Brian Meltzer

BCom, M.Ec  –  Chairman

Subsequent to several years as Chief Economist of ICI Australia (now Orica), Brian spent 25 years in investment banking. His breadth of expertise includes major property transactions, corporate advisory, corporate finance, management buyouts, venture capital and large scale syndications. He has held a number of Board and Board Advisory roles for private companies in the human resources, health, aged care, software, entertainment and finance sectors, including Director of a federal government licensed Innovation Investment Fund. He has founded, grown, and sold companies in the fields of mental health services, physical health and vaccination services and marketing services. Brian is also a Director of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, and the dual listed Alterity Therapeutics (previously Prana Biotechnology).

Michael Daddo  

BBus (Marketing)

Michael is the Managing Partner of The Shannon Company, with over 30 years of senior management and leadership experience in marketing and advertising including Director of Ogilvy & Mather Australia, Director of George Patterson Bates and Founding Managing Director and National Partner of M&C Saatchi Melbourne and Global Strategic Marketing Director at Transurban. Michael is also currently Chair of Inclusive Australia, Advisory Board of BehaviourWorks at Monash University, Advisory Sustainability Committee at WEHI and formerly a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre and Director of the Richmond Football Club.


Jeremy Long

B.Bldg, FAIB

Jeremy is a Lead Quality, Environmental and Safety Auditor and Systems Consultant with DLCS International. Prior to an accident that left Jeremy a paraplegic, Jeremy worked as a Building Project Manager for several large construction organisations. Jeremy is the Managing Director of Jeremy R. Long Building Consultants Pty Ltd and past Chairman and Director of Disability Sport & Recreation.

Paul Solomon


Paul holds more than 20 years experience both nationally and internationally in the business, services, healthcare, finance, education and social sectors. He is the Chairman of the International Parking Group (IPG) and Director of an International Management Consulting Company. His past positions have included Executive Chairman of the Somaia Group, National Executive for a major ASX Company, General Manager of the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre (VIC), Associate Professor with Wollongong University and Managing Director of the Central Health Department (WA). He has contributed to a number charitable Boards including Red Cross, Anti-Cancer Council (VIC) and Austin Research Institute and has been a member of a number of National Policy Committees including the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Committee.

Catherina Toh

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), GAICD

Catherina is co-founder and COO of cybersecurity venture capital firm, 5i Capital Pte Ltd, with an Asia-Pacifc (ex-China) focus. Since 2004 she has been running her own legal and regulatory compliance consultancy, advising major financial services organisations in Australia and Asia on compliance, risk management and strategy development. Throughout her career Catherina has held a number of senior executive positions across a variety of organisations including PriceWaterhouseCoopers and National Australia Bank. She is an experienced company Director with Board and Committee experience in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. She is also a Director of AMES Australia and is the founding partner, and was the inaugural Chair of Social Venture Partners Melbourne, a venture philanthropy organisation.

Peter Turner


–  Managing Director & CEO

Peter has been the Chief Executive Officer of Independence Australia since 2005. He has worked in a range of senior management positions in the health and community services industry for over 25 years in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is a Harvard Club Fellow, an Alumnus of Leadership Victoria, is a Director of a Community Health Service, was a volunteer Surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, and has also served as the pro bono Chief Executive of a charitable trust.