National Council (Board of Directors)

The affairs of the AIA are managed by our National Council (ie. our Board of Directors). The Council meets in person generally three to four times per year in person, and meets by teleconference at least monthly.
Here are some details of your current Council:-

  • Peter Dawson

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    Bio coming shortly

  • Marina Cardillo

    Vice President
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    Marina graduated from The University of Sydney as a Dental Surgeon in 1984. From her practice in the Upper North Shore, she enjoyed her profession until she retired in 2015. She brings solid business experience as an owner of SME’s for over 30 years. Marina has an avid interest in the investment universe with experience in residential and commercial property as well as the equity markets. She commenced her SMSF in the mid-1990s.  Understanding the value of continuing education and the importance of exposure to diverse ideas and experiences she joined the AIA in 2013 and has been working on the NSW committee since February 2018. Marina was appointed to the board in  2020.

  • Robert Weissmann

    Co Secretary and Treasurer (NSW)
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    Robert qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989 working in public accounting  practices providing tax and corporate services to small and medium sized businesses.  From 1990 to 2007 he worked in industry as both a senior corporate accountant and as a contractor.  From 2007 onwards he commenced the process of transitioning from full time work to retirement.  Robert has an SMSF and personal investments

  • John Venn

    Director (WA)
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    John was trained as an electrical/mechanical engineer in the UK and migrated to Australia in 1963 to take up position as design engineer for power generation systems. John has taken an active role in the community for over 30 years having volunteered in the local parish, WA soccer, Apex and the local tennis. John has been an active AIA member since 1997 and is responsible for coordinating the AIA activities in Perth. John joined the Board in 2001.

  • Elizabeth Moran


    Elizabeth has worked in financial markets for more than 25 years holding positions in communication, credit analysis and education for retail and institutional banks and other financial institutions.

    Most recently she was Director of Education and Research at FIIG Securities, specialising in bonds, hybrids and deposits. Prior to that she worked with quantitative credit rating agency Rapid Ratings writing press releases for Bloomberg. Other roles include a stint in London as a credit rating analyst for NatWest Markets and as an analyst for CBA in Melbourne.

    Elizabeth now works as a consultant, helping companies educate investors. For more than seven years she has had a regular column in The Australian. In 2019, she recommenced writing for Eureka Report as the Income Strategist.

  • Russell Lees

    Director (VIC)
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    Russell has 25 years work experience working for large national and international business in the finance sector covering all facets of investing – from working with trusts and estates (ANZ Trustees), stockbroking (J B Were), funds management (ANZ) and international trading markets (Reuters). In 2004 Russell made the move into wealth management as a means to use all his financial knowledge and experience for the benefit of others. Russell has been a member of the AIA since 2010 and have been actively involved with the organisation regularly participating in activities, including contributing as a member of the Victoria committee, running the Blackburn discussion group since 2011, and presenting at AIA conferences etc.