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.

Jenny Young (Immediate Past Chair)

Jeanie Young (known as Jenny), B.Bus., FAICD, is Lead Partner in Ernst and Young’s Customer Advisory practice.  She was formerly Executive Director, NBN Transition at Telstra Corporation Limited.  Jenny has held senior marketing positions for Unilever, Lion Nathan, Pepsi and Telstra, and has worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Jenny has a son on the autism spectrum.  She joined the Board in March 2010 and is a member of the Strategy Group, the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and was a member of the Finance and Audit Committee until December 2015.  Jenny is a Member-elected Director.

Henry Capra (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.  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.

Ian Joseph (Director)

Ian Joseph, B.Bus., Grad Dip Ed, FAMI, AFAIM, is a private banking and finance industry consultant and a former  Chair of the Agribusiness Council of Australia. He was formerly Head of Strategy – Service and Sales with Regional and Agribusiness Banking at the Commonwealth Bank. Ian and his family care for his sister who is on the spectrum. Ian joined the Board in March 2011, is a member of the Strategy Group and represents the Board on Corporate Risk Management Committee .  Ian is a Member-elected Director.

Karyn Sobels (Director)

Karyn Sobels, MComLaw, BA, GAICD, is a Director of Simply Business, a business advisory firm based in Melbourne. Previously a senior executive in banking and retail, she is also a non-executive director of several other companies, including the Telstra Licensee Association, and serves on the Risk and Audit Committee of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Karyn was the former Chair of the Board of Alpha Autism Inc. and has a personal interest in the development of support services for adults and children with autism. Karyn joined the Aspect Board in June 2015 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.  Karyn is a Member-elected Director.

Peter Werner (Director)

Peter Werner, B.Comm., is a Director of PW Executive. He has previously worked in the banking industry with BT Australia and Citibank. Peter is the father of a young man who is on the spectrum. He joined the Board in 2001 and chairs the Nominations and Remuneration Committee. Peter is a Life Governor of Aspect, a former Chair of the Board and is a Member-elected Director.

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