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:-

  • Peter Dawson

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  • Marina Cardillo

    Deputy Chair
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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.  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.

  • Nadine Wake

    Treasurer and Secretary
    Nadine Wake AIA board director

    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.

  • Lasse Petersen

    QLD State Chair
    Lasse Petersen AIA board director

    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.

  • Hannah Schwartz

    NSW State Chair
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    Hannah is an accomplished business and marketing executive with over 35 years of extensive domestic and international experience working for large corporations, early stage and start-up businesses. She has successfully implemented demand generation, brand building and partner development strategies for B2C and B2B subscription, classified, and ecommerce businesses.

    Hannah has held past leadership positions with many well-known Australian brands including, RSVP, Quickflix and LiteracyPlanet. As a digital pioneer, she helped launch Prodigy, the first U.S. private online service (pre-internet).

    In her career she has won Echo, Effie, Andy and Immy awards and is a top-rated public speaker.

    Hannah began investing over 35 years ago and today is passionate about mentoring new investors and female colleagues and friends. She also Chairs the AIA NSW Committee.

  • Peter Wells

    Peter Wells AIA board director

    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.