Close the Gap and COAG’s Indigenous Disadvantage agendas.

She has also held senior public sector roles in the Commonwealth health portfolio and worked in senior management roles in the non-government sector in the field of Aboriginal health and community services for 16 years. Joy has an MBA and is a member of the Board’s Programs and Partnerships Committee.
 
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Director since 2015
 
Helen is an expert in public health and development and social policy with a special focus on infectious diseases. She has been involved in the work of a range of key national and international health and development organisations. Based in Geneva from 2005, until her retirement in 2014, Helen worked as Deputy CEO at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and then at Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.

In the early 1990s Helen managed the National Communicable Diseases Program in the Australian Department of Health. For seven years prior to moving to Geneva she headed up the Australian Government Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Now based in Melbourne, Helen has an honorary appointment as Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health and the University of Melbourne. Helen is a board member of the Burnet Institute, and the Chair of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Programs and Partnerships Committee.
 
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Les Fallick
Director since 2010  

Les was elected to the Board in 2010, serving as Chair until February 2013 and again from May 2014. An economist with a Master of Arts, Les has worked in government, the private sector, tertiary education and the trade union movement, and has authored two books. He has been the Director of over 20 companies in Australia, the UK, Europe and Asia.

Les also has considerable experience in the not-for-profit sector – including as past Chairman of the Carbon Advisory Board for Greening Australia. He has served on both the Governance and Nominations Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee. Les is currently the Chair of The Fred Hollows Foundation Kenya and The Fred Hollows Foundation (HK) Limited.

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Christine Hawkins
Director since 2015  

Christine was elected to the Board in 2015 after serving as an independent member of the Finance and Audit Committee since November 2010. Originally with the Reserve Bank of Australia, Christine spent her senior executive career as a corporate adviser in investment banking, specialising in capital markets and financial structuring. In 1997 she established Cinnabar International Pty Limited, which provides advice on effective governance for small to medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.

Concurrently, Christine has been a non-executive director of many companies in a range of industries and Chairman of several not-for-profit organisations. Christine holds an honours degree in Commerce in Accounting and Financial Management, a Master of Commerce degree in organisational development and taxation law and a Level 5 Certificate from Cambridge University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is a CPA and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Christine has been a member of the Finance and Audit Committee since November 2010.

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Gabi Hollows, AO
Director since 1992

Gabi is the Founding Director and has served on the Board since its establishment. She graduated as an orthoptist in 1972 and travelled with Fred Hollows for three years on the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. Gabi married Fred in 1980 and together they had five children. In 2013 Gabi was invested as an Officer in the Order of Australia and has been declared one of Australia’s ‘100 Living National Treasures’.

She also holds an Advance Australia Award (Community Service) and a Centenary Award from the Australian Government. Gabi is the Patron of The Fred Hollows Foundation Regular Giving Program and undertakes extensive speaking engagements for The Foundation. She is a member of the Board’s Governance and Nominations Committee and Programs and Partnerships Committee.

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Dr Jamie La Nauze
Director since 2010

Jamie joined the Board in 2010 but his association with The Foundation goes back to its earliest days when he was part of the inaugural Medical Directorate developing surgical skills through workshops in Vietnam, Cambodia and China. Jamie trained as an ophthalmic surgeon in Melbourne and Cambridge (UK), and holds a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, has written numerous papers on eye health, and contributed to a book on The Foundation’s work. Jamie is a member of the Board’s Governance and Nominations Committee and Programs and Partnership Committee.

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Graham Skeates
With The Foundation since 2009

Graham has been involved with The Foundation since its inception and joined the Board as Treasurer in 2010 – a position he held until mid-2013 when this office was removed from the Constitution.

He remains Chair of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee and is also a Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation (HK) Limited. Graham has 40 years’ experience in the accounting profession and the financial services industry and was previously Group Chief Accountant for AMP and the Regional Finance Director for the Asian operations of Prudential Insurance UK. Graham helped launch the Financial Services Accountants Association of Australia, and was its inaugural president.
 
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Professor Paul J Torzillo, AM
With The Foundation since 2012

Paul joined the Board in 2012 bringing over 30 years’ experience in Aboriginal and international health. He is Medical Director of the Nganampa Health Council in South Australia, and Head of Respiratory Medicine and a senior intensive care physician at the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital in Sydney.

Paul also acts as RPA’s Executive Clinical Director, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Clinical Director of critical care services for the Sydney Local Area Health District. He has worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) as a consultant in child health, particularly in the area of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) program.
 
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