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Annette Gallard (Chair of the Board)

Annette Gallard, PSM, B. Soc. Stud., M. Comm, has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the NSW Public Service in both the Housing and Community Services Portfolios. She retired from the position of Chief Executive of the NSW Department of Community Services in 2011 and has since focused on assisting the not-for-profit sector as a Board Member. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2012 for services to disadvantaged communities particularly Aboriginal people. Annette joined the Board in March, 2014 and is a Member of the Governance Committee and the Education Strategy Oversight Committee. Annette is a Member-elected Director and was elected as Chair of the Board on 1st October, 2020.


Karen Orvad (Deputy Chair)

Karen Orvad, B.Comm, MBA (Exec), CA, GAICD has over 20 years experience in Risk, Internal Audit, Governance, Board Advisory and Strategic Human Resources including executive coaching, culture assessment and change management.
Karen is a former KPMG Partner and has worked with some of the worlds most recognised brands in the corporate, government, financial services and not-for-profit sectors.
Karen is a specialist adviser in the areas of risk culture and behaviour and in assisting organisations identify and address both the human and structural elements needed for effective governance. She joined the Board in 2019 and is a Member of the Finance, People and Audit Committee and the Strategy Committee. Karen is a Member-elected Director.


Paul Khoury (Honorary Treasurer)

Paul Khoury, B.Sc, GD Ed, MA, GD App Finance, SF Fin, GAICD has more than 25 years’ experience in the Investment Management & Security Services industries across the US, UK and Asia-Pacific regions having held numerous senior positions at the Director, CEO and COO levels. Paul is currently CEO of Link Fund Solutions, a Board member of St Patrick’s College Strathfield and consultant to the Financial Services industry specialising in business strategy, governance and operations transformation. Previously, he held senior roles in the areas of investment management, operations management and actuarial consulting for a number of domestic and international investment managers and industry service providers. These included State Street Corporation, Focus IM, Hambros Hopkins, GIO, MIRA Consultants and IFA Australia. Paul joined the Board in March 2018 and chairs the Finance, People and Audit Committee and is a member of the Strategy Committee. Paul is a Member-elected Director.


Robert Dolk (Director)

Robert Dolk BEc, ACA, GAICD worked as an auditor with PwC Sydney and then for some 25 years as a banking executive with HSBC, Deutsche Bank, and BNPParibas in Sydney, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Singapore, Tokyo and Paris. Since returning to Sydney, Robert has been a Non-Executive Director with Zurich Insurance Australia, Lawcover, and Alinta and is currently an Asian Development Bank representative Commissioner for Indonesia Infrastructure Finance. He joined the Board in March 2019 to fill a casual vacancy. He joined the Board in March 2019 and chairs the Education Strategy Oversight Committee and is a Member of the Governance Committee and the Fundraising and Communications Committee. Robert is a Member-elected Director.


Marielle Latour (Director)

Marielle Latour, B.Ec, Exec MBA, GAICD, has over 30 years’ experience within the financial services industry. She is currently a non-executive director of CBHS Health Fund Limited and CBHS Corporate Health Fund Pty Ltd. She Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee for CBHS Health Fund and is a member of CBHS Corporate Health’s Audit & Risk Committee. Her previous board directorships include My Credit Union Limited and the Australian Handball Federation. Her professional experience is in consulting, marketing and distribution, stakeholder management and managing businesses. She has held senior executive positions at Colonial Group, Commonwealth Bank, TAL and a start-up business. She joined the Aspect Board in November 2018 and chairs the Fundraising and Communications Committee and is a Member of the Strategy Committee. Marielle is a Member-elected Director.


Pamela Rutledge (Director)

Pamela Rutledge AM, BA Dip Social Work, MAICD, FIPAA, has over 40 years’ experience managing and leading complex health, community services and mental health services. In her early career, Pamela worked as a Social Worker in front-line mental health service delivery, and was the Executive Officer of the Richmond Inquiry, which significantly influenced the delivery of services for people with a mental illness and those with a developmental disability. Before joining the not-for-profit sector, Pamela had extensive experience in senior roles in the NSW government, including experience in health, housing, and ageing and disability. Pam moved to the not-for-profit/community-managed sector in 2009 to become CEO and Company Secretary of Richmond Fellowship of NSW and then CEO of the merged Flourish Australia (RichmondPRA Ltd), a role she retired from in 2017. She joined the Board in 2018 and chairs the Governance Committee and is a Member of the Fundraising and Communications Committee and the Strategy Committee. Pamela is a Member-elected Director.


Paul Vevers (Director)

Paul Vevers, PSM, GAICD, BA (Hons), CQSW, Dip Management Studies is a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Family and Community Services where he manages three of the Department’s Districts which provide child protection, out of home care and public housing services and coordinates the management of public housing tenancies across NSW. Paul worked for one year as a group parent in a Rudolph Steiner home in Switzerland before embarking on a career in child protection in London, UK. He subsequently worked for Fujitsu UK (ICL) for three years and then joined the UK Audit Commission. Since 2000, Paul has worked in various regional management roles in the then Housing NSW and now in the Department of Family and Community Services where he is responsible for services across Sydney, Western and Far West NSW and Southern NSW and the Illawarra. Paul was awarded the Public Service Medal for services to homeless people. Paul joined the Board in August 2018 and chairs the Strategy Committee and is a Member of the Education Strategy Oversight Committee. Paul is a Member-elected Director.

Emily Russo

Dr Emily Russo (Director)

Emily Russo, B.A., B.Ec. (Hons), M.I.A., Ph.D., has over 20 years’ experience in talent management, consulting, strategy, business development and academia. She has completed a Ph.D. in global talent management, has research interests in the areas of talent management, neurodiverse talent and organisational gender diversity, and has presented her research at conferences internationally. Emily advises firms on talent management and is co-founder of a firm focused on the development of talented women in multinational organisations. Emily has a background in professional services and was a Director at CEO Forum Group, now part of Gartner Inc, and also worked for KPMG Consulting in both Australia and the USA. Emily joined the Board in March 2020 and is a Member of the Finance, People and Audit Committee and the Fundraising and Communications Committee. Emily is a Member-elected Director.

Tori Haar

Tori Haar (Director)

Tori Haar, BBehavSc(Psych), BA, DipGov, MDisSt has over seven years’ experience in the government and not-for-profit sectors including project coordination, policy development, research administration and data analysis. She is an autistic woman and has been active in the autistic community since receiving her diagnosis in 2013. From September 2016 onwards Tori has worked for the Autism CRC, of which Aspect is an Essential Participant, in a variety of roles including as secretary for the Australian Autism Research Council and developing the current version of the Sylvia Rodger Academy Future Leaders program. Prior to this, she worked in the federal public service for the Department of Social Services. Tori received a Westpac Social Change Fellowship in 2019 to recognise and further her work around leadership and capacity building in the autistic community and was formerly a founding member of the Aspect Advisory Council. Tori joined the Board in December 2020 and is a Board-elected Director.

For more information about the function and governance of the Board and Management of Aspect, please refer to Aspect's Corporate Governance Statement.