Police boss and IT pioneer join Foundation Board

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Media Release - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay and IT expert Russell Yardley have joined the Board of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

In his time as Chief Commissioner between 2011 and 2015, Mr Lay introduced significant cultural and structural change to the force.

Mr Lay has extensive networks within all levels of government and the broader community. He has been Chair of the Prime Minister’s National Ice Taskforce and Chair of the Council of Australian Governments Domestic Violence Taskforce. Appointed Chair of Ambulance Victoria in 2015, Mr Lay is also a Director of Essendon Football Club and a Non-Executive Director of Dixon Hospitality Limited.

Mr Yardley, a digital pioneer, launched one of the first multimedia software companies in Australia. He was named by Smart Company as the 12th most influential person in the Australian IT industry and was elected an Honorary Member of the Australian Computer Society in 2010.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of the Federal Government-funded National eResearch Collaboration, Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) and ASX-listed Tesserent. He is also a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Wunderman-Bienalto and the Victorian Government Purchasing Board.

The Foundation has also welcomed the Hon Joseph Kay to the position of Chair of the National Centre Against Bullying – a peak body of experts managed by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. Mr Kay is a former Family Law barrister and judge of the Family Court of Australia. His judgements are regarded to have made a significant contribution to the development of Family Law in Australia.

More recently, Mr Kay was Director of Studies for the World Congresses on Family Law and Children's Rights – held in Canada in 2009 and Sydney in 2013. He chaired the Family Law Bar Association, was a Bar appointee of the Council of Legal Education as well as a member of the Bar Fees Committee and the Family Law Council.

Mr Kay succeeds the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO QC, who was appointed NCAB’s inaugural Chair in 2002; leading the body to be Australia’s pre-eminent authority on bullying trends and prevention. Mr Nicholson will continue to promote the Foundation’s work and its care, prevention and advocacy programs as a Foundation Ambassador.

“We are honoured to welcome such an accomplished and committed group of individuals to our Foundation’s Boards,” said Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta.

“As we commence our 20th year we are well positioned to continue to build on our important work and to make Australian communities safer for our children.”

John Bertrand AO will be succeeded by Greg Sutherland as Chairman of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation Board. Mr Bertrand – a self-proclaimed “Lifer” to the Foundation – acknowledged his own ongoing commitment to support the Foundation’s work.

Welcoming Mr Sutherland, Mr Bertrand recognised his former deputy’s passion for innovation, coupled with his national and international corporate leadership experience as an invigorating combination.

On accepting the role, Mr Sutherland said he was extremely proud to be elected to the position.

“I’ve been a member of the Foundation’s Board for close to a decade, and in that time the Foundation has gone from strength to strength,” Mr Sutherland said. “It’s a great honour to be a part of an organisation that delivers so much to children across the Australian community. I look forward to expanding our work in 2017.”

Currently Chief Innovation Officer at Australia Post, Mr Sutherland is responsible for key services and investments that enable innovation. Mr Sutherland has held senior group roles at NAB and led a range of high-profile initiatives such as the brand relaunch from National Australia Bank to NAB, and the creation and launch of NAB’s online-only banking subsidiary, UBank.

Prior to joining NAB, Mr Sutherland was a partner and director at Boston Consulting Group, which included leading the Asia-Pacific eCommerce practice. He holds an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Holly Kramer is standing down from the Board after eight years of service. Ms Kramer, who is a Non-Executive Director with Woolworths, Australia Post, AMP and Southern Phones, will remain a strong advocate of the work of the Foundation.

Ms Podesta said: “On behalf of Walter Mikac, Foundation staff, our partners, fundraisers and volunteers I’d like to warmly thank John and Holly for their tremendous energy, creativity and their tireless support of the Foundation.

“John has committed a decade and a half to supporting the growth of this organisation. In that time and under his leadership and vision we have seen the organisation double in size with the introduction of many new and impactful programs to support the safety of Australian children.”

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