Autism Spectrum Australia

Our Board of Directors

Aspect’s Board of Directors exercises the powers vested in it by the Corporations Act 2001, Aspect’s Constitution and Regulations.

The Board charts the direction of Aspect and monitors management's performance on behalf of Aspect’s members and other key stakeholders.  It accomplishes this by:

  • ensuring a skilled, effective and diverse Board with appropriate operating standards and procedures
  • appointing, supporting, delegating to, evaluating and remunerating the Chief Executive Officer and providing for a management succession plan;
  • setting the vision, and agreeing the strategic direction and objectives of Aspect with management;
  • ensuring resources are available to achieve its goals by developing with management and approving Aspect’s Strategic Plan, from which is developed its annual Action Plan and budget, and by regular monitoring of performance using the Corporate Score Card against these plans and the operating and capital budgets;
  • advising, approving and monitoring management's activities and performance to ensure the Strategic Plan is being met;
  • ensuring a risk management framework is in place to identify and manage those risks that threaten the reputation, earnings, assets and the basic capacity of Aspect;
  • approving appropriate policies, guidelines and procedures and ensuring there is a compliance process in place to monitor adherence;
  • ensuring the integrity of internal controls for financial and management information systems;
  • maintaining adequate personal liability insurance for current and past Directors, and
  • ensuring Aspect’s activities are conducted ethically and transparently.

Board composition and size

Under Aspect’s Constitution there can be up to ten Member-elected Directors, each with a term of three years. Also the Board can appoint up to two Board-appointed Directors with terms of twelve months.

Board of Directors    

Julie Hamblin (Chair of the Board)

Julie Hamblin, B.A., LL.B (Hons) (Syd), LL.M (McGill), GAICD, has worked for more than 25 years as a lawyer and policy consultant in health law, clinical risk, disability and international development.  A former partner of HWL Ebsworth, she has served on numerous government and non-government advisory bodies in the areas of health, medical research and clinical risk, including international work with United Nations agencies on HIV policy. Julie is Deputy Chair of Plan International Australia and a member of the Australian Research Integrity Committee. She joined the Board in April 2010 and is a Member of the Finance & Audit Committee, the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and the Strategy Group.  Julie is a Member-elected Director.

Henry Capra (Deputy Chair and Honorary Treasurer)

Henry Capra, B.Ec., ACA, has more than 27 years of senior management and finance experience in the financial services industry. He is currently a non-executive director of Suncorp Portfolio Services Limited and Millinium Capital Managers Limited. He is also Chairman of the Investment Committee for Ignition Wealth Pty Limited and a member of their Advisory Board.  He has held senior positions at JP Morgan, Blackrock, AMP Capital, Colonial First State Investments, BNP Paribas Asset Management and Barclays Global Investors after commencing his career with chartered accountants KPMG. Henry joined the Aspect Board in December 2010 and chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. Henry is a Member-elected Director.

Robert J. Brown (Director)

Robert J. Brown, GAICD, B.Sc., M.A. (Applied Mathematics), Grad. Dip. Applied Finance, is a principal with management consultancy Alford Brown & Associates, and Executive Officer, Australian Custodial Services Association (ACSA), the peak Australian industry association for institutional investment administration and securities services providers.  Previously, Rob held senior executive roles with HSBC, Westpac Commonwealth Bank and State Street Bank & Trust. He is experienced in the governance of not-for-profit organisations, and has a personal interest in special education and the needs of children with learning difficulties.  Rob joined the Board in June 2008 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.  Rob is a Member-elected Director.

Annette Gallard (Director)

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 Strategy Group. Annette is a Member-elected Director.

Laurie Horin (Director)

Laurie Horin, B.Bus., FCA, F Fin, has more than 25 years' experience in professional accounting, corporate and investment management, and investment banking.  Laurie has worked extensively in Australia, the USA and South East Asia. He was an executive director of Carlisle Partners, a corporate advisory firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity funding for mid-market companies. He was also a board member of a number of client companies. Laurie joined the Board in September 2012, is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and co-chairs the Strategy Group.  Laurie is a Member-elected Director.

Paul Khoury (Director)

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 was appointed to the Board to fill a casual vacancy in March 2018 and then became a Member-elected Director at the 2018 AGM in May.

Pamela Rutledge (Director)

Pamela (Pam) Rutledge, 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, Pam 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, Pam 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.  Pam 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 has been appointed to the Board to take up a casual vacancy as from August 2018.

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. Marielle joined the Aspect Board in November 2018 to take up a casual vacancy and is a member of the Strategy and Fundraising & Communications Committees. 

Karen Orvad (Director)

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.

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.


The process for Board nomination

The responsibility for Board nomination rests with the Board’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Its terms of reference are to:

  • engage in the ongoing development of selection criteria for new Board members with reference to the skills, knowledge and experience required to be a director of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect);
  • take into account such criteria as gender, age, race or ethnicity, professional background and expertise, community connections, understanding the role and responsibility of directors under the Corporations Act 2001, knowledge/experience of the not for profit sector and knowledge and experience of the disability sector and in particular autism;
  • screen suitable candidates according to the selection criteria and make recommendations to the Board.

Members wishing to nominate for the Board are to contact the Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee so that a meeting can be arranged between the nominee, the Chair of the Committee, the Board Chair and at least one other Director to discuss the role and consider its rights and responsibilities.  Not only is the Board looking for new Board directors from time to time it is also wanting to ensure that potential Board directors will be prepared to become part of an effective team, governing the organisation.

Our Board of Directors