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Board of Management

Penny Armytage 

Penny Armytage (Chair)

Penny was appointed Chair of the TAC on 1 July 2017. She is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

She is currently a Special Advisor in KPMG’s consulting practice having retired from her role as Lead Partner for the Victorian Government Account and National Lead Partner for KPMG’s Justice and Security practice. Before joining KPMG as a senior partner in 2012, Penny held the position of Secretary of the Victorian Department of Justice for almost 10 years.  She has overseen major policy and service delivery reforms in the public sector and worked extensively with Ministers, senior department and agency executives and heads of jurisdiction within Victoria and nationally.

Penny is a highly regarded and influential public sector leader, previously holding leadership positions on a range of boards and advisory committees.  She mentors public sector leaders, addresses national, state and business on Public Sector leadership and reform, and has participated in selection processes for critical statutory appointments.

Penny was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in 2006 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the study and practice of public administration. She is the President of Berry Street and the immediate past National President of IPAA Australia.

Louisa Hudson

Louisa joined the TAC Board in August 2016 and was appointed Interim Chair in March 2017.  She is the Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Louisa became the Licensee Representative Member on the Commonwealth Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission in November 2017.

In 2018, she joined Telstra as Director of Global Health Safety and Environment where her team is responsible for health and safety, injury management, workers’ compensation and the environment for Telstra both within Australia and internationally.

Prior to joining Telstra, Louisa spent four years as Head of Health Safety and Wellbeing at NAB.  She has a legal background in dispute resolution, practising in the area of insurance and risk.  She also spent seven years as a Senior Legal Counsel with WorkSafe Victoria, where she was involved in the regulation of the compensation scheme as well as management of litigation at a scheme level.

David Heath
B.Ec (Hons), FIAA, FCPA, FFin, GAICD.

David Heath was appointed to the TAC Board in February 2017. He is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

David is an Actuary with Cumpston Sarjeant in Melbourne.  He has over twenty years’ experience in actuarial consulting, specialising in accident compensation and general insurance.  He has provided advice across all Australian jurisdictions to accident compensation and injury scheme providers, insurance companies and self-insuring corporate clients.

He also has a longstanding commitment to the actuarial education process as a Lecturer and Course Leader.  He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne.

David is a Board Director and Treasurer with the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG).  AAG is Australia’s peak national body linking professionals working across the multidisciplinary fields of ageing.

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).

Julia Mason
BA, BComm, MBA, MAICD, F Fin

Julia joined the Board in August 2016.  She is a member of the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Julia is the Executive Officer at the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia.  She has a background in strategy, finance, and operations within the energy, advertising, finance, transport, and biotechnology industries.

Julia has a more than 20 year career focused on creating growth and value, in the private and not for profit sectors in both Australia and Asia.  Having held senior commerce and finance positions at Sensis and BP, Julia has deep business knowledge developed through a career in key business functions:  finance, corporate strategy, corporate advisory, and marketing.

Julia was previously Chair of the Victorian State Emergency Services (VICSES) and One in Five, and a Non-Executive Director with VicUrban.  Julia lectured in Corporate Financial Management in the Masters program with FinSia, the former Securities Institute of Australia and was a Director with Same Business Different Outcome (SBDO), a Melbourne-based private equity business sourcing operational expertise and capital to back growth businesses.

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John Merritt

John joined the Board in October 2018 and is a member of the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

John is currently an Advisor to Ministers, Boards and Chief Executives, on leadership, culture, engagement, strategy and change.

A successful senior executive for 20 years, John is uniquely experienced in public and private sector and not-for-profit leadership.  John was the Chief Executive of VicRoads, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and an Executive Director of WorkSafe Victoria.  He was also the Chief Executive of the National Safety Council of Australia and held senior management roles in the Fletcher Challenge organisation.

John holds a degree in economics, completed the Advanced Management Program at Melbourne Business School and has undertaken post graduate research at the London School of Economics under a British Government scholarship.  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Colin Radford

Colin joined the Board in September 2015 and is a member of the Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Colin is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Victorian Managed Insurance Authority.

A public sector specialist, Colin has more than 25 years’ experience working in and with the Victorian Government. He has held senior executive positions across both the public and private sectors including an executive of the TAC, a Partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu where he led the Public Sector practice and most recently a Partner and the Head of Consulting at ShineWing Australia.

Colin has also served on a number of boards and advisory bodies in the government and not for profit sectors. A Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and he is also the Deputy Chair of Kids Under Cover. Colin is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Samantha Smith

Dr Samantha Smith was appointed to the TAC Board in February 2017 and is also a Non-Executive Director of WorkSafe Victoria. Samantha is a member of the Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Samantha is the Director of Melbourne communications agency, Pinnacle, and consults across the Government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Samantha's Doctorate from Monash University was obtained for her communications and behaviour change-related social research into Gen Y.  She also has a Master of Arts (Communications and Media Studies) and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing.

A Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Samantha is a Member of the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) Development and Donor Relations Committee. She also sits on Swinburne University's Master of Marketing Course Advisory Committee, assists in judging the Telstra Australian Business Awards and Business Women's Awards and is a published author on the topics of Gen Y and social media.

Jane Brockington, Board Member 

Jane Brockington
BEc, Grad Dip Econ, FIPAA (Vic)

Jane Brockington joined the Board in October 2017.  She is a member of the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Jane is the Principal of Bridging Policy and Practice, a consultancy and advisory practice focused on strategy and transformation; regulatory design and practice; governance and integrity; and building capability.

Jane is a non-executive director on the boards of WorkSafe Victoria and TRY Australia, she chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for VicRoads and Victoria Police, is a member of the Victoria Police Corporate Advisory Group and the Melbourne Forum Membership Committee.

In 2015-2016, Jane was Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee which reviewed the Environment Protection Authority (Victoria). Previously she held leadership roles in the Commonwealth and Victorian public sectors including as the inaugural CEO of the Victorian Commission for Liquor and Gambling Regulation overseeing its creation in 2012, and was CEO of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Jane holds qualifications in economics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), Executive Fellow of ANZSOG and Fellow of Leadership Victoria.