President

President

Jason Sandler

Director since 2016

Jason Sandler is the Chief Financial Officer at TDM Asset Management (TDM), a private investment firm founded in 2004. TDM has a long-term investment philosophy, focusing on companies with attractive growth profiles run by outstanding management teams.

Prior to joining TDM, Jason worked for Investec Australia Limited in Property Investments and Private Equity where he was responsible for finance and operations in those business. Prior to Investec Jason worked for PwC in assurance and business advisory services.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Chartered Accountant.

Vice President

Vice President

Michele Goldman

Director since 2016

Michele is CEO of Asthma Australia, having played a key role in the merger of several Asthma Foundations to form a stronger, national body. She was previously CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, an organisation which provides learning programs to support sustainable social enterprises.

Her career has spanned both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. A strategic thinker with a strong background in marketing and communications, she is passionate about deriving collaborative approaches to achieve progress where single organisations are limited and developing partnerships to increase organisational capacity and impact.

Michele has a Bachelor of Business from UTS, a a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumni of the Sydney Leadership Program.

Hon. Treasurer

Hon. Treasurer

Michael Hirshowitz

Director since 2018

Michael is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Guzman Y Gomez, Australia’s fastest-growing fast-food company. With its focus on delivering clean, made-to-order Mexican food made using fresh produce to its guests, and with speed and innovation at the core of the business, Guzman y Gomez is redefining fast food by showing it’s possible to serve good food, fast, without compromising on nutrition. In 2020, Guzman y Gomez was awarded the QSR Media Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year. Guzman y Gomez operates over 140 restaurants in four countries.

Prior to that, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of Accent Group Limited for over 20 years. During his career with the group, Michael was instrumental in transforming the business from a small private company into Australia and New Zealand's largest listed footwear business.

His role as both a senior executive and public company board member has provided Michael with a unique insight into the interface between efficiently functioning boards and their management teams. This has enabled him to develop deep skills  across a wide range of complex business situations in order to distil key objectives, opportunities, priorities, risks and other important metrics to efficiently deliver optimal outcomes for all stakeholders.

Michael holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accountancy degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and was a Chartered Accountant. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Members of the Board

Members of the Board

Ben Bolot

Appointed Director 28th March 2018

Until recently, Ben was Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at GFG Alliance, a global alliance of companies operating in the steel, energy and mining sectors.  Prior to this Ben held a number of senior executive roles in ASX listed energy and infrastructure, and has served on a number of investment and joint venture boards.

Ben holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Auckland and was previously admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor and a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand.

Caryn Sandler

Director since 2019

Caryn Sandler is a Partner and the Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer at Gilbert + Tobin. Caryn leads the Legal Service Innovation Team and G+T Innovate. These teams provide specialised services to support Gilbert + Tobin’s legal service delivery, and also deliver new tools and services benefiting the firm’s practice and clients. Caryn’s role encompasses responsibility for over 80 lawyers and business support staff working across Innovation and Legal Transformation, Legal Technology and Legal Project Management.

Prior to this role, Caryn worked as an ECM and M&A lawyer in both Australia and the UK.

Caryn is a regular speaker at global legal technology and innovation conferences and was recognised as one of Australia’s top legal innovators in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018. Caryn also won ‘Innovator of the Year’ in the Women in Law Awards 2019. Caryn is a member of the Steering Group for the Chief Innovation Officers Forum, Australia and is a GROWL (Global Rise of Women in LegalTech) mentor.
Caryn has a combined Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Finsia).

Darron Lonstein

Director since 2013

Darron holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science from UCT.

He was one of the founding Directors of the network technology company, Com Tech, which was later sold to the global technology organisation, Dimension Data. During his time at Com Tech, Darron served as its Technical Services Director, responsible for all service and support activities as well as being involved in the strategic direction of the company.

Since then Darron spent several years as Executive Chairman of Controlled Climate Logistics, a logistics business focused on warehousing and distribution for confectionary and allied industries. Darron now invests across a range of property and equity assets and also has a number of private equity investments in start-up enterprises.

Darron has worked with JCA for many years and has been a member of the IT, Allocations, Planning and Executive Committees.

David Morris

Director since 2014

David is the Chief Strategy Officer and President Asia Pacific at Nanosonics Limited, and is a Non Executive Director of Technion Australia.

David has extensive experience in healthcare and medical devices, having served as the CEO and Managing Director of the Monash IVF Group. Before that position he was an Executive at Cochlear Limited, serving as Chief Strategy Officer, having previously been President of Cochlear Bone Anchored Solution, and Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Prior to joining Cochlear Limited, David worked at Accenture in the Strategy practice. He also has extensive Australian and International experience in consumer products, utilities and financial services.

David has a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. David completed the Advanced Business Management Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jenna Baskin

Director since 2019

Jenna Baskin is the CEO of MCI, a multi award-winning training and education company delivering learning to the ASX200, large government organisations, and individuals across Australia. She was responsible for the creation of MCI's online consumer division, the MCI Institute, and the transition of the organisation into the digital learning landscape. Jenna led the sale of MCI to APM, Australia's largest private human services provider.

Jenna has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She was on the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30 list and serves on the boards of Mum for Mum and the Jewish National Fund.

Jeremy Samuel

Appointed Director 23rd May 2018

Jeremy is the founder and Managing Director of Anacacia Capital, which invests into leading small-medium enterprises. Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director of Duncan Technologies and Sureway. He was the former lead director for Anacacia's successful investments including: Appen, Yumi's, Rafferty's Garden, Lomb Scientific and Home Appliances.

Jeremy's great-grandfather, Aaron Blashki, was the founder in 1895 (and subsequent President for thirty years) of the Sydney Jewish Aid Society, which later merged with what is now JewishCare.

Jeremy holds an MBA from Yale University School of Management and Arts/Law degrees from the University of New South Wales.

Mark Teperson

Director since 2015

Mark is the Chief Digital Officer at Accent Group Ltd, the largest listed Footwear business in Australia and New Zealand. Mark is responsible for eCommerce, CRM, Digital and Omni-Channel strategy and execution across the group. In 2018 Mark was recognised as Global Commerce Leader of the Year at the Annual Magento conference in Las Vegas.

Prior to joining Accent Group Limited, Mark co-founded the Shoe Superstore, a chain of comfort and lifestyle footwear stores which he later sold to Accent Group in 2009.

Mark holds a Master of Management, and an MBA degree from MGSM.

Mark has been involved in several communal organisations and initiatives for many years including CSG and Big Brother Big Sister program.

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