National Council (Board of Directors)
The affairs of the AIA are managed by our National Council (Board of Directors). The Council meets in person generally three to four times per year in person, and meets by teleconference at least monthly.
Your current Council includes:-
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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.
Co Secretary and Treasurer (NSW)
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
Mike has had over 30 years’ experience as a pharmacist and small business operator in regional QLD, Mackay.
Pharmacy proprietorship led to involvement with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) and service on a number of boards, committees at a national and state level including the PGA, Australian College of Pharmacy, and the National Prescribing Service. He held the position of VP Finance PGA QLD Branch for over 10 years.
Mike holds post graduate qualifications in pharmacy and has completed many business and management courses over the years, formalising a finance qualification in 2016 (GDip Applied Finance) and then a Master of Applied Finance in 2019.
Roger has had considerable experience in investment and capital markets over the past 40 years. He began his career in funds management, before moving into broking and principal dealing with BT Australia, Capel Court and the Official Dealer, GIO Securities.
Roger then worked for 10 years with Deutsche Bank, where he was a director in their Financial Markets Division responsible for the Melbourne fixed-interest dealing desk. More recently, he worked at Invesco in interest rate portfolios and asset allocation.
He currently works part-time with Atchison Consultants, where he has been involved in assisting fund managers with investment processes and risk management. Roger holds a Master of Administration and Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. He is a Fellow of Finsia and a CPA.
Janette is a Brisbane-based self-directed investor investing in shares, managed funds, ETFs, and property for over 35 years and an SMSF trustee.
She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in chemical engineering with a professional engineering career spanning 30 years across technology design and operation, techno economic evaluations, engineering and project management, business development, sales and marketing, departmental and graduate development, conference presentations in Australia and globally.
In 2018, she completed a Kaplan Diploma of Financial Planning to gain a more detailed understanding of investment management and securities, insurance and risk, social security, superannuation and retirement, estate planning. Janette is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, associate member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and long-term AIA member.
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.
QLD State Chair
Lasse is Chair of the AIA's Queensland Committee. His career includes nearly 20 years in the mining industry, in technical and management roles in Asia, Africa, US and Australia. Subsequently, he spent 10 years working and volunteering, managing disaster relief operations to earthquakes in Haiti, Japan tsunami and numerous typhoons, floods, volcanic eruptions and conflict worldwide.
Currently, he tries to ensure a quieter life for his SMSF and investment portfolio. He holds a BE and MBA from University of QLD and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lasse has been actively involved in AIA for many years, speaking at national and state events, and serving on the QLD AIA committee.
WA State Chair
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.
Nadine’s career spans 30 years and, with a passion for business improvement, she has worked in finance management, strategic planning, process improvement, data analysis and marketing for corporates including ANZ Bank, Pathfinder Solutions (owned by Deloitte Australia), AC Nielsen and smaller enterprises in the accountancy, information management, wholesale and retail sectors.
She currently works part-time for Push Media and Communications where she undertakes finance planning and management, mentoring and analysis of investment opportunities. Nadine is an active investor managing her SMSF and investment portfolio. She holds a post graduate diploma in market modelling and a bachelor of science from La Trobe University.
Peter Wells, is an experienced executive and board director, working with SenSen Networks, CPSIIG, Uniting, Animark, National Affordable Housing Corporation and other organisations in executive and non-executive director roles.
Peter’s career includes significant executive and board leadership experience and he has achieved major results in key roles. With a background in large-scale customer service, regulation, urban planning, transport, infrastructure and managing large operational functions, He has also developed and implemented major reforms. This is complemented with a strong executive background in policy and governance. Peter has been investing for over 35 years and has a passion for seeing good companies succeed and in helping to improve Australian financial literacy.