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Board of Management

John Walter

John Walter (Chairman)
LLB (Hons), MBA

John joined the Board in October 2013 and was appointed Chair in March 2014.  He is a member of the Audit Committee, the Risk Committee, the Board Workshop Advisory Committee and is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

John is also a Director of WorkSafe Victoria and Chair of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council.

A partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, John has had a variety of roles on major projects and governance structures including Melbourne City Link, East Link and the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project.

John is a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council Committee which provides expert advice to governments across the Asia Pacific region.

Deborah Hallmark 

Deborah Hallmark
GAICD

Deborah joined the Board in July 2010.  She is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Deborah was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Good Friday Appeal.  She has extensive experience in the advertising and media industry in both the creative side of advertising as a copywriter and in management as an Account Director managing various public sector clients and government agency accounts.  Deborah has worked in both large multi- national agencies such as J. Walter Thompson and smaller creative agencies such as Cummins and Partners.  In recent years Deborah has assisted many not for profit organisations, Trusts and Foundations in the charity sector including helping disadvantaged children at Rainbow Riders for the Cotton On Foundation and working to help the environment with the Cool Australia Trust.

Dr Tien Kieu 

Dr Tien Kieu
BSc (Hons), PhD, FAIP

Dr Tien Kieu was appointed to the TAC Board in September 2015 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Tien is experienced in the corporate sector and brings qualitative and mathematical skills to the Board, being both a researcher and practitioner in Data Science.  He has a distinguished academic background and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University.  Tien is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics.  He also has long standing involvements in ethnic media.

Paul Kirk 

Paul Kirk
B. Ec, Economics and Accounting

Paul joined the Board in October 2014.  He is the Chair of both the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee and a member of the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.  Paul is also a Director of WorkSafe Victoria, the St Kilda Football Club and Australian Unity Limited.

Paul formed Collins Pitt Associates, a boutique corporate advisory, strategy and restructuring practice, in 2011 after a long and distinguished career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Paul has extensive experience in the areas of corporate advice, turnaround and restructuring, distressed mergers and acquisitions, strategic advice, distressed debt and implementation of asset management vehicles, forensic accounting and insolvency management.

Paul is an author, editor and educator on a wide range of topics and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accountancy) from Monash University.

Rob Nethercote

Dr Robert Nethercote
BCom, BEd, MEd, DEd, MACE, ADAPEF

Rob joined the Board in October 2013.  He is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Rob has worked extensively in the education sector in Australia, the UK and New Zealand, including as Headmaster of the Trinity Schools in New Zealand and Vice-Master of Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne.  Rob was Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) (2002-2006) and inaugural General Manager of the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS) (2007-2008).  He has consulted to the Lighthouse Foundation, the Centre for Adolescent Health, Ardoch, Global Student Connect Pty Ltd, Queen’s College, the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria.

Rob is a Fellow and life member of the Australian College of Educators and a Fellow of the Association of Development and Alumni Professionals in Education (now Educate Plus).  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne and a Trustee of the Baker Foundation and was previously a member of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation.

Sue O'Connor 

Sue O'Connor
B App Sci, Grad Dip Bus Mgt, FAICD

Sue joined the Board in October 2014.  She is a member of the Audit Committee, the Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Sue has been a Non Executive Director/Chairman for nine years.  Currently she is Deputy Chairman of Goulburn Valley Water, Director of State Trustees Victoria, Director and immediate past Chair of YMCA Victoria.  Sue is a long term facilitator of the AICD Company Director's Course. Sue has worked for and consulted to ASX Top 200 companies as well as major state and federal Government organisations.

Sue is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sonia Petering

Sonia Petering
B Com, LLB, FAICD

Sonia joined the Board in July 2007.  She is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Board Workshop Advisory Committee.

Sonia is the Chair of Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria having served in that role for over five years and is a non executive director of Virtus Health Limited and TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia Pty Ltd.  She was also a board member of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry from March 2014 to September 2014.  For two years, Sonia was part of an appointment panel to help select board members to the State's water corporation boards from March to June 2012 and from March to June 2013. As a practicing lawyer, Sonia runs her own commercial legal practice with particular specialty in providing advice regarding native vegetation offset agreements where she represents larger family owned companies in their negotiations with ASX listed companies.

Sonia is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Colin Radford

Colin Radford

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

Colin is currently a Partner and the Head of Consulting at professional services firm, ShineWing Australia.

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 six years as an executive of the TAC and seven years as a Partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu where he led the Public Sector practice.

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, Colin’s current directorships include Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council (Victoria) and Deputy Chair of Kids Under Cover.